Honda Ships New EV Instrument to Sellers And it's Simply A Piece Of Wooden


We have heard of automakers cobbling collectively vehicles with {hardware} store-grade wooden earlier than, however it is a new one. Meet Honda’s latest software for sellers to service the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX SUVs: a pair of 4x4x8 wood posts.

Sure, you learn that appropriately. Honda is sending sellers a pair of wood posts, very similar to what will be discovered at any massive field ironmongery shop, as a software to work on its new EVs. This identical software has discovered its technique to Reddit’s /r/JustRolledIntoTheShop the place the poster claims that Honda’s new “particular software” is “actually two 8-foot 4x4s with an official Honda half quantity painted on.”


That half quantity may seem like it reads “Ozark Kazoo” (and that is completely what I will name 4×4 posts now), but it surely’s really: “07AAK-KHZA100.” Honda calls this half a Dunnage IPU Help, and in keeping with the Instrument Launch discover affixed to the wooden, its particular use is to assist elevate EV batteries, presumably to forestall injury by offering a buffer (or assist) between the elevate and the battery pack.

Dunnage, IPU Help was despatched to your dealership as a required particular service software. This software will for use (sic) along side 07-EL-53000 EV Battery Help Fixture and 07-EL-53080 HV battery lifting system to facilitate the alternative of the Propulsion Battery.

EL-53080 and EL-53000 as referenced above are two Common Motors elements. The primary is named an “electrical car service cart,” a wheeled cart to carry the EV battery when faraway from the car, and the second is a “excessive voltage battery lifting adapter” which is for use with a Forklift to maneuver the EV batteries. On condition that the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX are each GM Ultium-powered autos, these elements all seem to tie in collectively.

A fast search reveals one vendor in Florida that may promote you this identical software—and its MSRP is an astronomical $179.48. For comparability, a single pressure-treated 4x4x8 put up at House Depot prices $10.68.

The excellent news, although, is that transport from Florida to Pennsylvania is a mere $9.77. What a steal.

So if one may simply run to House Depot and seize these elements, why does Honda ship them to their sellers? For starters, it is clear that Honda is aware of tips on how to service its autos. Hell, the vendor mannequin is constructed round doing precisely that, full with directions from the automaker. Having the suitable instruments to do the job is necessary, and we’re guessing that no tech desires to place their instruments away, degrease, and run to the ironmongery shop to get a big software.


One commenter additionally notes Honda and different sellers not simply to arrange the techs doing the work, but in addition to cowl themselves.

“Producers do that in order that means they cowl themselves for required instruments for repairs and maintain the times down within the store to a minimal,” writes person frank13131313. “Up to now, I’ve seen some particular OEM instruments despatched to us that had been essentially the most ridiculous issues ever, was shipped a Phillips head screwdriver for a headlamp adjustment software recall, oil filter wrench as among the automotive off meeting line had free filters, zip ties, butel tape, and so on…”

On the flip aspect, different commenters say that some OEMs instruct sellers that some elements of restore (like Loctite or rivets) are to be obtained domestically. It is not clear which is the case right here.

There are additionally a number of fascinating factors from commenters who declare to be dealership staff over the slew of instruments despatched to service Honda’s new EVs. Some state that the pile of specialised instruments takes up a whole small service bay. Others expressed their concern over the reported $30,000 dealership funding into the instruments required by Acura and Honda with a view to service their Ultium-powered vehicles regardless of the partnership being formally axed.

So, there you could have it, of us. For those who occur to search out your self servicing your new Prologue or ZDX outdoors of guarantee sooner or later, otherwise you simply need some candy Honda-branded wood posts to your subsequent woodworking challenge, you should definitely purchase a pair of real set of Ozark Kazoos—I imply, Dunnage IPU Helps.


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