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#95 of 156 '03 Honda Pilot Ex air conditioner loud fan noise
Jul 01, 2010 (6:20 pm)
I'm writing this message to warn others regarding '03 Honda Pilot a/c problem and the very very expensive cost to repair it.
My 2003 Pilot (86,000 miles) is at the dealer for service now. When idling, there's a loud fan noise and no cold air coming out on all vents. When the suv is running, the noise is substantially lessened and cold air comes out nicely.
It was diagnosed to have a failing a/c compressor that is spreading metal fragments to the entire a/c system. The service adviser told me that the entire a/c system has to be replaced and it will cost $5,100.00+tax. I was also told that if I had it fix much earlier, the damage would have been much less. I told him that I follow the maintenance schedule religiously and take it for service exclusively at their dealership. They should have noticed the problem and made the appropriate repair. But they did not. He also told me that this is a known problem on the CRV but not on the Pilot. There goes my plan for buying a CRV.
I called Honda customer service and the guy that I talked was very pleasant but could not offer any assistance. He will not even transfer me to his manager because he said that nobody can help me even if I talk to an executive. I think I have no choice but to have the repair done at a Honda dealership otherwise we cannot use the car or sell it in it's current condition.
With this experience, I don't think I'll buy another Honda ever again. I won't even recommend it to anybody. I'm very very very disappointed with Honda for using cheap parts.
Do any of you know someone or a number that I can call at Honda to try to get financial assistance like a discount on parts, etc.?
Thank you in advance for any advice/help. Good luck to all of us Honda owners.
#96 of 156 Re: 08 Pilot Water Gurggle by windshield [tacoma50]
Oct 07, 2010 (5:28 am)
Well! My problem is solved!!! It took a car to run a red light and hit two cars and come across the intersection and hit my front end! Not that much body damage, dented hood and cracked grill... When I got the car back the gurgle was gone!
Among other work, they needed to replace my windshield and they removed the passenger side mud flap. The only things I can think of are 1) the seal around the windshield was trappind water and not letting it flow out and 2) the drainage for the mud flap could have been restricting some of the water flowing out.
So, try removing the mud flap first and make sure nothing is restricting the flow. Then it could be the windshield if the mud flap does not do the trick.
#97 of 156 Re: 08 Pilot Water Gurggle by windshield [illini2]
Oct 07, 2010 (5:43 am)
Hi illini2, Thanks for posting that info as I still have the problem. I will share your comments with my dealer and maybe that will help them find the culprit...Thanks!
#98 of 156 Re: My 03 Pilot 'Snorts' [tennesseepilot]
Nov 02, 2010 (3:59 pm)
2004 pilot 85000 miles. at 45 to 46 mph sounds like a puff of air hitting the underside of right front. mechanic changed sway bar $175.00 but still puffing away. consistantly does this at this speed. He does not believe its creating a mechanical breakdown, but I'm concerned. Taking it back in Nov 3rd. let you know if we figure it out.
#99 of 156 Re: My 04 Pilot 'Snorts' [joemomma]
Nov 02, 2010 (4:30 pm)
Hey saw your post and had to respond. '04 pilot w/ now 146k I get that noise at48 mph seems like left front in mine, though. Tried using higher octane...but not sure if my music was louder or it worked...lol
#100 of 156 '03 Pilot still "snorting" with no resolution to date...
Nov 03, 2010 (6:27 pm)
Thx for your post and please keep us all posted. That's still the best description - a snort or a puff/blast of air hitting the front-end. And yes, it's also most noticeable between 35-45 MPH. I don't think I hear anything at higher speeds. I'm now 90K so will be taking my '03 Pilot into dealership by end of CY and will ask my techs dealership. If any results, I will be sure to report. I do hope your mechanic is correct in terms of no mechanical issues...some type of air baffle issue I think but it's very odd. And worse, my tach will move as well. Let me know if yours does as well when you hear those puffs of air. Thx again. - TNpilot
#101 of 156 Re: '03 Pilot still "snorting" with no resolution to date... [tennesseepilot]
Nov 08, 2010 (9:55 am)
Same issue here, '03 Pilot with 140k miles. It's been going on for a couple of years now. I've fully dismantled the under side of the vehicle with the exception of pulling the transmission and found NOTHING wrong. Told my wife to turn up the stereo so she couldn't hear it. If you find anything with the dealer, please let us know.
Nov 08, 2010 (1:10 pm)
Last friday had my mechanic do a trans flush and replace the fluid. changed the diff fluid, rotated the tires and replace all the plastic clips of the undercarriage. he believed it was the trans kicking in and out of overdrive at about 45 mph. good for the weekend, we'll see.
Nov 08, 2010 (5:56 pm)
Interesting, esp. with respect to plastic clips. Granted, the transmission will shift into overdrive around 45-47 MPH but I'm not yet convinced that that's the issue. Something seems to just loose enough under the vehicle that at certain speeds/conditions it vibrates thus resulting in both noise (puffs/snorts) as well as enough vibration (at least in my case) to cause the tach needle to move slightly. I should be back to Honda dlrship in late Dec/early Jan to describe symptoms.
Thx again for your response and let us know if this work has reduced/eliminated your noises. TNpilot
#104 of 156 Re: 2007 thumping noise [rezilient]
Nov 10, 2010 (8:50 pm)
Just wondering if you have identified the problem with the car, 'cause mine has the same problem and there is nothing loose in the car, the effect is as if there is a ball hanging on a rope and swinging, the moment the car comes to an halt the ball just hits the body! Please do let me know.