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I have a 2008 Honda Pilot and this morning after stopping at the gas station when I tried to leave the truck would crank but not turn over and then white smoke came out from the bottom and smells like burning plastic leads me to believe it is something electrical if you could lead me in the right direction and where to start first I would greatly appreciate it THANKS EVERYONE
 

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Welcome to the forum look under the hood for the wires connected between the engine block and chassis one of them may have gotten corroded causing increased resistance and then when starting up that may have caused something to melt and/or burn also look for any wire insulation which is discolored as that will be a sign
of an electrical issue next time I promise to use punctuation if you do the same😁
 
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Good Morning road2cycle,
Thank you very much for this information. I greatly appreciate your time on this matter. The burn definitely had a very rubber burning smell and the location of smoke was lower right side towards the battery. I will start there and let you know how it goes. Thanks again, I hope you enjoyed the punctuation.....😇
 

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I'd disconect the battery to prevent further damage and for fear of the whole vehicle going up in smoke. Then try to find my burnt wire. If it only smoked when trying to start, it's a wire likely associated with your starter, but the damage could be in the fuse box. The starter could be toast.
 

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I'd disconect the battery to prevent further damage and for fear of the whole vehicle going up in smoke. Then try to find my burnt wire. If it only smoked when trying to start, it's a wire likely associated with your starter, but the damage could be in the fuse box. The starter could be toast.
Thanks for the advice
 

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Lower right near the battery could be starter as Nailgrease suggested, wiring to the starter, or a large ground wire below the starter. Keep us posted with what you find.
 

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Good Morning road2cycle,
Thank you very much for this information. I greatly appreciate your time on this matter. The burn definitely had a very rubber burning smell and the location of smoke was lower right side towards the battery. I will start there and let you know how it goes. Thanks again, I hope you enjoyed the punctuation.....😇
Is the starter going bad? Maybe it’s not engaging or the armature is stripped or the flywheel is worn. If they don’t line up or can’t turn, it’s just going to spin and burn up. Sounds like a starter issue IMO. Best of luck!
 

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Honored guest, our crack team of unpaid volunteers is suggesting starter and/or its cables. I concur.

And welcome to the forum. :)
 

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You will need a decent length breaker bar and appropriate socket to loosen the two starter bolts. Everything else will be pretty straight forward. Disconnect the cable from battery negative before doing anything.
If you have to replace the ground wire I believe it is connected on both ends with bolts. That shouldn’t be too difficult.
When I replaced the starter on my wife’s Pilot a few years back getting those two bolts loose was the most difficult part of the job.
 
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Fingers crossed it’s not the timing belt! If the engines still cranks over, but does not start, its most likely not the starter. Usually when a starter fails, you get nothing when you turn the key to start.
 

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You will also need a torque wrench (and torque spec) when tightening the bolts. The torque wrench, when set to the specified value, will allow the bolt to be properly tightened.
 

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I'd disconect the battery to prevent further damage and for fear of the whole vehicle going up in smoke. Then try to find my burnt wire. If it only smoked when trying to start, it's a wire likely associated with your starter, but the damage could be in the fuse box. The starter could be toast.
Thanks for your help it was the starter!!😇(y)
 
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