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#3010 of 3436 08 Pilot Locks froze - won't open
Jan 16, 2009 (6:51 am)
It's chilly and windy morning and the door locks won't open with the remote key. After trying this for about 10-15 minutes, I tried the manual lock and that worked. Is this normal to happen in winter? Never happened with any of my previous cars in weather worse than this. Has anyone seen anything like this before? Is something wrong with my pilot? It's a 2008, EX-L with Navi, looks like Honda quality is going down, since I also have another creaking noise problem coming from the steering wheel.
#3011 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks froze - won't open [hondapilot08]
Jan 16, 2009 (7:50 am)
Haven't had any problems with the door locks but steering wheel will "creek" on a cold day until it gets fairly warm inside the car.
Has anyone had a problem with the "Side airbag Off" light coming on, even though there is absolutely nothing in the seat? Every few days, mine will come on for no apparent reason. It may stay on for a few seconds or a few minutes. Doesn't seem to matter if the car is cold or warm or how long it has been on the road. It may come on and off several times during a trip or it may not come on at all.
A Honda service writer said it was nothing to worry about and they would not be able to find the problem until it stayed on all the time.
#3012 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks and lower gears of transmission
Jan 16, 2009 (3:03 pm)
We have an '08 Pilot and have not had any issues w/locks freezing. It was between -20 and -25 overnight here in Minnesota last night. And it's been below zero for most of the last week or so. During this last week my wife had the Pilot washed w/a standard dryer blower - no frozen locks. Granted, we park it in our garage (not heated, but it's probably 20 degrees in there when it's -20 outside) but it's outside plenty - running the kids around, grocery store, sometimes sitting at my work parking lot for 10 hours, etc.
I'd still love to hear from anyone who has figured out how to get the transmission into the lower gears. I appreciate the comments from one person, but the idea that I need to "wiggle" it around after we spent $30k+ on the thing wouldn't sit well w/me. If there's a magic solution, cool. If not, then it looks like I'll just have to take it into the shop.
Overall though, I love the Pilot. If it didn't look silly to have two of them in our garage I'd probably buy one for myself.
#3013 of 3436 Re: transmission & interior lights [strokeoluck2]
Jan 17, 2009 (9:27 am)
After I read your post re can't move the gear shift stick from D to D3, 2 or 1; I tried it today and mine (08 VP AWD) is same as yours, can't shift to D3 from D (leave alone 2 or 1) either from stop with brake pressed or during driving. The temperature here is cold 7 degree F, and I will mention to dealer when I have my next oil change, now 20% oil life left.
#3014 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks and lower gears of transmission [strokeoluck2]
Jan 17, 2009 (1:57 pm)
Below is the manual page 207 for 08 Pilot re whether have the lever pull toward you before doing up/down or just shift up/down.
#3015 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks and lower gears of transmission [bigdadi118]
Jan 18, 2009 (6:27 pm)
Hmmmm, well this is interesting. I don't have my manual in front of me but I recall it stating to have car stopped (which I would assume would mean the brake should be on...right?; otherwise the car is "rolling") and then change gears.
So are you saying I should be trying to shift into D3 *without* the brakes applied?
I'm already pulling the shift lever towards me, so I have that part figured out.
#3016 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks and lower gears of transmission [strokeoluck2]
Jan 18, 2009 (8:58 pm)
The only one need to apply brake is shifting out from Park to Reverse.
The rest can be done while the car is moving. I tried from D to D3 and it is just push down the lever, without pulling the lever toward your. If bringing the D3 back to D, it requires to pull the lever toward you first then lift up to D. A little confusing of when to pull the lever or not to.
#3017 of 3436 Re: 08 Pilot Locks and lower gears of transmission [bigdadi118]
Jan 20, 2009 (6:48 am)
Okay now I am really frustrated. Our 06 Pilot will not go into the lower gears when the car is in motion or out of motion for that fact. What is going on????
We were on a snow hill in MA and I tried to put the car in D3 to slow the engine and
car down without breaking, it would not go into lower gears at all. Even when I stopped
and then tried to put it into the lower gears, it would not go past D.
Anyone, Anyone, Bueller?????
Jan 20, 2009 (7:28 am)
My Pilot; 2008 EX-L 4WD
The lever will move with the proper massaging, although I'd like to think the folks that designed this thing were fired.
As far as the lever itself goes, it was such an annoyance to owners, Honda dumped it for '09.
I use this vehicle for weekend winter commutes over an 11,000 ft. pass in winter. I was able to downshift the first time I tried it going down that pass on the snow slicked road.
Here is the sad part: There is zero appreciable compression braking provided, no matter how low I shifted. And I shifted ALL the way down.
Engine RPMs went up, and I continued to accelerate. Brakes were the ONLY way to slow the Pilot down.
My 6800 lb. F250 with a V10 and auto tranny, definitely slows when I use the engine for braking on this drive.
The Honda? Not at all.
Don't get me started on the retarded "skid control" computer, either. It's solution to skid control? Stop the vehicle.
#3019 of 3436 Re: Shifty design [joemama33]
Jan 20, 2009 (11:38 am)
It is weird that the lower gears can't provide the car slowing down as D3 will locked to 1st to max 3rd gear, 2 will locked to 1st to max 2nd gear and 1 to the 1st or so. RPM should go up as the engine was in lower gears. This helps and supplement to the braking but won't stop the car if use alone, though.