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#6836 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot sudden braking repairs? [safetymatters]
Jan 14, 2012 (3:13 pm)
My husband and I bought a 2005 Pilot last September. It Started doing the sudden stop at Christmas. It has done it 5 or so times total. The first time was the worst and I took it in to the dealership using back roads and turning off and on the car again 10+ times. They replaced the original battery. The next time I pulled out of my driveway and stopped at the stop sign at the end of my street. The dealership replaced the brake switch. It has done it again on the highway, and we pulled off safely, again when I left work and again at the stop sign on my street. So far, with my car, it happens within minutes of me starting it, so we have been on side streets most the time; and the VSA indicator light comes on. There is a VSA turn off switch that I will try the next time it happens. Please let me know if you still have your Pilot and if you were able to find a fix!
#6837 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot sudden braking repairs? [tinkerbell2524]
Jan 17, 2012 (6:34 am)
I actually have made some advances and was wondering if you could email me via my profile. Honda is paying attention to this dangerous problem.
#6838 of 6895 Safteymatters, please email me
Jan 27, 2012 (8:22 am)
My 2005 Honda Pilot started doing this 1 week ago. It has 109k miles on it and a google search led me to this forum. Let me describe it an you guys tell me if this is consistent with what you are experiencing:
While driving the car, every now and then I would hear a short pop and the brake / ABS lights on the dash would momentarily come on. Sometimes the radio will cut off for a second. This happens at least 2 or 3 times in the first 10 minutes of driving. Sometimes (not everytime but some of the time) it feels like the brakes actually engage and the car jerks forward. Never to a complete stop... it just lasts for a second but it's enough to scare the crap out of me and I won't drive my children in the car any longer.
I haven't had it looked at by Honda yet. I cleaned battery connections and I replaced all brake pads but this did not help.
Safteymatters, I would LOVE to hear what you have found out but I can't figure out how to email you here. Email me at gadkins AT gmail DOT com
#6839 of 6895 Re: Safteymatters, please email me [gregmuzak]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 27, 2012 (3:48 pm)
Please don't offer or ask for "personal" help via email. We all benefit when a problem is discussed on the open forum. Thanks.
#6840 of 6895 radio shorting out/car dies
Feb 04, 2012 (7:16 pm)
Having same exact issues as this "gregmuzak"--has anyone gotten any feedback concerning this?thx
#6841 of 6895 Re: radio shorting out/car dies [pappyvan53]
Feb 09, 2012 (7:49 am)
Yes I have. Unfortunately it takes some time. If your car brakes suddenly by itself then first you must report this to the NHTSA at safercar.gov. You can call them on the number there or report online. It is really and I stress really important you do this.
Secondly take the vehicle to an independent mechanic and have them photograph the computer's steering angle and see if the angle for straight changes. If they can reproduce the braking great, if not at least you will have these pics and have them write a short report regarding what they saw.
I know the forum doesn't like having private discussions outside of the forum. However I would like to also have you email me (you can find this in my profile) since there are some things I will share on an individual basis that are too private to broadcast. I hope the forum can appreciate this use of discretion. At least Edmunds led you to someone who is doing something about this, right?!
#6843 of 6895 Re: Safteymatters, please email me [gregmuzak]
Feb 23, 2012 (6:35 am)
I have emailed you. Not sure how things are going. Besides filing a complaint at the NHTSA you can also go to the Center for Auto Safety at:
They are a good resource and you should file a complaint with them as they are a consumer group funded by the government and CAS members. Their job is to help get attention on vehicle defect issues where there are several cases such as with our sudden braking on the 05 Pilot. I am pushing on so please keep in touch.
The same with anyone else. Please post your issues and make contact with others so we can get all of the complaints in the right place.
#6844 of 6895 2004 Honda Pilot Fueling Issue
May 01, 2012 (5:34 pm)
About a year ago I began refueling at a gas station and had problems getting the fuel to dispense into the gas tank. The tank was low but the nozzle kept clicking off because the fuel was not going into the tank but was backing up and causing the nozzle to cut off. I "baby fed" until I was able to get about 10 gallons into the tank. After that episode everything worked as normal. However, this morning the same thing again! Same station but different location. Is it the vehicle or the gas pump? Has anyone else had this problem?