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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    the noise is when i back up or go forward and turn. and i try putting the car in neutral and turn the steering wheel left and right and i hear it pop. this is my first automatic car so i'm not familiar what's normal and what's not. my car is in the shop right now for driver seat problem, (also mention the clunkin noise). my loaner car (tsx) does not pop/clunk at all. :confuse:
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    hmmm, well that's just a bit too difficult to diagnose remotely, but I hope the dealer gets it all this time! It sounds like the suspension is a bit loose - mine was too until they serviced the car. At my dealer, retorquing the suspension mounts was SOP for the service, which made this little clunking I had before (on speed bumps and the like) go away.

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

  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    what you are describing is exactly what happened with my car. I think the problem has finally been fixed as I have not heard the noise now for about a week. Granted, I'm just a girl that knows absolutely nothing about cars, but if I can help prevent you from going through what I did.... After 5 visits to the dealership, they ended up replacing the left and right strut assembly and they did something with the macpherson built. During visit #2, they tried to tell me that this clunking noise was normal because they heard reports of the RSX doing it. I'm sorry, but if thumping is normal because other cars are doing it, then it's a defect that needs to be replaced. You don't pay that kind of money for a car to hear clicking, popping, thumping, whatever. I can locate my service invoices and tell you exactly what they did if that would be helpful.
  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    from the Acura website:
    Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Standard time at the toll-free number (800) 382-2238
    BY FAX
    (310) 783-3535
    Acura Client Services
    1919 Torrance Blvd.
    Torrance, CA 90501-2746
  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    that's my problem right now, i tried to tell them what nippononly told me about the slider of my driver side seat and they just ingnore me because i'm a female, do not know anything about cars. about the clunking/popping noise, i would appreciate it if you could tell me what they did to your car so i can suggest to them to check it. i'm tried driving 60miles (one way) and when i pick it up its still the same, not fix. :mad:
  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    Hey bobbid, I'm hoping your car is quiet now as you mentioned it was in the shop. If not, here's the info from my service invoices (i'm copying the info exactly as it appears on the invoice--hope it makes sense to either you or them):
    visit 1: problem couldn't be duplicated
    visit 2: Replace R/F strut assembly. Repair popping noise from the suspension-bearing, FR.
    visit 3: Replace L/F assembly. S/ABS Assembly left, front. This was the visit they mentioned the macpherson belt, but there is no mention of it on the invoice...
    visit 4: wheel alignment, front and rear
    visit 5: Pin, Cotter. S/ABS assembly, right front

    I've put on over 1000 miles since they last fixed it and everything has been fine.

    Best of luck to you!
  • rsx206rsx206 Posts: 1
    Hi all,
    This is my first time in this forum. I have a 2002 RSX(manual) and it's giving me a headache. This problem going on for the last month. Sometimes when i get to a red light and about to stop, so i shift into neutral and let the car roll and suddenly my engine die and the battery light and oil light went on. I noticed that the RPM dropped extremely low to .5 before the engine shut off. I have to restart the engine. I brought it to the dealer for 4 times and they adjusted the valves and it was fine for maybe a week and then it happens again. The RPM is not stable.This doesn't happen all the times but mostly in the morning, i do warm up my car everytime before i take off. I don't know what is going on. CAn anyone help me?
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    extremely surprised if that were related to valve adjustment. Sounds like a sensor/engine management problem to me.

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

  • bobbidbobbid Posts: 24
    I did not pick up my car last week cause I was out of town. I talked to the service guy about the popping/clunking noise and he told its normal, he said that the sound is normal, that's the sound when the car shift from different gear. I don't believe him because the popping/clunking noise is not coming from the trasmission, its coming from the passenger side. i guess i just need to wait until the clunking gets super loud. thanks for the info. i will save it and tell them about it.
  • dc05dc05 Posts: 1
    My 05 type s does exactly the same thing. I thougth i was the only one until i came onto this website. My car is in the shop right now for the 7th TIME!!. They try to tell me that they have fixed it but every 600-1500 miles it would come back. I have extensive knowledge of cars, but this one blows me away to c it re-accur so many times. Here is a list of what they replaced: The dealer has replace my steering box, steering column, tied rods, left and right lower control arms including extra greasing of the control arm knucles. They have replaced both struts, shocks, and tie rods. Sure it went away, only for so long until it was there again. They connected a microphone to the front suspension but still could not in pin point where it is coming from. I am now waiting to bring this crap to a stop, hopefully, by addressing it to their general sales mgr when he comes back in. I've had the car for only 4 months!! Anyone with more info....?
  • 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 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
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