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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair

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  • 10a10a Posts: 6
    Dear nippononly, I don't have a habit of resting my hand on the shifter. I hear the click noise from the shifter and realize that I can feel that click noise when I place my hand gently on the shifter whenever I come to a stop. The noise got louder and louder before I took my car into the shop. They replaced some parts of the shift gear, but that clicking sound is still there even though it's softer now. Acura says it's true of all RSX, or for '05 RSX at least. I'm still doubtful, but if the clicking noise gets louder again, they'll expect to see me again. In the meantime, if anyone do also hear that "click" noise, let me know. It would reassure me that my car is okay.
  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    New problem: Just when I was starting to like this car again, my brakes started to make this tap/scrape type of noise when I first apply them in the morning or after the car has been sitting for a couple hours. I'm not sure how to describe it, other than it's loud and I can't see how this is normal. I talked to the dealer and he told me this was normal. He said it is what they call "flash rust" and it's basically tiny rust particles from the brake pads that build up on the rotors and that I can clean them with soap and water. He told me it's normal and that it happens on his 05 MDX. This just doesn't seem right. Is this normal? Is anyone else experiencing this? I have a little over 5000 miles on it now. I never had to do anything like this with my Integra. I don't even know what a rotor is. (self admit to being complete ignorant with cars) Help!!
  • I'm the second owner of a 2002 RSX. I was driving home this afternoon and went to roll down my window. The window went up and down.. and then i heard this loud noise (like someone threw a rock at my car). Then the window went down, but now it's stuck in the down position and it wont go up.

    Has this happened to anyone else? Everything else on the car seems to be fine and the other window and moonroof work flawlesss. The car has 36,000 miles and it should be under warranty still, right? (it was purchased in Oct 2002). Should this be covered under the warranty? I'm planning on taking it to the Acura dealor tomorrow morning.. Any help or knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  • ok, two things that are irking the crap out of me in my 2005 rsx type-s.

    1. suspension rattles (only on the right side) that i believe other members are talking about - if i'm reading these posts correctly. depending on the temperature, the front suspension on the right (and to a lesser extent the right rear suspension) sounds as if something is not tightened when i go over bumps. but other times, it's totally quiet over the same exact roads. the guys over at david mcdavid acura in plano, tx have submitted it to acura tech and say that a similar issue happened with the mdx in about 2001 or so. this is apparently an issue that affects some of the 2005s but not all of them. it's been a month without any response from acura, so i'm getting a little peeved.

    2. low-pitched (but loud as crap) wind noise...more like a whistle...at around 80mph. like the suspension rattles, this doesn't happen all the time, but when it does it is annoying. is it maybe the windshield wipers? poor windshield sealant? i'm stumped...

    thanks for any thoughts, comments or suggestions!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    rust on the rotors after the car sits overnight is perfectly normal - all cars do it. If you actually take a squint at the rotors first thing in the morning, you will actually see the brown areas of surface rust. The scraping you hear the first and second times you use the brakes is the brake pads scraping that rust off. You should then be good for the rest of the day unless it is very humid or raining, in which case it may come back after just a couple of hours of being parked.

    geckojohn: unless the car has been in an accident or something, the window will be covered under warranty.

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    nippononly, i finally got my car back tuesday afternoon (two weeks in the car dealer to fix the rocking driver seat back rest). They fix the problem, they replace the left frame of the back rest. no more rocking back rest :) but while i was using the dealer loaner car somebody rear ended me friday nigth (5 aug). the damage was pretty bad, im glad that the guy that hit has an insurance. real bad experience. :(
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I'm glad you came through the accident physically unscathed, and that you got your car back and they fixed the problem! My new seat slider seems to have fixed the problem permanently, it has to be at least a month now, so I am glad, and hopefully your fix will be permanent too! :-)

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    yes, we were so fortunate that we didn't get injured on the accident. i'm suppose to pick up my car that day when the accident occur but it wasn't ready. so far i'm very happy with my driver seat back rest, but still hearing that popping/clunking noise in my front suspension. but i will not bring the car back to the dealer until they have a sure fix with the suspension problem. :confuse:
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hi everyone,
    with my RSX'03, auto trans (58K almost blissful miles so far) I've developed a habit of shifting to Neutral when waiting for light to change. Just don't want riding brakes, is all.
    On the other hand, would that affect auto tranny and shifter in any harmful way?
    Many thanks, Victor
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    with my RSX'03, auto trans (58K almost blissful miles so far) I've developed a habit of shifting to Neutral when waiting for light to change. Just don't want riding brakes, is all.
    On the other hand, would that affect auto tranny and shifter in any harmful way?


    The transmission/torque converter is designed to idle with a load on the brakes (ok...extremely minimal but it's almost negligible)

    The breakaway force (the force needed for the brakes to be overcome by the force of the car moving) will not be overcome by idling...holeshots are another story.

    What you're doing shouldn't harm anything, but it does seem kind of inefficient
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    you are engaging and disengaging the torque converter many times during each drive, which I think would create lots of needless extra wear.

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

  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Gentlemen,
    thanks for the advice. Won't do it anymore!
    Cheers, Victor
  • njexpressnjexpress Posts: 170
    Hello!
    I asked this question 2 years ago and I will ask again, hoping for the answers I wanna hear: ;)
    Has anyone had experience with having child seats at the back? How hard is it to use the RSX as a daily driver, with regular day care duty?
    It was instant love when I testdrove the RSX-S two years ago and after finding out that there was going to be a new arrival, I nixed my hopes and went for an M class; It's time to replace the second car and I am REEEEAAAAAAAAALY hoping that I could get away with the RSX-S. I am going to test drive it with the child seat AND the child in the back and see for myself. But, I would really appreciate any additional comments from folks that miht have used it as a daily driver, with a wee one in the back seat....
    Thanks!
    --njexpress
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    I haven't actually done that, but I suuuuure wouldn't want to try. When I take my friend's kids someplace in her Accord, it is hard enough getting them in the child seats, all adjusted and buckled, HAVING a back door to lean through.

    In my car, between the low roofline and the long reach back to the back seat after you kick the passenger seat forward, I think it would get trying very quickly. If you would just need to do it occasionally, it would probably be fine. Every day? No way, try getting something with four doors.

    Just my $0.02.

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

  • njexpressnjexpress Posts: 170
    :cry: Bummer!!! :cry: That nixes it!! - I guess I will be forced to go in for a four door, at this rate. I will keep you posted. Thank you, just the same!!
    --njexpress
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    try out the TSX - it is a hoot in its own right. Good luck! :-)

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

  • tkrsxtkrsx Posts: 1
    I am so glad to hear others are having this problem...thought I was crazy. This stupid "thumping" or "clicking" that we're all talking about, you don't know how many times people have told me "Acura's just do that"...well, it didn't "just do that" when I bought it. So, I'll be calling Acura today to see what they can do for me.
  • hi all,
    i was just wondering what modifications we can make to our rsx (auto, 02) without voiding the warranty???...will a cold air intake void it? body kit? neons? larger exhaust? also, if anyone knows a reliable place to get these, i would appreciate it alot...
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    i was just wondering what modifications we can make to our rsx (auto, 02) without voiding the warranty???...will a cold air intake void it? body kit? neons? larger exhaust? also, if anyone knows a reliable place to get these, i would appreciate it alot...

    Mods can void the warranty only if they can be held accountable for causing the damage.
  • doyle3doyle3 Posts: 1
    Did they check the engine cradle bolts to see if they torqued to spec?
  • thanks...i'll have to check with my acura dealership regarding this as well...just so they don't have any undue surprises...
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Some Acura dealers will install the mods for you...depending on what it is. My dealer is a Comptech distributor and can install Comptech parts. In this instance, the mods would not void the warranty.

    It all falls under the Magnuson-Moss act and you can read a little more about it here:
    http://www.magnusonproducts.com/magnusonmoss.htm
  • thanks...the site is quite helpful...
  • nxcessnxcess Posts: 4
    Hi,
    I wouldn't say having a child seat behind the passenger side is a bad thing. I have a 20 month old daughter and a 2002 rsx as a daily driver. Getting her in and out isn't that difficult considering I can move the passenger seat all the way to the front as easily as I can make it go back. I guess you can say it'll take a lil getting used to. But afterwards, you'll get accustomed to it and you'll do it without thinking about it much.
  • nxcessnxcess Posts: 4
    I got sad news. The timing belt on my RSX broke yesterday. Could anyone tell me the warranty on the timing belt? I tried to google for it but didn't come back with much result. I even tried looking at the Helm's manual, but it only says inspect, not replace. My car has 70k miles on it, mostly highway mileage. I don't know what else might have broken along with the belt. When I popped the hood, I saw coolant mainly in front of the engine near the bottom passenger side and some in the middle next to the A/C fan. I don't know. I feel sad and down about my car.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    So sorry to hear the news. :-(

    It is a chain, not a belt, and I don't believe it is warranted any longer than the whole powertrain, at 4/50. You could try contacting Acura Client Services directly though, probably your best bet for getting questions of that nature answered quickly and correctly.

    The timing chain drives the water pump, so if it went kerblooie while driving along, it probably took out the pump with it, which would be the reason for there being coolant around the timing cover.

    I get the sense you think this is a very expensive repair, but I don't believe this is an interference engine any longer, and you may find that repairs "only" run to about the same price as replacing the timing belt and water pump on one of the older models.

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

  • nxcessnxcess Posts: 4
    Thanks. I just finished talking to the mechanic today and found out that it's not the timing chain but drive belt that snapped. Along with that the water pump is broken. Everything all together looking at cost of parts [water pump, drive belt, and coolant] and labor is about 370. But I talked him down to 350. Since he's ordering the water pump straight from the dealership, I have a $100 gift card that doesn't expire til Sept 5. Hopefully they'll let me use it to purchase the water pump. If that happens, then I'm only looking at 250. Not a bad deal.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Not too bad at all!

    And at 70K, any external drive belt is on borrowed time. I know these days there is no maintenance when it is "routine" to change that belt, so all they do is inspect it periodically, but I think when my car gets up in miles a bit I will probably have it replaced at 60K or before.

    It is a pain when water pumps start to leak, especially on these cars with the internal pumps - THAT is a bummer that yours didn't last longer. Still $350 for a water pump is pretty OK if it is your first repair on the car, at 70K plus.

    Plus, it is a quick and easy repair, so you should be back out on the road in no time! :-)

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

  • physastphysast Posts: 8
    Ok so I just purchased a 2006 RSX (less than 200miles on car) and when I turn left at slow speeds I hear a clicking.. I have read about others having this problem and not being fixed. I have had the cars for TWO days... What would you guy recommend me do..

    I like the car but it shouldn't be making noise when I just purchased it two days ago :mad: .. I got a new car for this reason to leave the troubles behind me. :(

    Thanks

    Charlie :lemon:
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