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Honda Pilot Check engine light due to sticking rocker pins

Honda Pilot Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 83,875 mi (32,500 mi - 118,000 mi)

On some models sticking rocker pins in the valve train can cause a loud engine noise, and the Check Engine light (MIL) to come on. Replacing the rocker assemblies is required to repair  this problem.
  • Mike R., , 118,000 mi

    As the motor warms up the sound changes from a light tick to a knocking sound.The Honda dealer told me they occasionally have a Honda auto come in with this sound, don't worry about the sound, and to keep driving the car.When and if the sound gets worst they'll pull the motor apart to figure out the problem.This do nothing repair costed me 170.00 dollars,Thanks Honda!!! I would like to know what the proper repair would cost? Thanks, Mike R.

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    Ref: 2008 Honda Pilot

    I was on highway when I accelerated to pass. A severe hesitation occurred, a vibration began I assume from losing compression integrity in a cylinder due to the rocker pin malfunction and lost significant power and could not complete passing the slower vehicle. Fortunately this occurred on an interstate divided four lane instead of a two lane highway which could have put people in a dangerous situation. This may be something USDOT may need to be informed of. I have researched Honda service bulletins (TSB# 07-070 in particular) and they have been aware of this for a while. My 2008 Pilot is at a Honda dealership now being assessed. Judging from the rhetoric from the service writers I get the feeling this dealership is not going to be as accommodating as they should given the severity of this obvious factory flaw. They suggested an engine tear-down when most likely a VCM problem and maybe rocker arm assembly repair/replacement is all that is needed to resolve. My Pilot has been maliciously maintained, oil changes every 3K or every ninety operating days which is standard maintenance protocol for light and medium duty vehicles in most fleets. In my past employment I was a fleet manager for twelve years and have always applied that protocol to my own vehicles as well as Honda’s suggested factory service recommendations. I have always had a great respect for Honda reliability and Honda's founder. In my business I need a highly reliable vehicle. Needless to say with this happening at only 32K miles I am very disappointed and will be reviewing and reconsidering my future resource and asset needs. -GH-

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  • Visitor, , 112,000 mi

    check engine light with a code of P3400

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  • Visitor, , 73,000 mi

    Search the web for Honda TSB 07-070, "Engine Taps/Raps Loudly When Going Into VCM Mode, or the MIL Comes
    On With DTC(s) P0301 Thru P0306", affecting ALL 2006 and SOME 2007 2WD/FWD VCM Pilots.

    From the bulletin:

    When the engine goes into VCM mode, it makes a
    loud tapping or rapping noise. In addition, the MIL may
    come on with DTC P0301, P0302, P0303, P0304,
    P0305, or P0306 (No. 1 thru No. 6 cylinder misfire

    One or more of the rear bank VCM rocker arm pins are

    Replace the intake and exhaust rocker arms and all
    related parts listed in this service bulletin.

    Out of warranty: Any repair performed after warranty
    expiration may be eligible for goodwill consideration by
    the District Parts and Service Manager or your Zone
    Office. You must request consideration, and get a
    decision, before starting work.

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