We're looking to buy a trailer hitch for our 2005 Honda Pilot. We're
planning on using it to tow a small trailer filled with a washer-
dryer, furniture, etc. Do we need to install a transmission cooler
and -- I can't remember the other item that I've heard about. ?? Any
help would be appreciated!!!
Transmission Cooler and heavy duty Power Steering Cooler are probably
overkill. I'd still recommend maybe getting the OEM hitch from these guys.
I got my Pilot with the towing package, and the hitch is nice. I have
gotten after market hitches before that don't fit so nicely as the Honda
hitch. The price seems good.
That makes sense to me. I was wondering if it might be overkill for
what we're using it for. Thanks for the website. I'm going to call
some local places to see how much it will be to install. Seems like
it's easy. Lordy knows I can't install it, and my husband is always
working. Thanks again!
I have heard that Honda will refuse to honor warranty claims involving the
transmission if there's a hitch installed but no transmission cooler. I
don't know whether it's true, but you wouldn't want to find out the hard
way. It's one reason I haven't had a hitch installed on my '01 Odyssey, even
though I'd use the hitch only for a bike rack, not for towing.
Presumably your transmission will be less subject to the potential for
claims than mine, but you never know.
I just got off the phone with a guy who works for the place I take my
Pilot for servicing. He said the Honda will not honor warranty claims
after 50,000 miles, which it already has. So we'd have to pay for the
transmission anyway. So you might check your warranty. If you have
an '01, your warranty on it might be up, unless you bought an extended
Because of numerous transmission problems in the earlier Odysseys, Honda
extended the warranty on the transmission. I don't remember all the details,
but I think I'm still within the extended period. I didn't buy an extended
warranty, and so far I haven't needed it. Never got a nickel's worth of use
out of the one I bought on my '00 Accord.
I have a Pilot as well and have posed the same question to the dealer
at Sisley in Ontario. If I have a problem with the transmission and
the hitch is installed without the additional expected mechanical
pieces, they will not honour the warranty. I guess what you would have
to do is to remove the hitch before going for the service.
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