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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair

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  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    I have a 2007 Acura TL (no Brembos) that have 50k on it. I can easily inspect the rear brakes and there is a ton of miles left. However....trying to visually inspect the front pads (before I bring it in to the dealer for oil change) so I can determine what is left on the front. However...I can't see it because of the housing surrounding the pad. Tried to bring a mirror along side the housing with a flashlight...but can't see the pad.

    How do I inspect the front pads?

    How many miles do everyone here have with their original pads?

    How much quicker do the front pads wear out compare to the rears?

    Thanks for the help
  • You should be able to see the pads left if you take the wheels off.
    I recently sold my 00 TL with 70K miles. I had put new Brembo's on (calipers and pads) at 65K because we were going on a long trip, but the pads I took off were good for another 25K miles, at least.
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    How can I check the brake pads without taking the wheels off? I heard that if you take a mirror to the rotors...you can visually inspect.

    Is there a trick to that process?

    Also...how much quicker do the front brakes wear compare to the rear?
  • ewsncewsnc Posts: 14
    I've had a 08 TL Base for about a year. Since new, the car has an annoying issue. The engine seems to chatter when runs at 1800 -2000 RPM and gives a grinding feeling from the floor. The feeling clears up if RPM is below or above the range. Running the engine without load doesn't give this problem. Is this normal?
  • I complained of the same issue when I returned by car for it's first scheduled service visit. I was told this was normal. It interesting becuase I just drove the new 2009 TL and there was no issue.
  • semezsemez Posts: 36
    Anyone have any opinions on having the 2 recalls on an 05 TL done.
    I dont really have time and was wondering if anyone has had an issue with the Power steering or wiper motors. Not really interested in wasting my time if its no big deal. Opinions??
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    If you have an automatic I believe the car shifts into 5th at a fairly low speed which causes the engine to lug due to the low rpm. Manual shifting to 4th clears up the grinding....this is based on my experience with my 06
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,591
    I had these two done at once. Left the car for the day, got a loaner TSX. I'd get it done. While you never know when a component may go, I believe that a recall denotes a greater likelihood.

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • I ran out of gas on the highway this morning. I know, I know. I've already been given the incredulous "How could you?" look by my co-workers, wife and the NJ highway employee who pulled over to inquire, so please no more piling on. Have some mercy.

    My question is this: I've heard letting gas tank run to empty will damage the fuel filter because of the sediments at the bottom. Has this happened to anyone on the forum? How do I really check if my fuel filter is ok? Is this one-time transgression going to cost me dearly? I just recently had an oil change done (if that matters).

    By the way, I thought once the fuel warning light came on there are still about 4 gallons or so in the tank. I don't think I went even 50 miles after that light came on. But I've learnt my lesson -- no more futzing around once the warning light comes on.

    Armani
  • I don't know about the filter(although I suspect that you would notice a clogged filter in performance), but I think the onboard computer calculates how much gas is left in the tank from fuel flow. The only problem I have with that in my 08TL is that the estimated MPG on a trip shows 5 to 6 MPG more than actual. If that info is used to tell when to turn on the low fuel warning, it is way off. That is what I see when I compare miles left in the tank to the gauge after filling it.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    My 05TL manual indicates that when the low fuel light comes on there is 1.2 gallons of fuel left.

    While there may be a bit more fuel than that, it is not all "usable" fuel. When the car accelerates, decelerates and turns the fuel can move away from the tank's fuel pickup and not be available to be pumped to the engine. The Acura's trip computer has a seperate screen that tells you how many miles you have until empty and I've found that it is reasonably accurate.

    While I've read that running out of fuel can cause a clogged fuel filter and/or engine damage from the engine having run lean, I've never known anyone that actually had such damage in a newer computer controlled car that can adjust air/fuel mixture on the fly.

    I guess we all have to run out of gas once for it to sink in. So quit beating yourself up. It's done and you have learned from it.
  • Anyone have a problem with there 2006 Acura TL suddenly leaking oil mixed with other fluid without any indication of a problem leading up to it?
  • Anyone have a problem with there 2006 Acura TL leaking oil mixed with other fluid without any indication of a problem leading up to it?
  • I've had my 2005 Acura TL for about four years now (bought it new) and still love it. But I must admit the wheel/tire situation gets a little frustrating every now and then. For the second time in the last couple years I need to replace one of my rims because it's bent. The last time I had this done in a different state the tire shop told me if I were to buy a new rim from Acura it would be about $400, but they found a refurbished one for $200. I purchased the refurbished one and it worked fine (looked brand new too). The tire shop in my current state is saying the Acura tire would be $400, and they'll try and look for a refurbished one this coming week. They're also fine w/me finding my own rim and bringing it in. I really don't have the time to search for one on my own, but I thought I'd ask the forum and see if there's a good website/source of such rims - a place that would ship them to me or the tire shop.

    Thanks in advance.
  • If you don't have time to shop for a rim, I probably cannot help, but.....
    A kid on a bicycle scratched my previous TL and both doors needed painting. No dents but scratched. I had previously scraped a high curb and I hated the rim just because it looked rough on the outside bead. I asked the body shop if he could do anything for that and he had one there that looked new. He swaped the rims. Didn't cost me a penny. Must have been off a car that was totalled and before it left the shop, they saved a good rim from it.
  • lhylhy Posts: 48
    I am thinking about buying a 1996 ACURA TL 2.5 Sedan and am wondering about general repair costs for the car.

    Is this model more expensive to repair than comparable Hondas (Accord, Civic), Toyotas (Corollas, Camrys), or even other Acuras like Legend and Integra sedans from the 1990s.

    Since this model has a 5-cylinder engine, would that make it more expensive or difficult to repair?

    And can most non-dealership mechanics handle Acuras in general?
  • I have a 2008 Acura TL with Navigation. Since February 14th, I have not been receiving the Live Traffic Incidents on the GPS. I get the Message "There is no traffic incidents within 30 miles." Until recently, there has not been a instance in my morning commute in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where there are not numerous traffic incidents that are displayed on the GPS screen. I called XMradio and over the period of 2 days, they sent 4 "refresh" signals to my GPS which did not resolve the problem and also verified my subscription was valid. I also purchased from Acura, the latest 4.73a DVD update to see if that would fix the problem which it didn't. A coincidence I found is that XMradio combined their radio traffic channel for Dallas/Fort Worth with the traffic channel in Houston that occurred around February 14th the same time the "Traffic Incidents" on the GPS no longer provided information. I called my Acura dealership today and they advised they were not aware of this problem. I would appreciate a helpful reply if someone else has encountered this problem.
  • kaushikgkaushikg Posts: 26
    My 2005 TL is just past 30K miles and I will be taking it to the dealer tomorrow for servicing. The quote I have received is for $460 with oil change, air filter change, transmission fluid flush and a few other things. Is the price reasonable? Also, is transmission fluid change recommended and the norm?
  • I don't want to tell you what to do, but I can tell you that after having a few of these "regular service" things done, I stopped taking it in to the Acura dealer. Some of it, IMHO, is just bogus stuff that either you could do on your own or a local mechanic could do for you in a few seconds or a few minutes. I recall things like "check wipers", "look at brake pads", "check brake fluid level", "check belts and examine for excess wear", etc. Don't get me wrong, these things are very important (well, the wiper deal probably isn't critical unless they're horribly shot and you're driving through the rain forest). But I think you can take care of most of these things either by checking them out on your own, or asking other service providers to review them while they're doing their regular stuff, such as rotating tires or changing your oil.

    Now, when the "regular service" message comes on in my car I just read the service info in the manual and make sure I'm either on top of everything or get the appropriate items checked out soon thereafter. The dealers get rich on this stuff. I have 42k or 43k on my '05 Acura TL now and haven't had it into the dealer for probably two years. I plan on taking it in before 50k miles just to have a few recall items fixed. Other than that I doubt I'll take it back unless it's something highly technical.
  • Well the local discount tire place called around and found a refurbished rim for $225. By the time they balance it and put it on it will be a total of $250 or so. Sucks, but necessary. There's a tiny little "shimmy" in the steering wheel that I'm almost positive is coming from the bent rim.
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