2013 Honda Pilot Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2013 Honda Pilot

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2013 Honda Pilot Problems

Vibration When Braking Due to Rotor Problem

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Check Engine Light for Running Rough and Difficulty Starting

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 2003-2017 Honda Pilot may fail, causing:

  • Illumination of the check engine light
  • OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491
  • Illumination of the "VTR-4" light
  • Rough idle
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Engine vibrations
  • Hesitation or stalling
  • Long cranking before engine starts
  • Failure of state or federal smog tests
  • The EGR valve has open and closed positions, and opens or closes on command from the computer.

    Exhaust gases constantly pass through the valve when it is open, leaving carbon deposits on the valve. These carbon deposits may lead the the valve sticking in the open or closed position.

    To correct this issue, sometimes it is sufficient to clean the valve, but replacement is recommended in all cases.

    For further information on your vehicle's issue, try out our diagnostics tool here.

    Engine Idle Speed is Erratic or Engine Stalls

    The Honda Pilot may have issues with the idle air control system, causing:

    The idle air bypass system is made up of vacuum lines, an idle air control valve (IACV), the throttle body, and intake manifold, and allows enough air into the engine to idle when the throttle body is closed. The OBD trouble code P0505 refers you to this system to inspect for failures.

    The most likely cause is a dirty or failed IACV, but vacuum lines, intake manifold gasket, throttle body gasket, and IACV gasket should be inspected.

    In all cases involving the IACV, the throttle body ports should be cleaned prior to installing the IACV onto the throttle body.

     

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    2013 Honda Pilot Questions

    What is the small piece of plastic that stick out of the brake light? (1 answer)

    On the third (top) brake light cover, I have a small piece that sticks out of the main molded peice. This piece broke off and it has a small spring in it. What is this piece for? The brake light still work fine, and wondering if it was some type of option.

    2015 Highlander V6 vs. Honda Pilot 2016 Touring or Elite. Which is easier to fix (1 answer)

    And which is more reliable? I just read on a Toyota forum, that to change the water pump and fix the chain on the highlander (if it ever breaks), the engine has to be lifted up. This translates to thousands of dollars... I am considering a new car purchase and I am between these two, and maybe a ...

    Need help with the information display (i-MID screen) (2 answers)

    Started my car this morning and the entire audio/information screen is blank. The radio will not work, the reverse camera will not work, and the thermostat will not show up. I can heat the car, but I can not tell what temp it is on. Any ideas??

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    2013 Honda Pilot Recalls

    Premature Engine Failure

    The pistons are one of the main components in the lower section of the engine, there is one piston inside of each cylinder. It is possible that some pistons were not properly heat treated during their manufacturing process. This would reduce the hardness of the metal making it more susceptible to premature wear. A worn piston may fail unexpectedly causing the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the lower part of the engine assembly, the "short block", to correct this concern.

    The Airbag System May Not Perform as Designed

    During manufacturing, some of the metal rivets used to secure components of the driver's airbag may not have been installed. A missing rivet could alter the performance of the airbag during deployment, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will inspect the driver's airbag module and replace it if necessary.

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