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Most Common Honda Pilot Problems

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
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 conne...
Map light will not turn on when opening drivers or passengers door. Caused by a faulty door switch. Requires replacement of door switch on side of non operation.
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2 Known Honda Pilot Brakes Problems

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
On certain models the rear pads can cause a clunk when first braking due to brake pad shims restricting pad slide. Replacing the brake pad shims will fix this problem.

2 Known Honda Pilot Drive Train Problems

Noise and judder can develop from the rear axle due to differential fluid breakdown. Replacing the fluid will commonly correct this issue.
The Honda Pilot may develop issues with the automatic transmission. Rough shifting may occur, and the “D4” light and check engine may begin to blink. The check engine light will also i...

2 Known Honda Pilot Electrical & Lights Problems

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 conne...
Map light will not turn on when opening drivers or passengers door. Caused by a faulty door switch. Requires replacement of door switch on side of non operation.

3 Known Honda Pilot Engine Problems

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 ...
A chirp noise from the timing belt area can be caused by a tilted idler pulley. Installing a corrective shim from Honda will commonly correct this issue.
A rough idle and harsh transmission shift can be caused by a broken front engine mount. Replacing the broken mount will address these issues.

6 Known Honda Pilot Exhaust & Emissions Problems

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 2003-2017 Honda Pilot may fail, causing: Illumination of the check engine light OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491 Illumination of the "VTR-4" light ...
The Honda Pilot may have issues with the idle air control system, causing: Erratic/bouncing idle Poor fuel mileage Illumination of the check engine light OBD trouble code P0505 Engine st...
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.

1 Known Honda Pilot Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

On certain models, the rear blower won't work due to a failed power transistor. Replacing the power transistor will fix this problem.

0 Known Honda Pilot Maintenance Problems

2 Known Honda Pilot Miscellaneous Problems

On certain models a leaking side marker light wire harness can cause a water leak inside the vehicle. Resealing the wire harness where it goes through the body into the cabin area should stop the l...
A faulty front inner fender liner can deform when warm and contact the tires. Replacing the inner fender liner will fix this problem.

1 Known Honda Pilot Suspension & Steering Problem

A knock or clunk type noise may be noted from the front suspension over bumps. This is can caused by worm stabilizer (sway) bar links. Replacing both stabilizer bar links will commonly repair this ...

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Known Honda Pilot Problems & Complaints

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.
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 conne...
Map light will not turn on when opening drivers or passengers door. Caused by a faulty door switch. Requires replacement of door switch on side of non operation.
The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 2003-2017 Honda Pilot may fail, causing: Illumination of the check engine light OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491 Illumination of the "VTR-4" light ...
On certain models a leaking side marker light wire harness can cause a water leak inside the vehicle. Resealing the wire harness where it goes through the body into the cabin area should stop the l...
The Honda Pilot may have issues with the idle air control system, causing: Erratic/bouncing idle Poor fuel mileage Illumination of the check engine light OBD trouble code P0505 Engine st...
A knock or clunk type noise may be noted from the front suspension over bumps. This is can caused by worm stabilizer (sway) bar links. Replacing both stabilizer bar links will commonly repair this ...
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.
Noise and judder can develop from the rear axle due to differential fluid breakdown. Replacing the fluid will commonly correct this issue.
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 ...
On certain models, the rear blower won't work due to a failed power transistor. Replacing the power transistor will fix this problem.
The Honda Pilot, 2WD and AWD models, commonly have problems with the EVAP canister vent solenoid. It stops responding to commands to open and close, and the following occurs: Illumination of the c...
On certain models the PCM misinterprets data from the coolant sensor and sets a false Check Engine light (MIL). A software update from Honda will repair this issue.
A chirp noise from the timing belt area can be caused by a tilted idler pulley. Installing a corrective shim from Honda will commonly correct this issue.
A rough idle and harsh transmission shift can be caused by a broken front engine mount. Replacing the broken mount will address these issues.
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