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Old 28 Nov 2009, 04:01 pm
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Default Honda Odyssey weird problems on damp pavement and highway driving?

I have a 2 year old Odyssey with good tires and religious maintenance.

When I try to accelerate on even the slightest damp pavement, it will go "clunk clunk clunk" and not go forward, like it cannot get a grip on the pavement. I have never had this problem with any other car, and it is even with the slightest bit of damp. What is the problem???

Also, on highway speed, sometimes when I accelerate, I get a "feeling" in my body like the car is not hitting all the cylinders, like a very brief "catch" sensation. My son thinks maybe it happens when you accelerate when the "eco" light is on. I am not sure, but possibly that is the case.

I am going to bring the van in to the dealer, but I don't really know what to expect or what to think about these problems. I'm frustrated because it is a new vehicle and it was expensive. Any thoughts or advice or similar problems with your van?
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Old 28 Nov 2009, 04:16 pm
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Have it tune-up. Check also timing. Hope this helps!
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Old 28 Nov 2009, 04:31 pm
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what model is the car? On some of the Odyssey's (such as the EX Touring) there is a traction control system that may be what you are feeling. The way that traction control works is this--when a wheel starts to lose traction, as would happen on a wet road, the wheel that is losing traction starts to spin faster than the other wheels. That triggers the traction control system. Depending on the system, some cars will cut out engine cylinders to reduce the engine power and that slows the wheel spin and allows the wheel to regain traction. Other systems pulse the anti-lock brakes to slow the wheel that is spinning faster (that may be the clunk-clunk-clunk noise. Some systems use both.

I don't know what system your Odyssey has on it. The shop forman or service manager at your honda dealer would be able to tell you. Most of the service advisors that meet you when you pull in won't know so ask if you can get an explanation from a mechanic or the service manager. Tell them that you don't know anything about the traction control.

also, there is no timing adustment on the Odyssey and the 'tune up' is simply a change of spark plugs that isn't required until 110,000 miles. I expect that you have very little mileage on your car.

best of luck
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