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Re: 2002 Honda Odyssey
The tracks may be clean but the rollers can get damaged. I found one door with a roller entirely missing. There are several rollers on each of three brackets; top, middle, and lower. For example, the middle bracket has two rollers which rotate axially in the horizontal direction to track the side of the rail---and a vertical roller to carry the weight of the door on the bottom of the track. If any of these rollers becomes chipped, cracked or simply are missing, you will get grinding noises and bucking problems. Use a strong flashlight and check ALL of the rollers for damage.
Of course because you are up hill the weight combined with the power the motor has it's alot of weight and in the owner's manuel it clearly says do not park facing up or down hill warning!!! door may close while in use and may hurt a passenger or occupent in or getting out the vechicle.
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The sliding door has upper roller, lower roller, and center roller mechanisms. These rollers can become damaged and rattle in their respective tracks. The upper and lower rollers are easy to inspect, as they are at the front of the door (top and bottom) and in plain sight. But the center roller cannot be inspected until the center rail cover (an exterior narrow long panel) is removed.
To remove the center rail cover, first remove the tail light assembly on the affected side. (That procedure can be found by doing a fixya search for "2002 Honda Odyssey brake light replacement"). Now open the sliding door. Notice at the front of the rail cover there is a small bolt. Remove this bolt. Go to the back of the center rail cover and remove the two screws (only accessible when tail light assembly is removed). Then slide the center rail cover rearward to remove it. Now you will be able to inspect the center roller mechanism and door cables. Look carefully for damaged rollers which will let the door wobble in the center track and rattle.
How do these rollers get damaged? When kids climb onto the doors and "slide along". The door guide rollers and latches were not designed to carry much more weight than the door itself.
Please check the aft track roller assembly. It is easiest to inspect from the rear of the van looking forward when the door is open. You'll see the rear hinge assembly clearly. The track rollers cannot be seen but you can pull outboard on the rear edge of the door--the door should not move outboard more than 1/8 of an inch. If it moves out more than this or feels sloppy, suspect damaged/missing track rollers. This will cause the hinge to chatter in the track and "jolt". It will also cause the door to misalign during the close phase preventing the close motor from properly engaging. Replacing this part is no easy task but doable if you are good with cars. Check back here for more details if you want to try it, otherwise get a competent mechanic or the Honda dealership to do it.
no, you just need to clean and then lubricate the door tracks on top and bottom of door. Also the door will do this if, after a door lever switch is operated the driver's door switch is pressed in either direction. This also happens if you attempt to open the door when the vehicle is not in park or if you shift to drive or reverse while the door is in motion.
I had a 2002 Odyssey with the same problem. I cleaned around the micro switch at the bottom rear of the door and checked the door roller bracket screws. The screws were loose so I tightened them and also sprayed the switch with electrical contact cleaner (special stuff that leaves no residue). Apparently this helped the contacts in the switch to close properly and the door was able to reset and work. Good luck.
I read about this issue while I was looking for a fix to mine. Try the following:
Remove fuse #13 for 30 seconds or more from the passenger side fusebox. This will reset the door and the clock.
1.) Disable the power door switch on the left dashboard. 2.) Remove the power door fuses located under the front passenger leg area. 3.) Manually open and close both sliding doors. 4.) Restore the power door fuses located under the front passenger leg area. 5.) Enable the power door switch on the left dashboard. 6.) Try opening the sliding doors.