2016 Honda Pilot ex, 118k miles


When the engine is cold, it cranks a bit then it starts (always turns over). But, when the engine is hot after running, it starts just fine, and also when I turn it on accessory mode (when it’s cold), wait a second, and then push start, it starts just fine. No long cranking or anything. Just wanted some advice. Took it to the dealership and they told me my Fuel Pressure Reading was bad (they didn’t give me a copy of pressure readings or anything), nor do I feel the “symptoms” of a failing FPR.

The Factory Fuel Pressure should read between 60 and 67 PSI. Anything less could be caused by a clogged fuel filter, a worn fuel pressure regulator and or a failing fuel pump.

I would replace the fuel filter first and test the operation for a few days to make sure it took care of the issue. If not the next thing I would do would be to replace the fuel pressure regulator.

2016-18 PILOT

Before disconnecting fuel lines or hoses, relieve pressure from system by disabling fuel pump and disconnecting fuel line/quick connect in engine compartment.
If any DTCs are stored, clear and ignore them.

  1. Remove maintenance lid (A) from lefthand side trim panel, then remove emergency fuel funnel (B) from maintenance lid.
  2. Insert emergency fuel funnel (A) into fuel filler neck to relieve pressure in fuel tank, Fig. 1.
  3. Remove PGM-FI main relay 2 (A) from under instrument panel fuse/relay box, Fig. 2.
  4. Start engine, and let it idle until it stalls.
  5. Turn vehicle to OFF (LOCK) mode.
  6. Install PGM-FI main relay 2.
  7. Disconnect battery ground cable.
  8. Remove fuel hose cover, Fig. 3.
  9. Remove quick-connect cover, Fig. 4.
  10. Inspect fuel quick-connect (A) for dirt, and clean it, as required, Fig. 4.
  11. Place a rag or shop towel over quick-connect, then disconnect quick-connect, Fig. 4.
  12. Reverse procedure to install removed components.
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