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One year ago i ran over a fire hose which tore through my exhaust and cat converter. since then, my 2003 honda element began to lose what appears to be, electrical power while driving, sometimes not always. i have had the computer board and 2 main relays replaced since but it started happening again. its been to the honda dealer and they tracked the codes. i am wondering if something else was damaged when i ran over the hose/metal.

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  • deb evans Nov 18, 2013

    interesting. even if they replaced the entire exhaust and cat converter there could still be a blockage? the computer did throw some codes at the time and it pointed to the relays and computer, so that's what i had replaced but still didn't fix it.

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    Arnie Burke Nov 19, 2013

    a data stream is the only test that can pinpoint the issue--its run w factory gear-codes readers are just general-takes xperiencd techs to decyfer-the block is probly just in the pipe somewher-a gud muffler shop can find it r

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Probly gut a blockage in exhaust system-will cause engine pwr loss-dealer didnt kno wat he was doin-typical------the alternator just doesnt generate at full strenth if motor is affectd-------get a diagnostic readout with values at an independent shop sometime

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May not be 'loose' wiring but you are headed in the right direction if you haven't already found the problem.

This is a common problem and is almost always caused by battery-related cables.

You will need to remove both cables at the battery and clean them with a $3 tool that will do both the female and male clamp parts.
You should also remove and clean the positive cable from the starter itself.
Since you are already dirty, take the extra five minutes and remove and clean the point at which the negative battery cable is connected to the chassis.
At each of these points, thoroughly protect the cleaned connections with at least a glob of petroleum jelly or (if you are at an auto parts store anyhow) 'dielectric' grease. Either of these will delay the next cleaning cycle by years.

ALWAYS remove the negative (ground) cable FIRST.

The bad connection is dropping ALL of the 12 volts when trying to start since the starter draws 100+ amperes and any cruddy connection is enough to drag down (drop) the voltage so far down that all devices that depend on getting at least 9-10 volts will reset themselves.
After the engine is running, a bad connection becomes less important since the other items being serviced don't draw anywhere like that amount of current and the alternator can operate these and still charge the battery regardless of the bad junction.

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I would take the Odyssey to Autozone (or some other of the same sort) and have them hook their reader up to you OBD-II port and get the exact codes that your malfunction light is indicating. They don't charge for that, and it will help you know exactly what the problem is.
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