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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • vincentlovincentlo Posts: 7
    edited March 2010
    My 08 TL with 11,500 miles in LA. It happened from yesterday.

    When I start up car after work (1500 pm) there is a sound like crickets chirping.
    Lasts only a couple of seconds and gone.

    I cannot duplicate it after the first start.
    This does not happen in the morning (0600am)

    Any ideas or anyone ever have this noise?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,413
    Could be a slipping belt or....or....a chattering AC compressor clutch if the AC was engaged at the time. The AC is often engaged not only with the AC controls but in "defrost" mode.

    If this is a manual transmission car, a worn pilot bushing makes this noise but please Lord, not that.


  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100
    Shifty...I agree with you here on all counts. First thing I thought was a slipping accessory belt or AC clutch.

    Worn busings? Possible.

    But, this car has 11,500 miles and still under warranty. I'd parade it back to the dealer to have them fix it, regardless the reason.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,413
    Yeah, and the sooner the better. If that pilot bushing is acting up, it could seize the transmission main shaft into the flywheel, and then you got a BIG problem. (get out the welding torch, basically).

    Of course, the likelihood of that is just about nil, but after many years, I have learned never to entirely discount the "weird" when it comes to cars, even new-ish ones.


  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,100
    after many years, I have learned never to entirely discount the "weird" when it comes to cars, even new-ish ones.

    Words of wisdom.... :D
  • vincentlovincentlo Posts: 7
    edited March 2010
    Thank you for all your inputs.

    My car is auto transmission.

    When I started up car AC was not on.

    Slipping belt maybe.

    I took my car to dearler and I could not dupliate the same noise.

    It only happens after my work (1500PM) not in the morning.

    Once it happens it will not happen in a short time.

    Is is possible that is temperature related (morning 50F, after work 85F)?

  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    I guarantee you it is a belt-maybe the drive belt.I had the same sound from my wife's 2004 Accord and I thought it was the cold temperature because the sound would go away after the car was driven for about a mile.Then after about a month or more it began to get louder and instinct told me this is not normal.I took it to Pep Boys and right on the spot the technician knew it was a belt.He sprayed some form of silicone on it to minimize the noise and I eventually took it to the Honda dealer and they replaced the belt. The steering feels much tighter after the replacement and the noise is completely gone.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    Just a few hundred miles on my TL. First my wife's 2009 TSX-Tech as you change from AM-FM,CD or XM I find the audio volume setting about the same, number 8-9. All audio sources are balanced.
    On my 2010 TL, XM,HDD,USB or CD are all about the same around a 8 volume setting like my wife's TSX, HOWEVER when I go to AM or FM I have to increase the volume setting to almost 14 or 15 to get it close to the others sources.. Anyone have a similar issue and if yes, did you get it fixed and how?
    :confuse: :confuse:
  • rickpoolerickpoole Posts: 27
    Take pictures of the road leading up to the light where your airbag deployed. Get reports from the city that show there were no potholes repaired at that location right after your incident. Show these to Acura and let them know you'll be turning them over to your lawyer if they don't agree to cover the incident under warranty. Also file a complaint with the NHTSA as this is a serious safety issue (possible to loose control if the airbag deploys while driving at a higher rate of speed).
  • My 05 TL was hit HARD in rear end 2 yr ago while stopped in freeway accident ; I have secured attorney and am suing for compensation.... One unaddressed item is the reduced value of the car since it was in an accident, where the repair bill was $6700 or so. A new rear quarter panel and trunk components were installed , other items re-worked. I was injured in neck area and am still in treatment.

    My question is how to value the car after it has been in an accident like this so that the reduced value of the car on the market can be assessed and presented to the attorneys. At the time , the car had 22,000 miles on it , and I am orig owner. It now has 45k miles on it. I could not afford to purchase a new car...and had about $35,5K invested in the car new.
    Thanks for suggestions.
  • bejocundbejocund Posts: 12
    For those with TL approaching 115,000 miles

    My calipers locked. Calipers are suppose to be replaced only once in the lifetime of the car.

    New brakes and rotors installed as well. Total for calipers and brakes and rotors $1200 at local shop (not acura dealer fees)

    Front left fog light is out

    a few internal glow lights are out (ie cruise control light that is on the handlebar)
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited March 2010
    See if you can contact someone @KBB and get the value from the date of the accident (two years ago). Then compare that to today's value in two ways: first look at "excellent" condition value vs. "fair" condition value. The precentage difference should give you a good idea of the diminished value resulting from your accident. Fair condition includes cars in accidents.

    Also, I would contact my own insurance agent and see how they would value the car if they were the underwriter. That may help. I would also ask for a new or replacement car if your having problems with it.

    Sorry about your accident. I certainly can relate. I hope your health fully recovers. I would press/fight hard (get an attorney consultation). I had to settle a claim with Travelers about six years ago. I still have back problems that will always be there.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,170
    finally breaking down and replacing the struts on my 2000 TL, now that it broke 150K and the RF is pretty much blown out and leaking.

    Nice sale at Sears. After shopping around, prices are all over the board. $800, $900. Some even more. not usually yes.

    But,Sears for whatever reason is much more reasonable on installation. So, had an earlier quote (with 1/2 price install) for $627, OTD including tax and alignment.

    however, they decided to have a 1 night sale (5 pm fri to noon saturday) . 1/2 off all struts (but normal install). Ended up cheaper.

    So, getting it done for a grand total of $516.76. That's 4 monro sensormatic struts, alignment and tax. Not a bad deal considering that going to another tire place and getting the exact same units would have been $300-$400 more.

    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!)

  • rvator4rvator4 Posts: 84
    My previous 2000TL that we sold to our Grand Daughter at 70K miles, and now with 90K, had the computer fail according to the local Honda dealer. 800 bills to fix. How common is it for the computer to fail?
  • slowcarslowcar Posts: 59
    Hi all,
    My TL has code A12 appearing, which means oil change and tire rotation and minor stuff. I followed instructions to turn off the code: up/down button until Oil Life percentage appears and press and hold Reset button. But it did not work this time. It did not reset the A12 code. I was able to turn off A000000 oil change code before but not this A12 code. It just beep and the code returned. What did I do wrong? Thanks.
  • Calipers only need to be replaced "once"? Does that show up in the manual? What if you kept the car for 1,000,000 miles?

    My Dad and I replaced the brake pads and rotors (no calipers) and parts were about $125 or so. Local independent brake/tire shop wanted ~$500, and the Acura dealer was something like $700 to $800. Their PARTS alone were about $400 if I were to buy them from Acura. Crazy.
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    See notes #5422 AND #5424 for resetting
  • slowcarslowcar Posts: 59
    Thank you much. So what I did wrong was that I always brought the Oil Life screen back before press/hold the Reset button. This time I will display the Oil Life then press and hold. If the A12 code returns, I'll just let go and then press/hold the reset again, right....and do that several times 'til the message goes away. Thanks a bunch again.
  • ajonesyajonesy Posts: 2
    Acura bulletin 08-031 should fix this.
  • ajonesyajonesy Posts: 2
    Acura bulletin 08-031 should fix this
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