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03-13-2004, 04:55 AM
Have had a 204 Pilot for 3 months.
A couple of days ago, we stopped for gas and were surprised to need more than one quart of transmission fluid. The attendant said it was bone dry. Took it to the dealer who added at lease a quart, would not say anything else or give a receipt- just a note indicating one quart added.
Do we have a potential problem here? I haven't noticed anything wrong with the trans.
Also, we neede a quart of oil. I put it in myself. definitely needed it. Is this unusual?
03-13-2004, 05:38 AM
I own a cr-v and not a pilot but I don't think I would be inaccurate to say no this is not normal. Either not enough fluid was added at the factory or something is wrong.
03-13-2004, 04:26 PM
I don't have a pilot, but do have a CRV and have driven over a million miles in the last 25 years. I've never had a car or truck that needed ATF fluid to be added between annual servicing. Do you have a puddle of ATF under the car where you park? I'd definitely be making an appointment with the dealer, this isn't right.
03-14-2004, 12:19 AM
^^^ I agree what thomas said. Even my 12 y/o Prelude doesn't need any gear oil between service. Please have the dealer check it before someting serious happens.
03-14-2004, 04:45 AM
Thanks for the replies.
No puddles or leaks, only 3900 miles on the Pilot. I guess I'll have to bring it in and send a confirming letter to dealer and Honda.
03-14-2004, 06:04 AM
Keep us posted on what you find and what happens!
03-16-2004, 12:11 AM
Yeah, that's very unusual! How's it running? Is it rough, does the gears shift smoothly when it's up/downshifting? On a stop, bury the gas pedal and check to see if you notice any burning oil.... That's can be a reason for high oil consumption... But tranny fluid going down without any leaks? Hmmm... Strange!
I'm very curious on what your dealer finds out...
Hi fellers, saw on other site tow package install at dealership leaves power steering and atf low. If thats what happened they'll never admit it get your concern documented at dealer. Acountability is getting more rare every day, protect yourself . Mike
04-30-2004, 12:12 PM
Honda engines usually do not burn oil. Maybe it wasn't full when delivered. Same thing with the transmission. While being a quart low is not good, it was hardly bone dry. Leaks sufficient to drop the oil levels that much would be evident as large puddles of oil under the car.
Owners in general need to be more proactive and thoroughly check a new vehicle when delivered, especially vital fluids. You cannot really trust dealers to make sure everything is OK anymore.
04-30-2004, 12:28 PM
Do you have the tow package with the coolers?
The dealers are notorious for not topping up the transmission and power steering after installation.
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