Last post on Oct 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM
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#48 of 61 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Jun 12, 2012 (12:27 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 61 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Jun 29, 2012 (9:52 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 61 2012 Pilot brake issues
Sep 19, 2012 (10:38 am)
Is anyone experiencing a soft brake pedal on the 2012 pilot touring model?
#52 of 61 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Oct 15, 2012 (9:17 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 61 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [pnik]
Nov 01, 2012 (1:52 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 61 Brake Problem
Nov 01, 2012 (5:23 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 61 Re: Brake Problem [alspilot]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 27, 2013 (5:44 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.
#56 of 61 Re: 2011 Honda Pilot - break problem when inclined on hill [piloteeeer]
Apr 04, 2013 (5:50 pm)
This sounds like the hill holding feature of the brakes.
Read the manual. The brakes self apply when you are stopped pointing up hill when you take your foot off the brake to place your foot on the throttle so the car does not roll back until you can accelerate.
The brake pedal does go hard when this is active.
Not a problem...a feature.
#57 of 61 Re: 2010 Honda Pilot rotor problem [mwk1]
Apr 16, 2013 (12:42 pm)
I have a 2010 Pilot Touring in mountainous country in western Canada.
The first brake job for warped rotors was partially warranty and I paid for new pads at only about 26,000km/16,000 mi.
Car shuddered and steering wheel shook when braking, particularly downhill.
This can be intermittent as the rotors cool and sometimes straighten then warp again.
these are the standard symptoms of warped rotors.
the next was about 45,000km/28,000 mi.
I don't drive like a loon.
Turns out they only turned the rotors the first time so they replaced them under warranty and now with 78,000km/48000mi they are still solid and smooth so i suspect the initial stock rotors turn into potato chips pretty easily.
A tire shop now tells me I need a brake job within 10,000k/6,000 mi and have quoted total replacement of all parts for about $1,100-1,200.
I suspect new pads and turning the rotors will suffice as they are usually good for 1 turning and they are not warped.
The newer pilots have 18 inch wheels whether for better ventilation, maybe bigger rotors and clearance or just style i dont know.
The stock rotors were definitely weak as i have not had this happen before except with a craapy caravan fairly loaded on a big hill at barely 21,000km, 1,000 km over the official brake warranty on that one.
Dodge covered nothing by the way.
If Honda is paying get the new rotors and all should be well.