The #Odyssey2Indy traveled 1600+ miles last week as we took it on a family vacation and headed west. Why in world would we choose to take a 200,000+ mile van on a journey through the corn fields of the midwest? Hmmm, good question. It’s comfy, reliable and decent on gas. There’s always a risk and a potential for adventure when taking an older vehicle on a road trip, but with the right preparation, issues can be mitigated.
Prepping the van
To get our 2001 Honda Odyssey ready for the trip I performed a few, routine service items such as, AMOSIL oil change with a high quality filter, inspecting
the engine air filter and replacing the cabin air filter. I also inspected the front brakes and found that one of
the caliper pins was seized. A visual inspection of the brakes looked good. The brake pads had plenty of thickness to them, the rotors looked decent and the car stopped well, but had an occasional pulsation when stopping. Taking that extra step to inspect the caliper pistons and pins identified the issue. I replaced the pin bushings, pads and rotors. I went with a high carbon rotor with coated hats. We’ll see how they hold up.
While performing the front brake job I also had to replace one wheel stud as the the threads were stripped at the tip. This required pulling the hub off to get the stud out. A little more work than I planned for on a Thursday evening, but it needed to be done.
I always like to clean out the vehicle prior to a trip. Wiping down the interior, cleaning the windows and vacuuming the carpets. The headlights were looking a bit faded and I used the Mequiar’s Headlight Restoration kit to make them clear again. The difference was very noticeable while driving at night!
One last issue developed the evening prior to our departure – a front end rattle. Seemed suspension related, but everything was tight. After further investigation I found that the front motor mount had broken. Four bolts had broken which hold the top plate in place. I secured in place and while the rattle was sometimes still present, it was greatly reduced. Replacing that mount will be next on my list!
For those of you that don’t know, the name for the van, #Odyssey2Indy, came as a result of the goal when it was bought – to get it back on the road (it was a totaled vehicle) and take it to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. We made it to the 500 without an issue. On this trip the van made it back to Indy for the 24th running of the Brickyard 400.
In typical Indy road trip fashion we stopped off at McDonald’s near Mid-Ohio. Usually, early morning ice cream cones is the reward forgetting on the road early.
I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked. Never do. The van performed flawlessly. Fuel mileage is one item that I like to track during our trips. We ranged from 22.5 to 24.6 MPG. I add AMSOIL’s Performance Improver to my tank at every oil change and do notice a difference. The engine seems to run smoother and fuel economy increases.
The van did get its tires on Route 66.
It was a fun, family vacation!