2003 Pilot sometimes makes a tired, winding, whining noise... timingbelt?

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by DC, May 27, 2008.

  1. DC

    DC Guest

    The Pilot has about 55k miles on it, and sometimes makes this tired,
    winding, whining noise when starting up or idleing. I want to say its
    a belt of some sort, but I've had the belts recplaced, but this didn't
    help. I did not have the timing belt repleced though, could this be
    the timing belt? I've pinpointed the noise to some belt directly (if
    you're facing the engine) left of the engine.

    It doesn't make the noise all the time and hasn't made the noise the
    few times I've been into the shop with it. I thought it had to do
    with the cold weather, but its warm out now, and it still makes the
    noise. The noise will start when I turn on the car and will
    progressively get louder and whinier as I accelerate, but seems to
    subside at higher rpms. The noise get louder when I turn the steering

    I'd describe it as a consistent "tired" kind of sound. If I had to
    spell it, it would "waaaaaa" sound that gets louder as I press the gas

    Any help? This is very annoying! And the more annoying thing about
    it is that all the times I've taken it in to the dealer, it didn't act
    up and the mechanics could not find anything wrong even when I
    pointed out where I thought the noise was coming from.

    DC, May 27, 2008
  2. DC

    DC Guest

    As for added info, the sound sounds like when you go in reverse at a
    high speed--that high pitched whining sound. And additionally, my AC
    is not working... I've read that the AC compressor sometimes makes a
    whining sound. Could this be related?
    DC, May 27, 2008
  3. DC

    Elle Guest

    I would be checking the transmission, listening for what
    happens at different shift points.

    I see the Pilot only comes in automatic. Right?
    Elle, May 28, 2008
  4. You might want to try looking on http://hondapilot.org forums to see
    if anyone has already experienced this.

    Also, I found this in the Honda Service News for April 2003

    Noisy Power Steering
    Pump? Replace Reservoir

    On ’99–03 Odysseys and ’03 Pilots, the power
    steering pump will make a serious whining noise
    if the screen in the power steering reservoir is
    clogged. A partially clogged reservoir screen
    reduces the flow of power steering fluid to the
    power steering pump, causing cavitation and
    noise. To stop the noise, flush the system and
    replace the reservoir.

    If the vehicle has the Honda accessory towing
    package, check the accessory power steering
    cooler for rust inside the tubing. If you find any
    rust, replace the cooler.

    Mike Iglesias, May 28, 2008
  5. DC

    motsco_ Guest

    Take a look at the first two under the category 'engine' here:


    Sounds like one of the two. Surprised your dealer hasn't mentioned it.

    motsco_, May 28, 2008
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