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honda odyssey's hidden flaw

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honda odyssey's hidden flaw

I bought a honda odyssey in 2018. It always keeps popping up a message "Shutter Grille Problem" after around 1 hour highway drive.

I had it checked by the dealer but they could not find out the problem. Why? Because when the minivan was sent to the dealer, it had only been driven a short distance and it was cool. They could not recur the problem.

The 3 years warranty is closed to void. I am stucked... :rolleyes:
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Hence the partnership with GM to develop new, shared SUV/CUV platform is no loss.
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Sounds like the shutters in the grille aren't opening. Demand that the dealer cycles them to prove they work. They should be able to do that with their software.
Otherwise drive to the dealer the next time it happens and demand that they immediately test it.
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Yea most dealerships don't want to waste time diagnosing things under warranty. Better for them to push the overpriced maintenance packages.

I would first check the grill shutter to see if there's anything stuck there causing it to not move. This post said it could be a fuse? Maybe check that too.

https://www.odyclub.com/threads/2019-ex ... ed.353931/
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The shit honda brand strikes again!

Seriously, when are people going to learn they are overpaying by so much for a product that is not what they think it is for the last 2 decades, and it's become worst and worst. Honda is a trash company, them being with GM is probably going to be an improvement.

I googled only "grille shutter problem" and a bunch of honda hits came back as a result. So add another problem on honda's never ending new problem list. Oil dilution and engine block cracking are my favorite besides the paint peeling and uneven tire wear.
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Here we go again. Lazy Honda engineering and poor execution.
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Active grill shutters! I'm glad Ford dropped that shit.
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vkizzle wrote: Active grill shutters! I'm glad Ford dropped that shit.
Completely pointless and just another thing to breakdown and throw annoying errors lol
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EP32k2 wrote: Completely pointless and just another thing to breakdown and throw annoying errors lol
Honda's misplaced idea of a technology solution looking for a problem, like their variable cylinder management. Total idiocy.
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Try a quick test yourself, try turning the a/c on and looking at the shutters, they should be partway or fully open. And on a cool engine should be closed.

I disagree with others, I think they are a good idea. Reduces aero drag and quickens warm up. And protects the coolers when they are closed.
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billford wrote: Try a quick test yourself, try turning the a/c on and looking at the shutters, they should be partway or fully open. And on a cool engine should be closed.

I disagree with others, I think they are a good idea. Reduces aero drag and quickens warm up. And protects the coolers when they are closed.
Good idea until they fail.
The small amount of efficiency it offers is not worth it.
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Probably has more of an impact in the winter, truckers and school bus drivers use it by putting those covers on their grills in cold weather so probably worth it to some degree but that's a good old fashioned manual method compared to a fancy tech one that's much more likely to fail.
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sandav wrote: Honda's misplaced idea of a technology solution looking for a problem, like their variable cylinder management. Total idiocy.
GM tried that in the '70s or '80s. The 8-6-4 or whatever. Didn't know that idea had come back.
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Winkle wrote: Probably has more of an impact in the winter, truckers and school bus drivers use it by putting those covers on their grills in cold weather so probably worth it to some degree but that's a good old fashioned manual method compared to a fancy tech one that's much more likely to fail.
Should have a manual push pull mechanism, like how chokes use to be controlled.
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Winkle wrote: Probably has more of an impact in the winter, truckers and school bus drivers use it by putting those covers on their grills in cold weather so probably worth it to some degree but that's a good old fashioned manual method compared to a fancy tech one that's much more likely to fail.
The reason why you see trucks/buses with covers is because they are Diesel engines. Diesel engines run cooler than gas engines so during winter they never reach operating temp and use more fuel, which is why covers are used.
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Lots of companies still use active air shutters.

Ford even has some wacky ones on their pickups for 2021 the lower air dam (will be great for all those that park by touch!) to make it more aerodynamic...
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thriftshopper wrote: Should have a manual push pull mechanism, like how chokes use to be controlled.
Stupid idea.
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Messerschmitt wrote: The shit honda brand strikes again!

Seriously, when are people going to learn they are overpaying by so much for a product that is not what they think it is for the last 2 decades, and it's become worst and worst. Honda is a trash company, them being with GM is probably going to be an improvement.
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Because it's true. People have the right to know honda is an absolute trash brand right now.

Everyone who wants to go deeper can check carcomplaints.com, read more there.

It says a LOT if Dodge now is higher in reliability than honda.

Everyone is still welcome to spend premium price for a mediocre at best quality.

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