Intermittent Problem starting


Asked by Jul 31, 2014 at 11:49 AM about the 2000 Honda Odyssey EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2000 Honda Odyssey with an intermittent problem.  Three or four times a year
I am not able to start our Odyssey for no apparent reason.

If I move the van (roll) it back and forth a few feet and then try to restart it, it always
starts up again.

Any idea what this problem is or what might be causing this to happen????


Ron Graham

4 Answers


Main relay

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Have you noticed that this starting problem happens when it is a hot day and you are making lots of quick to drop kids off at school...park and turn off, then get back in and drive to the store, park and turn van off. Return to van after a quick trip into store and van won't start. You sit there for a few minutes running through the Freak out list in our head that could be wrong. You try one more time and it starts. Bingo. It is your main relay. I now know that if I wait for 10 minutes or so, the van will start again, and off I go. I do not want to go through the expense of replacing the main relay. This is a common problem...according to the forums.

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I don't think it is caused by a hot day. I live in Maine, and we don't have many hot days. The problems is very intermittent, but it has happened at least once in the fall when the weather was in the 40's. I can tell you that if I leave it for a period of time (10min - 2 hours) it will usually start up on its own without any other action. Also, I have moved the van back an forth a few inches and that seemed to cause it to start. Still think it is the main relay?? Ron

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Janet Kelley

any answers to if you change the ignition and main relay and still will not start????

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