Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions

There are 1994 comments on the Edmunds.com story from Jan 27, 2006, titled Honda Pilot Owners: Problems & Solutions. In it, Edmunds.com reports that:

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Mona

Greeley, CO

#847 May 30, 2008
Has anyone experienced problems with the ignition in their 2003 Pilot? Ours just passed 60,000 and we started having difficulty getting the key in, then it was getting difficult to turn it over. Had to replace and rekey it to a tune of $560.sigh...
Sid from S Calif

Mali

#848 May 30, 2008
Julie wrote:
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Teresa, I had the exact problem and the dealer told me the exact rodent routine - not once but twice and I'm having a hard time believing that!
We had similar problem. A/C didn't blow cold air, not working correctly. Advised rodent chewed thru some wires. In fact, advised us that they found the rodent and pulled his carcus out. A week later, on vacation over 1000 miles away, the A/C is kaput again. Took to dealer nearby and he says it's rodent damage. Clearly, they are advised to defer to rodent damage when they can't figure out what the problem is. In the end, it just needed freon. Idiots.
Console1

Dumfries, VA

#849 May 31, 2008
I lost some papers through the sliding cover in the center console in my 2004 Pilot How can I open it?
Jim in NH

Hudson, NH

#850 Jun 1, 2008
My 2003 Pilot EX has a busted ignition switch. Cannot insert the key easily, or if you do manage to insert it, you can't turn it. Anyone know if there is any hope of a recall replacement on this? [email protected] (remove NOSPAM)

Thanks.
Kimberly wrote:
I tried to start my 2003 Pilot last night and the key won't budge. It must be an ignition switch problem. Does anybody know where we can report this to possibly get it recalled by Honda since it is obviously happening to quite a few people.
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gopher42

Elko, MN

#851 Jun 2, 2008
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot. Can anyone tell me why I have no low beam headlights? The halogen bulbs were replaced which didn't correct the problem.
Sim

Valley Forge, PA

#852 Jun 4, 2008
Curtis wrote:
I have the same identical problem with my 2003 Pilot. Have taken to dealer on several times but they always states that everything is okay. Just took it in for smoke coming from intrument panel, don't know if this is related to past history or not. In the past, if I left the door open for 2 minutes with the inside lights on the battery would go dead, simply jump start would start immediately. I think there is a definitely a problem with the Pilot electrial system which the dealerships are not telling us.
Had a 2005 Pilot also had a problem starting had to jump start it a number of times, only had 18,000 miles on it, never could get a clear answer as to why it kept doing it. Traded it in for an Odyessy.
Katie

Verona, WI

#853 Jun 7, 2008
Larry wrote:
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American Honda has agreed to replace all upholstery. All costs covered!
My 2007 Honda Pilot has the same upholstry issue... How did you go about getting them to fix it?
Vic

Quito, Ecuador

#854 Jun 9, 2008
I have a 2007 Pilot with a little over 6K miles. Making a right turn onto my driveway it makes an awfull "thump" noise. Took it to the dealer they lubed the hatch's rubber feet and adjusted the lock and sent me on my way. Now the noise is nnot lny n my driveway (slight incline) but it happens randomly while driving, some turns, some road inperfections... VERY annoying. Any suggestions?
hedgehog

Chicago, IL

#855 Jun 11, 2008
marina wrote:
I have a 2003 honda pilot and on a road trip last month the engine light and vtm-4 light kicked on. We took it to the dealership and they said the computer read a misfiring piston. They put in injecter cleaner and turned off the light. The light stayed off for a day but then kicked on again. We called the dealership and we were going to bring it in again, but after we filled up the tank, the lights clicked off again. SO we cancelled. SInce then the lights will come on and off while driving(not blinking). WE added fuel injecter cleaner and once the light clicked off only to come on again a day later. It seems the car is fine only this darn misfiring piston, but I can't help feeling that we could be damaging the car by continuing to drive. Any ideas or similar problems?
You have two different issues. The misfiring is an engine issue and if it persistes after 2 or 3 restartings, the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT will come on and the tech can grab the code from the ENGINE computer. If the malfunction does not persist, the code will be stored but the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT will NOT come on. This appears to be what happened to you. On the other hand, the VTM4 light is a REAR END issue -- ie. a part of the All Wheel Drive System. If the VTM4 unit malfunctions, it stores a code in the TRANSMISSION computer-usually located under one of the rear seats or behind a rear-area panel. A tech can grab that code too if he hooks up to the TRANSMISSION computer. Once the VTM-4 (rear end) malfunctions, the light comes on immediately and the VTM-4 unit's clutches are disabled and you have your basic front wheel drive car. The VTM-4 malfunction does NOT require persistance on multiple restarts, unlike the misfire issue. When the VTM-4 is operating normally, about 45% of the torque goes to the rear wheel and 65% to the front. There's nothing wrong with a front wheel drive vehicle, unless you need added traction...if so, restarting will reset the computer and restore the All Wheel Drive capabilities. POSSIBLE CURES: 1)Find the wire connectors/plugs going into the rear end, pull them apart and clean with non-oily electronic contact cleaner.(2) Try doing a VTM fluid change.(3) Try testing and/or replacing the Differental (VTM4) Oil Sensor.(4) There may be some solvents/cleaners out there.(5) Don't take corners on dry pavement with the VTM-4 manually engaged.(6) Some owners report that the combo VTM4 LIGHT and CHECK ENGINE LIGHT signals an EGR valve issue (needs cleaned/replaced) or an idle sensor issue (needs replaced). A clogged EGR valve will cause a misfire, but it should also store an EGR error code - assuming that unit is sending data properly to the Engine Computer.
hedgehog

Chicago, IL

#856 Jun 11, 2008
marina wrote:
I have a 2003 honda pilot and on a road trip last month the engine light and vtm-4 light kicked on. We took it to the dealership and they said the computer read a misfiring piston. They put in injecter cleaner and turned off the light. The light stayed off for a day but then kicked on again. We called the dealership and we were going to bring it in again, but after we filled up the tank, the lights clicked off again. SO we cancelled. SInce then the lights will come on and off while driving(not blinking). WE added fuel injecter cleaner and once the light clicked off only to come on again a day later. It seems the car is fine only this darn misfiring piston, but I can't help feeling that we could be damaging the car by continuing to drive. Any ideas or similar problems?
The VTM-4 Oil Sensor I mentioned is more accurately described as a "VTM4 Oil TEMPERATURE Sensor". The sensor may be reading that the oil is too hot. Thus on cold, cold days the unit may be fine due to the outside temp bringing the oil temp down. Then as the day gets warmer or as you drive further, the heat builds up and the defective temperature sensor reads it wrong and disables the unit. Just a guess, mind you.
adrik

United States

#857 Jun 12, 2008
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Picha

United States

#858 Jun 12, 2008
Hi, we just bought a 2008 Honda CR-V and it has only 400 miles (brand new car!).
We currently have both the engine light on, as well as the blinking D light. It is very frustrating to have this in the second month after buying a new car. Any ideas? Thanks a lot
msmaine

Freetown, IN

#859 Jun 16, 2008
Is anyone aware of a problem with the cloth seat in the 08 Pilot? Just water leaves a mark and my seats look terrible. I have not used anything yet to clean, they seem to have a coating which should repel liquid--ha--not working?
Stacey

Orlando, FL

#860 Jun 17, 2008
My 2008 Honda Pilot makes a loud base noise while driving. It stops when we accelerate or slow down. It also stops when we open the door. The dealership says it may be electrical although they have changed the speaker once and are planning to do it again after realizing that the noise did not stop. If it is electrical, is it dangerous?
Frank

United States

#861 Jun 17, 2008
FYI, I have a 03 Pilot purchased with 98K on it. The test drive was OK and I bought it woth no warranty. However, I experienced the dreded flashing D after driving it about 30 miles. Took it to the tranmission shop for diagnosis and ending up have the trans rebuilt for big bucks. A couple of months after I got it back the flashing D would occasionally reoccur. Eventually it did it all the time. I checked the fluid level (for the first time after I got it back) and found it to be overfull. After draining out about 3-4 qts it was about right and the flashing D went away after about 70 miles. Who knew.
Joe

Eatontown, NJ

#862 Jun 17, 2008
I own a 2006 Honda Pilot EX with 38,000 miles on it. Just recently, whenever I'm doing a low-speed turn WITHOUT APPLYING THE BRAKES (such as to turn into a parking space or driveway), there is a rubbing sound coming from the front wheels. Only happens during low-speed turns with no brake. It's a rhythmic rubbing sound that changes with speed of car... sounds like "shhhhhhp, shhhhhp, shhhhhp."

Could it be that the rotors are slightly warped, coupled with the fact that the brake pads may need replacing (again, 38,000 miles so far on the original brake pads, but no "low brake" warning light on the dash yet!).

Thanks for your insights. Much appreciated.
T Yung

East Bridgewater, MA

#863 Jun 18, 2008
Joe wrote:
I own a 2006 Honda Pilot EX with 38,000 miles on it. Just recently, whenever I'm doing a low-speed turn WITHOUT APPLYING THE BRAKES (such as to turn into a parking space or driveway), there is a rubbing sound coming from the front wheels. Only happens during low-speed turns with no brake. It's a rhythmic rubbing sound that changes with speed of car... sounds like "shhhhhhp, shhhhhp, shhhhhp."
Could it be that the rotors are slightly warped, coupled with the fact that the brake pads may need replacing (again, 38,000 miles so far on the original brake pads, but no "low brake" warning light on the dash yet!).
Thanks for your insights. Much appreciated.
Could be something with the struts, happened to me, can't remember exactly what it was.
Jason

Abbotsford, Canada

#864 Jun 22, 2008
I was originally going to buy a 2008 GMC Acadia, but there were a lot of negative postings about the transmition. Our next pick was the Honda Pilot, but it seams there are quite a few people that are unhappy with its transmition and lurching also. I don't know what to do?
MIKE

West Bend, WI

#865 Jun 23, 2008
Senthil Dallas Texas wrote:
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot. The 2 side Back brake lights are not coming on when I press the brake. The Brake light on top of the tail gate is however turning on when I press the brake pedal. I even changed out the 2 brake light bulbs and still doesnt work. If anyone had a similar problem and took care of it please let me know what was done to take care of the problem. Thanks in Advance for taking time to post reply.
i have the same problem did u fix yours 1 888 824 2154 mike
mattk

Kansas City, MO

#866 Jun 24, 2008
Ray wrote:
I have a 2003 Pilot, about a year ago I started experiencing the following.
The Pilot would not start. It would just click as if the starter silnoid was bad, or sometimes it would not even click as if the battery was dead. I had battery and alternator tested and both checked ok. I replaced the battery terminals clamps and it seemed that problem was solved, but 2 months later the same problem habppen again. A simple boost and the Pilot started and continued to start for another 3 to 4 months and problem occured again. Had battery and Alternator checked and both checked ok. Has anybody experenced this?
We have this problem but only when we don't turn the key the full way to start...almost as if you only turn it partially then it will do the clicking.

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