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Fellow members, I need your help concerning a clunk that I've been getting evertime I shift into reverse from drive. At first I thought it was a tranny problem, took it to the dealer and they performed S/B A0065 (or something like that) to no avail.
My theory now is that I have a bad motor mount (the one on top, over on the passenger side). I see that right next to the two rubber pieces in the mount, there is some rubber residue (?), brown in color, on the metal sides. Can you folks look at your motor mounts and tell me if the metal sides of the mount are grey/gray/silver or brown too? Thanks in advance! Also, does this sounds like a motor mount issue (never had one fail me before) to begin with?

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Well, since no one responded to my post, I went ahead and asked some co-workers and most felt that it could be the motor mount. But, still I would appreciate any info you guys could give. Thanks again.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by DTKWOK:
Can you folks look at your motor mounts and tell me if the metal sides of the mount are grey/gray/silver or brown too? [This message has been edited by DTKWOK (edited 03-04-2002).]</font>
DTKWOK,

I just check the top mount on my 02 LX, and the metal parts of it are clean, dull silver. No other color or residue on them. However, I only have 400 miles on it, so it may build up with time.

As to whether or not the problem you describe could be a motor mount issue, I think it is possible. I was reading the Helm manual and the mounts do seem to be designed to actively respond to engine vibration, hydraulically I guess. However, the rubber grime you see on your top mount may merely be a byproduct of excessive engine movement triggered by the ACTUAL cause of your clunk, whatever that may be.

Good luck, and let us know what it turns out to be.

STLODY
 

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I assume you've had someone do the shifting while you watch(or feel, but be careful and watch first), the motor mount in question.

I also assume the dealer would have done that.
 

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Thanks for all your responses! I haven't seen the amount of movement of the engine, myself. When I said that my co-workers "felt" that it might be the motor mount, I didn't mean it in a literal sense. I'll be taking it in to the dealer for an oil and tranny fluid change this Thursday and have them look at it in the mean time. Will post what they have (or have not) found, afterwards. Thanks again for your time.
 

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Well, for those interested, I had taken my '01 Ody to the dealer to look at what I thought was a problematic clunk when engaging reverse from drive. The tech rep heard the thud and said that it was normal. To further convince me, he demonstrated the gear shift on 3 different Ody's (two '01 and one '00) and sure enough they all do that. He also said that the Accords (V6) do that too. So, I guess everything's normal (the good thing is that they recorded my concern, so if my tranny does detonate, I'll have some leverage). To make sure that it wasn't all a fluke, I went to another dealer and asked the same question, this time they only demonstrated on one '01 Ody. Yep, the thud's there. Hope this helps anyone who has had/have the same concerns I have.

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I seem to remember a post where someone had a clunk or vibration problem that turned out to be a rock jammed in between the chassie and either the engine or transaxle.

It might be worth a look to see if something may be laying where it doesn't belong.


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I too have the clunk. I live in Minnesota. My Ody was purchased the beginning of October, the problem began about Thanksgiving time when the weather turned colder. Mine only happens after a cold soak and if the temperature outside is cold. It only happens the first time the car is shifted into reverse. I just took it to my dealer this week and he also told me they all have the problem. I didn't have him compare it to other vans, guess maybe I will. It seems like a harsh enough shift that it could be putting an unnecessary strain on the transmission and eventually lead to problems. I have found that if I shift directly into drive that the clunk does not occur. I plan on doing the shift into drive technique to minimize the wear and tear on the transmission.

Just before reading this I called Honda and discussed it with them. That way if a problem develops in the future I have made a record of the problem.
 

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Just before reading this I called Honda and discussed it with them. That way if a problem develops in the future I have made a record of the problem.[/B]</font>
I just hope Honda doesn't cover this problem with the same enthusiasm as they did on other problems. That being, write a letter to all the dealers explaining that this is NORMAL for the Odyssey vans and then DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO FIX IT!

They save more money that way.

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2nd Motor mount replaced.

I had a rear mount replaced at 30000~ now at 45000 I had my front mount replaced. Why can't honda build a better mount?:(
 
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