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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    Its always a good idea to also change the tension pulley assembly (or what ever Acura calls it) when you are changing out the timing belt. I found this out the hard way - dealer never even ask me if I wanted it replaced while they were replacing the timing belt. It would have added $25 to the cost. It went out 30,000 miles after I had the belt replaced.

    Also with many engines (not sure about the TL) all the labor required to replace the belt is also needed to get to the water pump. If I was planning on keeping the vehicle (and who would replace a timing belt if they were not) I would at least consider also replacing the pump with a rebuilt one. I did this with a Nissan and it only added $65 to the total cost.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Super good point, I completely forgot that!

    I got the water pump done at the same time, since the mechanic was already going to be in there.
    It was a very small fee since the labor was already covered by the belt repair.

    Very much recommended!
  • At 83,000, the oil jet kit was installed. At 97,000, the dealership checked the transmission and said everything is OK. Now, at 140,000, the transmission is slipping. Has anyone experienced the same issues? How did the dealer handle the repair?
  • I have an 06 tl with 8000 miles. I have paint chips in all areas from front, hood, fenders and rear bumper, acura dealer is not responsive. I have only drove in city and highway. Has anyone else experienced this problem.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    My 2.5 year-old TL only has one small chip on the lower part of the front passenger door.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    "I have an 06 tl with 8000 miles. I have paint chips in all areas from front, hood, fenders and rear bumper, acura dealer is not responsive. I have only drove in city and highway. Has anyone else experienced this problem."

    If you search through the forums, you'll see that a lot of people have paint chip problems.

    Unfortunately this is a byproduct of new environmentally friendly low VOC paints. They chip MUCH more easily than older paints.

    You'll see this problem occurring on all new vehicles, but the low profile cars like the TL, IS, TSX...they will suffer the most and the most damage is done while traveling on the highways.

    The best defense is not driving away from the dealer at time of delivery without having a clear-bra installed first.
    Or, do the low cost option and keep some touch-up paint handy.
  • z71billz71bill Posts: 2,000
    "I have only drove in city and highway" - So you don't take the TL OFFROAD? LOL

    I would rather have chips in my paint than have a clear plastic bra on a car -

    In my experience with new cars I seem to notice chips the second or third time I wash the vehicle. By this time I have 600 - 1,000 miles so it will have a few chips - its been the same on every car/truck I have ever owned.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    I drive almost exclusively in the city, so that may explain the lack of paint chips on my TL. However, I do have 2 cracks/chips on the windshield. :cry:
  • tldantldan Posts: 3
    i would say that it is specific to individual cars. I actually went to the dealership because this rattle is not normal at all. The dealer said that it was "normal" but for those of you with this same problem, it definitely is not. I got my windows tinted aftermarket( who gets factory Tints anyway??) so the guy said that he was unable to help me because i got my windows tinted. DO you think that my tints are the reason for the rattling?
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    Your service advisor is a liar! There is a specific TSB for this issue. Try to print it out so you could show him what the tech needs to do to fix the rattle. ;)
  • tldantldan Posts: 3
    Where would i be able to find this TSB? I've read other forums about how people hear rattling when their window is down and they close the door. I have this problem also. BUT this is not my biggest concern. When my windows are partially open, my windows rattle while im driving every time i hit a bump ( small or big), uneven surfaces, etc..I drive in NYC so the road conditions arent exactly superb.
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701
    If you go to and look in the forums for third generation TL you will find it there.
  • Hey Everyone need some help is there a website or something on line to see if your 2003 Acura TL Type-S could possible be one of the vehicles effected by the 2nd gear transmission problem? Im about to buy it has 31,300 miles on it but i want to check somewhere to see if this vehicle was effected or not.
  • According to, the new Motorola Krzr (k1m) phone does not support call waiting. Really? I consider this to be a basic feature. Other phones support it, why not this one? Or does the website have it wrong?

    As it is I am in need of a new phone and that and the Razr are at the top of my list. I like the Krzr more because it's not a wide as the Razr.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Mark "Stingray2019" Santora
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    There were a bunch a posts at one point about the outside temp gauge going out and only showing "---".

    I did a search but couldn't come up with any posts about what causes it, or if there is a permanent fix. Does anyone recall any information about that? Does it result in the battery-drain problem that some owners have experienced?
  • ggesqggesq Posts: 701

    There is a TSB for this issue. Check on edmunds or acurazine for the fix. ;)
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Thanks for the heads-up! :)
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Well, I found a Service Bulletin (thru which says that the problem is caused by the Nav unit drawing power even after the car's been shut off. And the fix is to install a subcontrol unit behind the Nav, which means pulling the Nav off the dash to get in behind the unit. :sick: Anything to do with taking the dash apart makes me a bit queasy. :cry:

    The Bulletin was actually for the '05 TL. I have an '04, but I called my dealer, and they said they have done a repair for an '04, so I made an appointment to bring it in. They have to do a diagnostic, then order the part. So it will be a 2-visit repair. :sick: I guess there is no simple reset procedure, unless someone else has had a different experience with this problem.

    And, even if the outside temp display is not important to you, you can't ignore the problem because there is the possibility that the battery will drain and go dead, if the car is parked long enough. :(
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    EACH Keyless Transmitter on the 05TL has its OWN radio presets!! You must program the presets for each, or disable one transmitter if you use both. It's best to program both because if you disable one transmitter it also disables all the other features controlled by that transmitter (eg. seat & mirror positions). Here is the info I found in an Acura Service Bulletin, which info is NOT in the owner's manual (O/M)!!

    "When you unlock the doors with a linked keyless
    remote on a ’05 TL, the Driver’s Position Memory
    System (DPMS) recalls the radio station presets
    associated with that remote (Driver 1 or Driver 2).
    This ’05 model feature isn’t mentioned in the O/M,
    so you might get clients complaining of the radio
    station presets changing for no apparent reason if
    they’re using a different linked keyless remote
    from the one they would normally use (Driver 1 is
    using Driver 2’s remote or vice versa).
    To disable this feature, unlink the keyless remote
    by pressing and holding the LOCK and UNLOCK
    buttons at the same time until the LED blinks
    twice. To enable it again, link the keyless remote
    by pressing and holding the LOCK and UNLOCK
    buttons at the same time until the LED blinks
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Not sure if my rear defrost is dead, but it seems to be working awfully slow. Could it be as simple as a blown fuse?
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