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Honda Pilot Maintenance and Repair



  • parksrparksr Posts: 11
    I have a 2011 Honda Pilot and the milage minder told me to change my oil at approximately 10,000 miles. It was at 5% at about 9500 miles. The owner's manual does not specify a particular number of miles to change the oil on this car. Sounds a little questionable, but I followed the milage minder. I usually change the oil on my vehicles at 5000 miles. That is until I purchased this Honda Pilot.
  • kingfans1kingfans1 Posts: 137
    I don't know. I never check my oil often. I just check my engine oil at 6,000 miles. It is about 1 quart oil. so I filled up with castrol gtx 5w 20.

    anyway. I need to change my oil anyway. I only drive in the winter. the car is only 6,600 miles.
    I bought it on Nov, 30,2009.

    Honda manual say I should change the oil every year or follow MM.

    one of the remote doesn't work. I have to press 6-7 times to unlock door. I don't know whats wrong.. anyone know?
  • samzsamz Posts: 4
    Regarding the remote, it also happened to my '10 EX-L but after I re-programmed the remote following, it started working normally again.
  • I have a 2004 Pilot as well, and had the exact same problem. I closed the tailgate to find that one of the bolts had sheered right through the metal bracket. The next day my wife closed the tailgate to find that the entire license plate came off. I'm not looking forward to what the dealership is going to charge for this. :(
  • larh24larh24 Posts: 2
    I just bought a 2005 Pilot EX-L three weeks ago and ithas been in the shop for 2 days with soaking wet driver & passenger side floor mats & carpets...they can not find a leak!! Do they think I poured water on it and drove it in to be inconvenienced for 2 + days (now will be 4 since they have it over the weekend??) water tested and can not find leak...checked heater core and they think it's from the sunroof drains, but after doing research for the last hour or so I see MANY complaints of the same thing with no resolution...any help would be much appreciated!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    There are limited possibilities here. The diagnostic tree, if I were to build one for myself, would go something like this in my head:

    1. Is the water actually water or is it coolant?

    2. If COOLANT, then it's the heater core or hoses going to it. That's it.

    3. If WATER, then it could be:

    a. clogged AC evap drain
    b. clogged fresh air vent drain
    c. clogged sunroof drain (not likely if both sides of car are wet)
    d. leaking windshield seal
    e. leaking body seam

    So if it's #3, it becomes a matter of testing for each under the logical conditions under which each might appear.

    Since both driver and passenger side are wet, I eliminated leaking outside mirror gasket or door seal.


  • larh24larh24 Posts: 2
    thanks...they've had the car since thursday and have tested the windshield and such, heater core & firewall as's still there and everything is ripped up, carpets and dash apart...i have a feeling it's bad seams, but that they aren't catching it...they THINK it's the sunroof, but it's a lot of water on the floor, the floor mats as well as underneath them are soaked....i don't want to have to keep bringing it back in every time it rains, and I have a 2 year old with horrible asthma so I can't get mold/mildew in it.....
    i'm so upset, I love this car, but now after seeing such a huge amount of complaints about the same problem with no resolution is making me feel like I bought a lemon....
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    Well really the possibilities aren't THAT many---it's not like an electrical glitch which can take 100 years to find. If it is THAT much water, and it happens only when it rains, it almost has to be the drains under the fresh air vents. They can trap a lot of water in a short amount of time.


  • Mr.Shiftright -
    What do you think about the 2011 EX-L Pilot? We are looking to purchase one, but are very nervous due to the transmission issues that people have complained about. Just wondered what your opinion was.
    I think we have a good price for one (35,177 OTD), No matter how low the cost is it won't outweigh a tranny issue.
    Almost seems it is better to not do research. We bought our 2004 Odyssey with no research and have had no porblems. Now we are smarter buyers and do our research. The result? No decision because we are afraid to make the wrong decision.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I have a 2009 (same platform), have 26k miles on it, and no complaints about the tranny whatsoever.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    edited November 2010
    My feeling is that if there's no recall and no TSB and no class action suit on the Internet, then it's probably a few people having bad luck. I suspect that since modern cars are so good, people have very (very) high expectations---even higher than the automaker, who puts a warranty in place because they fully expect a certain small percentage of cars to break.

    If you have a warranty, what's the problem? True, sometimes a breakdown inconveniences you, and that is very real and very annoying-----but my reasoning is, that with a 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty on a 20100 Pilot, if something is truly defective, it's going to break long before 60K miles. Honda goofs, Honda pays. Fair enough.

    After a vehicle has gone 3 or 4 times around the earth, however, I don't think you can hold the automaker responsible anymore. It's like a 60 year old man still blaming his parents for everything---LOL!


  • I have a 2007 Pilot and a new dog. She has some separation anxiety issues, when I left her in the car for about 5 minutes to run into a 7/11, she managed to nearly gnaw through the entire seatbelt on the passenger side of the car. I have looked at replacement parts online, but they are asking roughly $90 for two complete 3-point harnesses (driver and passenger). All really need is the new webbing. Is that impossible to get? If I were to find some, would it be pointless because of the spring in the retraction unit or the airbag connection? I talked to a salvage guy, and he said their really aren't any used ones because they lock up and are ruined when the airbags are deployed. Any brilliant ideas, or should I just turn off my brain and pay the man.....again. Too late to renig on the dog!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,404
    The problem is that no one will assemble, sew or fabricate anything for you, even if you had the various parts, due to liability issues.


  • Any chance you could find one in a salvage yard or elsewhere that was not involved in an airbag deployment? Or just a parts provider that would sell just the passenger side belt?
  • We own a 2008 Pilot Ex-L. My wife recently had it in to the tire shop for an oil change and tire rotation. They told her we should think about replacing the brake pads in the near future. I'm not handy, but my Dad is, so I picked up some high-falutin' front brake pads (the expensive ones) and went up to Dad's shop (garage). He took off the original pads - our Pilot has 70,000 miles - and looked at me like "you really want me to replace these good pads?!"

    And of course then we also had to replace the front rotors, so all in it was maybe $200. Much less than the shop would have charged. But the point is that after 70,000 miles the brake pads were in great shape. Granted, I think these new pads/rotors stop the Pilot even faster, but I never really noticed a deficiency with the old set up.

    FYI I would say my wife does 75% of her driving on suburban streets/state roads driving our kids all over creation. The other 25% of the miles are longer trips into the cities, or on multi-state treks where we don't use the brakes as much. But overall the brakes get a fair amount of use as a soccer mom vehicle.

    I'll add my .02...we absolutely love this vehicle. It has been 99% maintenance free, rides like a comfortable car, the all wheel drive is a gem in Minnesota, tows our boat like it was a lightweight backpack, etc., etc. Aside from my Acura TL it's our best vehicle purchase ever.
  • I'd like to replace the cabin filter in our 2008 Pilot, but I can't seem to find it! I watched the only YouTube video I could find for my search, and it led me to a Honda Odyssey cabin filter replacement video. On that one they show a guy simply dropping the glove compartment box (easy) and then reaching in and pulling out the filter. But clearly on our 2008 Pilot that's not the set up.

    It's possible there is a vertical filter behind the box, but at the bottom of the cavity/opening there's a grey metal bar that's secured firmly in place blocking my ability to free up the vertical filter (?; if that's what it is).

    Any thoughts? Or can anyone point me to an online video tutorial? Thanks!
  • leasenewbieleasenewbie Posts: 6
    edited December 2010
    [strokeoluck2] wrote:
    "We own a 2008 Pilot Ex-L. My wife recently had it in to the tire shop for an oil change and tire rotation. They told her we should think about replacing the brake pads in the near future... after 70,000 miles the (front) brake pads were in great shape."

    You should check the rear pads: while my front pads were still "good" at 74k on my Pilot, the rears were shot and near the minimum.

    A number of Pilot owners have also experienced this phenomenon as reported on other web forums.
  • strokeoluck2 wrote:
    "but at the bottom of the cavity/opening there's a grey metal bar that's secured firmly in place blocking my ability to free up the vertical filter"

    There's a DIY over at that can walk you through step-by-step.
  • tslen wrote:
    "My dealer is recommending replacement of the timing belt because it is 7 years old, though the manual recommends replacement at 105 K miles."

    The Honda Pilot 2006 manual states to change the belt at 105k or 7 years... if it's not in your manual, I guess the dealer is applying the newer recommenadation to your 2003.
  • Recently purchased a 2007 with 100,000k miles.
    Rear end made a thud, thud when moving. The brake right and left rear brake rotors had a bump on each one. Honda replaced them for $600 and the noise was gone. They said it was because pilot must have sat to long and caused the bump on each one. A car sits to long and get these bumps? Makes no sense to me.
    Does anyone know if there is secret warranty for this problem with rotors?
    Also, there was squeak in the steering column. $200 later and a new part and it was fixed.
    Is there a secret warranty for this steering column problem?
    thanks for any help
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