I have an -01 Odyssey EX with about 145k mi. This afternoon when I put the car in reverse I heard a loud screeching noise and several of the panel lights turned on (the battery light, the lights indicating the opening of the doors, and Brake light). After a few minutes, I discovered that the loud screeching noise would come on every time I turned the AC/Heat on. When I turned the AC/Heat off the screeching would go away. The panel lights remained on, but they would flicker off every 30 seconds or so but would only be off for a maximum of 5 seconds. The van seemed to be driving just fine although there was a slight, occasional tapping/clicking noise. On my drive home, the panel lighting got dimmer and dimmer, eventually the radio shut off, the odometer went blank, and additional panel lights turned on (TCS and another one). When I got off the freeway, I noticed that my front headlights were very dim. Fortunately, my kids and I made it home. I turned the car on and tried to start it again, but it was completely dead. Again, the car seemed to be driving just fine, except the longer I drove the less power I had.
Does anybody have any input or suggestions? I just officially joined this group but have followed it for the past 3 years and it has been very helpful for me. Thanks.