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Old 09-06-2006, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Great to find a site like this. I have had my Pilot for three years and love it. I have had a few problems, but nothing compared to other SUV's I have owned. I did start having a problem this week and need some guidance. I know there is a safety feature installed on all vehicles that will not allow the vehicle to be shifted unless the brake is pressed. This week even when I press down on the brake the gear lever does not release. I have to pump the brake a dozen times to get the gear lever to release. I am sure there is a switch that needs to be replaced , but can't find it or figure out what to ask for. HELP HELP

Has anybody else had this probem?
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The shift lock uses the same switch as the brake lights.

See if your brake lights are working.

If they are you probably need some adjustment or replacement of the lock solenoid.

If they are not working right then you need adjustment or replacement of the brake light switch.
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The brake interlock went bad, sounds like. There's a workaround in the manual, until you can get it fixed. See the 3rd column below.
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Carefull with that.

You might not have brake lights.

PLEASE check them!
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Carefull with that.

You might not have brake lights.

PLEASE check them!
I was just going to add that disclaimer based on your post!!!
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This week even when I press down on the brake the gear lever does not release. I have to pump the brake a dozen times to get the gear lever to release. I am sure there is a switch that needs to be replaced , but can't find it or figure out what to ask for. HELP HELP

Has anybody else had this probem?
Might be worth checking the brake light fuse.

See Can't get out of park. Sub install.
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Might be worth checking the brake light fuse.

See Can't get out of park. Sub install.
I did not suggest the fuse because he implied that it worked sometimes.
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I have had the same problem twice now and my brake lights do work. I have been keeping a screwdriver in the car in case the happens again. Not a long term solution, but works for now.
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Sorry to drag this topic back up, but I have the same problem... '03 pilot EX, brake lights are out and my shift lock is activated all the time. I was looking at the owners manual and I cant find the exact location of the brake light fuse. I thought maybe "STOP" in the main fusebox (under the hood) was it, but that fuse isnt blown. Am I looking in the right place or do I have a more serious issue?
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I don't have my owners manual handy, but I am sure it would be marked "Brake Lights" or "Stop Lights" in the chart. It should not be hard to find.

My '03 just started the same thing, But I think I tracked it down to my pulling on the shift lever as I am putting my foot on the brake.

I never had the trouble before, so maybe the solenoid is getting slower (or my foot is).
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yeah I didnt see anything in the manual that would be obvious... I'm leaning towards a more significant problem than the fuse.
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Had the same issue with my 2004 Pilot intermittently getting stuck in park. I finally tired of using a screw driver to unlock the shifter and purchased a brake light switch from the Honda dealership.

You can do this yourself. All you need is $35 for the switch, a small flathead screwdriver to pop the wire harness tab from the brake light switch and a size 14mm wrench. The brake light switch is connected to left side of the brake pedal arm about 10 inches above the brake pedal itself. First disconnect the wiring harness from the switch by pushing in the tab with the screwdriver and wiggle the harness loose. Get something to mark the relative position of the nut on the stem (I used a magic marker). This will help you get close on the right position of your new switch. Then use the 14mm wrench to loosen the nut holding the switch in place. The switch stem is also threaded so you have to turn it out of the hole. Put the new switch in. You can adjust the travel of the switch relative to the pedal by turning it with the wire harness unplugged. You have to adjust the travel (by turning the switch) until the lights are no longer on when you are not pressing the brakes. Do this carefully by turning one revolution of the switch at a time and rechecking (reconnecting the wire harness). You should be close if you marked the distance on your old switch. It will take some trial and error to get the right setting.

The $35 for the switch is well worth the potetnital saving of aggravation or $$ of either a warning or ticket from the cops. After all, your brake lights are not working if you are having this issue and you could get rear ended. Took about 10 minutes to replace once I had the part.

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Had the same issue w/my 04' Pilot EXL (90,000 miles) & going strong
Would not engage out of "Park". Thought at first it was a linkage issue, but much simpler
Break lights were intermittent

The problem here, is that the "break light switch" also controls the solenoid lock switch with-in the steering console, which dis-engages the safety lock out of park

Replaced the break light switch (cost $40 OEM part @ Honda dealership).. took me literally less than 5 min to change & I am a complete novice

Problem 100% solved!!
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Great info. Repaired it in 10 minutes.
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