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How to turn off Eco feature off?

When I am driving (2009 Odyssey), Eco light going on and off distracting. Is there a way to turn this off?

Thanks,
Moorthy.

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  • Manny Vega Feb 28, 2018

    no you cannot turn it off

  • philwarner Aug 06, 2018

    I am surprised no one here mentioned the VCMuzzler or several similar devices available on eBay or other places. They all add a bit of resistance (82 Ohms typically) to the temperature sensor circuit so the computer is fooled into thinking the engine temperature is slightly below the 167 degrees F where it allows the VCM and (and the ECO light) to activate. Check Odyssey and Pilot forums for a wealth of information and discussion. Our 2010 Touring typically gets 25 MPG on the highway without the VCM engaging and 20 MPG around town. I can live with that in lieu of $1000 motor mount replacements and other costs of damage from the shaking and vibration when the VCM kicks in and out. I read that Honda actually broadcasts noise canceling sounds on the stereo to try to mask the vibration noise. So... you can in effect turn it off with no side effects other than perhaps 1 or 2 MPG loss on the highway but a big gain in avoiding repair costs.

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Eco on my honda odyssey make my car to shake when it turn on is there any way that feature can be shut off

Posted on Dec 03, 2009

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The Eco setting on the Honda's are pieces of ****. My Odyssey shakes and rumbles when the cylinders cut out and continues to shake while this setting is on. There has to be some way to turn this annoying, ride destroying, setting off. It's a computer that does this and computers can be turned off. The problem is no one wants to tells us how.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010

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    The Eco setting on the Honda's are pieces of ****. My Odyssey shakes and rumbles when the cylinders cut out and continues to shake while this setting is on. There has to be some way to turn this annoying, ride destroying, setting off. It's a computer that does this and computers can be turned off. The problem is no one wants to tells us how.

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Eco light on means: your car is able to run with 3 cyl instead of 6 cyl, this is an automatic system of Honda for saving gas purpose.
The more you see ECO the more you save gas. Hope this help.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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The shaking when the eco function light is on is probably caused by a weak or bad coil pack on one of the 3 cylinders that is firing when the light is on. im also a master technician who owns a honda pilot and think this is one of the worst ideas honda ever came up with. it does cause excess wear on the cylinders that are always firing. i am looking into turning off this feature in my pilot, and yes there is a way to do so. it may not be cheap though. will update with more details.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012

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    Brenda Kensinger Jan 02, 2015

    PLEEEEEEASE tell me how to shut it off!!?? PLEASE!! Im sure its cheaper than replacing the motor mounts.

  • Luis Mar 02, 2016

    how do you know when its bad coil an my pilot has 41000 mile is it cover under trans engine warranty

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I own a Honda Civic IE the ECO light keeps coming on and off...and when it does the car tends to shakes..I have read other solutions that it means that the car is saving gas...but I'm really concerned about the shaking of the car..doesn't it affect anything else on the car? Or those it mean that there is something else wrong with the car? should i get the car checked up? Please anyone who knows or have had the same issue as me please let me know..

Moira
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Just unplug one of the sensor connector. Your engine light will come on but the ECO will not work.

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Sorry, Moorthy, But this system cannot, and should not be turned off.
I drive the same car as you, and believe me when I tell you that you will get so used to it that eventually you will not notice the light anymore.
Like my colleage above said: This is a good feature in your van, and is what allows you to get such good gas milage.
Happy Motoring!

Posted on Jun 04, 2009

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  • neal_2222 May 03, 2011

    but my odyssey gives only 17 mpg in city even after ECO

  • mtous2162 May 03, 2011

    If your Honda vehicle is equiped with Variable cylinder management (or the "eco" feature as some people call it) and you experience vibration when some cylinders are turned off, you should know that this is NOT normal and take it to a dealership. If the dealer tries to tell you rhis is normal, ask for a supervisor or a manager. Complaining about it in a public forum will not help. Not even a little...

  • mtous2162 May 03, 2011

    Also, keep in mind that several things affect gas milage: wind, weight and spirited driving will affect the efficiency of any engine. All vehicles (Hondas included) are testee for gas milage in a controlled environment, on rollers, with no wind, the least amount of weight on the vehicle and slow acceleration. These conditions favor a large car, since it is not affected by wind or weight. I can get 434 miles out of my Odyssey (2006 Touring, de-paxed, with 81,000 miles on it) That is more than I got from my Sienna and my old Plymouth Voyager, etc. 17 mpg consistent in such a large vehicle is not bad at all in the city. Try to go easier on the throtle for a week and see the difference. Also, if you can, remove the lugague rack cross-bars when not in use. That helps some.

  • Info Junkie May 22, 2011

    mtous2162,
    It is not the light that people are complaining about, it is the excessive vibration that occurs when VCM turn off half the cylinders. This cannot be a good feature when it causes excess vibration as everyone knows excess vibration causes everything to wear out faster than it should to say nothing of just the annoying vibration and sound.

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    moir_08 Oct 29, 2012

    Yes..Info Junkie..its not the light that im concerned about..its the shaking of the car that concerns me that maybe there is something that need to be done or something to fix it from shaking...

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    Brenda Kensinger Jan 02, 2015

    it does NOT help your gas mileage at ALL. my motor mounts are shot because of this and they are $500+ to replace! I want to shut it OFF!

  • Rachel Winebarger Mar 14, 2019

    I did and this went to the Honda engineers and it a issue and the ECO mode can NOT be turned off in my 2014 I told them to disconnect it

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I have a 2014 same issue however mine is modified with a ramp so it’s not an option to replace I did the cpu update and still have this issue I was so escalated the video and recordings went to the Honda engineers who said its a problem in the van but nothing can be done I’ve asked to have the eco mode turned off or disabled and have been told it’s not an option.... the only option pointing more money into this ****** thing

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I have a 2006 Touring. All motor mounts replaced. One half shafts replsced. New rotors. New tires. Wheels are true. HATE the ECO function. The car feels like it has tire problems that comes and goes with the ECO light. Just a mess. I would HATE to take it on a long drive.

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The above answers are not the problem. We have a 2012 odyssey and they're built to run like that
Everybody complains about the same thing. My parents have an eco button in their crv which shuts it off on demand. Why didn't Honda give this option in the odyssey? I'm bucking up and dealing with it until Honda comes out with one that doesn't have it. By the way, anybody else have a constant whining sound in their odyssey when sitting still? Other than the kids? Just wondering.

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Sounds like the motor mounts have failed. The mounts are electrical that are supposed to cancel out the vibration when the eco mode is engaged, if the mounts have lost their liquid they will likely cause a vibration due to the unbalance of the crankshaft spinning. hope that helps

Posted on Nov 15, 2014

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    Brenda Kensinger Jan 02, 2015

    yeah -- mine are shot and they are $500 EACH to replace! this ECO system is a JOKE! it does not save gas... just costs you money in repairs!

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I got a 2006 touring odyssey with the frustrating eco light and vibration. Saving gas HA every time it does that I seem to be giving it more gas so it kicks out of that drive mode. There must be a way to shut off or Honda better get a recall coming soon. And the run flat tires.....again another dumb idea sooo expensive to replace.. What happened to Honda reliability

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Take the oddy to dealer and check the motor mounts

Posted on Jul 21, 2010

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    Katy Linn May 16, 2016

    I have had my motor mounts replaced in my transmission mounts replaced and the problem still exists

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