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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!  
Motul 8100 X-clean+ 5W-30 Synthetic Oil (5L)
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8100 X-clean+ 5W-30

Gasoline & Diesel lubricant - Euro IV & V
100% Synthetic

TYPE OF USE
  • High performance 100% synthetic lubricant specially designed for latest generation of Diesel and Gasoline engines, EURO IV or EURO V emission regulation compliant, requiring an engine oil with high HTHS (> 3.5 mPa.s) viscosity and "Mid SAPS" with reduced content of sulfated ash (≤ 0.8%), phosphorus (0.07 ≤ x ≤ 0.09%) and sulfur (≤ 0.3%).
  • Compatible with catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF).
  • Particularly suitable for the latest generation of BMW, MERCEDES, PORSCHE and VAG (VW, AUDI, SEAT, SKODA) cars.
  • Suitable also for any type of Diesel or Gasoline engines calling for ACEA C3 lubricant.
  • Before use always refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle.

PERFORMANCE
STANDARDS ACEA C3

APPROVALS
  •  BMW Long Life-04
  •  MB-Approval 229.51
  •  Porsche C30
  •  VW 504 00 - 507 00
Engines compliant with EURO IV and EURO V emission regulation are fitted with sensitive exhaust gas after treatment systems. Indeed, Sulfur and Phosphorus inhibit catalytic converters operation leading to inefficient exhaust gas treatment; and Sulfated Ashes clog DPFs leading to shorten regenerating cycle, quick oil aging, higher fuel consumption and engine power loss.

The BMW Long Life-04 specification imposes severe constraints to the lubricant particularly due to Valvetronic and after treatment systems compatibility. It covers all BMW engines from 2004 and also all BMW engines before 2004 as BMW LL-04 covers all the previous BMW specifications such as BMW LL-98 and BMW LL-01.
ATTENTION: BMW LL-04 product can be used for gasoline engines only in European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Outside those countries, a BMW LL-01 lubricant such as MOTUL 8100 X-cess 5W-40 is required. Refer to BMW recommendation.

The MB 229.51 requires among many other severe constrains from the lubricant a reduced content of Sulfted Ash, Phosphorus and Sulphur in order to be compatible with MERCEDES exhaust gas after treatment systems. These oils can reach flexible drain intervals managed by computer on board due to outstanding shear resistance properties. The specification MB 229.51 applies to some MERCEDES Gasoline engines, and to all MERCEDES Diesel engines, with or without DPF.

PORSCHE has introduced its C30 norm to guarantee the perfect lubrication of all their Diesel engines and V6 Gasoline engines (Porsche Cayenne). Approved “PORSCHE C30” lubricant fulfills all these highly demanding requests especially regarding oil film resistance. 

VOLKSWAGEN for their VW 504 00 and VW 507 00 standards requires from the lubricant to be fully compatible with their after treatment systems such as catalytic converters and DPFs to ensure the highest durability of most Gasoline and Diesel engines of VW, AUDI, SEAT and SKODA vehicles.

MOTUL 8100 X-clean+ 5W-30 fully answer all those various requests that BMW, MERCEDES, PORSCHE and VW have developed for their lubricant standards through engine oils with high HTHS (> 3.5 mPa.s), reduced Sulphated Ash, Phosphorus and Sulfur content (Low SAPS), suitable for use with modern exhaust gas after treatment systems.

RECOMENDATIONS
Drain interval: according to manufacturers’ recommendations and tune to your own use.
Can be mixed with synthetic and mineral oils.
Before use always refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle.

PROPERTIES
Viscosity grade SAE J 300 5W-30
Density at 20°C (68°F) ASTM D1298 0.847
Viscosity at 40°C (104°F) ASTM D445 71.7 mm²/s
Viscosity at 100°C (212°F) ASTM D445 11.7 mm²/s
HTHS viscosity at 150°C (302°F) ASTM D4741 3.6 mPa.s
Viscosity index ASTM D2270 158
Pour point ASTM D97 -39°C / -38.2°F
Flash point ASTM D92 242°C / 467.6°F
Sulfated ash ASTM D874 0.61% weight
TBN ASTM D2896 6.0 mg KOH/g

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