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Honda Pilot Maintenance and Repair



  • jamie1983jamie1983 Posts: 20
    The VIN did not come back as a match, but will be taking it in ASAP. I have hondacare so hopefully whatever it is will be covered as I just hit 36k miles.
  • jamie1983jamie1983 Posts: 20
    So I took it in, they put it on the rack, couldn't find anything. I took them for a ride and he could hear/feel the problem. They replaced the lower control arm bushing thinking that fixed the problem....About halfway home I realized it was still do the same thing. I am going to take it back again this week. Any ideas? I may mention the front axle seal.
  • fagigifagigi Posts: 6
    Just noticed the brakelight does not working on my 2010 pilot, the problem should not be the lamp because I can see it working when I lock my car. It's my first car Anyone please provide me some information about the repairing.

    1. My pilot is less then 3 yrs and I also got hondacare extend warranty, is this repairing covered by the warranty?
    2. If not covered, should I bring my car to honda dealer or other auto shop for better price?
    3. The estimate of the cost?

  • The light you see may not be the brake light. The bulbs have more than one element inside. One for running lights and one for brakes. The brake light element is probably bad. Change bulbs and see if it goes away!!!
  • fagigifagigi Posts: 6
    I (2010 pilot 20k )went to my local dealer (metro honda) for changing oil, after the inspection, they told me I should change differential oil aswell, and better do it every 10k, is that true?
    I did not do it tdy because they charged $150, is that a resonable price?

    Thank you so much
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,422
    do what your owner's manual says, not what the dealer says, and you'll be okay.


  • I will be taking it in for the 3rd time on monday, this time I am meeting with the service manager. When would you notice the popping? Mine almost feels like something is loose, if I am going up a hill the left front wheel is light...driving up hill turning to the left so not much weight is on it...if I hit a manhole cover or bump it really rattles. Any ideas? I just don't want to go through the same thing as last 2 times where nothing is fixed.
  • I noticed it when I was backing out of parking spaces and turning to the left. It was easy to replicate and after a test drive the Honda techs said I needed a new left front axle (this is a short axle that goes from the transfer case to the wheel, not the old fashioned full length axle). Also they put a new boot on. The problem has not come back since. It first took place at about 12K miles and I am at $40K so far, knock on wood.

    My impression was that this was a common and well known problem with the 2011 Pilots, possibly already documented on a TSB. If they give you some nonsense to the contrary, it's time to ask to speak to the Regional Customer Service Manager, just to be sure, because it's a $700 repair.

    Now, of course, I do not know if yours is the same situation, but if there is a defect, it should be covered. In fact, they may be avoiding a recall by fixing it for customers who complain. Think of how many might not!
  • I have a 2008 Pilot with 55,000 miles, last week I noticed that the cigarette lighter was hanging out of the opening. It should be easy to fix but not sure how or which panel to take off to repair, need a suggestion please.
  • I have a 2009 Pilot Touring with about 61500 miles on it. It was my impression that all the major belts had to be replaced at around 60,000 miles, but my Honda service rep told me I could go all the way to 90,000 before replacing them.

    Does anyone have experience in not replacing belts until much later than usual?

  • tsytsy Posts: 1,551
    I'm pretty sure timing belts are around 90k miles or 7 years, whichever is first. The cars should be non-interference so even if it breaks it won't damage the valves.

    That being said I was surprised they had timing belts, I think most manufacturers have chains.

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I've gotten 62,500 on the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armors I had installed a while back as replacements of the OEM's. They only had a 50k treadlife, so I made out with that. I'm sticking with the Silent Armors since they worked out so nicely and have been a godsend with the off-roading I do.

  • jmac8jmac8 Posts: 12
    My 06 pilot with 97k miles has had to have ANOTHER catalytic converter(CC) replaced. The other 3 were under warranty/federal warranty. I get good gas and maintain my pilot well. Not happy with my 4th honda vehicle(multiple issues over the last six years). I will NOT be buying another. I never had to replace a CC on any other vehicle including a Lexus we drove for 10 yrs and 217k miles (without ANY major repairs!)
  • Hi: Up front, I am not a mechanic, I have rudimentary knowledge of the internal combustion engine.

    I have had two Pilots 4wd, 1993, the first I drove for 180,000 + miles, and my current Pilot has 95,000, also a 4wd.

    Aside from normal maintenance, more cabin filters, than usual and a blown rear speaker, I have had no mechanical issues whatsoever.

    I live on a Ranch in California, and both have been driven hard, hi rpm, low rpm, dust dirt, rain, mud, long idle times, pulling trailers (for hay and motorcycles) long distances.

    Never have I had an issue with a Catalytic Converter, and I don't understand how you possibly have gone through 4 CC's unless there is something fundamentally wrong with your Pilot mechanically.

    You could not be much rougher on the machine that I am.

    Please advise an old cowhand. Thanks
  • Don't be mad at Honda, you really bought an ISUZU, you just did not know it. I had a 2002 Isuzu Axiom, and it had loads of quality problems. Then ISUZU left the American auto market in 2009, leaving us without any service or dealers.

    Welcome to the world of ISUZU!! At least since yours wears a Honda name tag, you can get it serviced at the Honda dealer! p-documentid=434872
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,708
    The Pilot isn't an Isuzu...

    The Honda Passport was the re-badged Isuzu..

    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    Dan.... seeing the post about the blown rear speaker (sub?), did you have it changed out? Also if you did, did they replace with the OEM or did you upgrade? I was looking at newer speakers all around for "The Beast" and am just wondering what you ended up going with.

  • I took it in for the 3rd time, took the service manager out with me. Even with the extended warranty he tried to say they couldn't tell what it was and could not just try to fix things. Needless to say I was not happy that he and I could both hear there was a problem and after explaining my frustrating agreed to give me a loaner car. Turned out to be a bad left front strut. It was a very frustrating experience and was not happy with they way they were with the warranty. They told me even though I had a $0 deductible on my warranty I still should have been charged a fee to diagnose the problem and ride with me.
  • What city is your dealership in? I have never had that kind of experience with my dealership in Gainesville, FL. They've been outstanding. I would report them to Honda America, so they get their butts chewed out for this kind of shenanigans.
  • A friend has a 2004 Honda Pilot. Often he will insert and turn the key in the ignition and it won't start.
    If he presses the unlock botton on his keychain FOB, it then allows the car to start. Sometimes he has to do this several times.
    This issue happens with all 3 of his mechanical keys. It seems as if there is a solenoid in the steering column that is having trouble disengaging.
    Wondering if any other Pilot owners have/had the same issue or if someone has an idea on what needs to be done.
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