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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair

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  • ajb04ajb04 Posts: 3
    This is exactly the problem I hope will be repaired during the next several days.

     

    They are doing a repair as indicated in TSB III-5-04 issued on 2004 Sept 15.

     

    Apparently they replace 5/6 gears and synchros.
  • hi all,

     

     i just bought a rsx 02 and was wondering if there were any recommended times when to shift in the triptonic gear shifter to get the maximum boost? also, since i go on the highway a lot other cars such as other rsx's want to race me and they just zoom ahead, so i was wondering if there was something i could about that? also, i hear a loud revving noise from my engine when i am in manual and about 3000 rpm. is that normal? also, when i warm up my car during the winter and put the heater on "auto" it makes a huge noise, is that normal as well? any input would be appreciated...also, if anyone knows where to get performance parts installed, i would really appreciate that cuz i really need some more power under the hood...thanks a lot in advance...
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    i just bought a rsx 02 and was wondering if there were any recommended times when to shift in the triptonic gear shifter to get the maximum boost?

     

    I guess it depends on your mood. Max torque is around 4000 rpms...I usually shift around 4 or 5000 so the next gear falls into the torque band.

     

     also, since i go on the highway a lot other cars such as other rsx's want to race me and they just zoom ahead, so i was wondering if there was something i could about that?

     

    yeah, smile and wave....

     

    also, i hear a loud revving noise from my engine when i am in manual and about 3000 rpm. is that normal?

     

    Have you ever driven a Honda vtec engine before? Does it sound like aswarm of angry bees? :-)....that's normal

     

     also, when i warm up my car during the winter and put the heater on "auto" it makes a huge noise, is that normal as well?

     

    That sounds like the fan working overtime to get the temp where you want it. I hardly ever use the auto mode myself.

     

    any input would be appreciated...also, if anyone knows where to get performance parts installed, i would really appreciate that cuz i really need some more power under the hood...thanks a lot in advance...

     

    I guess that depends on what you want. If you are planning on racing other cars than you bought the wrong car.

    Do a web search and I'm sure you'll find whatever you're loooking for.
  • thanks for the reply...i have kind of looked online for "hp boosters"...but was wondering if there was a manual to install for example, NOS or other cold air intakes? or is there a mechanic that can do that for you without voiding the warranty on the car?...this is my first experience with cars...and dont want to do anything to harm it...thanks in advance...
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Just a quick note on the auto mode climate control...I use it almost all the time, except certain times (usually at first, when it's cold). The fan does not max out when the temp you set is not yet reached...it goes at about half max...I know because in those cases, I sometimes max it and it makes a big difference. So, it might be something else.
  • thanks for the reply, i'll check into it...

     

    also, i was wondering when you're driving manual are you supposed to lift your foot off the gas pedal while shifting up or down on a triptonic shifter? i usually feel comfortable lifting my foot off the gas, but a friend told me not to...just wondering what your advice was...thanks...
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    thanks for the reply...i have kind of looked online for "hp boosters"...but was wondering if there was a manual to install for example, NOS or other cold air intakes? or is there a mechanic that can do that for you without voiding the warranty on the car?...this is my first experience with cars...and dont want to do anything to harm it...thanks in advance...

     

    You might want to look at some websites dedicated to the RSX. They often have instructions (along with pictures) on how to install many upgrades.

     

    As far as the voiding the warranty....as long as the mod that you do to your car does not have any direct connection with the failure, then you are safe.

    And if you can get your Acura dealer to install it for you, then that's even better. Some Acura dealers are certified Comptech installers. Comptech is a brand of aftermarket performance supplier.
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    also, i was wondering when you're driving manual are you supposed to lift your foot off the gas pedal while shifting up or down on a triptonic shifter? i usually feel comfortable lifting my foot off the gas, but a friend told me not to...just wondering what your advice was...thanks...

     

    No, there's no need to lift your foot off of the gas. Think of it as a regular automatic transmission except that YOU get to dictate when it shifts.
  • dd123dd123 Posts: 52
    Hi Guys,

    I am plannng to buy a brand new or used acura rsx as my first car.

    But after going thru this forums, I feel that acura has got lots of problems like rottent egg smell, gear shifting problem, rattling, windows rolling up problem etc etc.

    It acura really worth it ?

     

    Since I am financially stretched I am thinking of getting a used one preferably manual.

    But manual seems to have lots of toubles with shifting gears.

    Plz advise me

     

    Thanks

    DD
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    ???????

     

    were there problems with rolling windows up earlier on? I must admit that is the first I am hearing of that. As for the gears, some of the 6-speeds have had problems with a little bit of crunchy shifting, which Acura has issued a recall for - I am not sure if that has entirely fixed the problem because I don't own a type-S, but it was supposed to. Gear shifting in the base model is tight, smooth, and machined in a way only Honda seems to be able to do. It is one of my favorite aspects of the car.

     

    The rotten egg smell goes back a ways to when everyone readied their cars' designs for the new low-sulfur fuel that is mandated to be nationwide next year. As a result, places where high-sulfur gas was still sold had some owners with rotten-egg cars, but this was not limited to Honda - it ranged across a broad spectrum of cars.

     

    It depends very much on your own personal perspective as to whether or not an Acura is worth it. One thing is for sure, Acura dealership personnel are a lot more solicitous than the average, so if you will be using the dealer for anything after the purchase (if that), that's worth a little something.

     

    Apart from that, get what floats your boat. I would have bought a Civic SI hatch instead if it had been more readily available and I liked the styling better.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • joshsjoshs Posts: 22
    DD,

     

    I've had a type-S for a while now, and I never experienced the 'rotten egg smell,' nor any rattling. The shifter is exceptionally smooth, and, like nippononly, I've never even heard about a window problem.

     

    There is only one real issue that seems consistent--the tires kind of suck (they slip a bit in wet take-offs and they generate some road noise). This is easily fixed, however, by getting new tires. It's certainly not a deal breaker.

     

    Josh
  • absiabsi Posts: 1
    Any update on this? I have a canadian 02 TSX premium with gear issues.

     

    Bill
  • i had a wierd noise coming from my 05 type s also and i narrowed it down to the trunk ....there is bump stops that i unscrewed a little and the noise went away
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    I agree. I have a 2002 RSX-S and didn't have any problems dd123 mentioned. The shifter is smooth and my car doesn't smell like rotten eggs.

     

    dd123, yes the tires suck as does the sound system, but they can easily be upgraded aftermarket at a reasonable expense. If you get a base, I'd recommend the 2002-2004 over 2005 since it's faster (fact) and looks better (opinion) not to mention cheaper (fact).
  • hi guys,

     

     i was wondering if there was a way to disable the ignition from starting with the key? its just that i gave my girlfriend (who i used to share my car with) my spare key and she just broke up with me and wont return my phone calls...we both go to the same university and she knows where i park...so i am afraid that she would take my car out without letting me know...she doesnt know most of the technical stuff about it, but if there is something i could do to cut the engine off while i'm at college, then i wont have to worry about it constantly. any help in this regard would be appreciated. thanks.
  • 5port5port Posts: 395
    You never said if it is manual or automatic. If manual...you have to step on the clutch to start the car yes? Then look behind the clutch pedal and remove the two wires going to the clutch switch. Now the car will not start unless those two wires are connected together. I would run those two wires to a hidden switch.

     

       Similar thing can be done with an automatic but the center console must be removed to get to the switch.

     

    There's also:

     

    The Club and any other anti-theft device you can buy over the counter. I use the one that goes from the brake pedal to the floor and prevents the pedal from being depressed (Autolock-X).

     

    Telling someone to grow-up and be mature is like telling my boss he can spend money now...it aint gonna happen.

     
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    yikes!

     

    remote kill switches?

     

    Send your girlfriend a self addressed envelope asking her to drop the key in and send it back to you....since she won't pick up the phone.

     

    or else you contact the authorities (of course that would be an extreme last resort...I just thought it sounded good)

     

    Another idea, perhaps your Acura dealer can re-program your ignition and give you a new set of keys.

    ...or have them contact the authorities..(doh!...there I go again)

     

    Tell your ex to grow up a little bit and send the keys back to you like a mature individual.

    :-)
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hi everyone,

    back in 2003, you guys helped me to make an educated choice. I've bought RSX'03 base/auto in July'03.

    By now, odometer reads 45K miles, mostly happy ones.

    Problem persisting is driver's side window, which rolls up in jerky fashion, slams into frame, and tends to get stuck in cold weather. Dealer keeps putting more grease into it. Don't think it's helping much, though. I've registered 3 complains with dealership. Maybe I'll be able to wring an extended warranty from Acura on this particular window, whadda ya think?

    Other than that, not much to kvetch about. Car's good, comparatively inexpensive, pleasure to drive but in snow. Besides, stock Michelins still look OK, after all these miles. Plan's to replace'em before winter'05-06.

    I'll appreciate commnents on "bad window" problem.

    BTW, Acura CL turned out to be having quite serious problems with tranny. Acura issued extended warranty on them. Hopefully it won't be the case with RSX.
  • hi,

     

     my car is automatic, but i dont want to buy any over the counter types of security devices because then it looks suspicious and might even induce someone to steal my car...all im wondering is how would u go about disabling the engine in a discreet manner...u mentioned that the center console needs to be removed...i would appreciate further details on that cuz i am not a mechanic and dont trust myself to try anything new without a possibility of a reversal option...if u cant, then is there somewhere where i could get the info with some pics too, just to make it easier...i appreciate the help...believe me, i do...
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    remove the center console, there is a switch attached at the base of the shifter (in most cases; I haven't actually done this to an RSX since mine is a manual). This is the switch that tells the computer your car is in 'P' or 'N' and allows it to fire the starter. If you disconnect it, the car won't start. You could run the wires through a separate hidden switch if you want. This is a lot of work for something like this though.

     

    Just go round there and get your spare key back!

     

    vickat: "BTW, Acura CL turned out to be having quite serious problems with tranny. Acura issued extended warranty on them. Hopefully it won;t be the case with RSX."

     

    I am 99% sure that recall was only for V-6/auto combos. The RSX being a 4-cyl uses a different transmission. I would not worry too much. But for this one tranny goof, Honda is very good about building things to last.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • erinmerinm Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 RSX, and I have noticed a burned rubber smell over the past couple of months when I get out as well. SO, you're not alone.

    Also, I turned on my car last night to find that my headlights weren't working. My parking lights and my high beams work, it's just my low beams. I assume it's something wrong with my switcher. Has anyone else had this problem?
  • berbelberbel Posts: 167
    Considering purchase of RSX for my daughter. Does
    anyone here have a clue as to why the 210 hp engine
    would require premium gas? Do you believe the
    compression ratio of this engine has any bearing on this?

    Thanks, folks!

    berbel
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    you hit it right on the head - it is the compression ratio of the type-S engine.

    I have not asked but it is very likely one of these engines that will run regular if you want, but with reduced performance. You could ask the dealership this question...

    It's a nice car - I would just pay for the premium gas...

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • joshsjoshs Posts: 22
    The type-S will run on regular, and the owner's manual even says so (I just checked mine to be sure).

    As nippononly says, the real difference is going to be in performance. The engine won't produce the same levels of performance with lower octane gas. But the OM specifically states that the engine can use either.

    Still, the extra performance is worth the price of premium, in my estimation. If you don't want the extra edge, the base is still a very sweet car and (as some in here have pointed out) it actually has better torque at lower ends.

    Josh
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Perhaps it's not my place to ask, but why would you want to buy a high performance sports coupe for your daughter?

    The only benefits of the Type S over the base model WILL be found when being pushed to the limits of the suspension and the RPM gauge. In other words...spirited driving.
    I, personally, would not want my daughter to have the resources at her disposal.

    Again, I don't know the situation and I can only speak on my own behalf.
  • khawkkhawk Posts: 2
    I got my RSX-Type S in Dec 2004 and it too makes what I describe as a metallic vibration at highway speeds on the front passenger side of the car. It sounds like it's coming from under the car. The noise worsens with wind and speed. It's in the shop as we speak and has been there for three days in total - four days after tomorrow! How frustrating! Apparently, they have taken apart the entire front of my car and put it back together piece by piece, adding insulation and foam in every nook and cranny. I'll update you once I get it back.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    When you find out about the cause - please be sure and post here so everyone can learn about it.

    Thanks!
  • I read early posts about MPG's. The best I got so far is 39 mpg on my new RSX (base with automatic) with under 2000mi., while I was driving it gentily on the highway and going thru the break-in, about the same I had with my 2001 Civic LX. I find that driving around curves increases fuel comsumption. Just my 2cents
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    how on Earth can you measure the increased fuel consumption around corners? Just curious.

    I get 31 very regularly with little variation in daily driving (commute, errands, and the like). Mine is a base with stick, and I drive moderately enthusiastically! :-P

    I have got as high as 36 mpg in highway trips at 70-75 mph. If I were to take those long drives more slowly and focus on fuel saving, I am sure I could get 40 mpg.

    As far as the highway part, the same should be true of the type-S, since it has the same final drive for the manual in top gear (I believe).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • I'm curious as how you get those insane numbers. I consider myself a moderate driver and cannot get those mpg numbers you get. At best I could probably get 28 mpg with my 2005 Acura RSX automatic, but typically get 25 mpg as is stated on the sticker.
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