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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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Any suggestions for not having the nylon pry tools?
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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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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Climate Control Bulb Replacement

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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Climate Control bulbs out in my 05 Pilot EX-L

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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Report complaint to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Everyone who has had this problem should go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and file a complaint. Enough complaints can lead to a recall. (I did this years ago with a common problem on a 96 Dodge minivan that lead to a recall)

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
 

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Hi there everyone. I've been a lurker for quite some time but am just now finding a reason for a valid post. My wife's '03 EX just lost half of the bulbs in the climate control box after 115k miles. I've attached a .pdf that's floating around the forum which describes how to remove the center stack to gain access to the HVAC module (sorry if you guys have already seen it). Gaining access to the HVAC module seems fairly straightforward, but here's my question.....

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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.
Does anyone know if these part numbers for the '05 Pilot are the same for the '03 model? I don't plan on taking everything apart until it gets a little warmer out (just to prevent the plastic from cracking due to the cold temps), but I'd like to buy the bulbs beforehand.
 

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CHEAP SOLUTION: Radio Shack stocks the raw bulb!!

Does anyone know if these part numbers for the '05 Pilot are the same for the '03 model? I don't plan on taking everything apart until it gets a little warmer out (just to prevent the plastic from cracking due to the cold temps), but I'd like to buy the bulbs beforehand.
To answer your specific question, as Rocky said above, the part numbers are probably the same, as there were no real changes from '03 to '05 on the interior. However, what I'm about to tell you will apply to basically every year of Pilot.

I just went through this with our '06 EX-L w/97k miles before Christmas. I replaced all of the climate cluster lights (except for the main LCD display, different, larger bulb), the Sunroof button light, VSA, and Cruise control button lights (all out). I attributed mine to driving with the headlights on a lot more then normal for safety (precious cargo and all).




Save yourself the money from the dealership.



I can't take credit for this, I saw it in another thread quite a while back, but...

HERE is a mini bulb that will directly replace the first part number in your quoted thread. They are $1.99 for a two pack and are in stock in most stores. Heck of a lot cheaper than $3 to $4 per bulb from the dealer. If you read the feedback on the item, you'll see that they fit a VARIETY of vehicles from many different makes. Ther're almost identical to the Honda bulb when pulled out of the plastic base.

As for the second one, it may be the exact same bulb with a different base. If you do the math, the first part number equates to 5.6 watts (14v @ 40mA), whereas the second one equates to 6 watts (8v @ 75mA, According to Ohm's law). The same bulb worked just fine in all of my applications, despite the differences in the part numbers.

When I did the Sunroof, Cruise, and VSA lights, the bulbs were the same, but the bases were bigger, and there was a little blue "condom" over the bulb, I guess to give it more blue/green tinting (pain in the a** to get on the new bulb).

Also of note, when I did the cruise control light, it kept blowing the new bulb when I would test it. There seems to be another issue with that one becuase the green LED that comes on when the switch is engaged is also out (but switch itself and the cruise control both work fine). So I'm not sure what's going on with that one.




To replace them (sorry, I didn't take pics, but it's not too hard):

1. Take the cluster apart (as has been described many times over)

2. Remove the bulb assembly from the cluster.

3. Un-wrap the tiny wires from the plastic base and make them point straight down (pay careful attention to how they come off and do one at a time, more on that later), then pull the bulb straight up out of the base.

4. Take a new bulb, line up the wires with the holes and place it in the housing (make sure the wires go straight down and do not cross each other).

5. Wrap the small wires around the grooves in the base just like they came off.

6. Clip off the excess wire with small wire snips (or nail clippers if you don't have snips)

7. Re-install the base w/new bulb in the cluster.

8. Repeat for all bulbs, not just blown ones, as they are very cheap from the shack, and you could save yourself the trouble in the near future.

9. Reassemble your dash.

10. Get a cold beer and pat yourself on the back!

Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!

So far, over a month and about 2500 miles on the new bulbs. I'll report here if I have a failure.
 
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