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  1. Protection against solids in fuel 2016 Ody

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    You siphoned gas out of your own tank, I hope? And why? There's often a bit of sediment that collects over time and settles at the bottom of a fuel tank. The fuel pump pick-up doesn't go right to the very bottom of the tank for that very reason. The in-tank fuel filter takes care of the rest.
  2. Who has the most miles on their 4th gen (2011-2017) Odyssey?

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    It's been suggested that the initial break-in from brand new could have some influence on how likely VCM troubles could be later in the future, with the idea being that if you really gave her the beans from new that you'd be better off than gently breaking your new baby in. It would be hard to...
  3. Stay or Go - 2007 one owner EX-L

    2005 - 2010 Odyssey
    The J35Y5 is equipped with VCM. I think on most Honda and Acura vehicles that have it, a VCM logo is stamped into the engine cover. That's usually the easiest way to tell if you have it. * Edit * a quick Google search showed me that the engine cover on a 2016 Acura MDX only has an Acura logo on...
  4. Stay or Go - 2007 one owner EX-L

    2005 - 2010 Odyssey
    It is normal for the piston rings to rotate around the piston - they follow the crosshatching pattern machined into the cylinder wall at the time of its manufacture. They're supposed to move. If they didn't, they'd wear a groove into the cylinder wall because the ends of the rings would be...
  5. What to use to tie down luggage and stuff?

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    This could even be manageable if there were any proper anchor points to tie down to in the cargo area. There aren't, so packing properly is an important life skill.
  6. Check Engine and VCM Muzzler - HELP!

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    Yes - you have that right.
  7. Dome Light Cold Case Mystery

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    Found it. This is for a gen 3 Odyssey, but I doubt the map lights would be all that different. Hope this helps. https://www.odyclub.com/threads/how-to-replace-map-light-switch-diy-pics.331481/#post-2129937
  8. Dome Light Cold Case Mystery

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    It's possible for the switches to wear out or break. I seem to recall reading about something like this quite a while ago. I'll see if I can can find the thread I'm thinking of. At any rate, I seem to think there was a happy ending to the story - the switches were replaceable.
  9. What to use to tie down luggage and stuff?

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    I've traveled like that numerous times and never tied down any of the cargo. Just try to pack the back of the van so that the cargo's center of mass is as low as possible - heavy items like suitcases or coolers laid as flat as possible on the floor and progressively lighter items on top. Jackets...
  10. 2015 EX....Power Tailgate???

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    There are four good options that are consistently used around here: VCMTuner II, S-VCM controller, VCMuzzler II, MaxMuzzler. These devices are all sold directly by their manufacturers. VCMTuner II and S-VCM controller have their own websites, while VCMuzzler II (@verbatim ) and MaxMuzzler...
  11. 2015 EX....Power Tailgate???

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    Yes, I think you absolutely should muzzle the VCM - nothing good comes from it for you as an owner. Even if you save a little bit of gas (which isn't a sure thing that you would), VCM is so hard on the engine and the active engine mounts. It isn't worth it. Installing a VCM disable device is...
  12. 2015 EX....Power Tailgate???

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    Welcome to Odyclub! In a 2015 EX, the tailgate is not powered. I think the lowest trim level that had a powered tailgate was EX-L.
  13. 2011 !! H E L P !! Brake lights not working after installing LED headlights/high beams/turn signals

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    I'm truly surprised at how many people think they can make the lights on their vehicles better than OEM by doing the mechanical equivalent of snapping their fingers. Obviously I know that lighting performance can be improved but it takes actual knowledge of how the lights are designed and how...
  14. Transmission Software Update Performed w/3x drain and fill

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    It's too bad your husband isn't open to muzzling the VCM - everything gets better and nothing gets worse by doing it. But that's neither here nor there for now. The TSB document you want to have handy is the one linked in post #21 in this thread from @jwzg . I've also quoted it below.
  15. Transmission Software Update Performed w/3x drain and fill

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    It's fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective) that not all engines seem to have the worst case scenario happen to them. Some people have very few problems while others end up with their engines in pieces on a shop bench. They are all susceptible to this though - that much is...
  16. Transmission Software Update Performed w/3x drain and fill

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    That is a catch-all term used to describe having a VCM disable device installed on your engine. Many of us here have them because the variable cylinder management system in the fourth generation Odyssey is a very poorly implemented system - it often does far more harm than good. Is it that you...
  17. Transmission Software Update Performed w/3x drain and fill

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    If you don't have any issues then you don't really need the software update. I have always done all of the drain-and-fills on our van myself and we haven't had a single millisecond of trouble with the transmission. I am 99.99% certain that our van's transmission is not running the most recent...
  18. Transmission Software Update Performed w/3x drain and fill

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    You can minimize the cost of getting your transmission updated and healthier if you take your van in to a dealership to have one drain and fill done along with the update. After that, DIY two more drain-and-fills and you'll be all caught up without spending a ton of money.
  19. 2018 Odyssey LX = PILE of GARBAGE

    2018+ Odyssey
    That sucks. Definitely dump it. Life's too short.
  20. First road trip (with mountains) after disabling VCM.

    2011 - 2017 Odyssey
    That is very good but it's more likely than not you'd do just about the same with a muzzler.
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