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#3182 of 3436 Power steering
Nov 17, 2009 (4:35 pm)
My 2008 SE Honda Pilot made a horrible noise while backing out of the garage and whenever I turned the steering wheel. I thought it was only a tension belt. It only has 23,000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer and was told that I needed a new power steering rack and pump. We have owned 6 Honda cars between my husband and I and have never experienced a problem like this. I was told that it is a manufacturing defect.
Anyone else have a problem like this?
#3183 of 3436 Re: Power steering [demmom]
Nov 17, 2009 (4:58 pm)
Have not had that problem but my 2006 pilot with 50,000 miles needed the catalytic converter replaced. Thank goodness it was covered under the federal warranty. My honda warantee expired. I am considering an extended warantee. Does anyone have any suggestions for a extended warranty?
#3184 of 3436 Re: Power steering [jmac8]
Nov 18, 2009 (4:28 am)
There is a Honda Pilot forum, on edmunds, with Extended Warranty as the topic.
"HondaCare Extended Warranty Price? Is it worth it?"
Good stuff there, especially which ones to consider and which to stay away from.
#3186 of 3436 Re: Power steering [demmom]
Nov 28, 2009 (7:30 pm)
We have an '08 exL and have not had the issue you describe. I read this forum sporatically and don't recall seeing any other similar posts (but you can do a search). We had one minor suspension problem that required a couple visits to the dealer because we couldn't duplicate the problem in front of the techs. But they eventually found it and fixed it under warranty. Overall our Pilot has been extremely reliable, comfortable and enjoyable.
We investigated extended warranties but decided against it. A warranty is insurance. One of the reasons we purchased a Honda was because of it's reliability, so I felt it wasn't necessary to spend $1,500 to $2k on an extended warranty that might protect us for another couple years (at the rate we put miles on). I would not presume to know what your situation is, or what the best deal might be for you.
#3187 of 3436 Radiator Coolant
Nov 28, 2009 (11:32 pm)
I noticed the color of coolant was blue, not typical green. Called Autozone, Kragen etc to match the color but no one has it. In fact they don't even have a data base to match 2004 Pilot for coolants. Does anyone know if it's OK to use a standard green coolant on my pilot or do I have to buy the blue one from the dealer? I read from some mag that you have to match the color but I'm not sure..
#3188 of 3436 Wheel Bearing
Dec 01, 2009 (7:43 am)
I have an '09 EX and was planning to take it in yesterday for it's first dealer service (indicator came on at about 5,800 miles). When I started driving to work yesterday I noticed a faint humming sound and thought how lucky it was that I was going in for service today. They checked it out and told me that my hearing was good because indeed there was a humming sound - front right wheel bearing was going bad. They replaced it and now it's good to go. I realize even Hondas can have some things go wrong early on, but I hope this isn't a sign of things to come...
#3189 of 3436 Re: Wheel Bearing [zdogs]
Dec 02, 2009 (3:25 am)
>" I realize even Hondas can have some things go wrong early on, but I hope this isn't a sign of things to come..."
Stuff happens! We just keep in mind that, Generally Speaking, Honda is one of the best about fixing those things quickly. And overall you are likely to have less trouble from your Honda than most any other brand on the market.
Hopefully those things that do go wrong will happen within the first 3 year/36k miles.
FWIW I've purchased Extended warranties on the last several vehicles, including 2 Hondas.
They have all paid for themselves fixing things that should not have gone wrong, but did.
Just bought a new '09 Ridgeline and the "Honda Care" extended warranty ended up costing $1335 for 96 months/100K miles and "0" deductible. A '$50 deductible would have been $1135. Probably could have gotten it a bit cheaper, but I wanted to get it over with, while at the dealer, and have it included in the financing.
#3190 of 3436 Maintenance at 45K miles
Dec 12, 2009 (2:30 pm)
I have an 06 Pilot EX. I have kept it in impeccable condition. The car is coming to 45K miles. I've never driven it past 85 mph. And I've never had any major repairs done to the car or it's engine.
My question is whether at the 45K reading, should I have a major overhaul done to the car or just replace the oil and spark plugs? I recently lost my job so I don't have money to spend like I used to. Anything I can do to keep it running great like it is and save money at the same time would be great. Any advice would be appreciated.
#3191 of 3436 Re: Maintenance at 45K miles [tallnycflip]
Dec 13, 2009 (2:54 am)
At 45K the transmission fluid needs to be changed. If it is 4WD, the rear end dope needs changing also.
Engine oil and filter and tire rotation should pretty much complete the necessities. Most of these things can be done by the owner. But I would definitely use OEM Honda parts for everything except the engine oil.
You shouldn't need spark plugs until 100K or so.
If you have the work done at a Honda dealer, it pays to do price shopping. Honda dealers in our area are competing for service work.
Hopefully something wonderful in the job market will present itself real soon.
Prayer really helps!