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Hi all. This is my first post, so bear with me if I rant and rave.
1. Picked up van April 2001, after waiting 7 months.
2. Noticed the thumping sound coming from the rear of the van. Concerned, I went back to dealer. They said it was normal. STRIKE ONE.
3. At about 1500 miles the front brakes started squealing during light braking and while backing out of my driveway. STRIKE TWO.
4. Now with about 4000 miles on the van, I have noticed the sliders are squeaking when closed, especially when going up or down a driveway apron and when traveling on roads that are even slightly bumpy. STRIKE THREE.


I had to wait seven long months for this van. And now I don't even want to drive the darn thing. I mean, if all this has happened so soon, what else am I in for?


Took the van in for the first service last week and told the dealer to check the brakes and the sliders. They adjusted the doors. It was good for about a day, the squeaking is now worse than before. The squealing brakes (oh, you'll love this one) are caused by "condensation" which forms on the rotors as they cool down. I told you it was a good one. I've been working on brakes for 20 years and I know what causes squealing on disc brakes and it sure ain't condensation.


I guess I should have bought a Ford, Dodge or Chevy. At least I would have expected problems.
 

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First - welcome to the club!
Second, and at the risk of inciting a flame war, don't you think you're being a little picky? It's a Honda, not a Bentley. The thumping sound is the gas in the gas tank. A known 'feature' of the Odyssey, and I believe the Acura MDX has the same problem. It's not a safety problem and you rarely hear it in my experience. Squeaking brakes can happen to anybody. I have had squeaking brakes in my Ford Taurus and my Audi A4 (ex) soon after getting new pads. The squeaking came and went. I believe there is some spray you can apply to eliminate the squeaking - as long as the pads and rotors are OK there's nothing to worry about. Oh, my sliders started rattling after 700 MILES. What did I do? I took the advice of this forum and bought a can of silicon spray from Pep Boys for $2, and sprayed the rubber seals liberally. Problem gone. If these are the only problems I have with my van (or any other vehicle) I will be very pleased.


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Richard
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[This message has been edited by pearsonrj (edited 12-13-2001).]
 

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My O1 LX has been squeaking in reverse for almost the whole time I've had it. I just took it in for its 7500 mile service, and the service person said Honda is aware of it, and they are trying to get a fix. Another post here "Brake sound in reverse" has another person's dealer tell him why it happens. Look for that to see if it makes sense, cause I really didn't get it (something to do with calipers).

You sound a lot like a friend of mine who very much regretted her Ody purchase. She wished she had gone with Toyota. I told her to try and trade it in to Toyota, and she actually got almost full sticker price for a van with 30,000 miles on it! Now, you can't do that with a Dodge, Chevy, or Ford! So if this doesn't work out for you, think of your Ody as investment in a really highly lucrative trade-in and get yourself a Sienna. She's much happier with it. (But they have problems, too, I've heard...) Hope things work out for you.
 

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My brakes go 'in' when I am waiting at the lights. I thought this happens only with ooold cars. Can anybody tell me if this something that I should be concerned about?

I thought disc brakes would be really smooth all the way. I drove a rental Pontiac Grand Prix about 3 years ago with disc brakes. I never drove another vehicle with 4 wheel discs. I was impressed with the brakes on that vehicle. The car seemed to brake just as much as I want. No sticking .. Nothing.
I attributed all the good qualities of that car to the 4 wheel discs. Was I wrong?
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by honda4:
My brakes go 'in' when I am waiting at the lights. I thought this happens only with ooold cars. Can anybody tell me if this something that I should be concerned about?</font>
I think this has to do with the vacuum being lower at idle. Lower vacuum = lower boost to the master cylinder for the brakes. Not really an Odyssey feature, just fluid dynamics and physics at work. I hope my memory is correct on this one!
 

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Hello all,

We have a 2001 EX, it's been really good. We are just short of 6k and the brakes are very smooth and free of noise. They do get "soft and go in" while stopped and holding the peddal down. Our brake peddal however has a lot of play left to right. It feels really sloppy. Anyone else get that?
 

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I'm with pearsonrj. I've got almost 29K on my 01 since I bought it in the middle of May. NO problems. But it would be nice if our products were as perfect as we expect everyone elses to be.

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AL
 
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