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Congratulations! Your selection of a 2008 Honda Pilot was a wise investment.
It will give you years of driving pleasure.
One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to
read this manual. In it, you will learn how to operate its driving controls and
convenience items. Afterwards, keep this owner's manual in your vehicle so
you can refer to it at any time.
Several warranties protect your new vehicle. Read the warranty booklet
thoroughly so you understand the coverages and are aware of your rights
and responsibilities.
Maintaining your vehicle according to the schedules given in this manual
helps to keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment.
When your vehicle needs maintenance, keep in mind that your dealer's staff
is specially trained in servicing the many systems unique to your vehicle.
Your dealer is dedicated to your satisfaction and will be pleased to answer
any questions and concerns.
2008 Pilot
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    Main Menu Introduction Congratulations! Your selection of a 2008 Honda Pilot was a wise investment. As you read this manual, you will It will give you years of driving pleasure. find information that is preceded by symbol. This One of the best ways to enhance the enjoyment of your new vehicle is to information is intended to help you read this manual.

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    Main Menu Introduction California Proposition 65 Warning WARNING: This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Event Data Recorders This vehicle is equipped with one or more devices commonly referred to as event data recorders. These devices record front seat belt use, front passenger seat occupancy, airbag deployment data, and the failure of any airbag system component.

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    Main Menu A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, You will find this important safety information in a variety of forms, is very important. And operating this including: vehicle safely is an important responsibility. Safety Labels on the vehicle.

  • Page 4: Important Handling Information

    Main Menu Important Handling Information Your Pilot has higher ground clearance than a passenger vehicle designed for use only on pavement. Higher ground clearance has many advantages for off-highway driving. It allows you to travel over bumps, obstacles, and rough terrain.

  • Page 5: X31-s9v-6502

    2008 Pilot Online Reference Owner's Manual Contents Owner's Identification Form Introduction ................................A Few Words About Safety ..........................Important Handling Information ........................Your Vehicle at a Glance (main controls) ....................Driver and Passenger Safety (seat belts, SRS, and child protection) ............ Instruments and Controls (indicators, gauges, dashboard, and steering column) ..........

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    Main Menu 2008 Pilot...

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    Main Menu Overview of Contents features. Contents Technical Information A convenient reference to the ID numbers, dimensions, capacities, sections in this manual. Before Driving and technical information. What gasoline to use, how to break- Your Vehicle at a Glance in your new vehicle, and how to load Warranty and Customer A quick reference to the main luggage and other cargo.

  • Page 8: Your Vehicle At A Glance

    Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance INSTRUMENT PANEL DRIVER’S FRONT SHIFT LEVER REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH INDICATORS (P. 61) AIRBAG (P. 11, 28) (P. 206) COMPASS (P. 179) GAUGES (P. 70) AUDIO SYSTEM (P. 115) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCH PASSENGER’S (P.

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    Main Menu Your Vehicle at a Glance HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNAL/FOG LIGHTS HORN HAZARD WARNING BUTTON MOONROOF BUTTONS (P. 75) (P. 77) (P. 96) VTM-4 LOCK (P. 210) LIGHT CONTROL PASSENGER AIRBAG SWITCH OFF INDICATOR (P. 102) (P. 35) VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA) SYSTEM OFF REAR WINDOW SWITCH...

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    Main Menu 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    Main Menu Driver and Passenger Safety This section gives you important Lap/Shoulder Belt ...... All Children Should Sit in a information about how to protect Automatic Seat Belt Back Seat ......... yourself and your passengers. It Tensioners ....... The Passenger’s Front Airbag shows you how to use seat belts.

  • Page 12: Important Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Important Safety Precautions You’ll find many safety every additional drink. So don’t drink Restrain All Children recommendations throughout this Children age 12 and under should and drive, and don’t let your friends section, and throughout this manual. ride properly restrained in a back drink and drive, either.

  • Page 13: Your Vehicle's Safety Features

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Your vehicle is equipped with many (11) features that work together to protect you and your passengers during a crash. (10) Some features do not require any action on your part. These include a strong steel framework that forms a safety cage around the passenger compartment, front and rear crush...

  • Page 14: Seat Belts

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Help keep you from being thrown Seat Belts Your vehicle is equipped with seat against the inside of the vehicle belts in all seating positions. and against other occupants. Not wearing a seat belt properly increases the chance of serious Your seat belt system also includes Keep you from being thrown out...

  • Page 15: Airbags

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features Airbags Your vehicle has a supplemental Your vehicle also has side airbags to In addition, your vehicle has side restraint system (SRS) with front help protect the upper torso of the curtain airbags to help protect the airbags to help protect the heads and driver or a front seat passenger...

  • Page 16: Protecting Adults And Teens

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Your Vehicle’s Safety Features, Protecting Adults and Teens The most important things you need Always wear What you should do: Protecting Adults and Teens to know about your airbags are: your seat belt properly, and sit upright and as far back from the Introduction steering wheel as possible while...

  • Page 17: Close And Lock The Doors, Adjust The Front Seats

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Close and Lock the Doors Adjust the Front Seats The National Highway Traffic Safety After everyone has entered the Administration and Transport vehicle, be sure the doors and the Canada recommend that drivers tailgate are closed and locked.

  • Page 18: Adjust The Seat-backs

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Seat-Backs Sitting too close to a front Reclining the seat-back too far airbag can result in serious can result in serious injury or injury or death if the front death in a crash.

  • Page 19: Adjust The Head Restraints, Belts

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Adjust the Head Restraints Fasten and Position the Seat Belts Insert the latch plate into the buckle, Improperly positioning head then tug on the belt to make sure the restraints reduces their belt is securely latched.

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    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens This spreads the forces of a crash RELEASE over the strongest bones in your BUTTONS upper body. Improperly positioning the seat belts can cause serious injury or death in a crash. Make sure all seat belts are properly positioned before driving.

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    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Pull out the anchor latch and the sure the belt is not twisted. Push the Using the Lap/Shoulder Belt latch plate from each holding slot in anchor latch until it locks. Then the ceiling, and pull out the seat belt follow the procedure for fastening SECOND AND THIRD ROW CENTER...

  • Page 22: Position

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Never place the shoulder portion of a Maintain a Proper Sitting lap/shoulder belt under your arm or Position ANCHOR LATCH This could cause After all occupants have adjusted behind your back. very serious injuries in a crash.

  • Page 23: Advice For Pregnant Women

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens In addition, an occupant who is out of When driving, remember to sit Advice for Pregnant Women position in the front seat can be upright and adjust the seat as far seriously or fatally injured in a crash back as possible while allowing full by striking interior parts of the...

  • Page 24: Additional Safety Precautions

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Adults and Teens Additional Safety Precautions Do not put any accessories on seat Do not attach or place objects on Devices intended to improve Objects on Never let passengers ride in the belts. the front airbag covers. occupant comfort or reposition the the covers marked ‘‘SRS AIRBAG’’...

  • Page 25: Additional Information About Your Seat Belts, Seat Belt System Components

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts Seat Belt System Components your seat belt is not fastened before If the indicator comes on or the Your seat belt system includes lap/ the beeper stops, the indicator will beeper sounds when the driver’s seat shoulder belts in all eight seating stop flashing but remain on.

  • Page 26: Lap/shoulder Belt

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts To unlock the belt, press the red Lap/Shoulder Belt If the shoulder part of the belt is The lap/shoulder belt in the center PRESS button on the buckle. Guide pulled all the way out, the lockable seat of the second and third row the belt across your body so that it...

  • Page 27: Automatic Seat Belt Tensioners, Seat Belt Maintenance

    For added protection, the front seat possible. belts are equipped with automatic seat belt tensioners. When activated, Honda provides a limited warranty the tensioners immediately tighten on seat belts. See your Honda the belts to help hold the driver and...

  • Page 28

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Seat Belts If a seat belt is worn during a crash, it must be replaced by your dealer. A belt that has been worn during a Not checking or maintaining crash may not provide the same level seat belts can result in serious of protection in a subsequent crash.

  • Page 29: Additional Information About Your Airbags, Airbag System Components

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Airbag System Components (1) Driver’s Front Airbag (14) (2) Passenger’s Front Airbag (10) (3) Control Unit (4) Front Seat Belt Tensioners (5) Side Airbags (6) Driver’s Seat Position Sensor (7) Front Passenger’s Position Sensors (11) (8) Front Impact Sensors (12)

  • Page 30

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Your Airbag System includes: (15) Rear Safing Sensor Two SRS (supplemental restraint (16) Side Impact Sensor (second) system) front airbags. The driver’s (17) (17) Side Curtain Airbags airbag is stored in the center of the steering wheel;...

  • Page 31

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Automatic front seat belt Weight sensors that monitor the An indicator on the instrument tensioners (see page weight on the front passenger’s panel that alerts you to a possible seat. If the weight is about 65 lbs problem with your airbags, Sensors that can detect a (29 kg) or less (the weight of an...

  • Page 32: How Your Front Airbags Work

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags During a frontal crash, your seat belt How Your Front Airbags Work restrains your lower body and torso, and the front airbag helps protect your head and chest. Although both airbags normally inflate within a split second of each other, it is possible for only one airbag to deploy.

  • Page 33

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags The total time for inflation and Dual-Stage Airbags Dual-Threshold Airbags deflation is one-tenth of a second, so Your front airbags are dual-stage Your front airbags are also dual- fast that most occupants are not airbags.

  • Page 34: Advanced Airbags

    If the seat is under the seat. Although Honda under the front seats. too far forward, the airbag will does not encourage carrying an...

  • Page 35: How Your Side Airbags Work

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags Be aware that objects placed on the Moving the front seat forcibly How Your Side Airbags Work passenger’s seat can also cause the back against cargo on the seat or airbag to be turned off.

  • Page 36

    To get the best protection from the Although Honda does not encourage indicator will go out. side airbags, front seat occupants children to ride in front, if the...

  • Page 37: How Your Side Curtain Airbags Work, How The Srs Indicator Works

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How Your Side Curtain Airbags If the impact is on the passenger’s How the SRS Indicator Works Work side, the passenger’s side curtain The SRS indicator alerts airbag will inflate even if there are no you to a potential problem occupants on that side of the vehicle.

  • Page 38: Indicator Works

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags If the indicator comes on at any U.S. Canada other time, or does not come on at all, How the Side you should have the system checked Airbag Off Ignoring the SRS indicator can by your dealer.

  • Page 39: How The Passenger Airbag Off Indicator Works

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags How the Passenger Airbag Off Be aware that objects placed on the Indicator Works front seat can cause the indicator to come on. U.S. models Canadian models If no weight is detected in the front seat, the airbag will be automatically shut off.

  • Page 40: Airbag Service

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Additional Information About Your Airbags If the indicator comes on with no Any airbag Airbag Service An airbag ever inflates. front seat passenger and no objects Your airbag system is virtually that has deployed must be on the seat, or with an adult riding maintenance-free, and there are no replaced along with the control...

  • Page 41

    If it is necessary to remove or modify a front seat to accommodate a person with disabilities, first contact Honda Automobile Customer Service at (800) 999-1009. 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 42: All Children Must Be Restrained

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines All Children Must Be Restrained Each year, many children are injured or killed in vehicle crashes because Children who are unrestrained they are either unrestrained or not or improperly restrained can be properly restrained.

  • Page 43: All Children Should Sit In A Back Seat

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines All Children Should Sit in a Back The Passenger’s Front Airbag Small Children Seat Can Pose Serious Risks Placing a forward-facing child seat in According to accident statistics, Front airbags have been designed to the front seat of a vehicle equipped children of all ages and sizes are help protect adults in a moderate to...

  • Page 44

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines To remind you of the passenger’s U.S. Models DASHBOARD front airbag hazards, and that SUN VISORS children must be properly restrained in a back seat, your vehicle has warning labels on the dashboard (on U.S.

  • Page 45: If You Must Drive With Several Children, Attention

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines If You Must Drive with Several If a Child Requires Close If a child requires close physical Children Attention attention or frequent visual Your vehicle has two rows of back Many parents say they prefer to put contact, we strongly recommend seats where children can be properly an infant or a small child in the front...

  • Page 46

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Children General Guidelines For example, infants and small Additional Safety Precautions Make sure any unused seat belt children left in a vehicle on a hot Never hold an infant or child on that a child can reach is buckled, If you are not wearing a day can die from heatstroke.

  • Page 47: Protecting Infants And Small Children, Protecting Infants

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children Protecting Infants Two types of seats may be used: a Rear-facing Child Seat Placement seat designed exclusively for infants, A rear-facing child seat can be placed or a convertible seat used in the rear- in any seating position in the back facing, reclining mode.

  • Page 48: Protecting Small Children

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children In any of these situations, we We also recommend that a small Protecting Small Children strongly recommend that you install child use the child seat until the child the child seat directly behind the reaches the weight or height limit front passenger’s seat, move the seat for the seat.

  • Page 49: Selecting A Child Seat

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Infants and Small Children, Selecting a Child Seat Even with advanced front airbags, Selecting a Child Seat Whatever type of seat you choose, to which can automatically turn the When buying a child seat, you need provide proper protection, a child passenger’s front airbag off (see to choose either a conventional child...

  • Page 50: Installing A Child Seat

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat After selecting a proper child seat Make sure the child seat is firmly Secure the child in the child seat. and a good place to install the seat, After installing a child Make sure the child is properly secured.

  • Page 51: With Latch

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with BUTTON LATCH Your vehicle is equipped with LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) at the outer second row LOWER seats. The lower anchors are located ANCHORS between the seat-back and seat bottom, and are to be used only with...

  • Page 52

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Push and pull the child seat ANCHOR forward and from side-to-side to verify that it is secure. TETHER STRAP HOOK Flexible-type Other LATCH-compatible seats Lift the head restraint (see page have a flexible-type connector as ), then route the tether strap shown above.

  • Page 53: With A Lap/shoulder Belt

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Lap/ Shoulder Belt When not using the LATCH system, all child seats must be secured to the vehicle with the lap part of a lap/ shoulder belt.

  • Page 54

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat To deactivate the lockable retractor and remove a child seat, unlatch the buckle, unroute the seat belt, and let the belt fully retract. After confirming that the belt is Push and pull the child seat locked, grab the shoulder part of forward and from side-to-side to the belt near the buckle, and pull...

  • Page 55: With A Tether

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Installing a Child Seat with a Second Row Installation Tether A child seat with a tether can be installed in any seating position in the second or third row seats. Since a tether can provide additional security to the lap/shoulder belt installation, we recommend using a tether whenever one is required or...

  • Page 56

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Installing a Child Seat Slide the anchor cover open as Third Row Installation shown, then attach the tether strap hook to the anchor, making sure the strap is not twisted. Tighten the strap according to the seat maker’s instructions.

  • Page 57: Protecting Larger Children, Checking Seat Belt Fit

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children When a child reaches the Checking Seat Belt Fit recommended weight or height limit for a forward-facing child seat, the Allowing a child age 12 or under child should sit in a back seat on a to sit in front can result in injury booster seat and wear a lap/shoulder or death if the passenger’s front...

  • Page 58: Using A Booster Seat

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children Does the shoulder belt cross Some states and Canadian provinces Using a Booster Seat between the child’s neck and arm? also require children to use a booster seat until they reach a given age or Is the lap part of the belt as low as weight (e.g., 6 years or 60 lbs).

  • Page 59: Front

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children A child may continue using a booster When Can a Larger Child Sit in Of course, children vary widely. And seat until the tops of their ears are Front while age may be one indicator of even with the top of the vehicle’s or The National Highway Traffic Safety when a child can safely ride in front,...

  • Page 60

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Larger Children If you decide that a child can safely Additional Safety Precautions Do not put any accessories on a ride up front, be sure to: Devices intended to Do not let a child wear a seat belt seat belt.

  • Page 61: Carbon Monoxide Hazard

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carbon Monoxide Hazard Your vehicle’s exhaust contains With the tailgate open, air flow can carbon monoxide gas. Carbon pull exhaust gas into your vehicle’s monoxide should not enter the interior and create a hazardous Carbon monoxide gas is toxic. vehicle in normal driving if you condition.

  • Page 62: Safety Labels

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Safety Labels These labels are in the locations SUN VISORS DASHBOARD shown. They warn you of potential U.S. models U.S. models only hazards that could cause serious injury. Read these labels carefully. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read (except for the U.S.

  • Page 63: Table Of Contents

    Main Menu Instruments and Controls This section gives information about Control Locations ......Door Locks ........the controls and displays that Instrument Panel ......Power Door Locks ...... contribute to the daily operation of Instrument Panel Indicators ..Tailgate ........your vehicle.

  • Page 64: Control Locations

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Control Locations REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH INSTRUMENT PANEL SHIFT LEVER COMPASS (P.179) INDICATORS (P.61) (P.206) AUDIO SYSTEM GAUGES(P.70) (P.115) POWER DOOR LOCK SWITCH (P.82) HEATING/COOLING SYSTEM CLIMATE CONTROL MIRROR SYSTEM CONTROLS (P.106) (P.93) POWER WINDOW SWITCHES (P.94) HOOD RELEASE...

  • Page 65: Instrument Panel

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel FOG LIGHT INDICATOR (P.69) LIGHTS ON INDICATOR (P.69) PARKING BRAKE AND BRAKE HIGH BEAM INDICATOR (P.67) SYSTEM IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM INDICATOR INDICATOR (P.64) (P.63, 284) (P.67) LOW FUEL INDICATOR SIDE AIRBAG OFF A/T TEMPERATURE (P.34, 63) INDICATOR (P.68)

  • Page 66: Instrument Panel Indicators

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators The instrument panel has many If your front passenger does not Malfunction Indicator indicators to give you important fasten their seat belt, the indicator Lamp information about your vehicle. comes on about 6 seconds after the See page ignition switch is turned to the ON Seat Belt Reminder...

  • Page 67

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Supplemental Restraint Anti-lock Brake System U.S. Canada System Indicator (ABS) Indicator This indicator comes on briefly when This indicator normally comes on for you turn the ignition switch to the Parking Brake and Brake System a few seconds when you turn the ON (II) position.

  • Page 68

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Immobilizer System Vehicle Stability Assist VSA Activation Indicator Indicator (VSA) System Indicator This indicator comes on for a few This indicator normally comes on for This indicator has three functions: seconds when you turn the ignition a few seconds when you turn the switch to the ON (II) position.

  • Page 69

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Low Tire Pressure Tire Pressure Monitor Tire Pressure Monitoring Indicator System (TPMS) Indicator This indicator normally comes on for The appropriate tire indicator will This indicator normally comes on for a few seconds when you turn the come on along with the low tire a few seconds when you turn the ignition switch to the ON (II)

  • Page 70

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Turn Signal and Brake Lamp Indicator Door and Tailgate Open Monitor Hazard Warning Indicators If a brake light does not work, the The left or right turn signal indicator indicator comes on BRAKE LAMP blinks when you signal a lane change when you push the brake pedal with...

  • Page 71

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Daytime Running Lights High Beam Indicator Low Fuel Indicator Indicator This indicator comes on with the Canadian models only This indicator comes on when you high beam headlights. For more turn the ignition switch to the ON information, see page (II) position with the headlight switch off and the parking brake set.

  • Page 72

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators A/T Temperature VTM-4 Indicator Fuel Economy Indicator Indicator 4WD models only 4WD models only 2WD models only This indicator monitors the This indicator normally comes on for While the engine is operating in its temperature of the automatic a few seconds when you turn the most economical range, this...

  • Page 73

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Instrument Panel Indicators Lights On Indicator Fog Light Indicator Maintenance Minder On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE Indicator This indicator reminds you that the This indicator comes on for a few models exterior lights are on. It comes on This indicator comes on when you seconds when you turn the ignition when the light switch is in either the...

  • Page 74: Gauges, Trip Meter

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Gauges Odometer TACHOMETER SPEEDOMETER FUEL GAUGE TEMPERATURE This shows the total distance your GAUGE vehicle has been driven. It measures miles in U.S. models and kilometers in Canadian models. It is illegal under U.S. federal law and Canadian provincial regulations to disconnect, reset, or alter the odometer with the intent to change...

  • Page 75

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Gauges Temperature Gauge Outside Temperature Indicator If the outside temperature is This shows the temperature of the On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models incorrectly displayed, you can adjust engine’s coolant. During normal This indicator displays the outside it up to 5°F in U.S.

  • Page 76

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Gauges If the system still detects a leak in Check Fuel Cap Message Maintenance Minder Display Your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic the vehicle’s evaporative emissions The information display in the system will detect a loose or missing system, the malfunction indicator instrument panel shows you the fuel fill cap as an evaporative system...

  • Page 77: Controls Near The Steering Wheel

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Controls Near the Steering Wheel MOONROOF BUTTONS HORN HEADLIGHTS/TURN SIGNAL/ HAZARD WARNING BUTTON (P.96) FOG LIGHTS (P.77) (P.75) VTM-4 LOCK LIGHT CONTROL (P.210) SWITCH (P.102) PASSENGER AIRBAG VEHICLE STABILITY OFF INDICATOR ASSIST (VSA) (P.35) SYSTEM OFF SWITCH (P.219) REAR WINDOW CRUISE CONTROL...

  • Page 78: Windshield Wipers And Washers

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Windshield Wipers and Washers The wipers are not activated. Rear Window Wiper and Washer The length of the wiper interval is varied automatically according to the vehicle’s speed. Vary the delay by turning the INT TIME ring.

  • Page 79: Turn Signals And Headlights

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Turn Signals and Headlights Turn Signal Push down on the High Beams Push the lever lever to signal a left turn and up to forward until you hear a click. The signal a right turn. To signal a lane high beam indicator will come on change, push lightly on the lever, (see page...

  • Page 80

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Headlights, Instrument Panel Brightness The lights will turn on again when Automatic Lighting Off Feature Instrument Panel Brightness you unlock or open the driver’s door. On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models SELECT/RESET KNOB The automatic lighting off feature turns off the headlights, all other If you unlock the door, but do not exterior lights, and the instrument...

  • Page 81

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Hazard Warning Button, Rear Window Defogger Hazard Warning Button Rear Window Defogger HAZARD WARNING BUTTON EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models LX and LX-VP models Push the button to turn on the The rear window defogger will clear Make sure the rear window is clear hazard warning lights (four-way fog, frost, and thin ice from the...

  • Page 82: Steering Wheel Adjustment

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Steering Wheel Adjustment Make any steering wheel adjustment Push the lever up to lock the before you start driving. steering wheel in position. Make sure you have securely locked the steering wheel in place by trying to move it up and down. Adjusting the steering wheel position while driving may cause you to lose control of the...

  • Page 83: Keys And Locks

    KEY NUMBER VALET KEY have to get a lost key replaced. Use work to start the engine if the (GRAY) only Honda-approved key blanks. circuits are damaged. Protect the keys from direct sunlight, high temperature, and high humidity. Do not drop the keys or set heavy objects on them.

  • Page 84: Immobilizer System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Immobilizer System The immobilizer system protects The system may not recognize your As required by the FCC: your vehicle from theft. If an key’s coding if another immobilizer This device complies with Part 15 of the improperly-coded key (or other key or other metal object (i.e.

  • Page 85: Ignition Switch

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Ignition Switch If the front wheels are turned, the You will hear a reminder beeper if anti-theft lock may make it difficult you leave the key in the LOCK (0) or to turn the key. Firmly turn the the ACCESSORY (I) position and steering wheel to the left or right as open the driver’s door.

  • Page 86: Door Locks

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Door Locks The lock tab on any door locks and Power Door Locks Tailgate unlocks that door. To unlock the driver’s door from the outside, turn MASTER DOOR LOCK SWITCH the key and release it. If you turn and hold it, all doors and the tailgate unlock.

  • Page 87

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Childproof Door Locks, Remote Transmitter Childproof Door Locks Remote Transmitter UNLOCK Press this button once to unlock the driver’s door. Push it twice to unlock the other doors and PANIC UNLOCK BUTTON the tailgate. Some exterior lights will BUTTON flash twice each time you press the button.

  • Page 88: Remote Transmitter

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter Press this button for PANIC Replacing the Transmitter Battery about 1 second to attract attention; If it takes several pushes on the the horn will sound and the exterior button to lock or unlock the doors, lights will flash for about 30 seconds.

  • Page 89

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Transmitter An improperly disposed of battery As required by the FCC: can hurt the environment. This device complies with Part 15 of the Always confirm local regulations for FCC rules. Operation is subject to the battery disposal.

  • Page 90: Seat Heaters

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seat Heaters In the HI setting, the heater turns off If equipped when the seat gets warm, and turns SEAT HEATER BUTTONS back on after the seat’s temperature SEAT HEATER BUTTONS drops. In the LO setting, the heater runs continuously.

  • Page 91

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Power Seat Adjustments Raises or lowers the On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models seat. See pages for important safety information and warnings about how to Adjusts the seat-back properly position the seats and seat- backs.

  • Page 92

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Driver’s Lumbar Support Manual Seat Adjustments On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models To adjust the seat forward and To change the seat-back angle of the To change the lumbar support, move backward, pull up on the lever under front seat, pull up the lever on the the lever on the right side of the the front seat cushion.

  • Page 93

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment Adjusting the Second Row Seats Folding the Second Row Seats On LX and LX-VP models The left and right halves can be folded separately. If you are folding the left half of the seat, use the ignition key to release the center seat belt from the detachable anchor (see page...

  • Page 94

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Third Seat Access Adjusting the Third Row Seat Folding the Third Row Seat THIRD ROW RELEASE LEVER SEAT HANDLE To get into the third row seats, pull Pull on the handle on the back of the Remove the head restraints by up the lever on the side of the seat-back, move the seat-back to the...

  • Page 95

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats Use the ignition key to release the Head Restraints seat belt from the detachable See page for important safety anchor (see page information and a warning about improperly positioning head restraints. Unlock the seat-back by pulling the handle.

  • Page 96

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Seats, Mirrors To remove one for cleaning or repair, Mirrors push the release button, and lift the restraint up. Failure to reinstall the head restraints can result in severe injury during a crash. Always replace the head RELEASE BUTTON restraints before driving.

  • Page 97

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors Adjusting the Power Mirrors Push the appropriate edge of the If equipped The rear view mirror has a compass adjustment switch to move the SELECTOR SWITCH function to indicate the vehicle’s mirror right, left, up, or down. direction.

  • Page 98

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Mirrors, Power Windows Power Mirror Heaters Power Windows If equipped DRIVER’S WINDOW MAIN SWITCH Closing a power window on SWITCH someone’s hands or fingers can cause serious injury. Make sure your passengers are away from the windows before closing them.

  • Page 99: Power Windows

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Power Windows To open or close the driver’s window AUTO REVERSE If the driver’s If your vehicle’s battery is partially, push down or pull back on window senses any obstacle while it disconnected or goes dead, or the the window switch lightly and hold it.

  • Page 100

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Moonroof To tilt up the back of the moonroof, The moonroof has a key-off delay If equipped press and hold the center button function. You can still open and close . To close the moonroof, press the moonroof for up to 10 minutes CLOSE BUTTON and hold the upper button...

  • Page 101: Parking Brake

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Parking Brake Driving the vehicle with the parking brake applied can damage the rear brakes and axles. A beeper will sound if the vehicle is driven with the parking brake on. PARKING BRAKE PEDAL To apply the parking brake, push the pedal down with your foot.

  • Page 102

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items VANITY MIRROR SUN VISOR ACCESSORY POWER SOCKETS SUNGLASS HOLDER WITH CONVERSATION MIRROR SUN VISOR VANITY MIRROR GLOVE BOX BEVERAGE HOLDERS CONSOLE COMPARTMENT BEVERAGE HOLDERS BEVERAGE HOLDERS ACCESSORY POWER SOCKET If equipped. 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 103: Interior Convenience Items

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Beverage Holders Console Compartment Glove Box Open the glove box by pulling the bottom of the handle. Close it with a firm push. Lock or unlock the glove box with the master key. The glove box light comes on when the parking lights are on.

  • Page 104

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sunglasses Holder Conversation Mirror Push SUNGLASSES HOLDER To open the sunglasses holder, push You may also store small items in On EX-L, EX-SE, and Canadian EX on the front edge. Make sure the this holder.

  • Page 105

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items Sun Visor Vanity Mirror Accessory Power Sockets Each socket is intended to supply power for 12 volt DC accessories EXTENSION that are rated 120 watts or less (10 amps). None of the sockets will power an automotive type cigarette lighter element.

  • Page 106: Interior Convenience Items/interior Lights

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Convenience Items, Interior Lights The maximum capacity for this AC Power Outlet Light Control Switch power outlet is 115 volt AC at 100 If equipped watts or less. If you use an appliance which requires more than 100 watts, it automatically stops supplying the power.

  • Page 107: Interior Lights

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Interior Lights The individual map lights in the Individual Map Lights Courtesy Lights second and third rows cannot be Turn on the front and rear individual turned on. map lights by pushing the lens of each light.

  • Page 108

    Main Menu Table Of Contents 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 109: Table Of Contents

    Main Menu Features The heating and air conditioning Vents, Heating, and A/C ..... system in your vehicle provides a Automatic Climate Control ..comfortable driving environment in Using the Rear A/C Unit ..all weather conditions. Audio System ........ Playing the Radio ......

  • Page 110

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C FAN CONTROL TEMPERATURE RECIRCULATION REAR WINDOW DIAL CONTROL DIAL BUTTON DEFOGGER BUTTON LX and LX-VP MODELS FAN CONTROL TEMPERATURE BUTTONS DISPLAY FAN SPEED AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON AIR CONDITIONING BUTTON INDICATOR MODE BUTTON MODE CONTROL DIAL EX, EX-L, and EX-SE MODELS REAR A/C...

  • Page 111

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Voice Control System Temperature Control Dial RR A/C MANUAL Button On vehicles with navigation system Turning this dial clockwise increases On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models The climate control system can also the temperature of the airflow.

  • Page 112

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Airflow is divided between Recirculation Button Rear Window Defogger Button When the indicator in the button is This button turns the rear window the floor vents and the defroster on, air from the vehicle’s interior is defogger off and on (see page vents at the base of the windshield.

  • Page 113

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C MAX A/C Ventilation Using the A/C On LX and LX-VP models The flow-through ventilation system Air conditioning places an extra load The system automatically draws in outside air, circulates it on the engine. Watch the engine turns on the A/C and switches to through the interior, then discharges coolant temperature gauge (see page...

  • Page 114

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C you can If the interior is very warm, To Dehumidify the Interior To Defog and Defrost cool it down more rapidly by partially Air conditioning, as it cools, removes To remove fog from the inside of the opening the windows, turning on the moisture from the air.

  • Page 115

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C To Remove Exterior Frost or Ice For your safety, make sure you have On LX and LX-VP models When you switch to , from From the Windows a clear view through all the windows , the A/C stays on.

  • Page 116

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C When you set the temperature to its Automatic Climate Control Semi-automatic Operation lower limit ( ) or its upper limit You can manually select various On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models The automatic climate control ), the system runs at full cooling functions of the climate control...

  • Page 117

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Using the Rear A/C Unit On LX and LX-VP models On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models On LX and LX-VP models A passenger in the second row can COOL AIR WARM AIR use the rear fan control dial to adjust the amount of airflow to the rear passenger compartment.

  • Page 118

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vents, Heating, and A/C Sunlight and Temperature Sensors On EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models COOL AIR WARM AIR TEMPERATURE SENSOR OFF (center) The rear A/C unit SUNLIGHT SENSOR shuts off. The climate control system has two Cool Air Turn this dial sensors.

  • Page 119: Audio System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Audio System Some models may have one of the AM/FM/CD Audio System audio systems described in this (LX models) section. On Canadian models Read the appropriate pages in this section for operation of the audio AM/FM/CD Changer Audio System systems installed in your models.

  • Page 120

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Audio System AM/FM/CD Changer Audio System with rear entertainment system (EX-L and EX-SE models) (EX and EX-L models) On U.S. models On Canadian models AM/FM/CD Changer Audio System with navigation system (EX-L models) (EX-L models) On U.S.

  • Page 121

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the Radio STEREO INDICATOR (Canadian LX models) AM/FM BUTTON SCAN BUTTON AUTO SELECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB (U.S. LX-VP, EX, EX-L, and SEEK/SKIP BAR TUNE/MODE KNOB PRESET BUTTONS Canadian EX-L models) U.S. EX model is shown (U.S.

  • Page 122: Playing The Radio

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the Radio Use the TUNE knob to If you do nothing, the system will To Play the Radio TUNE The ignition switch must be in the tune the radio to a desired frequency. then scan for the next strong station ACCESSORY (I) or the ON (II) Turn the knob right to tune to a and play it for 10 seconds.

  • Page 123

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the Radio AUTO SELECT If you are , press the Treble/Bass Use the TRE/BAS To turn off auto select traveling far from home and can no A. SEL (auto select) button. This modes to adjust the tone to your longer receive your preset stations, restores the presets you originally liking.

  • Page 124

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the Radio While you are listening to the radio, Voice Control System Operating the Radio on the you can change to another band by On vehicles with navigation system Navigation System Screen The audio system can also be pressing the AUDIO button next to operated by voice control.

  • Page 125

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the Radio Left/Right Balance and Front/ Adjusting the Sound Rear Fader These modes adjust the strength of the sound coming AUDIO BUTTON from each speaker. Left/Right balance adjusts the side-to-side strength, while Front/Rear fader adjusts the front-to-back strength.

  • Page 126: Radio Reception

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Radio Reception Radio Frequencies Radio Reception The radio can receive the complete How well the radio receives stations AM and FM bands. is dependent on many factors, such Those bands cover these frequen- as the distance from the station’s cies: transmitter, nearby large objects, and atmospheric conditions.

  • Page 127

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Radio Reception As required by the FCC: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. Radio signals, especially on the FM Radio reception can be affected by band, are deflected by large objects atmospheric conditions such as such as buildings and hills.

  • Page 128

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio U.S. LX-VP and EX-L models U.S. EX-L and EX-SE models with rear entertainment system XM BUTTON DISP/MODE BUTTON PWR/VOL XM BUTTON DISP/MODE BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB KNOB TUNE KNOB TUNE KNOB SCAN BUTTON PRESET BUTTONS CATEGORY BAR...

  • Page 129

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio system, and press the ‘‘XM’’ button. U.S. LX-VP, EX-L, and EX-SE models only Adjust the volume by turning the Your audio system is capable of PWR/VOL knob. The last channel receiving XM Satellite Radio you listened to will show in the anywhere in the United States,...

  • Page 130

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio Turn the TUNE knob left You can store up to 12 Pick a preset number (icon) you TUNE Preset or right to select channels. In the preset channels using the six preset want for that channel.

  • Page 131

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio XM Radio Display Messages ‘‘NO SIGNAL’’ The signal is currently too XM is loading the weak. Move the ‘‘LOADING’’ audio or program vehicle to an area information. away from tall buildings, and The channel with an...

  • Page 132

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio The XM satellites are in orbit over the equator; therefore, objects south Signal weaker in Signal may be blocked by of the vehicle may cause satellite these areas. mountains or large obstacles to reception interruptions.

  • Page 133

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing the XM Satellite Radio Depending on where you drive, you knob until ‘‘0’’ appears in the display. As required by the FCC: may experience reception problems. Changes or modifications not expressly Your I.D. will appear in the display. Interference can be caused by any of approved by the party responsible for these conditions:...

  • Page 134

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing a Disc REPEAT INDICATOR CD BUTTON (Canadian LX models) REPEAT BUTTON CD SLOT CD EJECT BUTTON PWR/VOL KNOB SEEK/SKIP BAR RANDOM INDICATOR RANDOM BUTTON (U.S. LX-VP, EX, EX-L, and Canadian EX-L models) U.S. EX model is shown (U.S.

  • Page 135

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing a Disc, Disc Changer To Play a CD LX models On models with Satellite Radio To load or play CDs, the ignition Insert a CD about halfway into the To listen to satellite radio when a CD switch must be in the ACCESSORY CD slot.

  • Page 136

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing a Disc, Disc Changer When ‘‘LOAD’’ appears again in Loading CDs in the In-dash CD SKIP Each time you press and the display, insert the next CD into release /( ), the player skips Changer the CD slot.

  • Page 137

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing a Disc, Disc Changer Track Repeat Random Play within a Disc To Stop Playing a CD On vehicles with navigation system On vehicles with navigation system On LX models When you press and release the RPT When you press the RDM button or Press the eject button ( ) to...

  • Page 138

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Playing a Disc, Disc Changer To remove a different CD from the Removing CDs from the In-dash Operating the Optional CD changer, first select it with the CD Changer Changer appropriate preset button. When that Except for LX model Optional on LX models To remove the disc currently in play,...

  • Page 139: Protecting Your Discs

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Your Discs General Information Protecting Discs When using CD-R discs, use only When a CD is not being played, store high quality CDs labeled for audio it in its case to protect it from dust use.

  • Page 140

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Your Discs Bubbled, wrinkled, labelled, and Additional Information of excessively thick discs Recommended Discs The in-dash disc player/changer has a sophisticated and delicate mechanism. If you insert a damaged disc as indicated in this section, it may become stuck inside and damage the audio unit.

  • Page 141

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Protecting Your Discs Small, irregular shaped discs Discs with scratches, dirty discs Recommended discs are printed with the following logo. 3-inch (8-cm) CD Triangle Shape Fingerprints, scratches, etc. CD-R or CD-RW may not play due to the recording conditions.

  • Page 142: Disc Player Error Messages

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Disc Player Error Messages The chart on the right explains the LX models error messages you may see in the Error Message Cause Solution display while playing a disc. Press the EJECT button and pull out the CD. Check if FOCUS Error it is inserted correctly in the CD player.

  • Page 143: Disc Changer Error Messages

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Disc Changer Error Messages The chart on the right explains the Optional on LX models error messages you may see in the display while playing a disc. Error Message Cause Solution If you see an error message in the Press the magazine EJECT button and pull it display while playing a disc, press out.

  • Page 144: Remote Audio Controls

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Remote Audio Controls , use the CH Except for LX models If you are playing a CD CH BUTTON Three controls for the audio system button to skip to the beginning of the are mounted in the steering wheel next track.

  • Page 145: Radio Theft Protection

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Radio Theft Protection If your vehicle’s battery is You will have to store your favorite Except for LX models Your vehicle’s audio system may disconnected or goes dead, or the stations in the preset buttons after disable itself if it is disconnected radio fuse is removed, the audio the system begins working.

  • Page 146: Setting The Clock

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Setting the Clock LX models CLOCK CLOCK BUTTON H BUTTON RESET BUTTON M BUTTON LX-VP, EX, EX-L, and EX-SE models (U.S. EX model shown) CLOCK SET BUTTON H BUTTON M BUTTON 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 147: Setting The Clock

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Setting the Clock You can quickly set the time to the LX models Except for LX models Press and hold the CLOCK (SCAN/ nearest hour. If the displayed time is The display shows the time when the RPT) button.

  • Page 148: Rear Entertainment System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System U.S. EX-L, EX-SE, and Canadian EX, EX-L models REAR ICON REAR CONTROL OFF ICON REAR SPEAKER OFF ICON DVD/AUX BUTTON REAR POWER BUTTON REPEAT BUTTON RANDOM PLAY PAUSE SEEK/SKIP BAR BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON REAR CTRL KNOB U.S.

  • Page 149

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Turn On the System Rear Speakers If equipped Your vehicle is equipped with a rear Press the REAR PWR button. To When you turn on the system, the entertainment system that includes a turn on the rear controls (ceiling rear speakers are automatically DVD player for the enjoyment of the...

  • Page 150

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Select Rear Entertainment Operating the DVD Player from REAR CONTROL PANEL from the Front Control Panel the Front Control Panel To operate the rear entertainment The DVD player in your rear system from the front panel, turn the entertainment system can play DVD RR CTRL knob clockwise.

  • Page 151

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Turn the Rear CTRL knob clockwise. The amber Rear LED comes on to show that the control panel is now enabled. Insert a DVD into the DVD/CD REAR CTRL KNOB player below the front panel. Push the DVD in halfway, the drive will pull it in the rest of the way.

  • Page 152

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Press and hold the Press the eject button to SEEK/SKIP EJECT Using the Rear Control Panel button to move forward; you will remove the DVD from the drive. To turn on the rear entertainment see ‘‘CUE’’...

  • Page 153

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Play the Radio from the Rear Control Panel AM/FM BUTTON PWR BUTTON DVD/AUX BUTTON Use the buttons to select a station from the preset buttons. Press the button to tune the radio to a higher frequency, or press the button to tune to a lower frequency.

  • Page 154

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Press the button to To move rapidly within a track, press To Play a CD from the Rear select another category. and hold the button. Control Panel If CDs are loaded in the CD changer, The system will continue to move Pressing and holding the DISP select them by pressing the CD...

  • Page 155

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System To Play a DVD from the Rear REAR CONTROL PANEL Control Panel The video screen is for use by rear DISP BUTTON seat passengers only. The driver and front seat passenger should not try to view the screen while driving.

  • Page 156

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System DISP Button When you press the DISP button When you press the DISP button To go back to play, press the DISP while a DVD is playing, the title, again, the subtitle, audio, angle, button.

  • Page 157

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System MENU Button System Messages Play Mode When you press the MENU button When you press the SETUP button When you select ‘‘Play Mode’’ by while a DVD is playing, the DVD’s while a DVD is playing, the DVD’s pressing the button, the main menu is displayed.

  • Page 158

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Top Menu Audio The selectable languages vary from DVD to DVD, and this feature may not be available on some DVDs. Press the RETURN or ENT button to go back to the play mode setup menu.

  • Page 159

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Subtitle Angle On some DVDs, the scenes are To turn the subtitle on and off, select If more than one subtitle language is ‘‘Subtitle’’ from the setup menu by available, you will see the language recorded by more than one camera, pressing the button.

  • Page 160

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Search When you select ‘‘Search’’ from the To do a title search, select ‘‘Title’’ by To do a chapter search, select play mode setup menu, you will see pressing the button. Change ‘‘Chapter’’...

  • Page 161

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System NumInput A numerical command can be issued change from the left side to right Select and enter the second digit to a DVD by inputting a two digit side or right to left. number the same way.

  • Page 162

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Selecting one of the sound effects, Personal Surround Display Cinema, Music, or Voice, from the personal surround menu allows you to change the sound in your headphones to match the disc you are playing.

  • Page 163

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Select the quality you want to adjust If you want to set the display to the The display changes as shown above. by pressing the button, and default setting, select ‘‘Reset’’ by then pressing the ENT button.

  • Page 164

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Screen Mode You can set the screen mode to these settings: Normal Normal Wide Wide Zoom Full Zoom Full 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 165

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System The selected setting will be highlighted in blue for one second, and the screen returns to the play mode in the selected setting. Select the ‘‘Aspect Ratio’’ by pressing The selectable setting menu is button, then press displayed, and the current setting is the ENT button.

  • Page 166

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Menu Language INITIAL SETTINGS Menu INITIAL SETTINGS (Language) When you press the SETUP button When you select ‘‘Language’’ with To select the language used in the on the rear control panel when a button, the menu DISC menus, select ‘‘Menu Lang’’...

  • Page 167

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Select the desired language by If you want another language than If you select ‘‘No,’’ and press the pressing the button, and those listed, you need to enter the ENT button, the display returns to then pressing the ENT button.

  • Page 168

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Audio Language If you select ‘‘Yes,’’ the display If you made a mistake entering a You can select the dubbed language changes to the language code input number, select ‘‘DEL’’ on the display before playing DVDs.

  • Page 169

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Subtitle Language Dynamic Range INITIAL SETTINGS (Others) You can select the subtitle language When you select ‘‘Others’’ at the ‘‘Dynamic Range’’ reduces the before playing DVDs. bottom of the ‘‘INITIAL SETTINGS’’ differences between the loud and Select ‘‘Subtitle Lang’’...

  • Page 170

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Angle Mark ANGLE MARK When you select the ‘‘Dynamic When you switch to another angle Select ‘‘Angle Mark’’ by pressing the Range’’ by pressing the while playing a DVD, the angle mark button.

  • Page 171

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Parental Control Level When you select and enter ‘‘Yes,’’ You can place an auditory restriction Select ‘‘Parental Level’’ by pressing the display changes as shown above. by changing the parental control button. You will see the To change the level, you need to level.

  • Page 172

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Changing the Password If the system does not recognize the If you enter the password correctly, The password was set to ‘‘1111’’ password you entered, you will see you can then change the parental when the vehicle left the factory.

  • Page 173

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System To change the password, select Select the first number by pressing If the system does not recognize the ‘‘Password.’’ You will see the above , or password you entered, you will see menu displayed.

  • Page 174

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System If you forget the password, select The display changes as shown above. ‘‘Password,’’ and press the button If you want to use the default 10 times. password (1111), select ‘‘Yes,’’ and press the ENT button. The message ‘‘Default password setting applied’’...

  • Page 175

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Remote Control Replacing the Remote Control An improperly disposed of battery Batteries can hurt the environment. RELEASE BUTTON Always confirm local regulations for COVER battery disposal. The rear control panel can be detached from the ceiling unit and If it takes several pushes on the used as a remote control.

  • Page 176

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System As required by the FCC: This device Playable DVDs Protecting DVDs The tips on how to handle and complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. protect DVDs are basically the same Operation is subject to the following two as those for compact discs.

  • Page 177

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System DVD Player Error Messages Message Solution The chart on the right explains the error messages you may see in the display while playing a disc. ERROR F0 Eject the disc and reinsert it. ERROR F2 If you see an error message in the Invalid region code...

  • Page 178

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System The audio for the rear entertainment Wireless Headphones Replacing Batteries system is sent to the wireless headphones that come with the system. When using the headphones, make sure you wear them correctly: L (left) and R (right) are marked on the sides of the frame.

  • Page 179

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rear Entertainment System Auxiliary Input Jacks HEADPHONE CONNECTORS COVER VOLUME DIALS BATTERY AUXILIARY INPUT JACKS Remove the battery. Install the new Auxiliary input jacks and headphone The system will accept auxiliary battery in the earpiece as shown in connectors for the rear inputs from standard video games the diagram next to the battery slot.

  • Page 180: Security System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Security System The security system will not set if On EX, EX-L and EX-SE models SECURITY SYSTEM INDICATOR The security system helps to protect the hood, the tailgate, or any door is your vehicle and valuables from theft. not fully closed.

  • Page 181: Cruise Control

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Cruise Control Cruise control allows you to maintain Using the Cruise Control a set speed above 25 mph (40 km/h) CRUISE CONTROL MASTER BUTTON RES/ACCEL BUTTON without keeping your foot on the accelerator pedal. It should be used for cruising on straight, open highways.

  • Page 182

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Cruise Control To slow down in very small Changing the Set Speed Canceling Cruise Control You can increase the set cruising amounts, tap the SET/DECEL You can cancel cruise control in any speed in any of these ways: button.

  • Page 183

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Compass Compass Function The compass can be affected by REAR VIEW MIRROR If equipped driving near power lines or stations, Your vehicle has a compass in the across bridges, through tunnels, rear view mirror. The compass over railroad crossings, past large indicates the vehicle direction with vehicles, or driving near large...

  • Page 184

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Compass Drive the vehicle slowly in circles Press and hold the compass Compass Calibration The compass may need to be at less than 5 mph (8 km/h) until button for about 3 seconds. When manually calibrated after exposure to the center icon turns blue.

  • Page 185

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Compass Zone Map Compass Display for Each Zone 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 186: Rearview Camera And Monitor

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Rearview Camera and Monitor When in reverse, the touch screen Since the rearview camera display On EX-L models with navigation system and navigation system ‘‘hard’’ area is limited, you should always buttons are locked out, except the back up slowly and carefully, and ‘‘ZOOM’’...

  • Page 187: Universal Transceiver

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Homelink Universal Transceiver ® Important Safety Precautions any garage door opener that lacks If equipped Universal safety stop and reverse features. Refer to the safety information that The HomeLink Transceiver built into your vehicle came with your garage door opener Units manufactured between April 1, to test that the safety features are can be programmed to operate up to...

  • Page 188: Homelink Universal Transceiver

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Homelink Universal Transceiver ® If the red indicator in HomeLink Training HomeLink If you just continues to flash slowly (does Before you begin received your vehicle and have not not flash rapidly), your remote trained any of the buttons in transmitter may stop HomeLink before, you should erase transmitting after a short time.

  • Page 189

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Homelink Universal Transceiver ® 4. Test the Homelink button by Training With a Rolling Code TRAINING BUTTON pushing it for about 1 second. System If the button works, For security purposes, newer garage programming is complete. door opening systems use a ‘‘rolling’’...

  • Page 190

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Homelink Universal Transceiver ® If a standard transmitter was Erasing Codes As required by the FCC: To erase the codes stored in all three programmed, the indicator will This device complies with Part 15 of the buttons, press and hold the two stay on for about 25 seconds.

  • Page 191: Before Driving

    Main Menu Before Driving Before you begin driving your Break-in Period ......vehicle, you should know what Fuel Recommendation ....gasoline to use and how to check the Service Station Procedures ..levels of important fluids. You also Refueling ........need to know how to properly store Opening and Closing the luggage or packages.

  • Page 192

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Break-in Period, Fuel Recommendation Break-in Period Fuel Recommendation Some gasoline today is blended with Help assure your vehicle’s future Your vehicle is designed to operate oxygenates such as ethanol or reliability and performance by paying on unleaded gasoline with a pump MTBE.

  • Page 193

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Service Station Procedures Refueling Stop filling the tank after the fuel nozzle automatically clicks off. Do not try to ‘‘top off’’ the tank. Leave SLIT some room for the fuel to expand with temperature changes. If the fuel nozzle keeps clicking off Pull even though the tank is not full,...

  • Page 194

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Service Station Procedures Screw the fuel fill cap back on Opening and Closing the Hood until it clicks at least once. If you do not properly tighten the cap, HOOD RELEASE HANDLE the malfunction indicator lamp may come on (see page ).

  • Page 195

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Service Station Procedures Oil Check GRIP UPPER MARK LOWER MARK DIPSTICK SUPPORT ROD CLIP Holding the grip, pull the support Wait a few minutes after turning the Remove the dipstick again, and rod out of its clip. Insert the end engine off before you check the oil.

  • Page 196

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Service Station Procedures Refer to Engine Coolant Check Owner’s Maintenance on page for information Checks RESERVE TANK about checking other items on your vehicle. Look at the coolant level in the radiator reserve tank. Make sure it is between the MAX and MIN lines.

  • Page 197: Fuel Economy

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuel Economy Actual Mileage and EPA Fuel Economy Estimates Comparison. Fuel economy is not a fixed number. Highway MPG City MPG It varies based on driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle condition. Therefore, it is not possible for one set of estimates to predict fuel economy precisely for all drivers in all environments.

  • Page 198

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuel Economy Fuel Economy Factors Use the recommended viscosity Observe the speed limit The following factors can lower your Aerodynamic drag has a big effect motor oil, displaying the API vehicle’s fuel economy: Certification Seal (see page on fuel mileage at speeds above 45 Aggressive driving (hard mph (75 km/h).

  • Page 199

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuel Economy Calculating Fuel Economy Checking Your Fuel Economy Measuring Techniques Direct calculation is the recommended source of information about your actual fuel economy. Miles Gallons Miles per Using frequency of fill-ups or taking driven of fuel Gallon fuel gauge readings are NOT...

  • Page 200: Accessories And Modifications

    Accessories or killed. Be sure electronic accessories do Your dealer has Honda accessories not overload electrical circuits that allow you to personalize your (see page ) or interfere with Follow all instructions in this vehicle.

  • Page 201

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Accessories and Modifications Non-Honda wheels, because they Modifying Your Vehicle Removing parts from your vehicle, are a universal design, can cause or replacing components with excessive stress on suspension non-Honda components could components and will not be seriously affect your vehicle’s...

  • Page 202: Carrying Cargo

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carrying Cargo Your vehicle has several convenient storage areas: GLOVE BOX DOOR POCKETS Glove box REAR COMPARTMENT Front door and seat-back pockets Rear cargo area, including the second and third row seats when folded flat Console compartment Rear compartment However, carrying too much cargo,...

  • Page 203

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carrying Cargo Load Limits Steps for Determining Correct Load The maximum load for your vehicle Limit: is 1,322 lbs (600 kg). Locate the statement ‘‘The Overloading or improper combined weight of occupants and loading can affect handling and See Tire And Loading Information cargo should never exceed XXX stability and cause a crash in...

  • Page 204

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carrying Cargo Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available Example 1 cargo and luggage load capacity Max Load (1,322 lbs) Passenger Weight Cargo Weight calculated in Step 4.

  • Page 205

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carrying Cargo Carrying Cargo in the Passenger Carrying Cargo in the Cargo Area If you carry large items that Compartment or on a Roof Rack prevent you from closing the Store or secure all items that could Distribute cargo evenly on the tailgate, exhaust gas can enter the be thrown around and hurt...

  • Page 206

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Carrying Cargo Optional Separation Net Cargo Hooks Cargo Net The separation net can be used to If equipped hold back soft, lightweight items stored in the cargo area. Heavy items should be properly secured on the floor of the cargo area.

  • Page 207

    Main Menu Driving This section gives you tips on Driving Guidelines ......starting the engine under various Starting the Engine ....... conditions, and how to operate the Automatic Transmission ....automatic transmission. It also VTM-4 System ......includes important information on Tire Pressure Monitoring parking your vehicle, the braking System (TPMS)

  • Page 208: Driving Guidelines

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Guidelines Your vehicle has a higher ground Do not modify your vehicle in any Preparing to Drive clearance that allows you to travel way that would raise the center of You should do the following checks over bumps, obstacles, and rough gravity.

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    Main Menu Table Of Contents Driving Guidelines, Starting the Engine Check the adjustment of the Starting the Engine If the engine does not start within inside and outside mirrors (see Apply the parking brake. 15 seconds, or starts but stalls page right away, repeat step 4 with the In cold weather, turn off all...

  • Page 210: Automatic Transmission

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Automatic Transmission If the malfunction indicator lamp Shift Lever Position Indicators Shifting comes on along with the ‘‘D’’ indicator, there is a problem with the automatic transmission control system. Avoid rapid acceleration, and have the transmission checked by your dealer as soon as possible.

  • Page 211

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Automatic Transmission Park (P) This position mechani- Neutral (N) Use neutral if you To shift from: Do this: cally locks the transmission. Use need to restart a stalled engine, or if Press the brake pedal and Park whenever you are turning off or it is necessary to stop briefly with P to R...

  • Page 212

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Automatic Transmission This position is similar This position locks This position locks the Drive (D ) Second (2) First (1) to D, except only the first three the transmission in second gear. It transmission in first gear. By gears are selected.

  • Page 213

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release Put a cloth on the edge of the shift Push down on the key while you Do this if pushing on the brake pedal lock release slot cover. Using a pull the shift lever towards you, and pulling the shift lever does not small flat-tipped screwdriver or a...

  • Page 214

    Main Menu Table Of Contents VTM-4 System The variable torque management To Engage the VTM-4 Lock To Disengage the VTM-4 Lock, 4WD (VTM-4) system automatically The vehicle must be stopped with any of the following: transfers varying amounts of engine the engine running.

  • Page 215

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Your vehicle is equipped with a tire Low Tire Pressure Driving on a significantly under- pressure monitoring system (TPMS) Indicator inflated tire causes the tire to that turns on every time you start the When the low tire pressure indicator overheat and can lead to tire failure.

  • Page 216

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) For example, if you check and fill placard and this owner’s manual (see When you restart the vehicle with your tires in a warm area, then drive page the compact spare tire, the TPMS in extremely cold weather, the tire indicator may also come on and stay pressure will be lower than...

  • Page 217

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Changing a Tire with TPMS After the flat tire is replaced with the As required by the FCC: If you have a flat tire, the low tire spare tire, the low tire pressure This device complies with Part 15 of the pressure and tire monitor indicators indicator stays on while driving.

  • Page 218

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Parking Always use the parking brake when If the vehicle is facing uphill, turn Parking Tips you park your vehicle. Make sure Make sure the moonroof (if the front wheels away from the the parking brake is set firmly, or equipped) and the windows are curb.

  • Page 219: Braking System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Braking System Your vehicle is equipped with disc Constant application of the brakes Braking System Design brakes at all four wheels. A power when going down a long hill builds The hydraulic system that operates assist helps reduce the effort needed up heat and reduces their effective- the brakes has two separate circuits.

  • Page 220: Anti-lock Brakes (abs)

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) The anti-lock brake system (ABS) You will feel a pulsation in the brake You should never pump the brake pedal. helps prevent the wheels from Let the ABS work for you by always pedal when the ABS activates, and locking up, and helps you retain keeping firm, steady pressure on the...

  • Page 221

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) ABS Indicator Important Safety Reminders A vehicle with ABS may require a ABS does not reduce the time or longer distance to stop on loose or If this indicator comes on, the anti- distance it takes to stop the uneven surfaces, such as gravel or lock function of the braking system...

  • Page 222: Vehicle Stability Assist (vsa) System

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System The vehicle stability assist (VSA) If the indicator does not come on VSA Activation Indicator system helps to stabilize the vehicle when the ignition switch is turned to during cornering if the vehicle turns When VSA activates, you will see the the ON (II) position, there may be a more or less than desired.

  • Page 223

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System VSA Off Switch VSA and Tire Sizes In certain unusual conditions when Driving with varying tire or wheel your vehicle gets stuck in shallow sizes may cause the VSA to mud or fresh snow, it may be easier malfunction.

  • Page 224: Towing A Trailer

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Your vehicle has been designed to Load Limits tow a trailer, as well as carrying passengers and their cargo. To safely tow a trailer, you should carefully observe the load limits (see page ), use the proper equipment, and follow the guidelines in this...

  • Page 225

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Gross Axle Weight Rating Gross Combined Weight Rating (GVWR): (GAWR): (GCWR): The maximum allowable weight of The maximum allowable weight of The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all occupants, all the vehicle axles is: the fully loaded vehicle and trailer is accessories, all cargo, and the...

  • Page 226

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Estimating Loads To Estimate the Tongue Load The best way to confirm that all Park the vehicle on level ground. If the Estimated loads are within limits is to check difference is: tongue load is: them at a public scale.

  • Page 227

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Total Trailer Weight and Tongue Load Limits: BOAT TRAILERS Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler. Number of Occupants Maximum Total Trailer Weight Maximum Tongue Load 4,500 lbs (2,045 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg) 4,500 lbs (2,045 kg) 450 lbs (205 kg)

  • Page 228

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Checking Loads To accurately check your loads at the public scale, the vehicle and trailer should be fully loaded, and all occupants should stay in the vehicle while the attendant watches the scale.

  • Page 229

    Towing Equipment and Hitch Accessories We strongly recommend that you Towing generally requires a variety have your dealer install a Honda of supplemental equipment. To hitch. Using non-Honda equipment ensure the best quality, we may result in serious damage to your recommend that you purchase vehicle.

  • Page 230

    Towing a Trailer Trailer Brakes Safety Chains Spare Tires Honda requires that any trailer with Always use safety chains when you When towing a trailer, we a total trailer weight of 1,000 lbs (455 tow a trailer. Make sure the chains recommend that you carry a full-size kg) or more has its own brakes.

  • Page 231

    The vehicle has been properly We recommend that you have your serviced, and the tires, brakes, dealer install a Honda wiring harness suspension, cooling system, and and converter. This harness has lights are in good operating BRAKE LIGHT been designed for your vehicle.

  • Page 232

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer Your vehicle tires and spare are For your safety and the safety of Making Turns and Braking properly inflated, and the trailer others, take time to practice driving Make turns more slowly and wider tires and spare are inflated as maneuvers before heading for the than normal.

  • Page 233

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Towing a Trailer When driving down hills, reduce Towing Your Vehicle Backing Up your speed and shift down to D . Do Always drive slowly and have Your vehicle is not designed to be not ‘‘ride’’ the brakes. someone guide you when backing up.

  • Page 234

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines General Information Important Safety Precautions Your vehicle has been designed To avoid loss of control or rollover, primarily for use on pavement. But be sure to follow all precautions and Improperly operating this its higher ground clearance allows recommendations.

  • Page 235

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines Check Out Your Vehicle Accelerating and Braking Avoiding Obstacles Before you leave the pavement, be For better traction on all surfaces, Debris in the road can damage your sure to do all scheduled maintenance accelerate slowly and gradually build suspension or other components.

  • Page 236

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines If you decide it is safe to drive Crossing a Stream If You Get Stuck Before driving through water, stop, through water, choose a suitable If you get stuck, engage the VTM-4 get out if necessary, and make sure speed and engage the VTM-4 Lock.

  • Page 237

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Off-Highway Driving Guidelines You should never use a jack to try to Towing a Trailer Off-Road get unstuck. Your vehicle could You may be able to safely tow a easily slip off the jack and hurt you lightweight trailer (such as a or someone else.

  • Page 238

    Main Menu Table Of Contents 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 239

    Main Menu Maintenance This section explains why it is Maintenance Safety ...... important to keep your vehicle well Maintenance Minder ....maintained and how to follow basic Fluid Locations ......maintenance safety precautions. Adding Engine Oil ......Changing the Engine Oil and This section also includes Filter ...........

  • Page 240: Maintenance Safety

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Safety All service items not detailed in this Injury from moving parts. section should be performed by a not run the engine unless certified technician or qualified instructed to do so. Improperly maintaining this mechanic.

  • Page 241: Maintenance Minder

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Minder Your vehicle displays engine oil life Engine Oil Life Display The remaining engine oil life is and maintenance service items on displayed on the information display ENGINE OIL LIFE the information display to show you SELECT/RESET according to this table: DISPLAY...

  • Page 242

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Minder MAINTENANCE ENGINE OIL LIFE ‘‘SERVICE’’ MESSAGE MINDER INDICATOR INDICATOR MAINTENANCE ITEM CODE(S) If the remaining engine oil life is 15 The 15 and 10 percent oil life When the remaining engine oil life is to 6 percent, you will see the engine indicators remind you that your 5 to 1 percent, you will see a...

  • Page 243

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Minder The maintenance item code or codes indicate the main and sub items required at the time of the oil change (see page You can switch the information display from the engine oil life display to the odometer or the trip meter.

  • Page 244

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Minder You can change the information Maintenance Main Items and Sub Resetting the Engine Oil Life display from the engine oil life Items Display display to the odometer, the trip Your dealer will reset the display meter, or the outside temperature (if after completing the required MAINTENANCE MAIN ITEM...

  • Page 245

    Your authorized Honda dealer Press the select/reset knob for Press the select/reset knob for knows your vehicle best and can about 10 seconds.

  • Page 246

    According to state and federal the fluid level monthly. See page who does the work fill out your regulations, failure to perform Honda Service History or Canadian maintenance on the items marked Maintenance Log. Check your with will not void your emissions...

  • Page 247

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Maintenance Minder Symbol Maintenance Main Items Symbol Maintenance Sub Items Replace engine oil Rotate tires Replace engine oil and oil filter Replace air cleaner element Inspect front and rear brakes If you drive in dusty conditions, replace every 15,000 miles Check parking brake adjustment (24,000 km).

  • Page 248: Fluid Locations

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fluid Locations ENGINE OIL DIPSTICK BRAKE FLUID (Orange loop) (Gray cap) WASHER FLUID (Blue cap) ENGINE COOLANT RESERVOIR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID DIPSTICK POWER STEERING FLUID (Yellow loop) (Red cap) RADIATOR CAP ENGINE OIL FILL CAP 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 249: Adding Engine Oil

    American Petroleum Institute’s latest requirements. It is highly recommended that you use Honda motor oil in your vehicle. Make sure the API Certification Seal says ‘‘For Gasoline Engines.’’ Unscrew and remove the engine oil fill cap on top of the left valve cover.

  • Page 250

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Adding Engine Oil, Changing the Engine Oil and Filter Synthetic Oil Changing the Engine Oil and You may use a synthetic motor oil if Filter it meets the same requirements Always change the oil and filter given for a conventional motor oil: it according to the maintenance displays the API certification seal,...

  • Page 251: Changing The Engine Oil And Filter

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Changing the Engine Oil and Filter Install a new oil filter according to Let the engine run for several OIL FILTER the instructions that come with it. minutes, then check the drain bolt Make sure to clean off any dirt and oil filter for leaks.

  • Page 252: Engine Coolant

    50 % coolant level in the radiator. antifreeze and 50 % water. Never add straight antifreeze or plain water. If Honda antifreeze/coolant is not Removing the radiator cap available, you may use another while the engine is hot can...

  • Page 253

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Engine Coolant, Windshield Washers The coolant level should be up to Windshield Washers the base of the filler neck. Add Check the fluid level in the coolant if it is low. windshield washer reservoir at least monthly during normal use.

  • Page 254: Automatic Transmission Fluid

    LOWER MARK damage components in the engine compartment. DIPSTICK Always use Honda ATF-Z1 Check the fluid level with the engine Remove the dipstick (yellow loop) (automatic transmission fluid). at normal operating temperature. from the transmission, and wipe it with a clean cloth.

  • Page 255

    Have your dealer replace the Damage resulting f rom the use of rear differential fluid. transmission f luid other than Honda Genuine ATF-Z1 is not covered by the Transfer Assembly Fluid Honda new vehicle warranty.

  • Page 256

    The fluid level should be between Frequently tow a trailer. Using any non-Honda brake fluid can the MIN and MAX marks on the side cause corrosion and decrease the life of the reservoir. If the level is at or of the system.

  • Page 257: Power Steering Fluid

    Honda PSF as soon as possible. A low power steering fluid level can indicate a leak in the system. Check the fluid level frequently, and have the system inspected as soon as possible.

  • Page 258

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Headlight Aiming The headlights were properly aimed when your vehicle was new. If you regularly carry heavy items in the trunk, readjustment may be required. Adjustment should be done by your dealer or other qualified mechanic. Replacing a Headlight Bulb Your vehicle has halogen headlight bulbs.

  • Page 259

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Replacing a Front Turn Signal Insert the socket back into the To remove a bulb, pull it straight Bulb headlight assembly. Turn it out of its socket. clockwise to lock it in place. Install the new bulb into the Turn on the lights to make sure socket.

  • Page 260

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Pull the burned out bulb straight Replacing a Side Turn Signal Bulb out of its socket. Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Insert the socket back into the turn signal assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

  • Page 261

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Replacing a Fog Light Bulb Turn on the lights to make sure If equipped the new bulb is working. Reinstall the mounting bolt on the under cover. BULB BOLT CONNECTOR Use a wrench to remove the Remove the electrical connector mounting bolt from the underbody.

  • Page 262

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Replacing Rear Bulbs Replacing a Back-up Light Bulb BULB SCREW BULB SOCKET SOCKET SCREW Open the tailgate. Remove the socket of the burned Open the tailgate. Place a cloth on out bulb by turning it one-quarter the edge of the cover.

  • Page 263

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Lights Pull the burned out bulb straight Replacing the High-mount Brake out of its socket. Light Push the new bulb straight into the socket until it bottoms. Insert the socket back into the light assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

  • Page 264

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Floor Mats, Cleaning Seat Belts If you use non-Honda floor mats, Floor Mats Cleaning Seat Belts make sure they fit properly and that they can be used with the floor mat LOOP anchors. Do not put additional floor mats on top of the anchored mats.

  • Page 265: Wiper Blades

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Wiper Blades Check the condition of the wiper WIPER ARMS blades at least every 6 months. Replace them if you find signs of cracking in the rubber, areas that are getting hard, or if they leave streaks and unwiped areas when used.

  • Page 266

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Wiper Blades Slide the new wiper blade into the BLADE BLADE holder until the tabs lock. Front only: Slide the wiper blade assembly onto the wiper arm. Make sure it locks in place. Lower the wiper arm. REINFORCEMENT Remove the blade from its holder Examine the new wiper blades.

  • Page 267

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Wheels, Tires Wheels Tires Inflation Guidelines Clean the wheels as you would the To safely operate your vehicle, your Keeping the tires properly inflated rest of the exterior. Wash them with tires must be the proper type and provides the best combination of the same solution, and rinse them size, in good condition with adequate...

  • Page 268

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tires Even though your vehicle is If you check air pressures when the Recommended Tire Pressures equipped with TPMS, we tires are hot [driven for several miles The following chart shows the recommend that you visually check (kilometers)], you will see readings 4 recommended cold tire pressures for your tires every day.

  • Page 269

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tires Tire Inspection Tire Service Life INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS Every time you check inflation, you The service life of your tires is should also examine the tires for dependent on many factors, damage, foreign objects, and wear. including, but not limited to, driving habits, road conditions, vehicle You should look for:...

  • Page 270

    Move the tires to the positions shown in the illustration each time Improper wheel weights can damage they are rotated. If you purchase your vehicle’s aluminum wheels. Use directional tires, rotate only front-to- only Honda wheel weights f or back. balancing. 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 271

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tires It is best to replace all four tires at Wheel and Tire Specifications the same time. If that is not possible Wheels: or necessary, replace the two front Installing improper tires on your 16 x 6 1/2 JJ tires or two rear tires as a pair.

  • Page 272

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tires Winter Driving Tire Chains Tires marked ‘‘M S’’ or ‘‘All Because your vehicle has limited tire Season’’ on the sidewall have an all- clearance, mount only SAE Class ‘‘S’’ Traction devices that are the wrong weather tread design suitable for cable-type traction devices, with size or improperly installed can...

  • Page 273: Checking The Battery

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Checking the Battery Check the terminals for corrosion (a If you need to connect the battery to TEST INDICATOR WINDOW white or yellowish powder). To a charger, disconnect both cables to remove it, cover the terminals with a prevent damaging your vehicle’s solution of baking soda and water.

  • Page 274: Vehicle Storage

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Vehicle Storage If you need to park your vehicle for Block the rear wheels. Cover the vehicle with a an extended period (more than 1 ‘‘breathable’’ cover, one made month), there are several things you If the vehicle is to be stored for a from a porous material such as should do to prepare it for storage.

  • Page 275

    Main Menu Taking Care of the Unexpected This section covers the more Compact Spare Tire ...... common problems that motorists Changing a Flat Tire ....experience with their vehicles. It If the Engine Won’t Start ..... gives you information about how to Jump Starting ........

  • Page 276: Compact Spare Tire

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Compact Spare Tire Use the compact spare tire as a Follow these precautions: INDICATOR LOCATION MARKS temporary replacement only. Get your regular tire repaired or replaced, Never exceed 50 mph (80 km/h). and put it back on your vehicle as soon as you can.

  • Page 277: Changing A Flat Tire

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Changing a Flat Tire If you have a flat tire while driving, TOOLS JACK stop in a safe place to change it. Drive slowly along the shoulder until you get to an exit or an area to stop that is far away from the traffic lanes.

  • Page 278

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Changing a Flat Tire WHEEL NUT WRENCH BRACKET JACKING POINT Put the wheel nut wrench on the Place the jack under the jacking hoist shaft. Turn the wrench point nearest the tire you need to counterclockwise to lower the change.

  • Page 279

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Changing a Flat Tire EXTENSION WHEEL NUT WRENCH BRAKE HUB Use the extension and the wheel Before mounting the spare tire, Lower the vehicle to the ground, nut wrench as shown to raise the wipe any dirt off the mounting and remove the jack.

  • Page 280

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Changing a Flat Tire Turn the wheel nut wrench WHEEL NUT WRENCH clockwise until the flat tire rests against the underbody of the Loose items can fly around the vehicle and you hear the hoist interior in a crash and could click.

  • Page 281

    Main Menu Table Of Contents If the Engine Won’t Start Diagnosing why the engine won’t Check the transmission interlock. If the headlights dim noticeably or start falls into two areas, depending The transmission must be in Park go out when you try to start the on what you hear when you turn the or neutral or the starter will not engine, either the battery is...

  • Page 282

    Main Menu Table Of Contents If the Engine Won’t Start, Jump Starting Are you using a properly coded To jump start your vehicle: Jump Starting key? An improperly coded key will Although this seems like a simple Open the hood, and check the cause the immobilizer system procedure, you should take several physical condition of the battery.

  • Page 283: Jump Starting

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Jump Starting If the booster battery is in another Keep the ends of the jumper cables vehicle, have an assistant start away from each other and any metal that vehicle and run it at a fast idle. on the vehicle until everything is disconnected.

  • Page 284: If The Engine Overheats

    Main Menu Table Of Contents If the Engine Overheats The pointer of your vehicle’s If you do not see steam or spray, temperature gauge should stay in leave the engine running and the midrange under most conditions. watch the temperature gauge. If Steam and spray from an If it climbs to the red mark, you the high heat is due to overloading,...

  • Page 285

    Main Menu Table Of Contents If the Engine Overheats If there was no coolant in the Using gloves or a large heavy Put the radiator cap back on reserve tank, you may need to add cloth, turn the radiator cap tightly.

  • Page 286

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Low Oil Pressure Indicator, Charging System Indicator Safely pull off the road, and shut Low Oil Pressure Indicator Charging System Indicator This indicator should never off the engine. Turn on the hazard If the charging system come on when the engine is warning lights.

  • Page 287: Malfunction Indicator Lamp

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Malfunction Indicator Lamp If this indicator comes on If the battery in your vehicle has while driving, it means one been disconnected or gone dead, of the engine’s emission control these codes may be erased. It takes If you keep driving with the systems may have a problem.

  • Page 288: Brake System Indicator

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Brake System Indicator The brake system However, if the brake pedal does not If you must drive the vehicle a short U.S. Canada indicator normally feel normal, you should take distance in this condition, drive comes on when immediate action.

  • Page 289

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Emergency Towing, Fuses Emergency Towing Fuses On 4WD models If your vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or DRIVER’ S SIDE INTERIOR organization. Never tow your vehicle Towing with only two tires on the with just a rope or chain.

  • Page 290

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuses Checking and Replacing Fuses PASSENGER’ S SIDE INTERIOR If something electrical in your vehicle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse. Determine from the chart on pages , or the diagram on the fuse box lid, which fuse or fuses control that device.

  • Page 291

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuses FUSE PULLER BLOWN BLOWN Check each of the large fuses in Check the smaller fuses in the Look for a blown wire inside the the primary under-hood fuse box under-hood fuse box and all the fuse.

  • Page 292

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuses If you cannot drive the vehicle If the replacement fuse of the Trailer Fuses without fixing the problem, and you same rating blows in a short time, If a trailer light is burned out, check do not have a spare fuse, take a fuse there is probably a serious if these fuses are blown when you...

  • Page 293: Fuse Locations

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuse Locations PRIMARY UNDER-HOOD FUSE BOX No. Amps. Circuits Protected Amps. Circuits Protected Spare Fuse 30 A Rear A/C 20 A 30 A Spare Fuse 40 A Heater Motor Right Headlight 30 A Cooling Fan 20 A 15 A ACG S...

  • Page 294

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Fuse Locations INTERIOR FUSE BOX Driver’s Side Passenger’s Side Amps. Circuits Protected No. Amps. Circuits Protected Front Front 15 A Fuel Pump Driver’s Power Window 20 A 10 A 20 A Driver’s Power Seat Reclining 7.5 A Heater Control, A/C Clutch 20 A...

  • Page 295

    Main Menu Technical Information The diagrams in this section give Identification Numbers ....Three Way Catalytic you the dimensions and capacities of Specifications ........ Converter ......your vehicle and the locations of the DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Replacement Parts ....

  • Page 296: Identification Numbers

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Identification Numbers Your vehicle has several identifying numbers in various places. VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER The vehicle identification number (VIN) is the 17-digit number your dealer uses to register your vehicle for warranty purposes. It is also necessary for licensing and insuring your vehicle.

  • Page 297

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Identification Numbers The engine number is stamped into the engine block. It is on the front. ENGINE NUMBER The transmission number is on a label on top of the transmission. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NUMBER 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 298: Specifications

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Specifications Dimensions Capacities Length 188.0 in (4,775 mm) Fuel tank Approx. Width 76.5 in (1,943 mm) 20.34 US gal (77.0 ) 77.5 in (1,968 mm) Engine Change 1.93 US gal (7.3 ) Height 70.5 in (1,790 mm) coolant Total 2.43 US gal (9.2 )

  • Page 299

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Specifications Lights Engine Headlights High 12 V 60 W (HB3) Type Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC, 12 V 55 W (H11) i-VTEC V6 gasoline engine (2WD) Front side marker lights 12 V Water cooled 4-stroke SOHC, Front position lights 12 V VTEC V6 gasoline engine (4WD)

  • Page 300

    Main Menu Table Of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) The tires on your vehicle meet all Treadwear Traction U.S. Federal Safety Requirements. The treadwear grade is a compara- The traction grades, from highest to All tires are also graded for tive rating based on the wear rate of lowest, are AA, A, B, and C.

  • Page 301

    Main Menu Table Of Contents DOT Tire Quality Grading (U.S. Vehicles) Warning: The temperature grade for Temperature The temperature grades are A (the this tire is established for a tire that highest), B, and C, representing the is properly inflated and not tire’s resistance to the generation of overloaded.

  • Page 302: Tire Labeling

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Labeling The tires that came on your vehicle Tire construction code (R Tire Size have a number of markings. Those Whenever tires are replaced, they indicates radial). you should be aware of are described should be replaced with tires of the below.

  • Page 303: Tire Labeling

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Labeling Tire Identification Number (TIN) Maximum Tire Pressure The tire identification number (TIN) Max Press The maximum air is a group of numbers and letters pressure the tire can that look like the following example. hold.

  • Page 304

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Required Federal Explanation Each tire, including the spare (if As an added safety feature, your Driving on a significantly under- provided), should be checked vehicle has been equipped with a tire inflated tire causes the tire to monthly when cold and inflated to pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

  • Page 305

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Required Federal Explanation Your vehicle has also been equipped Always check the TPMS malfunction with a TPMS malfunction indicator telltale after replacing one or more to indicate when the system is not tires or wheels on your vehicle to operating properly.

  • Page 306: Emissions Controls

    It is stored in this ment. Under certain conditions of canister while the engine is off. After sunlight and climate, NOx and HC In Canada, Honda vehicles comply the engine is started and warmed up, react to form photochemical ‘‘smog.’’ with the Canadian emission...

  • Page 307

    System combustion and minimize the The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) Honda replacement parts or their amount of HC, CO, and NOx that equivalent for repairs. Using lower system takes some of the exhaust come out the tailpipe.

  • Page 308: Three Way Catalytic Converter

    The catalytic converter is referred to as a three-way catalyst, since it acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Honda part or its equivalent. THREE WAY CATALYTIC The three way catalytic converter...

  • Page 309: Emissions Testing

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Emissions Testing Testing of Readiness Codes Make sure the gas tank is nearly, Keep the vehicle in Park. Increase If you take your vehicle for an but not completely, full (around the engine speed to 2,000 rpm, and emissions test shortly after the 3/4).

  • Page 310

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Emissions Testing Then drive in city/suburban traffic for at least 10 minutes. When traffic conditions allow, let the vehicle coast for several seconds without using the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal. Make sure the vehicle has been parked with the engine off for 30 minutes.

  • Page 311

    Main Menu Warranty and Customer Relations Customer Service Information ........ Warranty Coverages ....Reporting Safety Defects (U.S. Vehicles) ......Authorized Manuals ..... 2008 Pilot...

  • Page 312: Customer Service Information

    Main Menu Table Of Contents Customer Service Information Honda dealership personnel are Canadian Owners: When you call or write, please give trained professionals. They should us this information: Customer Relations be able to answer all your questions. Honda Canada Inc.

  • Page 313: Warranty Coverages

    Emissions Control Systems Defects Warranty and Emissions Accessory Limited Warranty all these warranties. Please read the these two Honda accessories are covered 2008 Honda warranty information Performance Warranty warranties cover your vehicle’s under this warranty. Time and booklet that came with your vehicle emissions control systems.

  • Page 314

    ; or write to: http://www.saf ercar.gov Administration (NHTSA) in addition However, NHTSA cannot become Administrator, NHTSA, 1200 New to notifying American Honda Motor involved in individual problems Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC Co., Inc. between you, your dealer, or 20590.

  • Page 315: Authorized Manuals

    31S9V650 2008 Honda Pilot Owner’s Manual 31S9V810 2008 Honda Pilot Navigation System Owner’s Manual 31S9VM30 2008 Honda Pilot Honda Service History 2008 Honda Pilot Quick Start Guide 31S9VQ50 HON-R Order Form for Previous Years- Indicate Year and Model Desired 2008 Pilot...

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    Main Menu 2008 Pilot...

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    Main Menu Index Checking Fluid Level ....Braking System ......Shifting ........Break-in, New Vehicle ....Accessories and Modifications . Shift Lever Position Indicator . Brightness Control, Instruments . ACCESSORY (Ignition Key Shift Lever Positions ....Brights, Headlights ......Position) ........

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    Main Menu Index Certification Label ......Conversation Mirror ....Doors Chains ..........Crankcase Emissions Control Locking and Unlocking ....Changing a Flat Tire ....System ........DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Change Oil Cruise Control Operation .... Driver and Passenger Safety ...

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    Main Menu Index Engine Fluids Gauges Coolant Temperature Gauge ..Automatic Transmission ..Engine Coolant Temperature . Malfunction Indicator Brake .......... Fuel ..........Lamp ........ . 62, Power Steering ......GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Oil Pressure Indicator ..62, Windshield Washers ....

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    Main Menu Index Headlights ........Ignition Aiming ........Keys ..........Automatic Lighting Off ....Switch ........... Keys ..........Daytime Running Lights .... Timing Control System .... High Beam Indicator ....Immobilizer System ......High Beams, Turning on ... Important Handling Information . Low Beams, Turning on ....

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    Main Menu Index Lower Anchor ......... Parking Brake ......... Lubricant Specifications Chart . Parking Brake and Brake System Luggage ......... Octane Requirement, Gasoline . Indicator ....... . 63, Odometer ......... Parking Lights ......... Odometer, Trip ....... Parking Over Things that Burn . Off-Highway Driving ....

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    Main Menu Index Wiper Blades ......System Components ....Replacing Seat Belts After a Use During Pregnancy ....Radiator Overheating ....Crash ..........Wearing a Lap/Shoulder Belt . Radio/CD Sound System ..... Reserve Tank, Engine Coolant . Seat Heaters ........Readiness Codes ......

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    Main Menu Index Signaling Turns ....... Steering Wheel Temperature, Outside ....Snow Tires ........Adjustment ........Tensioners, Seat Belts ....Sound System ........ Anti-theft Column Lock ..... Testing of Readiness Codes ..Spare Tire Buttons ....... . 140, Tether Anchorage Points ....

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    Main Menu Index Tires ..........Treadwear ........Air Pressure ......Trip Meter ........Checking Wear ......Turn Signals ........WARNING, Explanation of .... Compact Spare ......Warning Labels, Location of ..DOT Tire Quality Grading ..Warranty Coverages ....Inflation ........

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    Main Menu Index Worn Tires ........Wrecker, Emergency Towing ..2008 Pilot...

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    Main Menu 2008 Pilot...

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    Main Menu 2008 Pilot...

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    ATF (see page Recommended Engine Oil: Brake Fluid: API Premium grade 5W-20 Honda Heavy Duty Brake Fluid detergent oil (see page DOT 3 preferred, or a DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid as a temporary Oil change capacity (including...

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    The information and specifications included CITY STATE/PROVINCE ZIP CODE/ in this publication were in effect at the time of approval for printing. Honda Motor Co., POSTAL CODE Ltd. reserves the right, however, to V. I. N. discontinue or change specifications or...

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