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2003-2008 Honda Pilot DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 1st generation 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot.

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2003-2008 Honda Pilot Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Honda Pilot SUV can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY instructions for changing the battery (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your 1st generation Honda Pilot SUV, take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

 

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs

3. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the sun visor of your first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV, check out my DIY instructions (including the replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

You can also upgrade both of the bulbs to brighter LED units.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulbs Change

4. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The Honda Pilot is equipped with two sets of dome lights (also known as the rear passenger courtesy reading lights) located above the second row of seats and the third row.

To view my DIY instructions for changing a burnt out light bulb (or upgrading them both to brighter LED units) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Door Panel Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Courtesy Step Light Bulb

5. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Door Panel Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the plastic interior door panel of your first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   


Cargo Area Light Bulbs

6. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tailgate door of a Honda Pilot is equipped with a cargo area light that has two bulbs. If you need to change a burnt out light bulb, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

7. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV hasn't been working as well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells a bit musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

Check out my DIY tutorial (with the compatible part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide
Rear Wiper Blade Change

8. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Rear Window Wiper Blade Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the back windshield of your Honda Pilot during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to replace the rear window wiper blade.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM blade size in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left of this paragraph.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

9. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the front windshield window during a rain storm, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the OEM blade size in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

10. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the VTEC 3.5 liter V6 motor in a first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced after a few years or every 30,000 to 45,000 miles.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Lights

11. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of your Honda Pilot (or upgrade them both to brighter LED bulbs), check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

12. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light assemblies of a 1st generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot contain the brake, rear turn signal and side marker light bulbs.

To view my DIY tutorial for changing the bulbs (with the compatible replacement part number), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Reverse Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Reverse Light Bulbs

13. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Reverse Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out reverse light bulb (or upgrade them both to brighter LED bulbs) in the tailgate of your Honda Pilot, check out my DIY instructions (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.



 

2003-2008 Honda Pilot High Mount Third Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide
3rd Brake Light Bulb

14. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot High Mount 3rd Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide

The high mount third brake light is located at the top of the tailgate door on a 1st generation 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Honda Pilot.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the bulb change procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Front Side Marker Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Front Side Marker

15. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Front Side Marker Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out front side marker light bulb located in the front fender or "quarter panel" of your Honda Pilot SUV, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

16. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal, side marker and DRL (daytime running lamp) light bulbs.

To view my DIY instructions for changing a burnt out headlight bulb (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Fog Light Bulbs Change

17. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of your Honda Pilot, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine PCV Valve Replacement Guide
PCV Valve Change

18. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine PCV Valve Replacement Guide

The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve in the VTEC 3.5 liter V6 engine of a Honda Pilot should be checked every 30,000 miles and replaced about every 60,000 miles or every 5 to 7 years.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

19. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your Honda Pilot SUV is to check for a blown fuse or a faulty relay in the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Door Panel Removal

20. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you would like to upgrade the OEM door speakers in your first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
12V Battery Change

21. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble starting the engine in your Honda Pilot on a cold morning and the OEM battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the battery change procedure (with the OEM group size and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

22. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The OEM spark plugs in a 1st generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV can last up to 100,000 miles, but they should be checked before that time.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
Engine Oil Change

23. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your Honda Pilot running reliably is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter on the 3.5 liter VTEC V6 engine.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement oil filter part numbers), by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads Change

24. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a squealing, grinding or screeching sound coming from the front end of your Honda Pilot when you step on the brake pedal, you probably need to replace the front brake pads.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement brake pad part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   


Rear Brake Pads Change

25. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The rear disc brake pads on a Honda Pilot tend to last twice as long as the front pads or anywhere from 60,000 to over 100,000 miles depending on your unique driving conditions.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   


ATF Fluid Change

26. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot ATF Fluid Replacement Guide

The ATF (automatic transmission fluid) in a 1st generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008) Honda Pilot SUV with the VTEC 3.5L V6 engine should be replaced every 45,000 to 60,000 miles depending on your driving conditions.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2003-2008 Honda Pilot Monroe Load Adjusting Shock Absorber Installation Guide
Load Adjust Shock Install

27. 2003-2008 Honda Pilot Monroe Load Adjust Shock Absorber Install Guide

If the rear end of your Honda Pilot has been sagging low when packed with cargo, with passengers in the 3rd row of seats or the suspension sags so much so that it bottoms out going over speed bumps, you should consider installing the Monroe load adjusting shock absorbers.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible part number), by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.

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