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coletc
06-02-2005, 02:53 PM
Brand new Pilot. 2005.

Driving it home from the dealer, and the "D" is blinking in the gear selector. I take it back to the dealership, and they diagnose it.

They said it was a bad "switch" in the transmission, and they needed to order it.

How common is this? Should I worry? Anyone familiar? Do you think this is an isolated problem?

The car is in drive...or park...or whatever, but the "D", indicating "drive" is blinking continuously.

They told me the car was ok to drive, but may get bad gas mileage until the part put in.

skyout
06-02-2005, 02:59 PM
Welcome to Hondasuv. Soory about the Pilot. Have not heard of that one. Hindsite: could have asked for a loaner or at least a fill up. Good luck.

coletc
06-02-2005, 03:02 PM
They have obviously been VERY cool about it. The part is on order...they offered to shuttle us wherever we need to be... I am getting a loaner SUV...

I am just curious if folks have heard of this problem. Wanted to make sure I was getting the truth... that the blinking "D" didnt mean the transmission was dead..and they dont want me to know that. :)

skyout
06-02-2005, 03:42 PM
Sounds like a good dealer. You can ask to speak to the tech working on your Pilot, they know a great deal more than the service rep. Also your owner's manual may have something on it. Again, welcome to Hondasuv and hope all goes well w/the ordered part.

skyout
06-02-2005, 05:22 PM
Just saw a post about the "blinking D" on a V. See link:

http://www.hondasuv.com/stg/viewtopic.php?t=9078&highlight=

I'll link your thread to his post as well.

N_Jay
06-02-2005, 10:53 PM
They have obviously been VERY cool about it. The part is on order...they offered to shuttle us wherever we need to be... I am getting a loaner SUV...

I am just curious if folks have heard of this problem. Wanted to make sure I was getting the truth... that the blinking "D" didnt mean the transmission was dead..and they dont want me to know that. :)

The blinking "D" is just like the "Check Engine" light, except for the transmission.

ANY error code, minor or magor will light it up.

If the code said it was a bad switch, that is probably all it is.

hondapilot777
08-27-2005, 07:08 AM
I had the same code (P1705) 4 times in 3 years, the part just came in at the dealer so I'm getting it replaced. The engine light also comes on - the D light stops blinking after driving once or twice, and that is the only code. Also the Pilot wouldn't shift into 4th while the D is blinking - must be safe mode? Strange for only a switch.

John

'Curly Q Links'
08-27-2005, 08:25 AM
Double (or tripple) post
.

N_Jay
08-27-2005, 10:43 AM
The blinking "D" is just like the "Check Engine" light, except for the transmission . . . . .

That's a great way of describing it, N_Jay!

Honda should come right out and say it that way in the owner's manual.


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02 cr-v, pg 204

'Curly Q Links'
08-27-2005, 11:05 AM
The blinking "D" is just like the "Check Engine" light, except (it's) for the transmission . . . . .

That's a great way to describe it, N_Jay.

It would be nice if Honda would come right out and say it that way in the Owner's Manual. It might make people pay a bit more attention to it's importance.

N_Jay
08-27-2005, 02:15 PM
The blinking "D" is just like the "Check Engine" light, except (it's) for the transmission . . . . .

That's a great way to describe it, N_Jay.

It would be nice if Honda would come right out and say it that way in the Owner's Manual. It might make people pay a bit more attention to it's importance.

Well that explanation might work for you, but in general it is a terrible way to explain things, because you are ASSUMING the reader know what the Check Engine light means.

Many posts right on this forum prove that many do not!

mrtn
08-27-2005, 08:26 PM
It would be nice if Honda would come right out and say it that way in the Owner's Manual.

the HR-V manual describes it as a transmission malfunction, so i'm sure the Pilot manual does the same..? it's happened to me once when the battery died and i used jump start cables. the D started blinking and the car barely moved. once i got the battery charged it worked ok.

Anonymous
07-12-2006, 07:47 AM
I've been having the blinking "D" for a couple of weeks intermittently. Then, a few days ago, I began to hear and feel a grinding and a drag when starting from stop through 1st gear. I thought it was a tire noise but took the car in.

I'm told that the "3rd pressure switch" in the transmission inside the engine is the problem. My Honda dealer tells me I need a whole new transmission...they don't tear them down anymore. I'm out of warranty with close to 60K miles. They are going to ask Honda for "goodwill assistance" to pay for the part and I pay only labor. I'm taking the car elsewhere for a 2nd opinion today.

Any ideas or tips? I don't drive my car hard, I keep it maintenanced. The dealer was talking thousands of dollars last night!

CE

mrtn
07-12-2006, 07:56 AM
a honda transmission failing at 60K when not driven hard - that's a production fault.

BayAreaPilot
07-23-2006, 11:30 AM
I've been having the blinking "D" for a couple of weeks intermittently. Then, a few days ago, I began to hear and feel a grinding and a drag when starting from stop through 1st gear. I thought it was a tire noise but took the car in.

I'm told that the "3rd pressure switch" in the transmission inside the engine is the problem. My Honda dealer tells me I need a whole new transmission...they don't tear them down anymore. I'm out of warranty with close to 60K miles. They are going to ask Honda for "goodwill assistance" to pay for the part and I pay only labor. I'm taking the car elsewhere for a 2nd opinion today.

Any ideas or tips? I don't drive my car hard, I keep it maintenanced. The dealer was talking thousands of dollars last night!

CE

Why don't you call American Honda directly?
Or look for another dealer who will work with you to have the tranny replaced for free on both parts and labor.
Honda has acknowledged a design problem with their transmissions on the 03' and early 04' Honda Pilot production models.
Check this link out for more information:
http://www.hondapilot.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15546&highlight=transmission+problem
Good Luck!

drakebullet
08-10-2006, 11:02 PM
I've been having the blinking "D" for a couple of weeks intermittently. Then, a few days ago, I began to hear and feel a grinding and a drag when starting from stop through 1st gear. I thought it was a tire noise but took the car in.

I'm told that the "3rd pressure switch" in the transmission inside the engine is the problem. My Honda dealer tells me I need a whole new transmission...they don't tear them down anymore. I'm out of warranty with close to 60K miles. They are going to ask Honda for "goodwill assistance" to pay for the part and I pay only labor. I'm taking the car elsewhere for a 2nd opinion today.

CE

My 2003 Pilot got the blinking D on 5 August 2006. South Bay Honda - Los Gatos, CA says its the "4th pressure switch" and $367.50 to fix. I'll post back what America Honda says. Can you do the same? This is a regular issue with 2003 occurring at least 8 times in posts on hondasuv.com, hondapilot.org, and alt.autos.honda (google). With the 2003 trannys hitting their middle age, it's gonna be happening a lot more.

dompchack
08-12-2006, 05:10 PM
:( Sorry to say I had the same problem with my pilot at 70K. But, to my dealers credit he fixed the problem for aprox. $290 not cheap but, a reasonable sum of money. He stated that it was a failed switch. I haven't had any additional problems in the last 20k miles so hopefully that solved it.

drakebullet
08-13-2006, 08:05 AM
:( Sorry to say I had the same problem with my pilot at 70K. But, to my dealers credit he fixed the problem for aprox. $290 not cheap but, a reasonable sum of money. He stated that it was a failed switch. I haven't had any additional problems in the last 20k miles so hopefully that solved it.

American Honda is covering the tranny part and South Bay Honda is quoting labor at warranty rates (total $216). In addition, American Honda is covering parts and labor on the failed rear blower transistor assembly - TSB 03-048 ($404.50). I suspect American Honda might have covered the whole tranny deal if I didn't have the double whammy.

I raised these issues to shed light on the severity and breadth of 2003 tranny problems and to figure out if I should keep or dump the Pilot. I'm keeping. The service managers at my purchasing dealer (Stewart Honda, Santa Maria, CA) and servicing dealer (South Bay Honda, Los Gatos, CA) and comments at hondapilot.org (http://www.hondapilot.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=243516#post243516) convinced me that there is not a major issue with the 2003 Pilot trannys.

I'm satisfied with our 2003 Pilot and impressed with Honda. This is Honda #2 for us. We also have a 2004 Acura TL (#3) and previously an Accord.

INFINITY
02-19-2007, 04:34 PM
how did the d light blinking work out? mine is doing it now but only when it is at speeds above 40 (02 crv). did yours have any noise/grinding sounds or noticeable problems? what did the dealer say about concerns if you did not have it checked/fixed? how did you open the case with america honda?any problems with them vs dealers?
thanks for your help, harley