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#6847 of 6895 2004 Pilot: revs up and down while idling and studders at low and high spee
May 17, 2012 (11:27 am)
I recently bought a used 2004 honda pilot with 59000 miles from a private owner. She mentioned that at some point she had trouble with the car because it would stall at stops once in a while. It looks like her mechanic replaced the idle valve and I though the problem had been fixed.
About a month after I bought the car the engine would rev up and down at idle and sometimes stall. this problem continued intermittently. Then the car started to hesitate or studder at low and then higher speeds. I brought it to my mechanic and he cleaned the idle valve. Unfortunately at that time I did not look through the the old records which show that the idle valve was already replaced. Anyway after I picked the car up it continued to do the same thing.
Next the check engine light and the VTM light came on. The VTM light eventually turned off but the engine light stayed on. Brought it to the dealer who said the car was fine and the previous mechanic did not reset something afte the idle valve was cleaned. Picked up the car and the check engine light was on. Drove fine for about 10 minutes then it started hesitating again on the freeway.
Brought it back to the dealer and they said the honda techline reccomended a valve adjustment. The wanted 380 and my mechanic would do it for 250 so I took my car to my mechanic. When I picked up my car from the dealer the check engine light was on again. They said it was because it needed a valve adjustment. My mechanic talked me into getting a new thermostat, coolant and spark plugs before getting a vlave adjustment. I guess the spark plugs looked pretty bad. He drove it after the repair and said it was doing the same thing. So he reccomended a valve adjustment and said he would do it for 150. The codes he pulled up when I brought it to him had to do with the engine running too rich but Im not sure of the exact codes., I guess I could get those and post them.
If looked at a number of forums and it seems like other owners have had similar problems. At first I thought it was the tranny because of the studdering but there is no associated noise and the dealer said its not the tranny. My model was recalled because of the tranny and they put in the oil heat shield at 2200 miles.
If anyone can shed some light on this problem I would greatly appreciate it. Right now I have a car that I bought for about 12000 dollars and it doesn't work right. And the mechanics don't seem to know what it is.
#6849 of 6895 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L Feature
May 18, 2012 (8:01 pm)
I have a 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L and recently thought about the auto lock where it automatically locks itself when the car is in drive. Does this car have this feature and if so, how to I enable it?
#6850 of 6895 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up
May 28, 2012 (11:37 am)
My 2005 Honda Pilot brakes have automatically seized up a total of 5 times in the last year but 4 times in the last 3 weeks. All 4 times it has happened have been at low speeds (10-20 mph, thankfully!!!) and within 5 minutes of starting up after it has sat for an extended period of time.
I have taken it into the Honda Dealer twice in the past three weeks the day after it occurred and both times they could not duplicate or find a problem. The first three times the VSA light came on but no code tripped in the computer system. The last two times it happened no dashboard indication occurred. It occurred 3 weeks ago, 1 week ago and yesterday back to back so the problem seems to be intensifying.
So far, for a temporary fix, I have turned off the car and restarted it and the problem seems to stop for a while. As mentioned previously, yesterday the brakes seized up as I was driving but no dash indication came on. Because I was in the middle of an intersection, once the brakes released, I a decided to drive forward to try and get it out of the intersection only to have them seize up again about 100 meters later. I quickly turned off the car and restarted it and was able to safely return home where it currently sits.
Has anyone found a solution to this problem? Thanks!
#6851 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up [pilotproblem]
May 28, 2012 (12:40 pm)
We are having the same issue with our 05 Pilot. The brakes have locked up 5 times since 2008. Each time the car was taken into the dealership. The last lock up was May 15, 2012. The dealership can not find any issues. We have and suggest you, file a safety complaint with Honda America telephone number 1-800-999-1009. They will give you a case number but will claim no knowledge of this issue. You should also file on line with the NHTSA - you will get a complaint number. You will see other filings registered on this site (our complaint number 10248833). We are currently in discussion with our dealership (Danbury Honda - Connecticut) on the issue. Additionally the NHTSA has been in contact with us.
Also refer our Edmonds discussion number #6799 under brake issues.
#6852 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up [pilotproblem]
May 28, 2012 (7:09 pm)
Hi. I have been fighting this with Honda and am getting results. The first thing you need to do us file a complaint with the NHTSA...you can do this online at www.safercar.gov or call them at the number on that site. For legal purposes I cannot go into too much detail on this thread, but if you email me (just click on my profile) I can let you know more. There are well over 30 complaints with NHTSA about this very problem. Honda will pay attention if you take the vehicle to a non-Honda mechanic who can repeatedly check the steering angle on the after driving the vehicle and then turning it on and off while taking pictures of the computer to see if the malfunction shows up there. It will only cost you around $50 to do this and gives you documentation of defect. Please email me and please please file with NHTSA. This will also give you documentation.
May 28, 2012 (7:19 pm)
There are well over 30 complaints for this same problem
including my Pilot which Honda wants us to keep quiet about. NHTSA is paying attention!
#6856 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up [safetymatters]
May 29, 2012 (3:26 pm)
How do we contact you on this issue?