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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Will do! :-)

     

    With my schedule the next couple of months, that dealer visit probably will not happen until March or April. I am hoping the front suspension does not fall off before then! :-P

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

  • I just bought the '05 rsx type s and I really love the car. However, I'm hearing this rattling sound coming from the passenger side when I'm on the highway. Has anyone had this problem or know where it's coming from?
  • I'm having some problems that are similar to yours. I bought my '05 RSX type S in November and 3 days after i had the car i heard a popping noise. The noise sounded like metal hitting against metal or possibly metal against glass. I didn't know what to make of it, but it was very anoying and also loud enough for me to hear with the radio on. I took it to the Acura dealer where I bought it. They supposedly fixed the problem, but the noise came back a couple days later. They said it was a piece of metal clipping, though I didn't get to see any evidence. I just took it in on 1/10/05 to get the problem looked at and hopefully fixed for sure this time. Let me know if you got your problem fixed or if it is still there.
  • Oh btw I didn't even mention where the noise was coming from >.< but anyways the noise is coming from the upper corner of the driver side. Almost seems like it is coming from the engine compartment. Seems to be making the noise even at low speeds as well as high speeds with bumps of all sizes. At times it doesn't make the noise then all of a sudden it makes it. I don't know what it could be. Any ideas anyone?
  • Check rsx-specific boards (not sure if I am allowed to say the name), several types of rattles experienced. It sounds to me like you might have the dash rattle, which happens more in the winter, and is caused by the dash rattling against the windshield. I had this and Acura could not fix it (they even took out the dash) - eventually I ended up using someone else's homemade solution and stuck weather-stripping foam between the dash and windshield. Has fixed for the most part, good luck with rattles!
  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    I have an '04 base model that I purchased in the early spring. I had six months of warm temps. The dashboard rattles didn't start until the cold weather came. I noticed that the rattles go away when the inside temperature rises. I set the HVAC control at either of the two defrost settings. When the heat comes through the defroster vents, the rattles go away completely.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    It doesn't surprise me that the dealership was closed on New Year's Day. :-P

     

    Hopefully you'll get your annoying dash buzz rectified soon. About future year RSXs, time will tell, of course. I'm almost certain that the 2006 version will be very similar to the 2005 (maybe new/different colors), but all bets are off what happens for model year 2007, if the car even surives to live that year.
  • ag127ag127 Posts: 5
    hi all,

     

    i'm absolutely loving my new rsx type-s, though the dash (passenger-side) does rattle on occasion. however, i have a question about what people mean when they call the transmission "notchy," generally referring to the 2nd/3rd gear issues common in this model. sometimes my shifter snaps right into the gate on upshift, other times it meets a little resistance. Is this the "notchiness" that people feel? This generally happens in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd; one shift this will happen, the next will be clean, and so on. the resistance never feels serious, and so far the transmission hasn't popped out of gear. i only have 200 miles on the car, but i'm trying to keep an eye out for the transmission problem, which seems to be pretty common. thanks.
  • ajb04ajb04 Posts: 3
    Today I dropped off my RSX/S for a transmission repair to resolve the notchy (hard to engage in 2/3 gears)problem. The service folks referenced a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) III-5-04 issued on 2004 Sept 15.

     

    The TSB indicates that this problem MAY be due to the 5/6 gearsets as well as the shift cable. The repair indicates replacement of the 6th gear, the synchro cone sets, 5th gear and related synchro cone sets!

     

    We will see in a couple of days.

     

    Mileage is 55,000 km (Canadian car)
  • ajb04ajb04 Posts: 3
    I just took my RSX/S in for transmission repair to solve the notchy 2/3 gear problem.

     

    TSB III-5-04 issued 2004 Sept 15.

     

    Are there other TSB's that you know of that I should check before the complete the repair?
  • 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: 12,687
    ???????

     

    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)

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