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  1. Long cranking to start

    2003-2008 Pilot
    Fixed!! Well, as Edd China would say, I am well chuffed. :):) I finally fixed the starting problem on the Pilot. Short answer, replace the EGR. I suspected it a while ago, but I hate just throwing cash at problems, so I put off buying a new EGR. I did all the electrical tests in the service...
  2. 100,000 and still on the factory pads.

    Maintenance
    As God is my witness. They just haven't worn out. Anyone else get this kind of life out of the original brake pads? I attribute it to me driving it and my wife not driving it. As a father, I have the often unfortunate ability to see into the near future. While that sometimes makes me a...
  3. HVAC Lights fixed on control

    Problems
    Re: PS - on LED's http://www.piloteers.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=23008 The resistors I used are fine. The actual resistor you use depends on the supply voltage, voltage drop, and current of the LED you use. There are umpteen online calculators to compute this. Here's the one I...
  4. Front/Rear Window Defrost Button Illumination burned out?

    Problems
    Pics here... http://www.piloteers.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=23008
  5. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    To get to the button shades on the top buttons, you must remove the lens over the main display LCD. This is just pressed on with adhesive holding it. You can peel this off carefully and replace it after you remove the shades. This pic shows one of the shades partially removed and the light...
  6. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    Here I have flipped up the buttons to reveal the shades. These are small slips of green colored plastic that color the light coming from the stock incandescent bulb. The LEDs are too dim to provide enough light with these on, so I removed them. I saved them in case I ever want to go back to...
  7. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    This is the control unit front with the front bezel removed. The bezel has 8 latches around the perimeter. You unlatch all those with a fingernail or small screwdriver and then it pops off. Then it looks like this pic.
  8. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    The last four are done. Now to pull apart the front of the control unit to remove the button shades so the dimmer LED light can get through.
  9. DIY LED HVAC control lights

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    Starting the next one. Here I am soldering the dropping resistor to the led lead.
  10. DIY LED HVAC control lights

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    Preparing to solder the thin wires to the component leads. I wrapped the thin wires around the leads near the base and then soldered them. After that I trimmed the component leads off and wrapped the thin wires up around the base as they were before.
  11. DIY LED HVAC control lights

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    Here is the new setup partially assembled. To make the connection to the board, I cut the thin wired off the dead bulbs. Then I soldered them to the component leads. This way the thin wires are no thicker than they were so they will fit in the board correctly.
  12. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    Here shows the bulb removed from its base. I drilled down into the base to make room for the resistor using a 7/64" drill. Use a variable speed drill and go very slowly. If you drill too fast the part will heat up and melt. Drill almost to the bottom of the part, leaving the last millimeter...
  13. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    Here are the LEDs and the resistors I got to finish the job.
  14. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    Here is the offensive failed bulb before slaughter.
  15. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    The back board lifts off and swings back over the wires to reveal the front board. The lamps are in the front board. You can see the 3 large ones at the top for the LCD backlight. Then there are 6 small ones around the perimeter for all the buttons. In this shot you can see the first 3 LEDs...
  16. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    The back of the control unit has a gray cover over it. You remove the 4 screws and unlatch the 4 latches and it pops off. Then it looks like this.
  17. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    Here is a side view of the control unit showing the mounting bracket. You remove the one screw on each side to get the control unit out.
  18. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    The remove the 4 screws holding the black trim around the control unit. This also holds the accessory plug and the "not an ashtray". After you remove the screws pull out on this and it will pop free. You don't need to disconnect anything on it, just set it down below the control unit. The...
  19. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    To start, we need to get the control unit out of the car. The two trim pieces on the left and right of the control unit pull off. The have snap connectors holding them on. They are REALLY hard to get off. You can't use any tools or they will get scratched. You just have to use both hands...
  20. DIY LED HVAC control lights

    Problems
    I noticed that almost all the light bulbs for the HVAC control buttons had burned out. I took apart the dash and removed the control unit to have a look. After I got the bulbs out, I started thinking.... There looked to be enough room to stow the dropping resistor in the lamp base so why not...
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