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Old 09-13-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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Towing a 2003 Honda Pilot question

My owners manual says i can flat tow this vehicle but which fuse do i pull so as not to drain battery.?

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Old 09-13-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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Our '03 CRV is fine when pulled all day, without pulling any fuses. Left overnight and pulled a second day is another story. That lesson learned, we generally fire it up and let it run for 15-20 minutes while we're setting up camp for the evening, then do the same while breaking camp. We've gone on that schedule for a week straight. Oh, and we do carry a battery charger with us in case we screw up again....

I think it's the newer cars, especially those with Nav. systems that need to have the fuse pulled.

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Old 09-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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You have a couple of options. Install a fuse bypass switch (I did this) to prevent the battery from draining. Or install a battery charge line through your existing electrical connector that will maintain the Honda battery at full charge all the time.

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:33 AM   #4
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We have a 2005 Pilot, I don't believe there is a fuse to pull, at least not that I've read about. We have towed for 6 to 7 hours and still had plenty of juice to start. However, did learn not to leave it overnight after towing all day. The battery will be as dead as doorknob by the next morning!

I've started removing the key for the night, and since I'll have to start the car before towing anyways, I cant forget to not put it back. In the AM, I just run it in drive for 5 to 10 minutes before placing in neutral as procedure states.

I am considering installing a charge wire from the MH to the toad, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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I tow a 2005 pilot and have had no issues in 30,ooo miles. No fuse just remember to run it for awhile at the end of the day. Tires are starting to cup on the inside front. Not to bad though. Great spare room for storage.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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Regarding the cupped tires? CRV's are pretty well known for that, and start getting pretty noisy at about 10,000 miles. The cure is not so well known. You need to rotate the tires from side to side (not just front to rear!) every 5000 mi or so. Moving the tire to the opposite side reverses the direction the tires turn, forcing the tire to wear more evenly!

Ours got so noisy I had them changed (perfect alignment by the way!). I put cheap tires on it assuming the worst (that I would be changing them again soon). We're now pushing 20k with no obvious cupping or unusual tire noise.

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