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2014 Honda Odyssey Automatic Rear Tailgate Kit

by autosphere on 16 Nov 2017
Last week I installed an automatic open/close boot strut kit in our 2014 Honda Odyssey and have learnt a number of things along the way that I thought I'd share in a detailed review.   The kit came from the supplier and was listed as the latest revision with an improved soft close function.  However it was missing installation instructions (!).  I had to work with the supplier for step by step instructions as the existing instructions that they had were either for the previous generation kit or not for an Odyssey and this took a bit of time. Contents of the kit   Once the instructions were sorted out, the install was fairly straight forward.  The trickiest parts of the install was feeding the wiring through the cabin, through the waterproof tube in the boot and down in to the rear boot.   Mid-install wiring mayhem First impressions: The automatic boot open/close function is super convenient!  I've always found the boot required a bit of effort to close in one go and often had to close it in two bites (once with the interior handle and then a second time pressing on the exterior of the boot to close it).  The wife also loves the extra functionality for the same reason and the hands off approach to opening/closing the boot is now something we'll be looking for in a future vehicle we purchase.      There are 5 ways to open (and close) the boot: Click on the unlock button on the remote 3 times. Use the normal unlock button. Use the supplied button next to the open/close sliding door buttons. Use the close boot button in the rear handle (only works for closing the boot). Use the foot sensor.   Other thoughts: The foot sensor doesn't work when I wear slippers however works fine when wearing sneakers. The feature that prevents the boot from closing when something physically interrupts the closing sequence requires a bit of resistance before it cancels the close.  But it works. The kit allows you to set the boot height.  Great for shorter people! The wiring is designed for a left hand drive version of the Honda Odyssey, which is sold in China so I had to extend 7 wires. The boot struts emit a high pitched hum when open which is a bit annoying when you're installing the struts but not noticeable in real life situations outside.  The manufacturer says that this hum is normal and is quieter than other products out in the market.   Overall, the negative points that I raise are a minor inconvenience that is outweighed by the awesome new auto open/close feature.  The family loves the convenience of opening and closing the boot without having physically move or lift a hand and would recommend it for anyone who owns an Odyssey.  Its definitely something that Honda forgot to include when they released the car but this kit will address that issue!

The importance of regular oil changes

by autosphere on 07 Feb 2014
  A couple of months ago, I purchased a car with an unknown service history from the auctions as we needed a cheap car to runaround in.  Upon initial inspection of the dipstick, there was no oil registering so I decided to drain out whatever was left in the sump and to fill it up with oil before starting her up to see if the motor was in a working condition. Whilst I was opening up the oil fill cap, I discovered what infrequent servicing and neglect looks like: The black, solid looking substance which is clinging to the oil cap and top of the fill hole to the motor is oil sludge.   This shot of the head of the motor shows the extent of how much sludge has infiltrated the crevasses of the motor.   Its obvious that the previous owner has neglected to service the car and that the oil that was previously in there has become contaminated with engine metals, acids and air humidity, transforming it into sludge.  This oily sludge is solid and hard to clean, which in turn can clog up vital passageways in your engine if not removed. So, remember to change your oil frequently, sticking to the factory service recommendations at a minimum otherwise you run the risk of sludging up your motor and damaging it!  
K&N PS-7010 Oil Filter
$14.00
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K&N Pro Series Oil Filters have been specially designed for professional installers and service providers. Their high flow design can help to improve engine performance by reducing oil filter restriction. Our Pro Series Oil Filters have a fluted canister shape so they can be removed with a traditional oil filter wrench commonly available to commercial installers. These Pro Series oil filters provide outstanding filtration and engine protection throughout their service life. They are engineered to handle all grades of synthetic, conventional and blended motor oils. The pleated media provides high capacity making them suitable for extended oil change intervals when used in accordance with the vehicle and motor oil manufacturers recommendation. K&N Pro Series Oil Filters are available for canister and cartridge type oil filter applications
 
Part PS-7010 Product Specifications
 
Product Style: Oil Filters
Anti Drain Back Valve: No
Bypass Valve: No
Filter Material: High Flow Premium Media
Gasket Material: Alkyl Acrylate Copolymer
Height: 4.844 in (123 mm)
Outside Diameter: 2.5 in (64 mm)
Removal Nut: No
Style: Cartridge
Thread Specification: N/A
Inside Diameter: 1.219 in (31 mm)
Weight: 0.23 lb (0.1 kg)
Product Box Length: 3 in (76 mm)
Product Box Width: 3 in (76 mm)
Product Box Height: 5.88 in (149 mm)
 

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2013 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
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2012 VOLVO C30 2.5L L5 F/I - All
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2012 AUDI TT QUATTRO 2.5L L5 F/I - All
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2011 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2010 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2010 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2010 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2010 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2009 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2009 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT CC 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2009 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2009 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA V 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2009 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2.5L L5 F/I - All
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2009 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2009 AUDI TT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2008 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2008 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2008 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA V 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2008 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA V 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2008 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA GLI 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2008 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2008 AUDI TT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2008 AUDI A6 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2008 AUDI A4 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2008 AUDI A4 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2007 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2007 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2007 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA V 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2007 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA V 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2007 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
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2007 AUDI A6 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2007 AUDI A4 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2006 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF V 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2006 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF PLUS 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2006 VOLKSWAGEN EOS 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2006 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2.5L L5 F/I - All
2006 SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2006 SEAT LEON 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2006 SEAT ALTEA XL 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2006 AUDI TT 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2006 AUDI A6 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2005 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF V 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF PLUS 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 SEAT TOLEDO III 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 SEAT LEON 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 SEAT ALTEA 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 AUDI A6 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2005 AUDI A4 QUATTRO 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2004 SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0L L4 F/I - All
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2004 SEAT ALTEA 2.0L L4 F/I - All
2004 AUDI A4 2.0L L4 F/I - Turbo
2004 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 F/I - Turbo
2003 AUDI A3 2.0L L4 F/I - Turbo


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