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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair

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  • koreangarukoreangaru Posts: 2
    hey i have a 2002 rsx auto ... when ever i take off at a reasonable speed or smashing i heard a clicking noise ... i took it to a shop and they got my belt tensioner changed because they said it rattles ... got the sway bar link replaced ... and got the motor mounts changed, but it only improved the clicking noise by a little bit ... does this happen to anyone?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    not me, sorry. Hope you get it fixed! :-)

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

  • koreangarukoreangaru Posts: 2
    hey when i start my car the engine maintance light comes on and off does yours ?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    hey i have a 2002 rsx auto ... when ever i take off at a reasonable speed or smashing i heard a clicking noise ... i took it to a shop and they got my belt tensioner changed because they said it rattles ... got the sway bar link replaced ... and got the motor mounts changed, but it only improved the clicking noise by a little bit ... does this happen to anyone?

    Where's the clicking sound coming from? engine area? does it change with rpms?

    hey when i start my car the engine maintance light comes on and off does yours ?

    The car goes through a self test when it first starts up. You should only be concerned when the light stays on.
    You will also notice that as your car approaches one of the scheduled maintenance mileages (5k miles, 10k miles etc) the light will stay on longer before going out...eventually staying on constantly. Which tells you that it's time for the scheduled maintenance.
  • Thanks -

    I hit him with everything (TMV, sitting on the lot for 4 months, car purchased at Manheim) The dealer wouldn't budge off of $17.5 for the CPO - I laughed and left.

    Went with the private owner - more miles than I wanted (48K), but it was clean...clean...clean (new brakes and tires). I took it to the dealer for the "150 point" (whatever) inspection and all they found wrong was windshield wiper blades. They performed the 50K service.

    And, I got my new baby sub $15K - I am in love.

    Here is question - at this point, do you think it is worth it to buy the warranty? One of the dealers around here has the 7yr/100K warranty for $1,140.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    with Integras, I would say no. OTOH, at $1140 you wouldn't need many repairs to get your money back these days. if you lose the CVs left and right that would be close to $1000 right there.

    Did your 150 point inspection give you the compression numbers for the cylinders?

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

  • lkbryantlkbryant Posts: 1
    I just got an 05 RSX Type S and I am wondering if I should take any precaution from car thefts?
    i heard integras to be one of the most stolen cars and wondering if Acura RSX 05 the same?

    also, anyone know what to do to prevent kids from stealing the plastic ACura sign from the car?

    p.s., the car is my first manual transmission car and I find it to be a bit slow to get it accelerated. Car can accelerate pretty easily once I get it to 3rd gear but, going from 1st to 2nd to 3rd seems to take more time than AUTOMATIC???

    it it just that im not used to the manual transmission right now?

    Going from 1st to 2nd seems to be slow because I have to switch so fast instead of letting me just press on the pedal...

    i try to switch from 1st to 2nd as soon as it hits 3k rpm.... am i doing it too soon?

    when do you guys normally switch gears? at 4k? at 2k?
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    also, anyone know what to do to prevent kids from stealing the plastic ACura sign from the car?

    The only way to keep the losers from stealing a PLASTIC emblem is to remove them .....the emblems, not the losers (reminds me of a Goodfellas scene)

    I had mine stolen while parked at the train station. Got a replacement for about $18
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    at least they're not too expensive to replace! :-/

    Integras had no stock anti-theft, where RSX does, which is one of the reasons Integras got stolen so much. Also, thieves wanted the engines to "improve" their Civics and the like. Isn't it this generation where Honda reversed the spin of the engine, so that it would not swap over? Another impediment to being desirable to thieves.

    as for shifting, in the base car shifting at 3K is short-shifting it. In the S, you have an extra gear, but I would still wind it out to at least 4K before shifting to second if you are trying to make a quick start. Remember, it has a 7000+ redline (hint: you can go even higher than 4K before the first shift if you are trying to be quick).

    Of course, if you are in the break-in period, you may wish to short-shift until you get a few miles on it. I restrained myself at least partially for the first 1000 miles. Just don't lug it in the process.

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

  • compression numbers of the cylinders? - of course not!
  • fulbertfulbert Posts: 3
    Talking about a 2002 RSX. From time to time, the car doesn't start--about 3 times a day. Otherwise, it starts up like there were no problems. Could it be a flaky starter or something wrong with the relay? Has anyone heard of this problem? What might the solution be? Two dealerships I've talked to basically say if they can't duplicate the problem in the garage, they can't do anything. I can't believe I'm dead in the water...there must be something else I can do...
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    we're gonna need some hints here. What does it do when it doesn't start?
    (1) Do the dash warning lights come on as usual when you turn the key?
    (2) When the problem occurs, does it just sit there dead, or does it make an audible click? Or do you mean it cranks but won't turn over?

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

  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    My insurance carrier jacked up premiums saying that RSX theftrate's gone up. Answering my call, they told me it's not a car per se that's stolen; it's front seats and wheels!
  • fulbertfulbert Posts: 3
    Hi! I appreciate your input..

    a) The dashboard lights do come on when I turn the key
    b) The car cranks…but won’t actually catch. So it makes the cranking sound like it's "trying" to turn over. It will just keep making that sound for as long as I keep holding the key. I will have to turn the key back, and then turn it again to get it to start. Usually (but not always) it will start the second time.
    c) There are times when the car takes a couple seconds longer to start (like it’s hesitating) and other times when it starts instantly.

    It has behaved this way since the day I bought it brand new. It is a completely random occurence. Thanks for your help!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    well then, it's either got no spark or no fuel when it won't start. And no, this has nothing to do with a bad starter, unless you hear it turn really really slow, slower than it normally does?

    After that, my bet would be on fuel, since primary ignition is so diversified these days with coil-on-plug that it is unlikely to get four cylinders ALL of which aren't firing.

    It is just possible you are flooding it somehow, suggested by the times it takes longer to start - make sure you follow the manual's instructions to start it (don't press the gas pedal when doing so). It is also possible the engine is fuel-starved at those times - you can have the dealer check the fuel pump for consistent output PSI at the appropriate spec.

    Lastly, it is possible that you have a computer fault, like a sensor doing something bad. I assume you have had them plug in to check if there are any codes stored?

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

  • fulbertfulbert Posts: 3
    Thanks for the ideas.

    I actually don't step on the gas pedal when starting the car--I just turn the ignition key on, and, nowadays, hope the engine starts.

    Regarding the possible computer fault, they've already plugged in to check and they found nothing.
  • oldmikeoldmike Posts: 5
    I am considering buying a 02 RSX that has a salvage title to rebuild. I buy wrecks all the time so I am experienced at this, but haven't owned a Honda product since 1979 Accord. Price is about $5000 with most repairs done, just needs finish work. Auto, 33K miles. What are opinions on this project?
    Thanks
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    Wow. Will it run straight when all the repairs are done?

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

  • oldmikeoldmike Posts: 5
    Now looks like price will be more like $6500. Actually all body work is done and mechanically it is fine, will just need paint on back half. It had a rear clip put on by a professional body shop. Does it sound like a good deal? Do Honda dealers work on RSX's? Can they get parts?
    Thanks
    Mike
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    I don't think they are supposed to, but I think some do anyway. My sister takes hers to the local Honda dealer, because the Acura dealer is a lot further away. Of course, that has been for routine maintenance, nothing on the scale of what you need there.

    Isn't it tough to have a fairly new car to sell with a salvaged title? My understanding is that most finance companies won't offer loans on a salvage? Which would limit the number of potential buyers quite a bit, wouldn't it?

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

  • oldmikeoldmike Posts: 5
    I was thinking along the lines of what your sister gets done. The closest Acura dealer to me is 2 hrs away. I didn't mean I'd ask them to fix this salvage car. I do most of the work myself, and have a couple of body shops that work with me doing the big stuff I can't do (frame pulling and finish painting). There is a lot of misinformation out there on salvage cars. Just three days ago I sold a 2000 Mustang to my neighbors WITHOUT TRYING! They had been bugging me to get it finished and sell it to them for 3 weeks. If you handle it properly, rebuilt title cars can be sold OK. I have a Carfax on each car, pictures of damage before repair, tell exactly what was done, and have them take it to anyone they want and get 2nd opinions. I try to drive the cars for a few months after repair, so I can give personal info on reliability. I just do 2-3 a year as a hobby and to pick up a little cash. My neighbors told their Federal Credit Union it was a rebuilt title and their insurance company, and both were OK with it.
    Mike
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    cool!

    The base RSX has a lot in common with the Civic SI, so Honda dealers will actually stock most of the maintenance parts, and do have access to part numbers and the like for things they need to order on an Acura.

    So, I'm curious - don't say if you don't want to, by all means - what price you might ask for this car when you sell it, given that you are into it for about $6500.

    Obviously one without the salvage history would sell for mid-teens pretty easy.

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

  • oldmikeoldmike Posts: 5
    What all does it have in common with Civic SI? Engine & tranny? Probably a lot of little parts under hood and maybe some inside trim and fasteners? I use a Mitchell Collision Repair Guide to get part numbers, so as long as Honda can order them I'll be OK. Course I try to get all my parts from salvage yards, but the RSX is so rare, that my local yards probably won't even have one.

    Well, if I start at $6500, I will have to have it painted (maybe all over), and the interior has been stripped out for state inspectors, so I have to reassemble that. The interior is all there, just loose in car. Then there always seems to be a few little things you don't count on. Let's say I have $7200 plus my labor on interior. My rule of thumb is I always try to get it finished and on the road for 50-60% of NADA retail. Then I try to sell for 75% max. The lower it is, the quicker I sell it. If I make $1000-1500 on a car, I am satisfied because I love doing it. So maybe $8500-10000. How does that sound?
    Mike
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    yeah, that's about what I would have guessed. Cool.

    I was referring to mostly mechanical stuff, that is in common with the Civic SI, including most engine parts. The transmission is different from the SI's, that is true. Common maintenance parts are shared by both though, in many cases, at least according to my sister's Honda dealer. I haven't done the checking myself, so I can't say for sure.

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

  • dhanksdhanks Posts: 2
    I just put 3/4ths of a can of 4cylender engine restore Oil treatment into my 2002 RSX type S and the check engine light is on. This leads me to believe that I have a bit to much oil in the car and the oil pressure is not matching the spec of the computer. I just had an oil change about 500 miles ago. How much damage am I doing to the car? Should I get the oil swapped out immediately or am I OK?
  • dhanksdhanks Posts: 2
    Nevermind.... After 50 miles the check engine light is off. Car feels a bit sluggish though.....
  • dsrsxdsrsx Posts: 1
    I just bought my first sporty car the Type-S, and i was wondering if its normal to cruise at such high rpms. for example, crusing at 30mph on 3rd reaches 3000rpms. cruising at 80mph on 6th reaches 4000 rpms. is this normal?

    im also have crunching problems as mentioned a couple post before when going from 1st to 2nd.
  • mikes2mikes2 Posts: 47
    Hi everyone, my 2002 RSX Type S is about to turn 3 and come to the end of part of it's warranty. Knock on wood, everything with it has been just fine so far. (The only complaint I have is the rear defroster is pretty weak for our sometimes brutal Canadian winters, but that's a design flaw, not a malfunction (got it tested)). Otherwise, I'm just as thrilled with it as the day I got it.

    The reason for this posting is twofold:

    1. Is there anything I should specifically ask the dealer to inspect, replace, etc. while the 3 year warranty is still in force?

    2. There's a really good private mechanic here in town, that basically works on just Hondas - they're his specialty. I used him with my Civic and was very happy. Do people think he's up to maintaining, and if necessary, repairing a Type-S? Any thoughts, experience using private mechanics on your own Type S much appreciated!!

    Thanks,

    Mike
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Thanks, gentlemen. I got back about 2 weeks ago and had a blast. My friend who kept my car turned on my car and ran the engine for about 10 min. halfway through my trip. Thus, the car sat for 2 weeks, then he ran the engine, and then it sat for another 2 weeks or so.

    When I picked up my car, the only "damage" I noticed was the 1/4" inch of pollen and dust on my car. LOL When I pulled out of his condo development and went on the highway, I noticed a very slight shake at > 60 MPH, but that seemed to disappear by the 2nd time I drove my car on the highway (the next day).

    BTW, my car recently turned 3 and I now have 30 kmi. on it. Everything seems to be working well (knock on wood). But I'm due for the 30 kmi. check. Acura wants to charge me $300 + tax for what amounts to an oil change, tire rotation, brake pad inspection and fluid replacement, and air cleaner replacement, and check/adjust various fluid levels. That seems awfully expensive. I made an appointment with Firestone to get their estimate. If they're charging less than half of what Acura wants to, I think I'll go with Firestone. What do you guys think?
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    Wow, I thought my Acura dealer was ripping me off by asking for $300 + tax for the 30 kmi. checkup. Then I read a post of someone saying he was quoted $450 and $380 by a couple Acura dealers!

    I plan to visit Firestone sometime this week to get an estimate and will report back here.
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