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#47 of 89 honda odyssey 2009 ex-l 12k miles
Jun 16, 2010 (9:18 am)
I recently purchased a certified pre-owned honda odyssey to replace our 2003 honda odyssey that had transmission go out at 100k miles. Van had 6k miles and fully loaded with all the horns and whistles. Thank god for rain in spring in so cal because we found a leak in driver side door/windshield area. After two trips to dealership, one to replace windshield, the second to locate drain tube from sunroof kinked as the problem. Now, have issues with a whistle and rattling driver side door window. Took in last week and was informed that rattle was do to "hard door" rubber and unable to replicate whistle with service advisor in car. Got the car back with what appears to be vasaline like substance on window edge and no relief from rattling glass or whistle. While car was in, tires rotated and steering fluid pump replace do to leak. Did I mention tire wear on front tires seems extreme for new vehicle/tires. Now for my question. Any thoughts on whether this car may have sustained damage that was not disclosed to drive side of vehicle door / windshield that would kink drain hose and or cause window alignment problems leading to rattle and whistle?? On vehicle service reports should I make sure that these issues are noted on the reason for vehicle being brought in ? (which they aren't)
Bottomline, I am skeptical of the vehicle in light of my recent frustration with a bad transmission on previous vehicle and will not tolerate any deficiencies in a pricey new vehicle. Greatly appreciate and feedback.
Thanks leary in san diego
#48 of 89 Honda Odyssey 2000 Ex @ 339,000 Km just great
Jun 21, 2010 (12:58 am)
Actually the Honda Odyssey 2000 Ex model is such a great car. After 10 years and 339,000 Km, its the 1st time I'm taking it to the mechanic for something major- the alternator died. After coming back from the mechanic I heard this whining noise(never heard before) whenever I try to turn the wheel.
This whining power steering noise is caused when AIR gets into the steeing system, ususally from a defective hose- which the mechanic damaged while changing the alternator. changed the hose ($9) + new fluid($10) + labor($40) >> Total repair cost of $59 and back on the road again. remember to bleed the air out.
This Odyssey is superb- it likes to cruise at 150km/hr- so I have to constantly bring it down to 130km/hr, it takes any corner at nice speeds without drifting.
This Odyssey is not your GrandMother- it needs to be on the Highway at least once every week. Press the gaspedal to the floor for 20 secs and see it go past 120km/hr and this will clean out engine+exhaust....then enjoy for 10 years+
My Odyssey is DarkBlue Metallic- looks best before sunset against the white head lamps and factory fog lights- excellent wheel span+tire size> best design ever.
Mr. Japan- 10 stars to you and my hat's off too- if you have another one at low milage- same color,same style- I will take it tomorrow, anytime. many thanks.
#49 of 89 Re: 2006 - Pwr Steering Pump Failure [rwall10597]
Jul 08, 2010 (6:54 am)
What is the best way to contact Honda re: this issue? My 2007 Odyssey's power steering pump just failed as well and the dealer would not cover the repair. I would like to contact Honda and see if I can get some relief as well. Very frustrating to buy a vehicle based on manufacturer reliability and have a major repair at 45K!
#51 of 89 Re: 2006 - Pwr Steering Pump Failure [kk112233]
Jul 08, 2010 (11:44 am)
I have the same problem with my 2007 odyssey and dealer is refusing to cover it. I had complained of noises in the engine, engine wheel shaking last year and they said no problems found but once the warrany is over now they say the pump is broken. I am going to complain to corporate. Very very frustaed with Honda.
#52 of 89 Odyssey Power Steering "Fix"
Jul 09, 2010 (9:54 am)
I have a 2006 Odyssey that has experienced the moan, groan, and hard steering problems everyone has mentioned. Honda did issue a technical service bulletin about this, stating that the power steering reservoir should be replaced...usually at the customer's expense. I found a "do-it-yourself" fix that has worked for me and seems to have fixed the situation. Here it is:
Parts List: one 12 oz. bottle of Honda genuine power steering fluid, available at the dealer for about $3, a 12 oz. bottle of LubeGard Power Steering Fluid Treatment/Protectant available from NAPA auto parts for about $15, may come in a kit with a power steering flush mix also. A siphon pump with tubing, may be able to find at Wal-Mart for a few bucks...very simple pump to remove fluid.
1. Use the siphon pump to remove as much of the old power steering fluid, and discard/recycle at your local oil recycle place.
2. If you want to use the flush with the LubeGard kit, then do so and follow the directions. You may need extra power steering fluid to flush the system. I skipped that step without any problems.
3. Add the LubeGard Power Steering Treatment and the Honda power steering fluid, to the proper fill level on the reservoir. Start the engine and circulate the fluid, turning the steering wheel back and forth a few times to get the fluid into the system. Turn off the engine, check the power steering fluid to make sure it is at the proper level. Drive and enjoy new peace and quiet and better steering feel.
I hope this "fix" works for some of you. It has proved a "fix" for me for the past 30 thousand miles without problems. And it is still working fine without problems.
#53 of 89 Re: 2006 - Pwr Steering Pump Failure [kk112233]
Jul 19, 2010 (7:11 pm)
Contact Honda 1 800 999-1009. My PSP was replaced today 45k on my 07 Odyssey. Not happy as I asked about the problem prior to today
#54 of 89 Re: 2006 - Pwr Steering Pump Failure [odyssey_07]
Jul 20, 2010 (6:45 am)
i contacted honda and my PSP is replaced under warranty for 07 odyssey with almost 45 k. They contacted me with in 2 days after i filed the complaint.
#55 of 89 Is all power steering problem related to reservoir problem?
Jul 26, 2010 (10:19 am)
I just had my power steering pump replaced by Honda under warranty. I brought technical service bulletin A07-005 about the power steering reservoir to their attention because I was concerned that if they did not fix the primary problem now, I will have to replace the pump in the future when it is not under warranty. Apparently in post #39, rwall10597 thought the ultimate problem was due to a bad filter in the reservoir causing air to get sucked into the system. However, the service technician said that Honda is very restrictive about their warranty replacements now, and because the bulletin is entitled "Power Steering Pump Whines, Buzzes, or Hums", and my power steering problem did not present with any noise, they are not going to do anything with my reservoir. So my question is, is it possible that there are a lot of power steering failures that have nothing to do with the reservoir problem? Or can they all be traced back to the reservoir problem, but not all of them present with the noise? If the latter, I am going to push the issue with the service department more, especially since my warranty expires in 3 weeks.
#56 of 89 Fixed hard steering on my 2007 Odyssey
Aug 14, 2010 (7:55 am)
If you have hard steering and the car seems to wander on the road even after an alignment then you may have the same problem I had. This seems to affect 2006-2008+ Odyssey's that had the new struts to make the ride softer than the 2005. I had a 2005 and it had hard suspension (rode very stiff). Honda used different struts starting in 2006 to make a soft ride. I have successfully fixed my own 2007 Odyssey struts and documented what I found. I had two alignments done and everything was in spec but the van still pulled all over the road until I fixed the struts and then got another alignment (all alignments were by the same shop and the same person checked the final numbers). It now drives very light on the steering wheel and doesn't wander on the road. I hope this can help someone.
I had already replaced the reservoir to silence the pump, but that has NOTHING to do with hard steering as long as the pump is silent. I did not replace the pump or the steering rack.
See below on the link for how I fixed my Odyssey.