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I have a honda pilot 2004 that will not shift into gear. It just started intermittently 3 days ago

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Root cause is brake light switch under the steering column / on top of the brake lever... since the brake light switch is broke... it thinks you don't have your foot on the brake and therefore won't let you put it into gear... btw.. your brake lights don't work either...

its intermittant for a while, until the brake switch goes out completely...

a work-a-round is in the manual... you stick your key (or similar object) into a **** in the top of the steering column... (if you've never done this before, there is a little piece of plastic that covers thw hole, and comes out when pried)... pressing something down into the hole allows the gear lever to be moved out of P to the drive gears or N... if you used your key, put it in N, then start the car, then put it in gear....

"check the gear oil" really... and your a "master"

Posted on Apr 25, 2009

  • derekeddy200 Jan 18, 2011

    I purchased a "brake sensor switch" from the auto parts store and installed the part myself and it worked. The switch is under the brake pedal. I only needed a screwdriver to press the release fastener and a pair of pliers to unscrew the part and tighten in the new part. The new sensor switch costs about $40.

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Thank you these are the symtoms of my Honda Pilot. I will try this fix and give you my feedback

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Change and check the gear oil...

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The problem sounds like the shift linkage has come loose or broken. This is what the shift lever uses to make the transmition move into the gear you put it in.

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