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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-max 0W-40 - Synthetic oil (5L)
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Motul SPORT 5W-40

Gasoline and Diesel engine oil
100% Synthetic – Full SAPS

TYPE OF USE
  • High performance 100% Synthetic lubricant featuring Full SAPS (Sulfated Ash, Phosphorous, Sulfur) technology, specifically designed for powerful and recent cars fitted with large displacement engines, Gasoline and Diesel, direct or indirect injection, with or without turbo.
  • Multipurpose product featuring numerous car maker approvals, especially recommended for vehicles still under warranty.
  • Suitable for all type of fuels: Gasoline, Diesel, LPG, CNG and Biofuels.
  • Compatible for catalytic converters.
  • If in doubt, before use, refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle. 
STANDARDS
  • ACEA A3 / B4
  • API SERVICES SN
APPROVALS
  • BMW LL-01
  • MB-Approval 229.5
  • Porsche A40 VW 502 00 – 505 00
The BMW Long Life-01 specification imposes severe constraints to the lubricant particularly due to the Valvetronic system. It covers all BMW engines from 2001 to 2004 and also all the previous BMW specifications such as BMW LL-98. From 2004, BMW vehicles require an approved BMW LL-04 product such as MOTUL Specific LL-04 5W-40, MOTUL 8100 X-clean 5W-40, MOTUL 8100 X-clean 5W-30, or MOTUL 8100 X-clean+ 5W-30. BMW LL-01 standard must also be used on all Gasoline engines running outside European Union countries, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Refer to BMW recommendations when in doubt.

The MERCEDES MB 229.5 standard is more stringent than 229.3 in terms of oil ageing and oil film resistance (extended drain interval: on-board computer), detergent/dispersant power (ACEA B4) and requests fuel economy performance: 1.7% fuel economy improvement versus a 15W-40 reference. The specification MB 229.5 applies to all MERCEDES Gasoline engines, including AMG and except SLR, and to all MERCEDES Diesel without DPF engines.

The Porsche A40 standard requires extreme high shear resistance from the lubricant. This specification applies to all PORSCHE engines, except Cayenne V6 and Diesel versions (for these specific engines, use an approved Porsche C30 lubricant such as MOTUL 8100 X-clean+ 5W-30).

MOTUL 8100 X-max 0W-40 meets all these very demanding requirements of performance and durability set by OEMs, as well as the latest level of international stantard API. The API SN standard requires from the lubricant performance an outstanding detergent/dispersant power, a better viscosity increase resistance against deposits, and high lubricating properties such as wear protection and high temperature resistance for better controlled oil consumption and perfect engine protection over the oil drain interval.

The viscosity grade SAE 0W-40 minimizes oil hydrodynamic friction, allowing fuel economy especially when oil is cold. Improves oil flow at start up, faster oil pressure build up, faster rev raisings and faster operating temperature reach. Environment friendly, this type of oil allows fuel consumption reduction and therefore minimizes greenhouse gases (CO2) emissions.

Numerous OEMs such as NISSAN, JAGUAR, LAND-ROVER, etc… recommend using a lubricant with 0W-40 viscosity grade and at least API SM for most of their sporty vehicles like for example the NISSAN GT-R, 370Z, 350Z,…

MOTUL 8100 X-max 0W-40 formulation is the perfect balance between fuel economy linked to its viscosity grade and outstanding lubrication performance (high HTHS > 3.5 mPa.s). 

RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Drain interval: refer to manufacturers’ recommendations and tune to your own use.
  • MOTUL 8100 X-max 0W-40 can be mixed with synthetic or mineral oils.
  • Before use always refer to the owner manual or handbook of the vehicle. 

PROPERTIES
Viscosity grade SAE J 300 0W-40
Density at 20°C (68°F) ASTM D1298 0.841
Viscosity at 40°C (104°F) ASTM D445 76.2 mm²/s
Viscosity at 100°C (212°F) ASTM D445 13.5 mm²/s
HTHS viscosity at 150°C (302°F) ASTM D4741 3.6 mPa.s
Viscosity Index ASTM D2270 184
Pour point ASTM D97 -45°C / -49°F
Flash point ASTM D92 228°C / 442°F
Sulfated ash ASTM D874 1.1% weight
TBN ASTM D2896 10.1 mg KOH/g 

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