Low Beams Not Working Due to Poor Connection at Combination Switch on Honda Pilot

An overheated wire in the head light harness can cause the low beams not to work. Replacing combination light/turn signal switch switch, the wire for the low beams, and the combination switch connector (if damaged) should repair this issue.

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Average mileage: 124,822 (22,000–260,000)
7 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2012
49 people reported this problem
39 people shared problem details
2004 Honda Pilot103,800
Both low beams went out simutaneously on my Pilot. Replacement bulbs didn't help and fuse is just fine. Ninety dollars later Honda service reports the headlight harness is burnt. To replace the whole harness will cost $988, or a used one for $442, or I could get one myself from the bone-yard and have them install it for $137. According to the internet this has been an ongoing problem with Honda...Time for me to switch from Honda's to something else!
2003 Honda Pilot120,000
had smoke from steering column, removed cover and found burning wire to light switch connector, low beams went out but high beams work, gonna research this
high beams work, low beams do not. No solution yet.
Passenger side headlight stopped working because the connector/socket had melted. Have not fixed yet but apparently this issue has been recalled on 2003 Honda Pilots, but not on 2005, despite the numerous occurrences & complaints. Honda needs to include the 2005 Honda Pilots in the recall as well. I am filing a complaint with the NHTSA.
2005 Honda Pilot128,000
While driving early morning hours on interstate with low beam headlights on for @2hours I detected smoke coming through steering column. After identifying that only system in use on steering column was headlights I switched them off and smoke subsided. I never confirmed whether lights were still on. It was sunrise so I couldn't tell at time of incident. I immediately cancelled trip and headed back to home town Honda dealer. I described problem and they checked and confirmed that the headlight dimmer switch shorted out and started melting wiring harness. Issue is being corrected but will cost @ $600 without main wiring harness replacement. Technician stated he can repair main wiring harness without replacing it. I am concerned with safety and reliability of car in future. I had planned to let my 16 yr old daughter drive for school vehicle but now will trade off.
2004 Honda Pilot138,000
All lights are working now, but I've replaced the low beam 8-10 times since I bought it used in 2008. I always keep a spare in the glove box. no one could find the trouble.
2004 Honda Pilot50,000
no low beams or fog lights. high beams work. checked all fuses and relays they are all okay. will replace the dimmer switch on the steering colum tomorrow.
2003 Honda Pilot140,000
both high beams are out. replaced bulbs and they are ok. replaced relay. now changing out the dimmer switch... although I doubt that's going to work as the other lights surrounding the low beams come on. :[
2003 Honda Pilot155,000
high beams only. low beams went out simaltaneously
2008 Honda Pilot115,000
headlight stopped working, replaced bulb and it worked for 1day and went out again. switched bulbs to see if that was the problem and found out that the bulb was still good but the passenger low beam doesn't work...not happy about this as I just had it at the dealer for a servicing and 1K later this happens.
2003 Honda Pilot162,629
Right low beam will not work but both high beams work .
2005 Honda Pilot65,000
High Beam, Signal lights are working, but low beam is not working. Whenever i put on low beam it turn on only the signal lights
2012 Honda Pilot22,000
low beam headlights not working
2005 Honda Pilot123,000
My low beams dont work problem not fixed yet and told by mechanic wires burned I need new connector and harness
2005 Honda Pilot200,000
burning smell and both low beams failed. high beams are OK
2008 Honda Pilot138,000
both low beams went out at the same time
2008 Honda Pilot85,000
Both low beams went out at same time. The lightbulbs and fuse are still in good shape.
2004 Honda Pilot200,000
Just identified issue with wiring harness at combination switch for headlights Resolve TBA
I was in the driveway just started my car and turned the switch for the headlights when both my low beam lights simultaneously went out my high beams did too but after re starting the car they were the only working form of headlights, needless to say still having this issue and was looking for answers
2006 Honda Pilot140,000
Right low beam stopped working, bulb and fuse are fine, wiring to bulb appears to be scorched. No power at contact to light bulb. Looks like another problem with our 2006 Honda Pilot. If Honda doesn't fix this it will be our last Honda.
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