Honda is recalling certain 2012–2014 model year vehicles manufactured from 2009 to 2010. The affected vehicles include certain Honda Pilot and Pilot Sport models, plus some of the Pilot and Pilot Sport models with the 2.0L, 3.0L, and 3.6L engines. The recall is for owners and/or their vehicles that could experience a fuel pump failure due to water intrusion.
The recall involves four models: the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Honda Pilot; and the 2016 and 2017 Honda Pilot Sport. It’s the same model as the one that was recalled in January of this year and it hasn’t been made public yet.
The fuel pump is located in the fuel tank. It’s been reported that the pump could possibly leak when water is present in the fuel. So the pump has to be replaced.
The pumps are basically a metal piston, so replacing it is probably not going to be a problem. If the pump fails and it leaks, you can still replace your pump. But as one of the Honda Pilot owners I spoke to said, “I don’t know. I’ve never had to replace one.
Its not exactly a problem though. The pump itself is pretty small and the fuel shouldnt leak that much, so they dont have to worry about it. The problem is with the manufacturer of the pump. Honda has been having problems with the fuel pump. The pump was made in China and the pump was delivered to Honda dealerships in Japan. When Honda decided to get the pump from the China factory and ship it back to the USA, the pump wasnt up to the job.
The pump is designed to pressurize the fuel, so the problem with it is that its designed for a single tank, but Honda is allowing dealerships to have multiple tanks in their shops. This means multiple pump failures, and in some cases even multiple fuel pump failures. We’re talking about a pump that’s supposed to be leakproof.
The pump is a fairly old design and was designed specifically for the Honda/Toyota two-stroke engine. If that was the problem with it, it would have been a simple fix. It is, however, a bit of a safety hazard. A pump that is designed to pressurize fuel and leakproof is actually a bit of a safety risk to the dealers. They’ll think that the pump is still working.
According to Honda, there is no issue with their fuel pump.
So you can see why Honda would be concerned. It’s not a perfect pump, but a good pump might be too much of a good thing. There is a problem with the pump but Honda is not saying anything about that. Honda is saying that the pump is a “suspect” component. If it was a problem, Honda would have it out for their dealers. The problem is that the pump can fail.
Honda has said that they are going to give the dealers a warning if the pump fails.