Honda Odyssey Minivan transmission total failure (lockup) while driving on the highway

Discussion in 'Odyssey' started by qdn, Mar 14, 2005.

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    qdn Guest

    My brother in-law just had a scary incident with his Honda Odyssey
    (2002?) yesterday (03/13/2005).

    While driving on Hwy 635 (between Fort Worth and Dallas), the van just
    completely locks the front wheels causing a skid to a complete stop.
    He almost got rear ended as he can see smoke vented from the wheels of
    several cars behind him.

    He quickly got his wife an three kids out of the van and move them to a
    safe distance in front of the now disable van sitting in the middle of
    the left lane of 635 and called 911.

    This is shocking to me. How can a car completely lock up while driving
    between 65 and 70 mph? The only thing I could think of is a total
    transmission failure with broken gear/tooth causing the drive train to
    freeze. He engine is probably gone too.

    Does anyone had such experience?

    qdn, Mar 14, 2005
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    motsco_ _ Guest


    I had a Volvo that could do a trick like that, but it had a manual
    tranny, and the cause was the vacuum-assist brake circuit. Terrible design.

    I'd have thought he could still put it in neutral, and it would roll.
    Without knowing the mileage, all is speculation. He may have just siezed
    a wheel bearing.

    motsco_ _, Mar 14, 2005
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    Woody Guest

    Common problem with the Odyssey. Check out the forum at ...
    Woody, Mar 14, 2005
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    Mista Bone Guest

    once loose part from a poorly designed Honda transmission

    = explosion of tranny guts.

    The failed part is on the white bath mat in the lower right. The pinion pin
    was not properly hardened and was chewed thru by the pinion gears inside the

    non case hardened..........90k miles some abuse

    case hardened, 130k miles of MY ABUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mista Bone, Mar 15, 2005
  5. Nice Micro Center bag there.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Mar 15, 2005
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    motsco_ _ Guest


    :) My wife won't let me take apart the tranny on the white bath mat any
    more . . . I have to use the blue mat in the downstairs bathroom. :)

    motsco_ _, Mar 15, 2005
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    Pars Guest

    A friend of mine just bought out his lease on a 2002 Odyssey. Is there any
    preventative measures that can be done to avoid pre-mature tranny failure
    because of faulty design?

    Pars, Mar 20, 2005
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    E. Meyer Guest

    not really. Just change the fluid at the prescribed intervals and pray.
    E. Meyer, Mar 20, 2005
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    SoCalMike Guest

    add a trans cooler? even if it has one?
    SoCalMike, Mar 20, 2005
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    jmattis Guest

    The problem with the Honda transmissions doing this is inadequate fluid
    flow in certain areas of the tranny. As a result, the parts simply get
    too hot and break, jamming the gears. Since it is a heat problem,
    changing the fluid and/or adding a cooler is not going to do anything
    to stop it.

    Did he not get a recall notice I wonder? Half the people getting
    notices simply ignore them.
    jmattis, Mar 21, 2005
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    Pars Guest

    No, he didn't mention any recall notice to me. If not, I'll get him to check
    with his dealership.

    At this point, changing the fluids and praying sounds like the only

    Pars, Mar 23, 2005
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