Some Problems You Might Encounter with Your Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline is the automaker’s first foray into the North American pickup truck segment. Built on the Honda Odyssey minivan platform, the Ridgeline features a unibody hybrid construction with four-wheel independent suspension. The Ridgeline isn’t made to compete with traditional pickups like the Silverado or F-150; it is rather an alternative to large SUVs and pickup trucks.
If you’re one of those who own a Ridgeline, it would help if you know its common share of problems and issues. Here are a few of the problems you might experience with your Honda Ridgeline:
In some 2006 Honda Ridgeline units, the coil wire inside the fuel pump relay could break, causing the pump to lose power. When this happens while you are driving, the engine could stall without warning, and this can lead to a crash. Honda has issued a recall to correct such issue, and dealers are instructed to inspect the fuel system of the affected unit and replace the fuel pump relay for free, if necessary.
Honda also issued a limited regional recall including some 2006 Honda Ridgeline units that are originally sold or registered in California and are outfitted with Takata-brand air bag inflators. In such vehicles, the excessive internal pressure upon the deployment of the passenger-side frontal air bag may rupture the inflator with metal fragments. Such fragment may hit and potentially injure vehicle occupants. Honda will remedy the problem by replacing the inflators of all affected vehicles, free of charge.
There are Ridgeline owners who complain about the unusual noise coming from the timing belt area. The noise becomes more noticeable when the vehicle is in idle. If you experience such and your ride is still under warranty, take it to your dealer for them to determine the cause of the problem. In some cases, the timing belt idler was replaced along with the timing belt, the tensioner, as well as the water pump.
Other engine problems reported by owners are gas cap indicator light that comes on and lasts even after the cap has been tightened, VTEC failure, as well as burned valves.