1999 Honda Odyssey 1999 Honda Odyssey Intermittent Engine S

Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Honda Odyssey Automatic 120000 miles

I have already posted a question and received an answer. Please find it below. But would like to get some clarification

I am little confused here. Can you please help me to understand the problem correctly? So that I can take the right action. If the ignition switch is faulty why I have this problem only in the after noons (Not in the morning at all) and why it getting stalled exactly in the initial 3-5 minutes of the drive. As I mentioned earlier every time I am able to restart after 20 seconds and most of the time there won't be any further issue in the rest of the drive.

My confusion is If the ignition switch is faulty why does it stall with in the first 3-5 minutes instead of the start itself and how does I am able to restart every time - almost 20 seconds after the stall and running fine again?

Could you please explain? Could you please confirm that the ignition switch is the only culprit? So that I can go ahead and get it replaced.

Previous Answer

Posted at Thu May 06, 2010 6:42 am
By KHLow2008, Certified 2CarPros Technician
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Hi zak99,

Thank you for the donation.

You mentioned the dash lights not showing when engine stalled.

If that is the case, you have a faulty ignition switch.

Previous Question

Posted at Wed May 05, 2010 11:31 am
By zak99, Have Donated
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Engine Mechanical problem
1990 Honda Odyssey Automatic 120000 miles

My 99 Honda Odyssey stalls while driving (May be twice or thrice a week). Its an intermittent problem.
If the engine getting stall it will happen with in the first 2-5 minutes of the drive and all the lights in the dash will turn off

If I try will get start with in another 15 - 20 seconds and the most of the time there won’t be any issues in rest of the drive. Very rare I have noticed that the engine gets stalled when I am on a red signal light also.

Frequency of this issue is very high in summer especially in evening hours when the out side temp is high. In the morning hours I don’t have any problems and in winter too. I suspect there is some thing going wrong with the fuel system when the out side is warm. Mechanic is unable to identify the root cause of the issue.

My ABS light is on for a long time. Is it causing this trouble?

As per the technical expert opinion I have already changed the Main Relay (Fuel Relay) but it didn’t do any help. The next option given to me is to change the fuel cut off relay. That I haven’t done yet.

Any idea what could be causing the engine stall? Does the fuel cut off relay replacement will do any help? Or is there any other solution?
I appreciate your help.
Do you
have the same problem?
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 AT 11:10 AM

1 Reply

Hi zak99,

You should always reply to the post so that notification will be received by the person attending to you. With so many questions coming in, a new question might not be answered as it can be missed.

For 1999 to 2001 models, there was a safety recall for the ignition switch for some Acura and Honda models.

I am not sure if that is the cause but you mentioned that the dash indicator lights do not come on when the engine stalled. Only a faulty ignition switch would cause this situation as the contacts are not working well.

Where electrical continuities are concerned, the hotter it is, the higher the resistance and intermittent failing contacts would be more prone to fail under warmer conditions.

The next time you start the vehicle and it fails, note if the dash indicator lights are coming on.
Leave the ignition switch on and turn on the wiper, does it come on. Note if the dash indicator lights comes on.
If indicator lights do not come on and wiper do not work, the power supply has been interrupted.

Slowly turn ignition switch off and slowly turn it ON again. If dash indicator lights do not comes on or flickers during this process, the ignition switch is bad.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 AT 4:15 PM

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