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Honda Pilot Noise and Judder on Turns Due to Differential Fluid Breakdown

Honda Pilot Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 96,900 mi (42,000 mi - 152,000 mi)


Noise and judder can develop from the rear axle due to differential fluid breakdown. Replacing the fluid will commonly correct this issue.

  • Visitor, , 103,500 mi

    whining growling sound from rear differential when turning. going to try changing fluid. keep you posted

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  • AG56, , 50,000 mi

    loud hum in rear when turning

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  • Visitor, , 98,000 mi

    I experienced a noise and judder. We had transmission fluid drained and replaced and it fixed the problem, thank goodness. We were told by a Honda Service guy that it sounds like the transmission was going out. I called another Honda dealership and the guy suggested we drain the fluid and replace it with Honda transmission fluid and see if that takes care of it, as that is what they would try first. Was happy the guy gave me this info and saved us $$.

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  • Visitor, , 81,000 mi

    I read on this site about this specific issue with my Honda Pilot. I had the same groaning and judder problem sounding like it was coming from the rear of the vehicle. As wS suggested. I had the rear transfer case fluid emptied, flushed, and filled with new People Honda VTM 4? Fluid and the problem was solved. No more problem with that since then. Thank you very much.

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  • Visitor, , 44,000 mi

    Squeak in rear when turning.

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  • Visitor, , 81,000 mi

    Same groaning and shudder from stop to start at slow speed when turning.

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    replaced rear dif fluid and noise went away.

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  • Visitor, , 135,000 mi

    Front axle for both side needed to be replaced. The truck was shaking during acceleration.

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  • Visitor, , 42,000 mi

    At low speeds there's a thump sound under the rear axel. The dealer can't figure it out at all.

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  • Visitor, , 99,000 mi

    like grind noise coming from rear - most noticeable while sitting in passagers seat

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