Honda Pilot - 2003-2005

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
These models are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in Section 6.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and wait AT LEAST 3 minutes before beginning the procedure.
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  3. Align the front wheels straight ahead, then remove the driver's airbag from the steering wheel, as follows:
    1. Remove the access panel (A) from the steering wheel, then disconnect the driver's airbag 4P connector (B) from the cable reel.

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      Fig. Remove the access panel (A) from the steering wheel, then disconnect the driver's airbag 4P connector (B) from the cable reel

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    3. Remove the two Torx® bolts using a T30 bit.
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    5. Remove the driver's airbag.
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  5. Disconnect the horn switch connector (A), radio remote switch connector (B) and cruise control switch connector (C).

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    Fig. Disconnect the horn switch connector (A), radio remote switch connector (B) and cruise control switch connector (C)

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  7. Loosen the steering wheel nut or bolt.
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  9. Install a steering wheel puller (A) on the steering wheel (B). Free the steering wheel from the steering column by turning the pressure bolt (C) of the puller.
    WARNING
    Note the following when removing the steering wheel:



    Do not tap on the steering wheel or the steering column shaft when removing the steering wheel.
     
    If you thread the puller bolts (D) into the wheel hub more than five threads, the bolts will hit the cable reel and damage it. To prevent this, install a pair of jam nuts five threads up on each puller bolt.

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    Fig. Remove the steering wheel nut or bolt. Install a steering wheel puller (A) on the steering wheel (B). Free the steering wheel from the steering column by turning the pressure bolt (C) of the puller. Do NOT thread the puller bolts (D) more than 5 threads!

     

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  11. Remove the steering wheel puller, then remove the nut and steering wheel from the steering column.
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To install:

  1. Before installing the steering wheel, make sure the front wheels are aligned straight ahead, then center the cable reel (A). Do this by first rotating the cable reel clockwise until it stops. Then rotate it counterclockwise about two and a half turns. The arrow mark (B) on the cable reel label point should point straight up.

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    Fig. Make sure the front wheels are aligned straight ahead, then center the cable reel (A). Do this by first rotating the cable reel clockwise until it stops. Then rotate it counterclockwise about two and a half turns. The arrow mark (B) on the cable reel label point should point straight up

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  3. Install the steering wheel on to the steering column shaft, making sure the steering wheel hub (A) engages the pins (B) of the cable reel and tabs (C) of the canceling sleeve (D). Do not tap on the steering wheel or steering column shaft when installing the steering wheel.

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    Fig. When installing the steering wheel, make sure the steering wheel hub (A) engages the pins (B) of the cable reel and tabs (C) of the canceling sleeve (D)

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  5. Install the steering wheel nut and tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  7. Connect the horn switch connector, the radio remote switch connector, and the cruise control switch connector.
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  9. Install the driver's airbag, as follows:
    1. Place the new driver's airbag in the steering wheel, and secure it with new Torx® bolts. Tighten the bolts to 7.2 ft. lbs. (9.8 Nm).
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    3. Connect the cable reel to the driver's airbag 4P connector, then install the access panel on the steering wheel.
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  11. Connect the battery cable.
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  13. Confirm that the SRS system is operating properly. Turn the ignition switch ON (II); the SRS indicator should come on for about 6 seconds and then go off.
    NOTE
    For the PCM to learn the engine idle characteristics, the idle learn procedure must be done. Do the idle learn procedure whenever you do any of these actions:



    Disconnect the battery.
     
    Replace or clean the throttle body.
     
    Replace the idle air control (IAC) valve.
     
    Replace the PCM.
     
    Reset the PCM.
     

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  15. Perform the idle learn procedure, as follows:
    1. Make sure all electrical items (A/C, audio, rear window defogger, lights, etc.) are off.
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    3. Start the engine, and hold it at 3,000 rpm with no load (in Park or neutral) until the radiator fan comes on, or until the engine coolant temperature reaches 194ºF (90ºC).
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    5. Let the engine idle for a minimum of 5 minutes with no load.
      NOTE
      If the radiator fan cycles during this time, do not include its running time in the 5 minutes.

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  17. Perform the power window control unit reset procedure
    1. Turn the ignition switch OFF, then back ON (II).
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    3. Move the driver's window all the way down by holding the driver's switch firmly down to the second detent, when the window reaches the bottom, hold the driver's window switch in the AUTO DOWN position for 2 seconds.
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    5. Move the driver's window all the way up without stopping by holding the driver's switch firmly up to the second detent, when the window reaches the top, hold the driver's window switch in the AUTO UP position for 2 seconds.
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    7. If the window does not work in AUTO, reset the power window master switch according to the above procedures again.
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  19. Enter the anti-theft codes for the radio and the navigation system, then the radio station presets.
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  21. Check the horn, radio remote switch, cruise control set/resume switch and turn signal canceling for proper operation.
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  23. Set the clock.
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