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Honda Pilot Care and Scheduled Maintenance



  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    I guess you mean oil life not oil level. :shades:

    I change my oil at 7,500 miles (per my owner's manual), so I'd say you're just beyond the half life of the oil in your engine now. You probably have around 3,000 miles left before the indicator will get down to 5 or 10%.

    From what I've read, Honda discourages changing the initial oil in their cars early.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    I was in the same situation 40% oil life left at close to 4800 miles. Took a 1300 round trip mile to Canada from NJ and now have about 15% of oil life left so I think you should be fine to take the trip as long as it is under 2500 miles.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    It's funny how the Pilot's owner manual will call out for an oil change every 7,500 miles while most service departments from Honda to Jiffy Lube want you back every 3,000 miles. :confuse:

    It's rediculous how the need for revenue and profit will cause people to see if you're willing to waste your money.

    I prefer to check the oil every 3 months to check the level and see how dirty it is. I usually change it every 6 months which is 6,000 mile for me. If you take a service tech advice everytime without question, you will surely be pi__ing your hard earned cash away. The proof is in the little sticky thing placed on the inside of your windshield scheduling you back in 3 months!
  • Steve,

    I have also heard about not changing the original oil early. I can't find any justification on it though. What have you seen on the subject?

    I have 5100 miles on my '07 and the oil life is 20%. I have had the Pilot since Nov. '06 and plan on changing oil every 5000 so that I can stay on the 15,000 mile interval for other services.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    You can try an Advanced Search here - this is one thread I found searching on "Honda break in oil":

    stevedebi, "Honda CR-V Maintenance and Repair" #5332, 14 May 2007 11:44 am

    Scroll down to post #5345 in that thread for some quotes from Honda about the subject.
  • mercaramercara Posts: 291
    For my 1999 ML320 I changed with Mobil 1 every 7500 miles. If I had followed the onboard computer, it would have been about every 10000 miles. But i don't trust computers that much. My cousin now has the car with over 100k miles. No engine problems. I plan to stick with 7500 miles for my first pilot oil change and then maybe every 5k or 6K miles thereafter.
  • Hi. I've got a 2008 Honda Pilot. Just took delivery 2 days ago. All of the sudden I heard a noise coming from the engine. The service tech said it was the "time bolt tensioner". And it needed a new shim and bolt to fix it.... actually pulling it away from the manifold, so it wouldn't vibrate any more. Is this common?

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,992
    timing belt tensioner? hmmmm... wasn't this a TSB on early '03 Pilots? There was an issue with breaking belts, no? Am I remembering this correctly?

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Yes. There sure was. I have already looked it up. I am at the dealership now. I must admit, I am getting a bit soured at owning a Honda. This is more of an annoyance than anything else. But it's still annoying.
  • All the Pilot's I've seen at the local dealer have this listed on their "features" sheet. It is right there with the usual "splash guards" that apparently cost like $300. I've never heard it mentioned in my negotiations though.
  • Well, they are replacing the water pump and timing belt. I'll update after I receive the car back.
  • honhon Posts: 34
    What safety recall are you talking about? What is the number? Are you talking about the drive belt or the timing belt? Two diferent belts. Timing belt is inside the engine while the drive or serpetine belt is on the outside.
  • honhon Posts: 34
    The Safety Recall in 2002 NHTSA Campaign ID #02V226000 was supposed to be on 2003 Pilots. It was not supposed to happen any more. Supposed to have been resolved. Since it is still happening even in the 2008 Pilots, IT HAS NOT BEEN RESOLVED. Why? Does the NHTSA know about this or are they asleep? It is also happening in my 2005 Pilot. What is Honda doing anyway?
  • carollee3carollee3 Posts: 10
    I have washed and waxed many cars before and never have had the difficulties I am having now with a Black colored vehicle. Can you tell me a secret that I do not know concerning this particular color of car.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Some people use a "California duster" between washes to keep the dust down.
  • honhon Posts: 34
    What difficulties are you having? :confuse:
  • carollee3carollee3 Posts: 10
    After applying the wax it is very difficult to get rid of the haze and wiping off the wax is more difficutl than other colored cars I have waxed in the past
  • Hi Everybody,
    I have a certified 2006 Honda Pilot.It is due for its 30,000 mile service.The dealership quoted me $600.00 for servicing.Is that fair price for what they call a major service.Is there any kind of literature I can refer for servicing schedules.
    thank you very much for your feedback in advance.
    Ranjit Mulay
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you what Honda recommends be done at 30k and will tell you what it should cost in your zip code.

    It's about half your estimate in my zip code.

    The dealer is probably recommending that additional stuff be done that's not in the owner's manual recommendations. You may decide that some of that extra stuff is worth it, but remember that most service writers work on commission.
  • I had my major servicing done at 32,000 miles. My dashboard has maintenance light on with code 16(tire rotation and VTM4 fluid change). I am thinking this was done at major service. Dealer is recommending minor servicing ($120) which includes tire rotation. Do you think I need tire rotation every 7500 miles? Does automatic maintenance reminder smart to know what maintenance was done and what is due?
  • appliancemanapplianceman Posts: 2
    edited March 2010
    Packaged services like minor, major, 7.5K, 15K, etc. are meaningless descriptions. Look at what services are included in the service package. I'll bet that your "major" at 32K miles didn't include VTM4 fluid change - - first, check the 32K service bill to see a list of services performed; if you see that VTM4 fluid was changed, the mechanic should have re-programed the maintenance computer just like if the engine oil was changed (re-set to 100%). NO, the computer doesn't know that a service was done unless the mechanic tells it. Therefore, have the VTM4 fluid changed per the reminder (assuming it was previously not done; otherwise, the mechanic was lazy in not re-setting). The only exception is noted in the manual where you change fluid at 7.5K, then 15K if you drive under HARSH conditions.

    Yes, I think tire rotation at 7.5K miles is reasonable, if you tie it to another service like engine oil - - I wouldn't take in in just for a tire rotation. But don't get bothered if that's at 9K miles. After 40K of driving, I think the alignment is off spec enough that you will get uneven wear at intervals greater than 7.5K miles.
  • My wife got a service schedule last time she was in for an oil change. Schedule -C recomends along with what I assume normal checks that we have them "Install Wynn's Fuel Additive, Perform Wynn's Transmission Flush, Perform Wynn's Coolant Flush, and Perform Wynn's Power Steering Flush." Sounds to me like they are going for a lot of extra money. The cost of the 30,000 mile service is $529.00 in Baytown Texas.
  • mainewildmainewild Posts: 1
    edited April 2012
    2 things - First - We have a print out from our Honda dealer for our 07 pilot awd - it does not include a maintenance for what our mechanic is calling a 4 wheel transfer case fluid change. He wants $92 for that. Is that for real?

    Also he wants $194??? to change the transmission fluid while the dealer printout quotes $90. Is there something special about AWD that would make this changing of the tranny fluid cost so much? thanks.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    I just got the dreaded B-1-4 service indicator on "The Beast". The B I'm not worried about since its the routine Oil Change and such. I don't do the 1since the tires are fully covered and serviced by Goodyear. The 4 on the other hand is the biggie. I have been quoted by 2 seperate Honda Service centers as $1700 and he will need to be in between 8-10 hours total. Oh well, guess this needs to be done, but Ouch on the price for Regular service.

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