In this video I have a look at one of the more frustrating things in the automotive repair world... The intermittent! Lucky for me in this case at the very end I was abler to isolate the problem with this instrument cluster and make the call. Sometimes you just have to wait for the problem to get worse unfortunately. -Enjoy!
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48 thoughts on “Honda odyssey: instrument cluster going crazy”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leslie Q says:

    Why do the (idiot) manufacturers put a 160 mph speedo in a van, or for that matter, any car? I have one in my mustang and all it does is make it much harder to figure out your actual speed,

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Norman says:

    sometimes all it takes is the healing hands of a real mechanic.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GreenTools NYC says:

    mine did this then the alternator went on me. replaced it problem gone

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Miner says:

    Ghost in the machine…

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert w says:

    Stuff like that usually fails again about 20 minutes after the customer has it back and as soon as you’ve moved on to something else…. Leaving you looking like a jerk that didn’t even try…

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Wilcoxson says:

    It's haunted. Call a priest.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Morris says:

    Interesting, like the way you diagnose issues. Had a similar issue . Still hasn't done I anymore.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2ndGenBlazers says:

    GULP

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Turchan says:

    As Honda mechanic , great troubleshooting Eric ….. And remember if you can do it it don't mean I can do it ,,,, Lol

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars arie ettinger says:

    very interesting.iwonder if the problem come back.can you tell me which pin is the ground and the positive. i have a 2007 odyssey

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Boorman says:

    Likely a cracked solder joint on the circuit board.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 404 not found says:

    I had something similar on an 08 crown Vic. Took the cluster out and resolder the back of a board, problem solved!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Botero says:

    I fixed mine like that on my 2013 civic except I used a hammer and beat the crap out of it. 😂😂😂 could it be battery voltage fluctuation??? Sudden spike on voltage causing disruption on those sensitive gauges?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars shequila ellis says:

    What does the red circle at the bottom of the dash mean

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Viking 2121 says:

    My grandfathers 06 Honda Odyssey does this from time to time, most of the time its fine, then suddenly it just gets into its fits, I can't seem to figure it out as no one can seem to make it do it, I'll have to try this on his van and see, though being an 06, its slightly different.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Beauchemin says:

    This was not a crummy video! I found it nice.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PrayerMates says:

    Im having the same problem with my 2000 Odyssey. I don't really want to pull the instrument cluster nor would I have began there. So this is a very interesting video to say the least.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Verriden says:

    Enjoy your videos very much Master Eric. Was laid off Mar. 23,2020 Permanently. Worked out great because I was going to retire in November.
    Getting a lot of screen time because of Corona and have been watching all your stuff. You are a life saver !
    Had the same problem with my 2004 Ford Focus which would also turn on the chime and map lights. Never had this with the dozen Foci's that we had as service vehicles (2000-2002) I found no cracked solder connections. Rubbed the back side of the instrument cluster down with a dry paint brush and sprayed it down the a nice clear coat of Rustoleum (NOT A SPONSER). Ford changed the cluster in 2003-2005 THE PROBLEM NEVER CAME BACK. SUSPECTED HUMIDITY. MY SON GOT $250 FOR IT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO (6/2021)

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Up2NoGood says:

    Low battery voltage sets these things off…MB being the worst…And you can't use a booster pack\Battery charger.. The ECU reads the battery condition..Why I always check the battery before I hookup any booster pack or battery charger. I want to see what the real voltage is…

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Pert says:

    I like telling customers it got scared..lol

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Kerns Jr. says:

    Normally, to make it break again, just reinstall it. It will always malfunction again just after you put the last screw in. 😀

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NightHawk J30 says:

    The gauge well have to be replaced that sucks it be expensive

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NightHawk J30 says:

    Also on Honda/Acura you can do a gauge check with out the scanner. Its part of the onboard self test diagnostics.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars farm.central. ohio says:

    Gotta get the poop off the buggy somehow 🙂

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hondaslave1342 says:

    Brave man to be driving it on the street with those tires like that

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hondaslave1342 says:

    Low mileage

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheCaitlinlopez says:

    Normally something like this can be the result of: voltage regulator failing (they have a temp shutdown and over voltage shutdown, what happens is that the temp or the amps go down during an small time (while the voltage regulator is down) then the voltage regulator trips again.

    Same issue with Microprocessors (may be the reset circuit is bad, for example bad capacitor )

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dkis says:

    I got my great grandparents 04 Dodge Caravan with 49k miles

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christian Worthinton says:

    Yes! The pins look beautiful. Isn't the cluster connected to the ECU? Strange…

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tanya Anderson says:

    lol . see you are the best mechanic in the world

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EDDIE LEAL says:

    According to Google the problem is usually a faulty instrument voltage regulator or a bad ground. Erratic gauges, or gauges that seem to read uniformly low, are usually caused by a bad instrument voltage regulator

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EDDIE LEAL says:

    The cold weather does so much damage to vehicles,

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Simpson says:

    Your magic hands………..

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Larry Ehrlich says:

    Low tire pressure is the cause of tire blowouts. The excessive flexing of the sidewalls while driving causes heat..the excessive heat causes the tire to blow out. I purposely run my tires 3 psi above the placarded air pressure found on the drivers door jam. What vehicles do you see on the side of the roads with flat tires??? How about boat trailers, utility trailers, etc, etc, etc. no tire pressure monitoring on trailer tires!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Blackie Chong says:

    From what I saw and what happened it might of just been a loose connection and taking it out and playing with it made the connection better but as you nothing can be further done till it does it again may nee another cluster to repair the problem.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    So an Amish boy on a hot date and takes his buggy into the car wash. Now I've seen everything. Of course it reminds me of Eric's joke about an Amish drive by shooting–clopp clopp bang bang clopp clopp

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars vintage Bone says:

    Its problem with a1741 transistor with heat sink resolder it with the same transistor and check with all transistors in cluster

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nothanksgoogleplus says:

    I had a 99' grand voyager where the cluster would completely shut off while driving. If you gave it a smack it would come back on. Whole problem was one cracked solder joint on the back of the gauge cluster where the pin connector was soldered on. Once you got the cluster out of the car, it took about 2 seconds of contact with a soldering iron to fix the entire issue. I watched a youtube video for the same car and it was the same exact pin solder connection on that one too.
    Obviously not same issue for everyone though but that was cheaper than buying a new cluster.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars emvee16 says:

    Too bad you can't just hit it with a hammer to fix it

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KRTube75 says:

    Pop it open and resolder the the resistors. It's almost always the resistors. MOSFETs sometimes, as well. 95% resistors, though.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Awesome this is cool

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Lol well I'd check and see the reason for the left marker light on the gauge cluster or turn light would light as it was malfunctioning and briefly too when it stopped malfunctioning but it's all good

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Oh uts ok you see

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Check the left marker light turns signal

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Bambenek says:

    That was my world working on computers. You do the wiggle jiggle test and the problem goes away only to return sometimes.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david mueller says:

    My daughter had a hondu did the same thing ! Loose ground wire