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I've encountered the following situation several times in the past month. When opening the sliding door, instead of smoothly opening, it chatters as if the rollers are rolling over something. This has happened when the van has been sitting out in cold weather for a period of time (5 degrees F or colder). When it warms up, the chattering disappears. Has anyone else encountered this?
 

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Hmmm...just noticed this for the first time last night.

I noticed it was more like a clicking in the track while the door was in motion. It was very cold last night though probably not as cold as in Minnesota.

I was going to wait a couple of days to see if it continues.
 

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I've noticed this too. I think they should be a lot smoother and quieter. Both sliding doors rattle and squeek a lot over bumps too. Honda did not do their homework on sliding doors. Could have used a lesson or two from Chrysler in this department.
 

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Mine started chattering too after our first near-zero weather. They stopped when it warmed up. The noise didn't seem to affect their function, so I didn't take it to the dealer.

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I have Odyssey with manual sliding doors and have noticed this problem. I took it to the service station and I could not replicate the problem. He said it might be a greasing issue but apparently it is more than that. I wasn't thinking it would be because of cold weather but looks like it is indeed because of that.
 

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The problem is definitely temperature related. I've had my 99 LX for 70k miles and almost 3 years. With colder temperatures (anything much below freezing), the door "rollers" seem as if they have been flat-spotted. When temperatures increase, the problem goes away.

The severity has not increased over time. I would not worry too much about this.

FWIW, I live in southern NJ and garage the van.

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I took our 02 LX to the dealer for this sliding door problem. I told him it occurs in cold weather and it feels as if the rollers have flat spots on them.

They did three things -

1. Check to see if the rollers were OK - they were.

2. Cleaned out the tracks - though I can't imagine this was the cause. I did look at the tracks when the problem occurred and didn't notice any excessive dirt.

3. Lubricated the rollers with a lighter weight lube. They said Honda puts on a relatively heavy weight lube. In the colder weather, this lube may not have worked as well.

Since the cold weather is probably done for the year, I'll have to wait and see if this occurs next winter.
 

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eaglemtn said:
Since the cold weather is probably done for the year, I'll have to wait and see if this occurs next winter.
Lucky you, we almost had no snow the whole Winter but since the exact day Spring started, we had 55 CM of snow (21.6") :(
 

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3. Lubricated the rollers with a lighter weight lube. They said Honda puts on a relatively heavy weight lube. In the colder weather, this lube may not have worked as well.
Any idea what specific type of oil they used? I've got the same problem on my '01 LX.

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I don't know what type of oil they used. They explained what they did, but I didn't ask for any more details.

When winter rolls around again, I'll find out if it helped at all.
 
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