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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,584
    check your battery. SOunds a lot like what just happened to my son's TL. ended up dying on him and a new battery put in. That was a temporary fix, since it died out again 2 days later. Turned out to be a defective alternator. So, new one of those on top of the new battery (Probably was time for one of them anyway), and all is well.

    but when it was running short on amps, the dash all lit up, ran ragged, etc.

    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!)

  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    Yes. This just happened to my 2005TL with 89,000 miles on it. Out of nowhere the engine check light came on and the VSA light with the transmission acting funny. The accelerator pedal felt like it it wasn't giving the engine gas. I shut down re-started and the engine check light came on but not the VSA light.

    I had it towed to the dealer and it was the "APP SENSOR" (accelerator pedal position sensor) that went bad. The total cost to fix was $390 at the dealer. It was on a Saturday so I don't know if I was charged overtime labor, but I had to get it fixed then & there since I was in the middle of a trip.

    Appearantly a failing APP Sensor is common on the TL with this mileage. If this is what you have, we all need to contact ACURA. This expensive repair should not occur with this little mileage.
  • boikoboiko Posts: 82
    OK I now know what the problem is.....

    Count me as yet another PCM/AC Drain Tube/Coil Pack...etc.. victim. I have a 2006 TL w/93,600 Miles on it. Never had even close, to a serious problem with the car least till last night.

    Many of you guy's know the drill, I've since Goggled enough threads on the subject - most of which I've managed to read though over the last few hours.

    All of a sudden car starts to run rough, engine light comes on. Have it towed via flatbed to Acura. Call me later in the day...possible replacement of PCM, Wiring Harness, Coil Pack, etc...

    This is an obvious design flaw. A/C Drain Tube blockage should not lead to water exposure of the PCM...and then cause additional electrical components to fail..leading to an expensive repair bill.

    What is Acura's current stance on this issue/problem...what happens to those who have exceeded the warranty period?

    Any thoughts on this subject would be very helpful.

  • mkacuramkacura Posts: 20
    That's interesting! A friend of mine has a Honda Accord. Don't know the exact year but somewhere around the same year as your TL. Same thing happened. The A/C drained water onto the onboard main computer and zapped it. $1000 to fix. I don't think he has an extended since he paid.

    I would imagine that if you have an extended warranty that it will be covered. I have an '09 TL with extended warranty and if it happened to me I would definitely ask for coverage. From what I heard the Acura extended warranty is a bumper to bumper coverage.
  • boikoboiko Posts: 82
    Unfortunately, at 6+ years and 93K miles I think I fall into your friends category..and will also have to pay...and for a TL that could run $2-3K depending on the water damage.

    Not a good situation...trying to get a call into Corporate Acura right now since so many people have had this same problem.
  • My 1997 TL just turned 130,000 miles. Typically, when the car starts, I think it goes through a ABS self-check (could hear a little noise from the front). Lately, the ABS warning light has been exhibiting intermittent behavior (may stay on from the beginning and may or may not go off later; or come on after it has been off, etc.) Car is fine otherwise with no braking issue. Dealer wants to charge $200 for diagnostic. I'd appreciate if someone has encountered this similar issue and can share what was done to resolve the problem. Thanks.
  • Go to Pep Boys or AutoZone, they will do the diagnostic check for free.
  • cp1986cp1986 Posts: 2
    Little mileage?
  • I have the option to buy a 2002 Acura TL with 109k miles that still has the original transmission. The owner claims that he's been told by a dealer that the transmission didn't need to be replaced. Using the vin# I had the dealer check if there were any open recalls and they said that all the recalls were satisfied for this vehicle.

    What does this tell me? Does this indicate that at some point the transmission was inspected and they found it to be in good working order without need of replacement? Can I trust this transmission? What would be the prudent way to find out if this transmission is reliable?
  • To clarify my question:

    I know for a fact that the transmission recall service was performed on the vehicle (though I don't know if it was the oil cooler return line revision or the transmission replacement), does this indicate that the problem is solved or is it the case that unless the transmission was replaced there is still a high percentage chance of facing transmission problems down the line?

  • So I am having a hard time figuring out who did the A/T recall work, and what exactly was done. I had a local dealer print out a VIN inquiry that tells me that the A/T recall work was done, but none of the dealerships that show up on the Carfax have records of doing that recall work.

    How can I figure out what was done and if I need to worry about this transmission?
  • Okay, I've found out that in 2006, at 41,676 miles the oil-jet-kit pack was replaced, but the transmission was not replaced. It now has 106,000 miles.

    How should I feel about the reliability of the transmission?
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    edited September 2013
    Our family has a 2000 TL and had the dealer comply with the Acura service bulletin you described at 87,000 miles. Afterwards, at 93,000 miles the transmission failed and had to be completely replaced. Fortunately, Acura paid for it because it was under 100,000 mi/7 years. We put another 90.000 miles on it and now we only use it to drive in town on weekends just in case.

    A friend has a 2001 Acura TL with only 47,000 miles on it. It was completely dealer serviced since new, including service bulletins. The transmission is slipping and is past the period of time that Acura will fix it.

    In other words, the jet kits did not seem to matter.

    I and a different friend also have 2005 Acuras (next generation). I have 104,000 miles on mine and he has over 200,000 miles on his. Neither has given any indication of a transmission problem.
  • After 100K any automatic transmission could fail. Aside from a good test drive, (paying attention to irregular shifting, jerking, slipping, shuddering, etc) your only other action that makes any sense would be to take the car to an independent shop for a pre-purchase inspection, which would include a computer scan and checking the condition and level of the transmission fluid.

    This is an 11 year old car. There's just a certain amount of risk that is unavoidable.
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