Honda Odyssey Beeping Problems? (7 Common Causes)

The Honda Odyssey is a stylish minivan that’s perfect for family adventures.

Like most other vehicles, it has beeps and chimes that can be triggered for various reasons.

In this useful guide, we’ll help you diagnose the root of your Odyssey beeping dilemma.

Honda Odyssey Sliding Door Beeping

Beeping sliding doors on a Honda Odyssey can be caused by dirt and debris on the track rollers, clogged-up door mechanisms, dirty door contacts, faulty door latches, missing rubber stoppers and damaged sensor cable from the gas cap.

The sliding door on the Honda Odyssey is quite notorious for its beeping, and there are a number of causes for this and various remedies.

Check the Track and Rollers for Debris

It’s always best to start with the simple possibilities before diving into anything overly technical.

Make sure there’s no dirt, debris or food wrappers blocking the track, regardless of how small it may seem, give it a good clean with the vacuum cleaner.

Once you’ve checked the track check the actual rollers themselves.

It’s a good idea to clean all electrical contacts also.

Door Mechanism Gunked Up

Some owners have found that the door mechanism by the rear of the sliding door gets gunked up.

They’ve advised spraying it down with a lubricant such as WD-40.

Better still, take the mechanism apart, give it a thorough clean and then lube it.

Replace the Rear Latch

The door latch on the Honda Odyssey is made up of four different microswitches.

These latches can often become dirty which can cause them to not function properly.

This is because the moving parts can become stuck and are unable to make contact with the switches properly or the switches themselves go bad.

If you are experiencing a parasitic battery draw (battery dies with the key off) this is indicative of a faulty latch.

By replacing the latch on the rear door, this may resolve your problem.

Sliding Door Beeps 3 Times After Opening

If the sliding door on your Honda Odyssey beeps 3 times after opening then this may be caused by a missing a rubber stopper.

The OEM Honda part number is: #72572-S0X-A01

Some owners have 3D printed a new one whilst others have used a pencil eraser to solve the problem.

Sliding Door Beeps and the Sliding Door Stays Shut

Youtuber Dan Dunham found that one possible cause is related to the gas cap sensor.

By fixing the sensor cable you should be able to get the door working again.

Sliding Doors Beep & Cease to Work

If you are pulling the door handle, the latch is released but the door doesn’t move and you are hearing 3 beeps when
you try to pull open the door manually, and then the beeping turns into one long beep, this could be caused by build-up on the battery terminals. 

Some owners have been able to silence their door beeping issue by disconnecting the battery and giving it a clean.

It’s a good idea to use a toothbrush dipped in a baking soda and water mixture.

Once you reconnect the battery the door should work as it should.

Note: Once the battery is re-connected you will need the 5 digit code for the radio.

Try a Reset

Some owners have found that by simply resetting their sliding doors they’ve been able to stop the beeping.

The service manual states:

If the battery terminal is disconnected or No. 7 (7.5 A) fuse in the driver’s under-dash fuse/relay box is removed while the power sliding door is operating, the power sliding door will not be able to be opened or closed automatically until it is reset.

To reset the system, fully close the sliding door manually.

Once the battery terminals are reconnected or No. 7 (7.5 A) fuse in the driver’s under-dash fuse/relay box is replaced, the power sliding door system will automatically reset.

Make sure the power sliding door operates properly.

For 2005 Honda Odyssey models, to reset or ‘home’ your sliding doors, do the following:

  1. Pull fuse # 7 (a red 7.5 Amp fuse for the “Back Up” circuit) from the Driver’s side fuse box.
  2. 2Move the sliding door switch on the dashboard to the on position.
  3. Put the ignition key in the ignition switch. Even with the Driver’s door open, you won’t here the beep-beep-beep nagging you that your key is in the ignition.
  4. Turn the key from the 0 position to the II position. The car will now be “on” but the engine will not be running.
  5. Move the sliding door switch on the dashboard to the on position.
  6. Turn the ignition key back to the 0 position and remove the key.
  7. Replace the # 7 fuse.
  8. Put the ignition key back in the ignition switch.

Check the Fuses

Beeping from sliding doors may be caused by a blown fuse.

It’s worth checking to make sure that any fuse related to the sliding door has not blown.

There are multiple fuse boxes in the Honda Odyssey, make sure you are looking in the correct one.

Simply remove the correct fuse and inspect the strip of wire that runs through it – if the wire has a split in it, this means the fuse has blown and will need to be replaced.

Its best practice is to use a multimeter / continuity tester, this will tell you for certain if the fuse is blown.

There are various resources online which will show you where the fuse box for the sliding door fuses is located.

Honda Odyssey Beeps When I Walk Away

A continuous beeping as you exit the vehicle and walk away could be indicating that the walk-away auto-lock function has not activated and your Odyssey is still unlocked.

This can happen for a few reasons, namely:

  • The smart entry remote has been left in the vehicle
  • A door, the hood or the rear hatch is ajar and not closed properly
  • The van has not been turned off and you left the vehicle with the smart entry remote
  • Its possible you walked away from the vehicle too quickly – stay within 5 feet of the vehicle when you get out and close all the doors and then wait until you hear a second beep before walking away.
  • You mobile phone or other electronic devices could be interfering with the smart entry remote signal.
  • The engine is still running and you’ve left the car

To enable the walk-away auto-lock feature:

  1. Carry the remote transmitter while you exit the vehicle.
  2. Stay near the vehicle until all the doors are all closed.
  3. Listen for a beep.
  4. The system is activated.
  5. Walk at least 5 feet (1.5 m) away.
  6. Listen for a beep and look for the lights to flash.
  7. The doors lock.

Always listen for both beeps to be certain it’s locked.

To turn on this feature:

  1. From the HOME screen, select Settings.
  2. Select Vehicle. The vehicle must be in Park (P).
  3. Select Keyless Access Setup.
  4. Select Walk Away Auto Lock.
  5. Select Enable.
  6. Select BACK to exit each menu

You may also be interested in our article: Honda Odyssey Tune-Up & Maintenance Costs (Complete Guide)

Honda Odyssey Beeps While Driving

If your Honda Odyssey is beeping whilst you are in drive or reverse then this can be caused by the sliding doors if they are not shut properly or by faulty door latches.

First of all – check the doors are all completely closed with nothing in their path, ensure the tailgate is shut too.

Some owners have found that by cleaning the connections on both slider doors (spring-loaded ‘nipples’ on the vehicle, not the door) that the beeping has gone away.

Don’t use anything abrasive, a fingernail or a pencil eraser should do the job.

It’s always worth lubing/cleaning/wiggling all the connectors every few months or so.

If the door is shut properly and you’ve cleaned the connections it may be a problem with the latch, these are well known to develop faults.

Honda Odyssey Beeps 3 Times

If you hear multiple beeps this is likely related to the walk-away auto-lock feature. If you walk away too quickly, this can trigger the three beeps to warn you the car has not been locked.

The owners manual states:

When all doors have been closed and the smart entry remote is inside the vehicle, or if the smart entry remote is not detected within about 8 feet (2.5 m) of the vehicle, the auto-lock function will not be activated.

If you step too far from the vehicle (more than 2.5 feet), before hearing the first beep and you walk away you will hear the triple beep.

Try adding a slight pause before walking away from the vehicle and make sure the panel/computers are completely shut down with a Honda screen with a logo.

Alternatively, just open and shut the door again – this has worked for some owners.

Honda Odyssey Doesn’t Beep When I Lock It

If your Honda Odyssey does not beep when you lock the doors, this means that the Keyless Lock Answer Back feature is turned off.

When you exit your van and lock it using the fob, you have the option of having beeping ‘on’ or ‘off’.

This can be adjusted using the Keyless Lock Answer Back feature.

This can be set from the display unit.

  1. Go to menu
  2. Using the scrolling wheel, go down to ‘Settings’
  3. Then scroll down to ‘Vehicle Settings’
  4. Then scroll down to ‘Door/Window Setup’
  5. Then scroll down to ‘Keyless Lock Answer Back’

Note: the above instruction may vary slightly depending on which model year you have.

If it’s on ‘Off’ the car will make no sound when you lock it.

If its ‘On’ it will beep when you lock it

Then just use the return / back button to get back to the main screen.

Honda Odyssey Beeping

Various causes for a Honda Odyssey that beeps are due to the auto-lock walk-away feature, seatbelt sensors, a short in the electrical wiring, a key fob that’s been left in the car or a door is still open whilst driving.

Simple Common Causes

  • Fob still in the car
  • Van is not in P (park)
  • Door is open whilst the van is running
  • Van is not shut down completely
  • Auto-lock walk-away feature not activated

Seatbelt Sensor

A common cause for beeping is sometimes linked to the passenger seatbelt sensor.

The sensor itself may be broken or it might be triggering a beep if there is weight on the passenger seat such as groceries or a bag and the seatbelt is not fastened.

A simple test for this will be to fasten the seatbelt and see if the noise stops.

It’s always a good idea to ensure all doors and the tailgate are shut properly too.

Accessory Plugged in 12V Outlet

Sometimes your Odyssey may not like some of the accessories you plug into the 12V Power Outlet.

Owners have found by disconnecting their charging devices/electronics from the outlet the beeping has ceased.

Lane Departure Warning

If your Odyssey is equipped with LDW then you can have a beep included as a warning and this is normal.

Seat Memory

Some Honda owners have had success at getting rid of unknown beeps by resetting their seat memory – also known as the Driving Position Memory System.

How to reset the seat memory will vary depending on model year so it’s best to look in the owner’s manual for how to do this.

Check Your Model for Recalls & TSBs

It’s a good idea to visit the Honda recall page and make sure your Odyssey hasn’t been recalled.

There’s a chance it may have been and the recall might be related to the beeping.

The same goes for technical service bulletins.

Recalls are repaired by the manufacturer at no cost to the owner.

Resources

https://owners.honda.com/vehicles/information/2018/Odyssey/features/door-locks-and-walk-away-auto-lock/2/walk-away-auto-lock

https://owners.honda.com/vehicle-information/manuals

https://owners.honda.com/help/customer-relations

https://owners.honda.com/service-maintenance/recalls