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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 HP-1015 Oil Filter
$17.00
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Originally developed for demanding race applications, our premium Performance Gold® Oil Filter is rapidly becoming a favorite among consumers for its durability and easy removal. Most of our automotive and marine oil filters come with a 1" nut welded to the top of the canister so they can be easily wrenched-off with a standard tool. To satisfy the demands of racers, our oil filter has many features over and above the requirements of most vehicles. We use thicker canister walls for extra strength and durability which reduces the risk of damage from loose rocks and debris. The drilled hole on the nut provides for safety wire attachment. Our oil filters also use a resin impregnated cellulose filter media. This allows for higher flow rates while providing outstanding filtration.
 
Part HP-1015 Product Specifications
 
Product Style: Oil Filters
Height: 2.99 in (76 mm)
Outside Diameter: 3.14 in (80 mm)
Thread Inside Diameter: M20x1.5
PSI Relief Valve: YES
Anti Drain Back Valve: None
Style: Canister
Weight: 0.4 lb (0.2 kg)
Product Box Length: 3.6 in (91 mm)
Product Box Width: 3.7 in (94 mm)
Product Box Height: 3.6 in (91 mm)
 


Applications:

Make Model Year Engine  
SUBARU BAJA 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU BAJA 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU BAJA SPORT 2005 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER 1999 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER 2001 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER 2002 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER L 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER S 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER X 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU FORESTER XS 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1993 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1994 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1995 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1998 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1999 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 1999 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 2000 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA 2001 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA BRIGHTON 1996 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA BRIGHTON 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA BRIGHTON 1997 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1993 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1994 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1995 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1996 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1996 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA L 4X4 1995 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA LS 1993 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA LS 1994 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA LX 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA LX 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1995 1.8 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1998 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1999 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 1999 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 2000 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 2001 2.2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 2002 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA OUTBACK SPORT 2005 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 1999 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2001 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2002 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA RS 2005 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA TS 2002 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA TS 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA TS 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX 2002 2 H4  
SUBARU IMPREZA WRX 2003 2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 1990 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 1999 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 1999 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2001 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2002 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2003 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2004 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 2005 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 4X4 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 4X4 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY 4X4 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY BRIGHTON 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY BRIGHTON 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY BRIGHTON 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY BRIGHTON 1998 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY GT 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY GT 1996 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY GT 1997 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY GT 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1990 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1991 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 1998 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 4X4 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L 4X4 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L ALPINE 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L OUTDOOR 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY L SUNSPORT 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LIMITED 1997 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LIMITED 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 1990 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 1991 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 4X4 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS 4X4 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS SP 1991 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS SP 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LS SP 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1991 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1996 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY LSI 1997 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1996 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1997 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1998 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK 1999 2.5 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY POSTAL 1995 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY POSTAL 1996 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY POSTAL 1997 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY POSTAL 1998 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY SPORT 1991 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY SPORT 1992 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY SPORT 1993 2.2 H4  
SUBARU LEGACY SPORT 1994 2.2 H4  
SUBARU OUTBACK 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU OUTBACK 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU OUTBACK LIMITED 2000 2.5 H4  
SUBARU OUTBACK LIMITED 2000 2.5 H4


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