Why won’t my Honda Pilot brake system let my car start?

I woke up to some unfortunate car problems. My Honda Pilot won’t start and a brake system error message keeps popping up on the dashboard. What should I do?

Pat Roache · Answered on Jan 05, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
A complication with the brake system isn’t exactly a common problem with Honda, but you’re not the first owner to experience this. There are several potential reasons why your Honda Pilot won’t start because of a brake system error. Here are the most common causes:
  • Malfunctioning battery: A complication with your battery, like corroded battery terminal ends, can affect your Honda’s electric parking brake system.
  • Blown fuse: If everything is fine with your Honda Pilot’s battery, you may have a blown fuse for your electric parking brake system that could be causing the same problem.
  • Leaking brake lines: Low brake fluid due to a leak in the lines could cause your car’s brake system error message to go off and keep your Honda Pilot from starting.
These are just a few of the potential reasons why your Honda Pilot won’t start with a brake system error message—there are even more electrical and mechanical issues that could be happening. Your best bet is to take your car to a mechanic.
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