Build based on design by Scott Sehlin
Parts Express Project Page with specifications
Modifications from original design:
They sound fantastic, very accurate highs and lows from a reasonably small speaker.
Photos of the build:
I would like to share my experience since it has happened twice with two different Honda Odysseys (2007 and 2003), both my own vehicles used for hauling equipment to the shop and also the family and dog – so it has to run well.
As many have suggested on forums, check the usual suspects (in order of importance):
I focused mainly on the obvious culprits at 160,000 km such as replacing spark plugs, swapping coils, full valve clearance adjustment, injector cleaner, EGR valve cleaning – but the problem always returned after a code reset!
In both cases, after much trial and error, it was dirty fuel injectors that could only be solved by replacing the fuel injectors. Even the professional cleaning did not work. The spray pattern seems to gets very weak at idle after years of use. Luckily, in both cases I was able to find the injectors at a reasonable price online (Rock Auto). Immediately, problem solved and the engine runs so smoothly you can hardly tell it is on. I now consider fuel injector replacement on high mileage vehicles as standard practice.
Lesson learned in troubleshooting – sometimes it is not the obvious solution, even with diagnostic codes!
Hope this helps.
So what is re-capping? No, it’s not the normal repeating-yourself-again summary of what was just said – it’s a solution to perhaps the #1 killer of electronics: failed capacitors. “Re-capping” is a term that you’ll hear when a technician replaces all of the old, leaking or failed capacitors in an electronic device.
This was a very common problem in older and vintage electronics, for example a jukebox that I’m working on right now has a dozen or more capacitors. Especially the paper variety from the 50’s and 60’s don’t last very long at all, a few years is a long time for those. Modern capacitors can last a lot longer.
As we can see on the lab bench, this is still a problem in much newer electronics using electrolytic capacitors in the 90’s. I just recently revived a Dell computer that was completely dead, and revived simply by replacing the electrolytic capacitors.
More tales from the workbench to come…