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#3163 of 3439 Re: Brand New 2009 Honda Pilot - Won't Start?!? [kipk]
Oct 13, 2009 (4:39 pm)
On our 2008 Pilot the inside "manual" headliner lights don't shut off when the doors are shut and the key out of the ignition. I think this is the craziest thing in the world. We have two young kids and an active life. On occasion they turn the light on to see something (gets dark quick in MN), wife pulls in garage, and then everyone piles out...leaving a light or two on. If this is still the case w/the new Pilots then Honda needs to assign someone to start reading these forums and correct this. I've got an Acura TL - also built by Honda - that does NOT do this. In all other respects we really like the Pilot.
#3164 of 3439 Re: Brand New 2009 Honda Pilot - Won't Start?!? [strokeoluck2]
Oct 14, 2009 (3:45 am)
On our 03, If a door is opened and left that way for a while, or a door is not closed all the way, the "automatic" interior lights will turn off after a few minutes. EXCEPT for the lights in the lower panel of the front doors. They stay on and are hard to see from the outside as their position doesn't light up the interior much.
The 03 has a 3 way switch on the dash that will turn on all the interior light in one position. The middle position lets them work automatically when doors open and close, and the 3rd position keeps them from turning on when the doors are opened.
Or even if someone tries turning them on manually.
The "MAP" lights up front can be turned on, and they stay on, no matter the position of the 3 way switch. .
#3165 of 3439 is $538 too much for a 30k service at a dealer?
Oct 29, 2009 (2:04 pm)
Labor cost is $367 and parts $171
#3166 of 3439 Re: is $538 too much for a 30k service at a dealer? [dlmlclkl]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 29, 2009 (7:08 pm)
Assuming you're in the US, you can compare the cost to what Edmunds thinks it should cost for your zip code.
Edmunds Maintenance Guide
#3167 of 3439 How to check front struct leaking
Oct 30, 2009 (4:56 pm)
dealer told me 03 Pilot has the left front struck leaking. $354.00 parts and labor for one struct but both front structs should be replaced together.
how can i verify that the front struct does have leak?
i don't hear or feel any abnormal sounds or handling from the vehicle.
#3168 of 3439 Re: How to check front struct leaking [savegas]
Oct 31, 2009 (3:59 am)
Probably will need to crawl under the car with a flashlight, and visually check.
A lot of $$ to replace a strut. But seems about right in the scheme of how dealers now charge.
Might want to try pricing the shocks/struts at one of the "Wholesale" Honda Dealers, such as Majestic Honda. Then find a "Honda/Acura" independent mechanic to do the install.
Both of the rear struts on our 03 Pilot are leaking a bit, but the last few months remaining on the 7/75K Honda Care EW is going to replace them. Only 39K on the car right now.
How many miles are on your car?
#3169 of 3439 Re: How to check front struct leaking [kipk]
Oct 31, 2009 (7:03 am)
my 03 is about 77K right now.
thanks for the info.
#3170 of 3439 Re: How to check front struct leaking [savegas]
Oct 31, 2009 (9:15 am)
I would get a second opinion as to what is wrong and how much to fix. Also, "how can i verify that the front struct does have leak"? Ask for the part, i.e. keep the strut and if you cannot see any leakage, take it to another dealer, or maybe a friend that knows cars, and ask them to check the strut to see anyleakage.
Good luck to all and stay safe.
#3171 of 3439 Re: Strange noise from the rear of our Pilot. [kipk]
Oct 31, 2009 (6:12 pm)
I have noticed the same noise with my Pilot. I have an '05 Pilot LX. The noise is totally random. Nothing I do seems to trigger it. The noise comes about whenever it wants and for how ever long it wants. I have noticed with my vehicle that it seems to be happing around the 45 mph range.
I have not pinpointed where the noise is coming from. I think it sound like it is coming from the front end of the vehicle but I am not certain because the issue comes on so suddenly when I am not paying attention and it is gone before I can do any real diagnostics.
I liken the sound to what you said about driving over those "rumble" grooves on the sides of the roads. The noise almost sounds like the noise that was heard in old 4wd axles that had manual hubs when one hub was not fully engaged. You would hear a vibration noise.
The part that really baffles me is that, considering how loud the noise is, I do not feel any sort of vibration through the floor boards, steering column, etc. as I would expect from a drivetrain issue.
#3172 of 3439 Re: Strange noise from the rear of our Pilot. [superjon]
Nov 01, 2009 (12:58 am)
I've been paying better attention to when the sounds occur. Seems to happen most in the 48 mph range. With the tach at 1500 - 2000 rpm depending on whether the TC is locked. At that speed it usually only does it once or twice. But may repeat that several times in a mile. Or I may drive it 15-20 minutes and it doesn't happen at all.
It will also occasionally do it at slower speeds around 25-35 mph. But doesn't happen as often as at the higher speed. At these slower speeds it seems to growl 3-4 times in a 5 second span. Then it is over.
Sure sounds like it is coming from the back. Dealer is replacing the leaky rear shocks in hope they are the problem. I don't have a lot of faith in that "Fix", but am grateful they found the leaks before the EW ends.
This car has had a brake "POP" since day one. Applying the brakes when backing will cause the pop, then the first time they are used going forward it will pop again. Then they are fine until used in reverse again. It is like the brake pads are shifting on their pins a bit. I believe there is a TSB for that, but it never was a recall. I'm going to ask the dealer about fixing it. Maybe one of them is vibrating, just from the rotor turning. Grasping at straws here.