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Honda Pilot Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in a 1st generation 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot SUV.

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2006 Pilot 3.5L V6 Engine
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Engine Bay Fuse Box
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Push In Release Tab

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Honda Pilot SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The 1st generation 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot is equipped with standard mini blade electrical fuses.

A black plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the engine bay fuse block. If not, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

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Push In 2nd Release Tab
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Engine Bay Electrical Panel
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Fuse Location Diagram
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay.

The primary fuse box is located just behind the windshield washer fluid filler tube.

Gently press in the two release tabs on the front of the fuse box before lifting it straight off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the top of the fuse box cover and also another one in the owner's manual.

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Small Fuse / Relay Box
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Push In To Release Tab
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Left Side Release Tab
The smaller fuse and relay electrical box is located on the right side of the engine bay near the engine air filter box.

Push in the release tab on the left side and the other tab on right side before pulling the cover straight off.

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Pull Off Fuse Box Cover
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Electrical Fuses & Relays
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Fuse Location Diagram
There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the cover.
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Driver Side Footwell
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Emergency / Parking Brake
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Look To The Left
The larger interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located under the driver side dashboard near the emergency / parking brake foot lever.



 

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Interior Electrical Panel
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Passenger Side Footwell
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Open Plastic Access Cover
Look to the left of the parking brake lever to locate the fuse block.

The smaller second interior fuse block is located on the passenger side in the outer kick panel.

Gently open the hinged cover to access the fuse panel.

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Passenger Side Fuse Block
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Fuse Location Chart
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Replace Plastic Cover
There is a white sticker with a fuse location diagram on the underside of the fuse panel access cover.

The small interior fuse block contains fuses for the 12V power outlet, interior lights, sunroof, power windows, power seats, seat heaters and the reverse (back up) lights.

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Black Plastic Fuse Puller
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Pinch End - Open Jaws
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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
There is a black plastic fuse puller tool located at the right rear area of the larger engine bay fuse panel.

Pull out the fuse puller tool and squeeze the end to open the jaws.

Place the tool over the old fuse you'd like to check or change.

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Pull Out Old Fuse
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Hold Up To Light Bulb
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Push In New Fuse
Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

To check the old fuse, hold it up to a light bulb.

If the thin metal strip or "band" in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be broken or burnt, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced.

If the thin metal bar in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is probably still good. Since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Push a new mini blade electrical fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20A) straight in to the socket.

If you suspect that a relay might be faulty, the easiest way to diagnose the problem is to simply install a new relay.

Alternatively, you could use a multi-meter tool to check the old relay.

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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
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Replace Small Cover
Re-insert the fuse puller tool back in to its holder at the right rear corner of the larger engine bay fuse panel.

Push the two fuse box covers down in to place.

Check the electrical component you were having problems with such as the headlights, horn, gauges, radio, A/C system, power door locks, tail lights, the power inverter, trailer lights, the window wipers, etc.

If you are still having the same issue, there might be a shorted wire some where or the electrical component itself needs to be replaced.

For more, check out all of my 2003-2008 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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