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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 ATF VI - 100% Synthetic (1 Litre)
  • Low viscosity fluid for automatic transmission with slip lockup clutch
  • Transfer case and Power steering
  • 100% SYNTHETIC 

  • 100% Synthetic High performance low viscosity lubricant specially engineered for modern automatic transmission (manual mode, sequential mode, electronically controlled …) with or without slip lockup clutch requiring a DEXRON VI fluid.
  • Particularly recommended for use in automatic gearboxes, transfer case and power steering systems of American car makers GM, FORD, CHRYSLER… Asian car makers HONDA, HYUNDAI, KIA, ISUZU, MERCEDES, MITSUBISHI, NISSAN, TOYOTA... or European car makers FORD, OPEL…
  • Also suitable for use in older automatic gearboxes, torque converters, power steering, mechanical and hydraulic systems where DEXRON III H or DEXRON II D fluids are required.
  • Before use always refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle.

  • MOTUL ATF VI is a 100% Synthetic high technology lubricant featuring outstanding low viscosity performance with regards to DEXRON III and MERCON standards requirements.
  • Thanks to its exclusive and dedicated formula, MOTUL ATF VI:
    • Allows fuel economy for cars fitted with automatic gearboxes by reducing friction.
    • Improves automatic gearboxes reaction at cold temperature.
    • Gives superior automatic transmission response: smooth shift feel and minimizing shift time lag.
    • Provides anti-shudder performance to avoid vibrations on engine fly wheel.
    • Protects gears that are more and more numerous, compact and heavily loaded.
    • Extends life time duration, better shear stability at hot temperature and oxidation resistance.
    • Anti-wear, anti-corrosion, anti-foam.

  • Can be mixed only with similar lubricants.
  • Oil change: according to manufacturer’s recommendations and adapt according to your own use.
  • Before use always refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle
OEM Group Specification
Acura ATF Z1 (except CVTs), ATF DW-1 (except CVTs), # 08200-9008A, # 08200-9009A, #08266-99964
Audi G 055005 A1 / A2 / A6, G 055162 A1 / A2 / A6, G 060162 A1 / A2 / A6 ATF, G055540
Bentley PY112995PA
BMW BMW ATF 3+, BMW L12108, # 83 22 0 142 516, # 83 22 2 152 426, 81 22 9 400 275, 81 22 9 407 738, 83 22 0 397 114, 83 22 0 403 248, 83 22 0 403 249, 83 22 0 432 807, 83 22 9 407 858, 83 22 9 407 859
Chrysler ATF +3, ATF +4, MS-9602, # 68157995AA, #68157995AB, # 68218057CA, # 68218058CA, # 68218054CA, #68218925AA, SP IV Automatic Transmission Fluid # 68171866AA, # 68171869AA, DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid #68043742AB
Citroën RP 9734 R7 for EAT6 transmissions, AW-1
Daimler-Chrysler ATF +3, ATF +4, MS-9602, # 68157995AA, #68157995AB, # 68218057CA, # 68218058CA, # 68218054CA, #68218925AA, SP IV Automatic Transmission Fluid # 68171866AA, # 68171869AA, DEXRON®-VI Automatic Transmission Fluid #68043742AB
DS RP 9734 R7 for EAT6 transmissions, AW-1
General Motors GM DEXRON VI, DEXRON III H, DEXRON II D, GM DEXRON HP ATF, DEXRON ULV ATF, # 9986153, # 88861003, # 88861004, # 9986333, # GMW16444, GM1940184, GM93165414
Honda ATF Z1 (except CVTs), # 082000-9001, #08266-9904, #08266-99907, #08200-9005 ATF DW-1 (except CVTs), ATF-11 #B2618-OLE-025 ATF-TYPE 3.1 #08200-9017 
Hyundai SP-IV, #040000C90SG, # 00232-1904/04500-00115, SP-IV-RR, SP-IV M
Isuzu WSI
Jaguar Jaguar Fluid 8432, # 02JDE 26444
Land Rover TYK500050, LR023288, LR023289
Lexus ATF WS, ATF Type T-IV, JWS 3324, NWS 9638, # 00289-ATFWS, #08886-02303, #08886-02305, #08886-80803
Maserati # 231603, M1375.4
Mazda ATF FZ, MERCON LV, # 0000-77-122E-01
Mercedes Benz MB 236.12, A 001 989 45 03, MB 236.14, A 001 989 68 03, MB 236.15 (except FE benefits), A 001 989 77 03, A 001 989 78 03, MB 236.41 
Mitsubishi Diamond ATF SP II, SP III, ATF-MA1 # MZ320762, ATF SP-IV, ATF SPH-IV
Nissan MATIC S, KLE24-00002, 999MP-MTS00P, MATIC K, MATIC J, MATIC D, 
Porsche #000 043 304 00
Peugeot RP 9734 R7 for EAT6 transmissions, AW-1
Toyota ATF WS, ATF Type T-IV, JWS 3324, NWS 9638, # 00289-ATFWS, #08886-02303, #08886-02305, #08886-80803
Ssangyong DSIH 5M-66 Material Specification Rev 3
VW G 055005 A1 / A2 / A6, G 055162 A1 / A2 / A6, G 060162 A1 / A2 / A6 ATF, G055540
Standards Specification
Aisin Warner AW-1
Allison C-4
Jalos JASO 1A
ZF M-1375.4, M-1375.5, M-1375.6, ZF TE-ML 11
Products Specification
AML # 4G4319A509/AA/S
Fuchs ATF 3292, ATF 4400, ATF 6000 SL
Mopar P/N 68218925AA
Shell M-1375.4, M-1375.5, M-1375.6, L-12108
ZF Lifeguard 6, # S671 090 255, Lifeguard 6 Plus, # S671 090 281 Lifeguard 8, # S671 090 312

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