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Old 04-13-2009, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an '05 EXL RES and I've got 5 button lights on the climate control panel that are burnt out (fan up and down, defrost etc.). I have an Accord and you pop the face of the button off and it is servicable. I tried a small screwdriver and was afraid to pry any harder. Any help would be much apreciated.
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It won't pry out from the front. You need to take the center stack apart in order to gain access to the control unit. To take apart the console, go to page 5 of the linked document.

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Be careful when trying to pull the colored trim pieces off. They scratch and chip easily. Also it will take a good amount of elbow grease to get them off. I use plastic pry tools to make the job easier. Plastic pry tool link.
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Thanks for the help. Looks like quite a project for a weekend day. Have you replaced the bulbs before? Any suggestions for not having the nylon pry tools?
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Thanks for the help. Looks like quite a project for a weekend day. Have you replaced the bulbs before?
Taking apart the dash should take less than an hour. To gain access to the bulbs, you have take apart the control unit. Haven't had to change them out on the Pilot yet.

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Long finger nails and a good grip! Start out at the top of the colored-trim piece and work your way down.
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ED27- thanks for the help, I tried to get one of the trim pieces off and it took a little work but came off quicker than I thought it would. Once the unit is out is there a cover to remove or do you take the control unit off of the stack and the buttons stay in the face of the stack?
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Take a look at these instructions:
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Thanks for the help. Probably best to replace them all while I'm there. Do you think that there is anything that is causing them to burn out in 4 yrs?
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Thanks for the help. Probably best to replace them all while I'm there. Do you think that there is anything that is causing them to burn out in 4 yrs?
Do you drive mostly at night or early AM where the bulbs are ON more than the avg. user? The only other thing I can think of is a high number of ON/OFF cycles when you use the keyless entry so if you're in and out of your car frequently this could be the cause.
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Do you drive mostly at night or early AM where the bulbs are ON more than the avg. user? The only other thing I can think of is a high number of ON/OFF cycles when you use the keyless entry so if you're in and out of your car frequently this could be the cause.
I don't think that we putting them through anything abnormal, not in and out of the car more than anyone else doing their daily activities. Oh well, I will get them done and see what happens. Thanks again for the help and prompt responses. This site is a great help and going to be one of my favorites for sure.
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I just replaced all 9 bulbs on my 2005 Climate Control unit. There are 6 79670-S9V-A01 and 3 79671-S7S-941. The 79670-S9V-A01 part number is a replacement part number for the original buld. My Pilot had 4 of the 6 burned out.
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It only takes about 30 minutes. I removed the trim as others have described on this forum. Thank You Very Much!

When I removed the ashtray/lighter trim I didn't remove the connectors because you can remove the stack without doing so. I did try without any success.

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Once the stack was removed from the center console, I separated the climate control unit from the stack by only removing the 1 screw on each side holding the unit to the stack bracket. Sorry, bad pic for this one but you'll see what I mean.

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After I removed the unit from the stack I removed the black bezel from the front of the unit. This is not necessary. Only the gray cover on the back of the unit needs to be removed to access the bulb area. After removing the gray cover there is an outer circuit board that needs to be removed. The cable assembly stays connected to the outer board and there are no screws holding this board on. Just give it a wiggle.

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Once the outer board is removed you’ll see the back of the bulbs. Remove and replace.

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Funny, I have all the same bulbs out on my '08. Considering so many are out I am wondering if there is another culprit besides the bulb. Mine is cpo so I am going to have it fixed on warranty.
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Here is one of the original HVAC lights out threads for 03-05 Pilots.

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Sorry to read that this lights out disease has continued with the facelifted versions as well.
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Seems like this is a common complaint that should be addressed by Honda as a defect. Mine have all been out for the last 2 years but have never wanted to spend the $200+ at the dealer to have them replaced. Thanks for the posts on how to do it myself. I just may give it a try.
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Add me to the list of folks with the bulb failure issue. My wife has a 2005 EX-L RES. We've got quite a few bulbs out on the climate control. I just joined the forum today; specifically to try and find out how to fix this. Judging by what I'm seeing on here, there's definately a ghost in the machine. With our Pilot, it's these six buttons: A/C, Mode, Off, Recirc, Rear and Front Defrost. I figured these were just a couple of bulbs illuminating a bank of switches. When the service tech told my wife that it was individual bulbs that were out, I figured either he was new and didn't know what he was talking about or he was just feeding her a line to see if she'd bite on the $300 repair estimate he gave her. I've had cars that were many, many years old that never had a bulb fail in the instrument cluster. For this many to fail, and many of them being grouped together like they are, something is wrong with the design and Honda should address it. We bought this vehicle when it was 2 years old and they've been out the entire time we've owned it. At first, I figured they just weren't supposed to be illuminated. I mean, how could six bulbs burn out in two years? I wonder how many others out there don't realize this or simply have chosen to live with it like we have? C'mon Honda, pony up and do the fix!
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I think it is a very common issue:
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