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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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: 131,736 (22,000–260,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
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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!
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
Both left and right low beams quit working at the same time. I have not troubleshot the problem to a resolution as of this time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's an Acura MDX but same problem. Low beams don't work, high and running lights fine and work on auto
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. :[
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.
I'm having the same problem with my 2007 Honda Pilot where I replaced the light bulb for the headlight (drivers side) and checked the fuse and nothing. I then took it to my mechanic and he said it was either the light switch or wiring from the harness. He thought there may be a recall so I then called Honda and they said the recalls are for earlier models and not for a 2007. I may need to take it to the dealer since it may be over my mechanics head.
low beam light shut off. Tapping on the headlight wiring harness a few times turns the light back on again. Have to to it repeatedly. Honda wont include 2007 Pilot for the recall.
exact same problem. driver's side was good but passenger side went out. I thought it was just bulb, so bought and replaced bulb. didn't work. swapped fuses between left and right headlight, and stayed the same, so both fuses were still good. yesterday, drivers side went out as well. high beams work great though!!

of course I have a 2006, so we'll see where this goes.