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Honda Pilot Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or relay in a 2nd generation 2009-2015 Honda Pilot SUV with photos.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2012 Pilot Engine Bay Fuse Box
Press In Release Tabs
Fuse Location Diagram
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Honda Pilot SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owner's of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Odyssey, Insight, Ridgeline, CR-V, Fit, Civic, CR-Z, Crosstour, Accord, MDX, RDX, RLX, TL, TSX and ILX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2012 Honda Pilot was equipped with the relatively newer style Low Profile mini blade fuses.

If necessary, you may also use the older style of slightly taller standard mini blade fuses.

New fuses in a variety of amperage ratings (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25) can be purchased at Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, Pep Boys or online at Amazon.

Engine Bay Electrical Panel
Small Fuse Box By Battery
Press In Release Tabs
The first step is to open the hood.

There are two electrical boxes in the engine bay. The larger one is on the left side just behind the windshield washer fluid fill tube.

The smaller electrical box is on the right (driver) side of the engine bay just to the left of the 12V automotive battery.

Gently press in the release tabs on the fuse box cover before pulling it straight off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside along with a white plastic fuse puller tool and also a few spare fuses.

To release the fuse box cover next to the 12V battery, press in the tabs and pull the cover straight off.

Right Side Release Tab
Small Fuse Block
Fuse Location Diagram
There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the smaller electrical panel cover.
Driver Side Dashboard
Interior Fuse Panel
Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located under the dashboard close to where the driver's left knee would normally reside while driving.


Place Jaws Over Old Fuse
Pull Out Old Fuse
Hold Fuse Up To Light
Squeeze the end of the white plastic fuse puller tool to open the jaws.

Place the tool over the old fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket. To check the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and needs to be replaced.

If the thin metal strip in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good. Since new fuses are so inexpensive, the old fuse should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Push In New Fuse
Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Push On Fuse Box Cover
Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating (5, 10, 15, 20 & 25) straight in to the socket.

Replace the white plastic fuse puller tool on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

Push the fuse box covers back in place over the two engine bay electrical blocks.

Test the electrical component that you were having problems with such as the interior lights, power seat, horn, radio, A/C, wiper blades, tail lights, headlights, 12V power outlet, power windows, etc.

If the issue hasn't been resolved, there may be a shorted out wire somewhere or the electrical component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

For more, please check out my other 2009-2015 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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