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I've been having issues getting my 05 Pilot started recently. The battery and alternator are good and after tapping the starter a couple of times I was able to start it. I followed a youtube video and replaced it with a brand new duralast starter from Autozone. No problems for a couple of weeks and then I had the same problem. Sometimes it wouldn't start but I had good results tapping the starter. I read some bad reviews online for the starter I bought so I returned it for a refund and tried another new starter from O'reilly's. Started up just fine after installing it yesterday and today I had the same problem.

I was able to start her up after a few tries but this time I did not do the tap on the starter trick. I'm thinking this is not a starter issue at all. Any ideas? Battery is strong and when she does turn over everything sounds like it should. Otherwise it is just a hum and click.
 

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I'd inspect the ground strap between the engine and chassis. Clean contact points. Wal-Mart has a great cable for cheap if needed.
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What he said. ^^^ Check all your cables and connections for looseness, fraying and corrosion.


Hey kids, don't let this happen to you.

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Wow! Mine don't appear to be that bad but they are pretty stiff and looked frayed in a couple of spots. Thanks for the recommendation. I need this vehicle to get me throught 4 kids in school. Oldest is a freshman. I just need to seat 6 for a few more years!

What he said. ^^^ Check all your cables and connections for looseness, fraying and corrosion.


Hey kids, don't let this happen to
What he said. ^^^ Check all your cables and connections for looseness, fraying and corrosion.


Hey kids, don't let this happen to you.

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Wow! Mine don't appear to be that bad but they are pretty stiff and looked frayed in a couple of spots. Thanks for the recommendation. I need this vehicle to get me throught 4 kids in school. Oldest is a freshman. I just need to seat 6 for a few more years!
Since you’re just looking .......check out this trio of cables your choice of 4 or 6 gauge
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There is another from the transmission to the chassis you might check too. It can affect how well your transmission perform.
 
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Don’t buy cheap Walmart aftermarket cables because they will never fit right. You can buy used oem cables at a place like car-part.com or used oem on eBay and they will be way better quality and be less of a headache. Pull the part number from the online Honda parts site and start searching used. Or buy new oem of course.
 

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Don’t buy cheap Walmart aftermarket cables because they will never fit right. You can buy used oem cables at a place like car-part.com or used oem on eBay and they will be way better quality and be less of a headache. Pull the part number from the online Honda parts site and start searching used. Or buy new oem of course.
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Don’t buy cheap Walmart aftermarket cables because they will never fit right. You can buy used oem cables at a place like car-part.com or used oem on eBay and they will be way better quality and be less of a headache. Pull the part number from the online Honda parts site and start searching used. Or buy new oem of course.
Lots of folks running around with Wal-Mart $5 ground cables. It's thicker and maybe longer than needed, but it's made well. The eyelets may be larger but it's nothing a washer won't fix. I am one to improvise.
 
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Don’t buy cheap Walmart aftermarket cables because they will never fit right. You can buy used oem cables at a place like car-part.com or used oem on eBay and they will be way better quality and be less of a headache. Pull the part number from the online Honda parts site and start searching used. Or buy new oem of course.
Check them out before dismissing them. Limited things I would recommend from Walmart besides VML. Cheap enough for a simple 4 to 6 gauge ground cable to replace or add another. No way I would consider a used cable unless I was stuck on the road. Excess length is simply zip tied.
 

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I bought a used oem ground cable online that was the perfect length and tied into every part perfect for $15 shipped. I removed the ill fitting Walmart version. The pilot ground cable is split to go 3 ways. No Walmart cable is going to do this. Do things right the first time and forget about it.
 

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I bought a used oem ground cable online that was the perfect length and tied into every part perfect for $15 shipped. I removed the ill fitting Walmart version. The pilot ground cable is split to go 3 ways. No Walmart cable is going to do this. Do things right the first time and forget about it.
We are talking about the cable between the engine and chassis. I believe it just needs 2 conections?
 

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Is that yours? Weren't you the person that caused the dielectric grease shortage last year slathering up your battery terminal under the modesty cover?
I don't believe those photo are of his personal vehicle. @plplplpl owns stock in a dielectric grease company.
 

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Is that yours? Weren't you the person that caused the dielectric grease shortage last year slathering up your battery terminal under the modesty cover?
I don't believe those photo are of his personal vehicle. @plplplpl owns stock in a dielectric grease company.
Not mine. Those are cautionary tale pictures gleaned from the intertubes.


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Is that yours? Weren't you the person that caused the dielectric grease shortage last year slathering up your battery terminal under the modesty cover?
Are you referring to this corrosion be-dammed connection? Ain’t no corrosion going to happen between my connections.
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