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Honda Pilot Porous Engine Block Casting May Cause Engine Oil Leaks

Honda Pilot Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2003, 2004, 2005

Engine Affected: 3.5L V6

Average Mileage: 122,166 mi (95,000 mi - 180,000 mi)


The engine may develop and oil leak due to a porous engine block casting. The repair procedure is dependent on where the leak is located. Honda has released a service bulletin covering model year 2003. Honda may offer assistance with repairs, determined on a case by case basis.

  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6, 180,000 mi

    Had an oil leak. I put a bottle of "Blue Devil" and replaced my oil drain plug and no more leaks

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  • Scott Pilot, , 3.5L V6, 95,000 mi

    Porous engine block...have not yet contacted honda to see about the repair. I feel they should cover it as this is a basic manufacturing defect.

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  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6, 134,000 mi

    My Honda Pilot has started leaking oil and they cant determine exactly how to fix it.

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  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6, 105,000 mi

    Not fixed, yet, but oil leak from under the timing cover attempted repair by reputable mechanic. Same oil leak. We've taken it in 3 times and so far no luck on repair.

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  •  Rookie

    Have the same problem. Suddenly started leaking oil, have not had it repaired yet. Should Honda be responsible for this issue?

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  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6

    When I first purchased the Honda Pilot, there was a perpetual leak and smell of burning oil. The dealer at first said there was no problem, but with my persistence, found the block to be porous and they repaired.

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  • snbsnbsnb, , 3.5L V6, 95,000 mi

    oil leaking from the top side of the motor. used dye to track it, but still cant find the area that"s leaking, but still cant find the leak ??? Must be a Honda thing.

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  • Visitor, , 3.5L V6, 124,000 mi

    leaking oil due to same

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