What do people do, change the radiator and add an external cooler? Can you just add an external cooler and cap off where the lines go into the radiator?You may want to change the radiator asap! 2005 are known for their catastrophic failure when tranny fluid and coolant are mixed after a failure of tranny line inside the radiator. But first, check the coolant reservoir for strawberry milkshake color. Thanks.
I need to do my research on this issue. The big problem comes from the internal leak where the 2 fluids mix; putting atf into the cooling system and losing atf for the trans? What did you have to do after the failure/mix of fluid? I feel like atf in cooling system isn't great and would be tough to get cleanThere are two types of radiator leaks involving tranny line--external and internal. Both, due to corrosion (weak design), will not be affected by external tranny cooler. Being known for its higher percentage of radiator failures (among first gen), many 2005 owners have replaced their radiators--some did it preemptively and some after the failure (that includes yours truly).
Ah, no! It's the other way around! It's putting coolant into the transmission. This is almost always fatal to the transmission! That is, contaminating the transmission with coolant will result in the destruction of many parts of transmission. One of the most prominent signs of this happening is the strawberry milkshake color (as a result of mixing of coolant and tranny fluid) of coolant in the radiator and the plastic coolant reservoir. Thanks.I need to do my research on this issue. The big problem comes from the internal leak where the 2 fluids mix; putting atf into the cooling system and losing atf for the trans? What did you have to do after the failure/mix of fluid? I feel like atf in cooling system isn't great and would be tough to get clean
Another update on the Hydraulic tensioner on the 03-08 pilots. As I said I had a hydraulic tensioner fail after only 7000 miles and have read about many of these failing prematurely. I found the model and year of the Honda with the SPRING tensioner. It is a 2000 Honda Accord. O’Reilly auto parts has it and the part number for the Hates brand is :T43198 $112 and a Dorman: 420-100 $73. Please note that I have not verified the fit over to our Honda Pilots so if you try it it is at you own risk. I WILL be doing this within one month and I will update for anyone who is interested. If it works like the guy on the YouTube said then it will put a stop to the premature failure on the hydraulic tensioner that always leaks and fails. Till then...
I have a 2006 EX-L and it runs great. It has 2 minor problems that in the scheme of things i feel silly complaining about. The headliner is starting to come down on spots because the foam backing is deteriorating. My biggest issue is rear passenger door is stuck closedPost if you have 200k miles on you pilot and no issues, original engine and tranny!