1999 Honda Odyssey engine dies while driving

Discussion in 'Odyssey' started by sprunty, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. sprunty

    sprunty Guest

    Our 1999 Honda Odyssey (96,000 miles) has a problem that has the
    dealership tech guys somewhat baffled. Recently, we were driving our
    van when all the lights on the dash flickered, the engine died and the
    green Key light comes on and stays on. We had to put the van back into
    park to restart the van. We brought it to our local Honda repair
    center. They drove it, but the engine did not fail for them. The tech
    told us that his best guess on what is at fault would be a part within
    the engine call the Transponder, a device that identifies the keys with
    the vehicle or something like that. He ran a diagnostic of the
    Transponder and it was found to be working. A new Transponder would
    cost $237. I'm not too fond of paying that price for just a guess. The
    service rep also suggested having the van towed to the dealership when
    the engine fails. I need help with this problem. Could the transponder
    show no fault when hooked up to diagnostics, but fail during normal
    driving ? What else could be going on ?
    sprunty, Sep 6, 2006
  2. sprunty

    Woody Guest

    Almost anything could cause the problem. Any other keys in the ring with
    transponders. How much weight on the keyring. Honda ignition doesn't like a
    lot oh junk hanging on the ignition key. Could be transponder, could be
    fuel, could be almost anything. Do a search on www.odyclub.com forum for the
    problem. It has been discussed many times...
    Woody, Sep 6, 2006
  3. sprunty

    sprunty Guest

    Thank you for the reply. I do have a second set of Keys on the key ring
    (Toyota Camry) plus about 4 or 5 other keys, but those keys have been
    sprunty, Sep 7, 2006
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    I might be wrong, but I think the transponder is only needed to start
    the engine. It sounds exactly like the "Great Ignition Switch Recall".
    Dies unexpectedly, often at the wrong moment.

    There is no recall for your year, but the symptoms sound the same.
    SEARCH google for more confirmation.

    Read all this stuff about transponders to be sure:


    'Curly Q. Links', Sep 7, 2006
  5. sprunty

    sprunty Guest

    Ok - quick update. I went to the Odyclub.com website. I found a post
    from another Odyssey owner with the same problem. They replaced the
    ignition switch and that fixed their problem. I printed the page and
    brought it back to my dealership. Their tech checked the ignition
    switch and agreed that it was the cause of the problem. Why their tech
    did not check the igntion switch when I said the "key" light was coming
    on is a mystery to me. Thank you all for your help. I couldn't have
    solved this mystery without your input.
    sprunty, Sep 7, 2006
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