Why Is My Honda Pilots Keyless Start System Not Working?

If you’re experiencing difficulties activating the keyless start feature on your Honda Pilot, you’re not alone. Numerous Honda Pilot owners have encountered this issue. The good news is that there are two typical causes for this behavior, and they are both rather simple to resolve.

The first component is the START/STOP button. Honda has established that a faulty switch is the cause of the premature switch error, and as a result is giving free switch replacements for 2016-2017 models. Therefore, if you own a vehicle from one of these model years, you should contact your local Honda dealership to get the switch changed.

The second possibility is that the key fob’s battery has died. Changing the battery is all that is required to fix this problem. To accomplish this, you will first need to open the key fob using a small flat-head screwdriver. The battery, which is normally a small, round battery, must next be located. Once it has been located, it can be removed and replaced with a new one.

These two fixes should restore functionality to your Honda Pilot’s keyless start system. If the problem persists, call your local Honda dealership, and they will assist you with troubleshooting.


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