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Acura TL Transmission Questions



  • Nope, the clutch is considered a wear item like brake pads and is not covered.

    Nowhere is this said explicitly in the warranty book but it is not listed as a covered item so Acura said tough. I fought with Acura since the flywheel is listed as a covered item and it had to be replaced when they replaced the clutch but the furthest I got was as stated, I paid for parts, they paid for labor.
  • m6userm6user Posts: 2,950
    How many flywheels does a car have? I'm pretty sure there is only one so it should be either covered or not covered. If the warranty says it is covered, what difference should it make as to what else is getting repaired? I think it is stupid to warranty the automatic trans for 70,000 miles and not the the clutch unless they can prove misuse.

    Is the fender listed as a covered item? What if it falls off? Will they say it wasn't specifically mentioned in the warranty? I don't own an Acura but I am looking at the '09 TL so I will asking a lot of questions to be sure.
  • I have a 1999 acura tl with 181000 miles i have changed timing belt water pump hoses radiator and fans motor runs good just makes a clicking noise i think i need to adjust the valves my engine lite is on because of my egr ,tcc ,shift ratio and catalitic already have egr i know i have to clean the manifold but worse of all my tranny gives up starts slipping and hitting gears hard after car gets warmed up just wondering if anyone knows what are the main parts you need to change on a transmission rebuild for it to last another 100000 miles or so transmission drive lite is not blinking car tranny fuild was changed 3 times at 168000 just wanted to know because i know how transmission mecanics work and i dont want to get scerwed alot of them dont know about this cars transmission
  • killa2000killa2000 Posts: 5
    (Question) I have a 04 Acura Tl I purchased it I would say a few months ago. I have noticed something with it that I'm not use to with other cars I've driven in triptronic. I notice that the car automatically shifts in second gear by itself is that supposed to be normal? When down shifting it does the same thing. As stated earlier I've driven other automatic cars in manual but you have to change each gear by yourself. :confuse:
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    every car I have ever driven, including my 06 TL, that has a manual mode for the automatic transmission will shift automatically to the next gear (up or down) as speed changes
  • killa2000killa2000 Posts: 5
    Thanks you for your reply "Mikey" but I'm not speaking about driving it in automatic I'm speaking about driving it in manual, when you drive it in manual you have to shift it up or down yourself as if your driving a stick-shift. I've had the Audi 04 & Saab 9-3 and you have to shift through all gears unlike my Acura that is goes in second gear by itself and you shift through the rest.
  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    When needle on the Tach goes pass a certain RPM it automatically does that- it prevents over reving. I had the same issue with my 2003 type S, the 09 that I have now does not seem to do that, and the revs match when you down shift. I think they are improving this technology better and better each year. When I had the 03 I use to do a lot of over revving when down shifting.
  • mikey38mikey38 Posts: 141
    If you'll reread my post you'll notice I was talking about driving an automatic in manual mode.
  • killa2000killa2000 Posts: 5
    Oh ok I misunderstood!! I did find out that I was able to drive in first then switch to the second gear manually but only some times. Should I worry about this? When I drive in automatic the gear shift ok I wont say perfect because some time I feel the gears kick in.
  • I purchased an '05 TL with a 6 spd. manual transmission.

    Love the car. One issue/question, when I am shifting into 3rd, on occasion, it wants to grind a little, almost as if I was not pushing the clutch pedal (which I am).

    It seems to be intermittant.

    Any thoughts here?
  • I have the exact same problem. I purchased my MT '05 TL in June '08 and that "notchy" shift to 3rd has always bugged me. It is intermittent indeed. I'm having the "B24" maintenance done this Tuesday and asked the owner of the car service place to change the transmission fluid too and that I don't want the Acura recommended fluid. I've read quite a bit on Acurazine that GM's "Synchromesh Transmission Fluid - Friction Modified" is the way to go. My service guy said to let him know and he wil try and procure it. One place to start reading up on this is the following link below. Can't wait until after this Tuesday when I get the service completed!
  • Hey thanks for the info.

    Please let us know how this works out for you.

    I may have the same service done if you have good results.

    BTW, enlighten me, what is the B24 maintenance?

  • Will simply draining and changing the fluid a couple times help solve a hard shift problem? Do I need to get complete flush? Money is low. trying to go low budget. Do I need to purchase kit and change or clean out the filter in the transmission?
  • tclovertclover Posts: 4
    Flush and fill may help but you know these transmissions on the TL's are trash right?. There is no filter you can change but if your fluid isn't red, a flush may help.
  • 22332233 Posts: 65
    edited August 2010
    I bought a new TL in 2000. About 3 years later the ever present transmission slippage began to occur. I complained to Dave White Acura in Toledo beginning at around 65,000 miles. The oil jet kit was performed. I formally complained to this dealership 6 times over the next 6 years and informally discussed it with the service rep nearly every time I brought it in for service. I asked for a new transmission several times but they always declined.

    The transmission died on my way home from having a leaking rear view mirror installed for around $160 at Acura. I mentioned the slippage again. 160k on the vehicle.

    I hoped Acura in California would approve a new transmission with the cost split fairly.
    After waiting 11 days and documenting all of my complaints, they finally decided today that they would pay approx. $500 of $5,100 for a trans leaving me with a cost of $4600.

    The car is only worth around $2500 so their offer was an insult. I did document that since 1990 that I had purchased 2 Acuras and 5 Hondas new and that my 3 brothers and dad purchased a total of 8 Hondas and 1 Acura MDX.

    Apparently loyalty means nothing to them.

    My brother had a transmission on a 2001 Accord go out and a 2002 Acura MDX also went out.

    The transmissions on nearly all Acuras and many Hondas have been known to be an issue for many years. The TL and MDX are junk and everyone should be aware of this.

    The dealer, Dave White Acura, also refused to allow me to return the $160 mirror which had been installed a few minutes before the car died.

    I have 2 Infiniti G35 cars and they are clearly superior. No wonder Acuras sales have dropped so much lately. Will they stay in business?

    Don't buy Acura TLs or MDX. Your transmission will go out.
  • It's shifting flawlessly!!! If you look at your manual, you will see towards the back the descriptions of the maintenance codes that show up on the dash. There is "A" and "B" and they're usually accompanied with a number, 1 through 5 and any possible combination. "A" is standard oil change is due, I believe. I don't have my book with me. "B" is more areas to check, replace, etc.... "2" was one thing (can't recall) and "4" was to change the timing belt, plugs, etc... "3" is transmission fluid and even though it did not show up, I had them put in the GM Synchromesh, Friction Modified. WOW! it pops right into 3rd. They even procurred the fluid themselves from GM. I had a leak in the motor mount (never saw fluid in the garage) which they replaced. All in all it was $1349 but that's the first I've had to pay for this car in 2+ years (exception of new tires) since buying it with 60k miles. I now have 108k it should be good for another 100k mi. until the next "maintenance". Good luck!!
  • 22332233 Posts: 65
    Just an update on Acura's terrible customer service.

    My previous post details how my 2000 TL transmission went out after I had complained for 5 years in writing.

    Acura Customer Service made a laughable offer of $500 towards a $5100.00 transmission replacement. I sold the car to a salvage yard and let the national Acura customer service dept know how dissappointed I was.

    A few days later I wrote to them that I would accept the $500 that they offerred to reimbursement me in the form of a check to settle this matter amicably.

    An Ingrid in Customer Service called last week and said she would attempt to get the $500 check issued. However, she phoned me today and said her supervisor declined to issue the $500 check thus stiffing me again.

    I guess they see a big difference in issuing a $500 check and giving you $500 towards a repair.

    I will NEVER buy an Acura again or even a Honda product. I had 8 Acuras/Hondas in 20 years and they were aware of this.

    How will they treat you or everyone else if you only purchased one Acura?

    No wonder no one buys TLs . Terrible transmissions, terrible customer service and a very ugly vehicle.
  • I am going to buy a 2002 Acura TL next week with about 80, 000 miles on it....
    ..You sound like a chronic whining complainer that no one could ever satisfy......
    160, 000 miles and you complain about needing a tyranny?? ...You g=have to be kidding me.....Acura and Honda are better off rid of customers like you..
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited September 2010
    I can appreciate your irritations about the transmission and the cost.

    I had some horrible experiences with a Nissan Murano and have sworn never to buy a Nissan product for the rest of time. I had to replace a transmission (CVT) at 121,000 miles (1000 miles out of warranty @ $6400).

    I sold the car after repairs. The car was always maintained properly.

    At least Acura offered you something. I got nothing. I actually purchased a 2005 TL recently and totally love the car. I got the 6 spd. manual.

    I can say from experience that if you don't change the fluid (and filter if needed) every 12 months you will set yourself up for failure. If you didn't maintain your Acura tranny it won't last. I have a 1999 4Runner (4WD) with 240,000 miles on the original tranny. I change the fluid annually. I know though it will eventually go.

    Front wheel drive cars are more prone to transmission failure due to their design and the compact area they sit in (they retain a lot of heat).

    Count your blessings on the Acura. You could have owned a crappy newer Nissan Murano.
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