Last post on Jul 01, 2013 at 3:01 PM
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#127 of 129 Mystery Electrical Problems Oddyssey 2003
Jun 18, 2013 (6:06 pm)
Starts ok. Les Schwab ran battery and alternator test - both tested ok but they replaced positive terminal connector prior to checking. However the radio anti-theft light is blinking and radio does not work nor does it prompt for an unlock code as it has in the past when battery was disconnected. Prior to this a couple times while driving all dash lights went out while driving down the road a couple times but are working now. Seems like a loose connection somewhere but no idea where to start looking. Have ruled out the battery and the alternator at least.
Any ideas based on these symptoms? Current status is the radio's anti-theft light is blinking on all the time and radio is inoperative. Next step would be to check the fuses for the radio and radio's anti-theft system? Or ...?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
#128 of 129 Re: sliding door won't unlock [manteeth]
Jun 18, 2013 (6:14 pm)
i have almost same problem, doors wont compeltely close and alarm sounds for sliding door ajar, i noticed it is progressive prpblem, as things are getting worst in my 2000 odyssey . it might be a cooincedence that problem started when i noticed that battery is reaching its end of life, not sure...
lets know if you find out anything, and next time be smarter and dont buy honda odysses lol
#129 of 129 Re: sliding door won't unlock [manteeth]
Jul 01, 2013 (3:01 pm)
The situation with our Honda doors has been as follows: The passenger side has not opened or closed at all for over a year now. At some point a cable that is a part of the mechanism broke and hung down from the track on which the door slides. The driver’s side would work automatically, but only from the outside or by using the switch on the dash board. However, if the car was not driven for several days the battery would drain and would need to be charged in order to start the car. A local mechanic could not pinpoint where the electrical ‘drainage’ was happening, but found that by removing the fuse controlling the door, the battery would not fail. The downside of that of course was that we would have to open the door manually which was very difficult and inconvenient so, depending on what we needed to be doing, we would put the fuse back in and try to remember to not let the car sit for more than 2 days without starting.
A few months ago the cable appeared from the driver’s side door. We were suddenly able to more easily manually operate to door, but now the only way to open the door was from the outside since the inside handle stopped working; a rather dangerous situation in the event of an accident. The newest development is that we are unable to open either sliding door, from the inside or the outside!
Our frustration is that we reported issues with the doors within the first months of purchasing the vehicle new....back in 2006. Honda service denied any widespread issue with their sliding doors. Since the problems manifested randomly, they would not acknowledge that we were actually experiencing problems until they would actually 'break'...numerous times. They have been repaired both under warranty and out of pocket. The problem has just gotten progressively worse.
Most disturbing is the fact that Honda will not stand behind their workmanship and resolve this issue. We have been in touch with customer service and have written directly to Mr. Thomas E. Shoupe (president of Honda Alabama, where Odysseys are manufactured) and Mr. Richard Schostek (senior vice president, Honda of America Manufacturing). Neither of these gentlemen bothered to even respond.
It is interesting to read through the list of other issues you have had. I want to go through our service receipts and compare them to your list, but off the top of my head I know that we have had issues with:
Power Steering pump
Sliding door rollers, of course
Air conditioning lines
For years I had been convinced that Honda was the ‘gold standard’. That was before we actually bought our first…this Odyssey.
I would suggest that you at least make sure you file a complaint with customer service. They will probably do nothing, but you will receive a case number which will remain on file for three years from what we understand.