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#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?
#6857 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up [jrl7]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 29, 2012 (5:16 pm)
Please don't ask for "personal" help via email. We all benefit when a problem is discussed on the open forum. Thanks.
#6859 of 6895 Re: 2005 Honda Pilot Brake Seized Up [jrl7]
Jun 25, 2012 (12:40 pm)
Please look under my profile with Edmunds and use the email address.
NHTSA had granted my Petition for a Recall Investigation on 2005 Honda Pilots for involuntarily braking and steering failures. They have posted documents on safercar.gov under Vehicle Owners. Choose tab Defect Investigations. Then type in the NHTSA action number DP12002 and press the orange "Doument Search" tab to follow the investigation.
If anyone else has experienced this with a 2005 Honda Pilot and have not filed a complaint with the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, now is the time to do so. They need as much information as possible. Complaints can be filed by phone at 888-327-4236 or online at https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
It is also good to post a complaint with North American Honda Corp. at 800-999-1009 or by mail to:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Mail Stop: 500 - 2N - 7A
Torrance, CA 90501-2746
Please continue to post your experiences with Honda here.