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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • The tangs on the cover are probably broken. But you can super glue the cover to
    the metal base.
  • I had to get another Battery for my 2006 TL.
    I've had it since Jan 2006. The 2nd battery was on warranty and was replaced Feb 2008. My car went dead this past week. I got another battery at Costco. I hope their battery lasts longer than the two Acura batteries. The Acura's only lasted about two years each.
    As a comparison I haven't had to replace my 2003 Toyota Highlander battery once yet.
    Does anyone know if there is a weakness in the Acura batteries or the elctrical system which drains them faster?
  • delmar1delmar1 Posts: 744
    I looked at the plastic cover and I don't see any broken plastic parts. The color is consistent on all pieces and don't see any 'raw' non-color areas.

    I don't believe I can 'superglue' it as the surface area of the cover edges are pretty little.

    Darn....hate to think I have to bring it to the dealer and have them charge me big dollars for such a little thing.

    Anyone else here have the same experience?
  • This is a design flaw - these covers come off when the car goes through a car was with thin (wiry) brushes - it does not happen in touch-less car washes and with carwashes with wider brushes.

    This is a very typical problem - particularly in dealerships that have cheap carwash infrastructure.

    Unfortunately, it can not be re-attached - the assembly will have to be replaced. Most dealerships do not stock it.

    It happened 3 times to our 2004 TL - each time the complete assembly was replaced free since the car was still under warranty. Now if I take my car in for a service, I inspect these BEFORE making the payment.

    Suggestion: make a lot of noise at the dealership - they may provide a free replacement.
  • Batteries dying prematurely is a common problem with the 04 - 08 TL. You can search Carspace and find plenty of complaints about it.
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    I had the factory original battery on my 06 TL changed out at the 60k check. The maintenance folks said it checked "weak" so the replaced it at no additional cost. I'd been having no visible problems with it.
  • I believe I replaced the battery in my 2005 TL after about 2 1/2 years of ownership. I purchased mine at Sears and recall the guy telling me there that batteries typically last 2-3 years. Now, keep in mind I'm in chilly Minnesota so maybe that has something to do with it. Replacing a battery is such a simple task, and relatively inexpensive, that I don't think much of it. If it's a flaw in the TL it's one I'll live with given everything else that is "right" with the car.
  • My '05 TL was telling me to get the "B2" service done so I had my oil changed by an oil chain shop (not the dealer). I turned to page 206 of my manual to reset the "Maintenance Minder" message, but it's not working. Here's what it tells me to do (and what I did repeatedly):
    1) turn ignition switch to "On" (I tried this w/the car OFF and w/the car ON)
    2) press the button repeatedly until the oil life is displayed
    3) press and hold the Select/Reset button for 10 seconds. The multi-information display will ask for a confirmation. Press Select/Reset button to select "Ok".
    - Here's where I'm having the problem. When I hold the Select/Reset button in for 10 seconds it simply reverts right back to the "Service Reminder: B2" yellow message" - I don't have the option of hitting the Select/Reset button again to reset the message.

    Any idea how I reset this service reminder? I recall the manual instructions worked in the past, not sure why they aren't working now. Thanks.
  • jefhjefh Posts: 6
    Unless Acura changed policy, I believe battery in TL has 4 yrs warranty. I replaced my 05 TL battery in dealer with $0 out of pocket. Not like the car, the new battery has yet another 4 yrs of warranty to it and this 2nd one hasn't failed on me yet (knock on wood.)

    I agree that wandering in middle of nowhere and waiting for lousy Acura roadside service or AAA is no fun at all. The battery design has flaws. But I think that's the only stall experience I have with Acura vs. 3 times of my long-gone MB, even though it never has any battery issue.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    To reset my 05TL's oil life, sometimes I have to hold the reset button for a good 20 seconds,and do it several times in a row.

    I always start with the ignition off. Then turn it on to the second on position (when all instruments light up and before the starter engagement position). Select the screen with the oil life and then just hold the reset down for a good 20 seconds, release and hold it down 1 or 2 more times for 20 seconds each. Eventually it resets the oil life. I don't worry what the screen shows in between, I just keep it held down 2 or 3 times and it resets.

    Originally, it seemed to reset quicker but now it takes several attempts.

    Good luck
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    If it's the same piece I'm looking at on my TL I'd try some flexible/waterproof silicone cement.
  • I fixed it. The trick was to hold down the Select/Reset button while the Maintenance Reminder message was still on the screen...not when the Oil Life indicator was on the screen as indicated in the manual. Odd. From now on I'll have a little post-it note on that page of the manual to remind me to do this in the future.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    There are occasions when you may want to change oil before the maintence minder is displayed.
    In that event you may still need to repeatedly hold down the reset button starting with the screen on which the oil life showing. A different screen may pop up but there is no need to go back to the original oil life screen like you tried to do. I just let off then push and hold again and it resets.
  • So i just took my 05 TL in for a B service. They said I need a new Battery ($129), cabin/engine filters need replaced($58), Front and Rear Brakes are at 3mm and should be replaced ($290 and $250). Transmission Fluid Flush ($90) and Brake fluid Flush ($137). Should i get these things done at this dealer or should i shop around?
    Also, do i need these flushes that they recommend?
    I probably could do the battery myself.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    It depends. at the age/mileage, those are all things that should be done. So the question is, are you more comfortable paying a premium to have the dealer take care of things, or are you willing to take care of things elsewhere?

    The cabin air filter you should DIY. Takes about 2 minutes, and most of that is taking your junk out of the glove box! Engine air filter isn't too bad, but can be a little bit of a hassle and requires some tools.

    The battery? Go to Walmart, and get a better one for about $75 installed.

    Tranny flush, I had the dealer do. Mostly to make sure it got the correct fluid, but also (given the tranny issues honda has been having) to give me more leverage if I later have to fight for a good will repair!

    So, that leaves brakes. I had my Accord done at a Tires plus store. Did a fine job. I also had them flush the brake fluid. I think the rear brakes were about $225, and the fluid flush another $65 or so? Honda does spec out the brake flush, and it is a good idea to do it.

    SO, if you have a shop you are comfortable with, you can probably save a coupole hunder $$ on the full brake job, and as a bonus, you can pick different pads 9since the Honda ones aren't the greatest).

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • selig1selig1 Posts: 8
    Can anybody tell me how to change the cabin filter on a 04 tl? thanks, Andy
  • rvator4rvator4 Posts: 84
    I have an 08 TL base and sold my 00 to my grand daughter for what they offered us for it. It had 70K on it and it was to the dealer once....the tranny recall. The rest of the maintenance, however slight, was done at a local Honda garage.
    Battery at 6 years, never a brake flush, never a cabin filter, never a new air filter (I blew out the old one every year with compressed air, replaced the front rotors and all pads myself with Brembo parts for about $250 I believe, rotated tires every 5000 miles and replaced them prior to a long vacation trip at 65K, and that ol' 2000 TL is still running great with 95K on it now. At first I always took out the book when I went to Honda and showed the service manager what needed done and he would always say, "We don't do that, no, not needed, etc".
    Sounds like you are being reamed. I seriously question the pad measurement since the front and back rarely wear at the same rate. Shop around. Your mileage may vary.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    it is in the manual, or you can find it online. basically you drop the glove bao down (there is a catch you release to let it hang all the way down) then it is pretty much pop the old one out, and pop the new one in.

    As to Vator's point, not many people are willing (or ale) to do brake jobs on their own (and if you gotta ask how to change an air filter, likely not one of them!).

    But, it is always a fine idea to get a 2nd opinion and estimate, and any tire/brake place will give a free one if you don't trust the dealer.

    It is also more common to just change the air filter every couple years. They don't cost much, but if you are happy with the air trick, NP.

    The brake fluid? Probably many people don't bother, but it is specifically recommended by Honda, and pretty cheap insurance, to make sure your brakes work like they are supposed to, and you don't end up with contamination problems (and a master cylinder for a car with ABS is mucho expensive).

    tranny fluid change, I don't remember when they call for it, but on an '05, should be due, and again, cheap insurance to avoid problems with a very expensive part!

    Prices actually seem normal for a dealer, and everything called for makes sense, so I really don't think they are tyring to "ream" the OP

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • My .02 worth:

    - Battery: buy a premium one at Sam's or Cosco for 1/2 or 2/3 the cost and install it yourself - piece of cake

    - Cabin/engine filters: I've yet to replace the cabin filter on my '05 TL w/56k miles. Maybe I should. But as my Father-in-law always reminds me, "you'll eat a barrel full of dirt before you die".

    - Front and rear brakes: are they just talking pads? My Dad replaced my pads and rotors - front and back - and the total cost was something like $200. Everyone tells me how easy it is to replace brakes but, after watching him do it, I wouldn't tackle it on my own. The emergency brake part of it was a little tricky in my opinion (didn't seem to rattle my Dad, but it took him a little time to get it right). Regardless, I'd take it to a tire/brake shop and have them give you a quote.

    - Tranny flush: I had mine flushed at an oil change shop

    - Brake fluid flush: I haven't had mine done yet, but will get it done at an oil change shop when necessary.

    The one thing I've learned with Acura around!
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    With respect to the battery replacement on my 05 TL, I was able to do mine for $70 with a high quality battery. It was very easy.

    Just be sure that it is an EXACT size match and without battery caps protruding from the top, otherwise your battery cover will not fit back on properly. Also the negative battery cable is VERY short and the positive virtually immovable, so any physical size difference will present a problem. The COSTCO battery had protruding caps so it was a no-go for that one.
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