Try this for a Honda Odyssey with a power sliding door problem

Posted By on August 19, 2014

Last week my brother asked me to take a look at my dad’s 2001 Honda Odyssey because the power sliding rear doors had both failed. hondaodysseyThe dealer quoted $200 EACH to fix the door and since both had failed we figured it might not hurt to rule out a fuse or relay. I stopped and took a quick look and all was fine in the well marked under the hood fuse box.

I stop for lunch on my way to north east Ohio with this quirky issue on my mind and decided to see if there might be an issue listed on the Internet. Hmm, maybe, so I scribbled down a few notes and transcribe into an email for my brother to try (he would be the next to see my dad)?

  1. With the ignition in the on position, disable the power door switch on dashboard (not sure it needs to be on though?)
  2. Remove fuse that powers the instrument cluster and the one for the power sliding door in order to reset the door and the clock. Fuse box is under the hood in front of the passenger.
  3. Wait 30 seconds while you manually open and close both sliding doors before putting the fuses back in.
  4. Enable the power door switch on the left dashboard.
  5. Try opening the sliding doors.

My brother wrote back: ron_txtbubble


  • #1 Reds Fan

    We’ve sold our Volkswagen and bought a Honda because of the electrical gremlins and now will start worrying about the Honda. Be prepared for my phone call. 🙂

    • FYI … we’ve owned a few Hondas over the years, but am not a “gremlin chasing” expert. That reminds me, I need to dig out a few photos from my first Honda … a 1977 Honda Civic with 1200cc and 12″ wheels!

  • Hugh_Jazscheens

    Before buying ANY car, go to the library and check the (March?) edition of Consumer Reports (they often store that issue behind the counter to keep people from stealing it). That’s when they publish their “vehicle frequency of repair” reports. You can look at the last ten years of each model to see what broke, and how badly. You’ll quickly drop Jeep SUV and BMW Series 3 models for serious electrical problems, and narrow your search to reliable vehicles. (Spoiler alert: Toyotas come out on top.)

    BTW, learning that your dealer was ready to charge you $400 for a 5-minute reset should alert you to their general honesty. They should have done this while you waited — for free. Find another dealer.

    • AutoJoe

      The informed consumer is the only way to avoid many of the “just replace parts” repairs performed by many technicians today. A dealership is only as good as the technician assigned to work on your car.

      Better advice would be to develop a relationship with an experienced non-dealer auto repair shop — one with a good reputation that hires experienced guys and pays them well — this means “not the cheapest per hour billing rate.”

      • Hugh_Jazscheens

        @AutoJoe, I agree. Do a Google and a YouTube search for your problem before you even consider having any work done.
        My ’05 Prius burned out a headlamp in a tight area. The dealer said $400 to replace it by removing the entire front end of the car(??!!). I did it myself in 10 minutes (which I’m sure they would have done, too). A real-time video on YouTube shows a tech doing it in 2 minutes flat.
        Dealers don’t make much money when you buy a car — there’s too much competition. The real profits are in the garage. $90/hour equates to $180,000/year, and the tech gets $50,000 of that. Eight guys earns $1 million/year for the dealer.
        Watch the movie, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” The answer? The dealers, who would have watched repairs plummet.

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