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#46 of 57 2011 Honda Pilot - break problem when inclined on hill
Jun 06, 2012 (4:00 pm)
We've reported our break problem to our Honda dealer, along with their mechanics, but we still not have gotten any fix on this issue.
Only when we drive up a hill (well-inclined), and before you reach the top of the hill- therefore, stopping due to a stop sign or signal light, the break becomes stiff. It's literally feels like you're stepping on a ROCK. No break pedal movement at all. Accelerator after the stop has no problem, but the service man at our dealer keeps denying our complaint and says that there is no problem.. when this is a serious break problem. The break pedal becomes very stiff; no movement at all. The service man tells me that the break stops since its at the end of the break track, but when it hits the end, the break should well come back up. But it does not; the break remains stiff until I hit the accelerator. I have driven many cars in the past and I have never had this issue before. This is the first time this is happening. And I'm worried that this issue can turn into something serious.
I am going back to my dealer tomorrow morning to discuss this issue with the service manager. I would like to know if anyone might have this similar issue..?
#47 of 57 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Jun 07, 2012 (11:21 pm)
We are having the same problem. Im getting it checked tomorrow. We have 35k on our 2010. I've never had a car where I've had rotor or break problems, so seems strange that we are already addressing it so soon!
#48 of 57 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Jun 12, 2012 (1:27 pm)
My neighbor and I both have 2011 Pilots, and are having the exact same problem. She was just told the same thing as you at 22,000 miles. Mine has only 14,000 miles, but has been showing these symptoms for a couple months now. I feel the rotors are inadequate for the weight of the vehicle, but Honda won't do anything aboout it!
#49 of 57 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Jun 29, 2012 (10:52 am)
I have the same prob on my 2009 EXL. It started when the car was about 38K miles. I owned several cars beforehand, and had never had brakes go this soon. Unfortunately, Honda can point the finger at us for braking hard too often or when the rotors are too hot. But I owned so many cars beforehand without the same issue, and that so many people have the same prob really leads me to believe it's Honda's issue.
To replace just the front rotors would cost $450 to $550. Honda deal said they can just resurface the rotors, but I read that's not usually advised.
#51 of 57 2012 Pilot brake issues
Sep 19, 2012 (11:38 am)
Is anyone experiencing a soft brake pedal on the 2012 pilot touring model?
#52 of 57 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Oct 15, 2012 (10:17 am)
My wifes 2010 pilot is having the same problems. We had the rotors resurfaced last year after new tires didn't solve the problem. (crap stock Goodyears Honda uses, that's another issue) but it's happening again. So, I had the tires rotated and balanced, still has the shimmy when breaking. It's in the shop today to have the rotors resurfaced....
I don't use dealers for repairs unless it's a warranty issue, has anyone had anything covered by the dealers on the rotor issue? The Pilot has 45,000 on it!
#53 of 57 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [pnik]
Nov 01, 2012 (2:52 pm)
Same thing on my wife's 2010 Pilot with 20,000 miles. Having grown up working in auto repair, there's no way to call this problem "normal wear and tear". I'm going into the dealership to see if they'll take responsibility for the poor design and/or materials. In general, I'm very disappointed in the quality of this car and feel like the Toyota Highlander or Buick Enclave would have been a better choice. I'm keeping an open mind that the dealer might surprise and delight me (if I get angry enough, they might just find a service bulletin that got lost under the desk ) but that will only restart the clock and I'll be back with the same problem in another 20K miles so I'm guessing that this will be our last Honda.
#54 of 57 Brake Problem
Nov 01, 2012 (6:23 pm)
I understand there is a recall on the Pilots for this sudden braking problem.
Does anyone of you know which model years are involved?
Is only the 2005's?
I have a 2006 Pilot with impeccable record. No problems except the AC condenser which was covered under warranty I have had perfect service from my dealer in Brantford Ontario.
It now has 175000 kms. (118,000 miles)
#55 of 57 Re: Brake Problem [alspilot]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 27, 2013 (6:44 am)
The investigation is still ongoing (or reopened) in the US. Just involves 2005 Pilots.
2005 Honda Pilot Probed by Feds for Unexpected Braking
"NHTSA said it has received 205 reports of "unexpected vehicle deceleration and/or steering pull resulting from inappropriate electronic brake application with no brake light illumination."
Sounds like it involves the Vehicle Stability Assist system on ~87,803 Pilots.