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My 2007 Pilot was making a 'clicking' or 'knocking' engine noise. I took it to our local mechanic and he said it has thrown a rod. He advised the engine will have to either be rebuilt, or replaced. Can anyone suggest:

  • which is the better option, rebuild or replace?
  • where can I buy a replacement engine? I live in northern Virginia.
  • has anyone encountered this problem with the 2007 model before?
Thank you!
 

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Hello friends.

My 2007 Pilot was making a 'clicking' or 'knocking' engine noise. I took it to our local mechanic and he said it has thrown a rod. He advised the engine will have to either be rebuilt, or replaced. Can anyone suggest:

  • which is the better option, rebuild or replace?
  • where can I buy a replacement engine? I live in northern Virginia.
  • has anyone encountered this problem with the 2007 model before?
Thank you!
  • which is the better option, rebuild or replace? - REPLACE with a junk yard special
  • where can I buy a replacement engine? I live in northern Virginia. junk yard, your mechanic can also source one for you .
  • has anyone encountered this problem with the 2007 model before? only when the timing belt was NOT replaced accordingly or installed incorrectly that leads to a thrown rod
 

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Yeah, check out the timing belt tensioner and even pull all your spark plugs, inspect them and retorque them to proper spec, before swapping out the whole engine.


 

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Hello friends.

My 2007 Pilot was making a 'clicking' or 'knocking' engine noise. I took it to our local mechanic and he said it has thrown a rod. He advised the engine will have to either be rebuilt, or replaced. Can anyone suggest:

  • which is the better option, rebuild or replace?
  • where can I buy a replacement engine? I live in northern Virginia.
  • has anyone encountered this problem with the 2007 model before?
Thank you!
You need a better mechanic if he told you that it threw a rod. 'Throwing a rod' is one of the most violent death an engine can have, the block/oil pan will be breached, and engine dead on the spot.

Timing belt tensioner can make the ticking/knocking noise too when failing, I had that not too long ago. In my case the area below/around the tensioner was covered with a dark film of liquid, but unlike any oil you typically see. It's the hydraulic oil from the failed tensioner. Also you can confirm the diagnosis if you put something on the tensioner.(stethoscope, or your hand if you're careful).
 

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You need a better mechanic if he told you that it threw a rod. 'Throwing a rod' is one of the most violent death an engine can have, the block/oil pan will be breached, and engine dead on the spot.

Timing belt tensioner can make the ticking/knocking noise too when failing, I had that not too long ago. In my case the area below/around the tensioner was covered with a dark film of liquid, but unlike any oil you typically see. It's the hydraulic oil from the failed tensioner. Also you can confirm the diagnosis if you put something on the tensioner.(stethoscope, or your hand if you're careful).
Thanks Pilotz, I am doing more research, but I am tending to agree with you. I'll post the results when I finalize the diagnosis.
 

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Hello friends.

My 2007 Pilot was making a 'clicking' or 'knocking' engine noise. I took it to our local mechanic and he said it has thrown a rod. He advised the engine will have to either be rebuilt, or replaced. Can anyone suggest:

  • which is the better option, rebuild or replace?
  • where can I buy a replacement engine? I live in northern Virginia.
  • has anyone encountered this problem with the 2007 model before?
Thank you!
How bad is the clicking? Is it coming from the cylinder head area, or from the engine block below? You may wish to get a second opinion from another mechanic before you go with the expense of engine replacement. If the valve train is noisy, an adjustment will probably take care of the noise. Your first mechanic is probably correct, but a second opinion would not hurt.
 

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Reason #1: worn serpentine belt pulleys idler and tensioner.
#2: worn TB pulleys.
#3: loosened cam bridges
#4: worn PS pump

Start by pulling the serpentine belt and see if the sound disappears
 

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To pile on, if the engine had "thrown a rod", it would not be running. You need to find a different mechanic.

If you are in Northern Virginia, try Backlick Road Service Station in Annandale. They are Honda specialists and will give you the straight scoop.
 

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Ok, so today I took the vehicle to a highly recommended mechanic. He assessed that it was the timing belt tensioner causing the problem, as suggested in this forum. We are going to change it out, using the timing belt kit, as well as all the belts, and see if that fixes the problem. He said the old tensioner was 'destroyed'. Much better diagnosis that the first mechanic, who I will likely go talk to if this solution works.
 

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Ok, so today I took the vehicle to a highly recommended mechanic. He assessed that it was the timing belt tensioner causing the problem, as suggested in this forum. We are going to change it out, using the timing belt kit, as well as all the belts, and see if that fixes the problem. He said the old tensioner was 'destroyed'. Much better diagnosis that the first mechanic, who I will likely go talk to if this solution works.
That bugger was trying to rip you off as a customer .... Hope you have wise words with your old mechanic.
Hopefully this will resolve this once and for all .
 
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