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Recall Alert: 2013 Honda Pilot and 2013 Honda Odyssey May Need New Engine

By Keith Buglewicz | September 05, 2013
Normally, a recall of 270 vehicles flies right under the radar. After all, it's usually something like an under-inflated spare tire, or a misprint in an owner's manual. But when the recall involves replacing an engine, you've got our attention, no matter how few vehicles are involved. Paragraphimage In this case, two 2013 Honda models are affected: The 2013 Honda Odyssey has 120 vehicles coming back to dealers, while the 2013 Honda Pilot has 150 vehicles. At issue are pistons that didn't receive proper heat treatment during manufacture. Improperly treated pistons can wear prematurely, causing the engine to "stall," as Honda says. We'd probably use stronger language to describe a damaged piston banging around in an engine, but that's just us. Honda isn't taking any chances with this one. It will replace the entire engine in the affected vehicles, free of charge. The replacement is the "short block," which means that Honda will replace the engine block, and everything inside it, such as pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft, etc. If that's Greek to you, don't worry; it just means that if you own one of the affected vehicles, you're basically getting a new powerplant. Honda will notify owners beginning the week of September 16, at which time they'll be able to take their vehicles to a dealer for the needed repairs. Have more questions? Then go to the Honda recall site, or call (800) 999-1009 and select option 4. Source: Honda