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#6819 of 6890 malfunction indicator lamp
Oct 20, 2009 (2:41 pm)
hi guys.,i got a 2003 honda pilot,mileage now is about 67,000.i noticed recently that my "malfunction indicator lamp" light was on.i did not notice anything wrong in the car.i dont want to go to the dealership right away because aside from being afraid to be charged big time,i dont have any warranty anymore. i tried to checked the fuel cap,tighten it ,but still the warning sign was still on.
i hope somebody can give me an advice regarding this problem.tahnks and more power.
#6820 of 6890 Re: malfunction indicator lamp [devie]
Oct 20, 2009 (6:45 pm)
Not a very technical answer, but the technician at the dealership told me (after I paid $75 for them to tell me my gas cap wasn't on tight enough!) that once that light is tripped for that reason, it sometimes takes two fill ups for it to go out. That doesn't help much if there's something really wrong with the car though.
#6821 of 6890 Re: malfunction indicator lamp [devie]
Oct 21, 2009 (9:45 am)
I had a similar problem a few weeks ago. Mine went away after driving for a couple of hundred miles, so the dealer could not diagnose (read the code) the problem.
If the light is still showing up, I suggest you find a local mechanic who might
read the code free for you. The 2003 Pilots have "ERG valve" problems, and the factory has extended the warranty to, I believe, 8 years or 80,000 miles. Good luck!!
#6822 of 6890 Re: 2005 honda pilot ex-l brake malfunction [atpcpll]
Jan 05, 2011 (9:22 am)
This just happened to my wife in Nov. so we have a car in the driveway that is useless to us. Honda has "never heard" of this problem and doesn't know what to do. I have since found this to have happened with several people. It seems that Honda USA has also investigated the problem in the past yet, they have never heard of it.
Fortunately no one has been killed (that we know of) due to this problem so, Honda is unwilling to do anything about it. Our dealer found brake system failures on the car's computer but it seems to have repaired itself as everything was working with no repair.
#6824 of 6890 Re: 2005 honda pilot ex-l brake malfunction [main7]
Jan 06, 2011 (10:11 am)
Honda says my Pilot "appears fine" too! I would recommend taking this type of a malfunction to another mechanic other than Honda.
#6825 of 6890 Engine Failure 2003 Pilot
Feb 05, 2011 (8:53 pm)
My 2003 Pilot with 110k miles died suddenly while I was driving on the highway last week. There was no advance warning that anything was wrong. All of the electrical systems still functioned and the engine was still running but pressing the accelerator did nothing. Had to coast to the shoulder and have it towed to the dealer who initially said the timing belt went. After further investigation they said a cam had frozen which ruined a head and caused the timing belt to break. They said to replace the head and damaged valves would cost $3500, and it was cheaper to replace the engine which is costing me $2900. If the timing belt failure was not to blame is this a repair that could have been avoided? Does what the dealer say about this issue sound reasonable?
#6826 of 6890 Re: Engine Failure 2003 Pilot [boneman72]
Feb 05, 2011 (10:31 pm)
Sorry to hear that! I am not sure if that is the same thing or not. Just off the bat I would find the most reputable independent mechanic and have them run a diagnostic on the computer. Shouldn't cost you more than $50 to do that. A worthwhile investment when you are looking at the other option. I know from experience that dealerships don't look hard enough sometimes. This is a simple way to find out your options. Best of luck!
#6827 of 6890 Re: Engine Failure 2003 Pilot [safetymatters]
Feb 10, 2011 (7:18 pm)
Thanks for responding....the car was undriveable so it didn't seem feasible to me to try to get it anywhere else for another estimate, especially since I suspected it was a catastrophic breakdown and I didn't know any mechanics in the area. The dealer just finished replacing the engine today. I just paid the car off a few months ago and since it is a Honda I was hoping to drive to at least 200k without major problems, but if I replaced the timing belt I could've avoided this $3000 mess..live and learn I suppose.
#6828 of 6890 2005 Honda Pilot sudden braking repairs?
Apr 26, 2011 (8:02 am)
Of those who have had the problem with their Pilot braking sudenly without pushing the pedal, have you had repairs and if so did they work?
Honda is saying that (based on their inspection at my house) the ABS/VCS/TZS modulator and the brake switch should be replaced on my Pilot and in doing so the repair should correct my concerns with the vehicle. Anyone have any or all of these repairs done and if so, did it work?
If anyone has had the sudden braking again after "repair", please please post. I do not want to get into this vehicle with my family ever again if this repair doesn't work.