Update on VTEC (Spool Valve) Oil Leak - Car Died on Freeway -- NEW INFO but Posting to an old Thread -
My good friend with a 2014 Ody EXL had his van die on the freeway while I was riding with him this week. Initial symptom was that his wipers went half speed or less when he did a single wipe. Then his ABS warning light went on, and he felt loss of power. He managed to get off onto an exit ramp and the van died at the top. His Odyssey has about 148K miles, faithfully dealer maintained.
He had just been to the dealer that morning for oil change, ATF change, and 'multi-point inspection' - nothing seemed wrong then. The dealer diagnosis: Spool Valve oil leak shorted alternator, and with no juice to charge it, the battery died.
The dealer is replacing the "spool valve", the alternator, and the battery. Over $700 in parts.
My question for all you owners of 2011-17 Odysseys is how many of you have had the spool valve gaskets leak, AND have any of you replaced the combination GASKET / FILTER made by Meyle and available from Rock Auto ? After my friend's experience, I am thinking of replacing just the gaskets and renewing alternator brushes at the same time. My 2012 Ody has about 155K miles on it.
Thanks for any feedback !