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Acura TSX Rattles and Noises

leftfield1leftfield1 Posts: 8
Been driving a TSX for two months now. Have noticed an annoying rattle coming from the passenger door area. I cannot pinpoint the exact source of the noise, but when I roll the window down even a crack, the rattle ceases. Anyone else experiencing this? Any ideas of what is causing this? For a new car that otherwise has a solid feel, I find this quite annoying.


  • ebeneben Posts: 26
    I replied earlier, but broke a forum rule by referencing another auto forum; my bad. Other owners in that forum found that "dyna-matting" (sp?) inside the doors was effective. However, many may not be comfortable taking door panels off to install. Surely you're still under warranty, so I'd bring it to your dealer's attention.
  • Well, well... the folks at my neighborhood Acura dealership are having trouble isolating the rattle eminating from my front, passenger door when I go roll over any type of rough road, when a string bass plays on my stereo, or when a bus, 18-wheeler, or even diesel truck rolls by me. They can reproduce the rattle, but are unable to find anything to correct it.

    What is the best manner to contact Acura to start a "case" on this? I have a feeling mine won't be the only TSX who drops by the service department to have this fixed.
  • damorminodamormino Posts: 82
    I went to the Acura website and selected "About Acura" and "Customer Services". Among other information, I found:
    Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Standard time at the toll-free number (800) 382-2238

    BY FAX
    (310) 783-3535

    Acura Client Services
    1919 Torrance Blvd.
    Torrance, CA 90501-2746

    Call them and tell them that you have a problem with your new Acura that the Dealer has not solved and you want to start a case. If they can't or won't help you, tell them that since neither the Dealer nor the manufacturer can help you, you are going to your State Attorney General's office with the problem. (Hopefully you don't have to get this nasty.)

    The other way I have been able to find out how to start a case is by calling the dealer and asking to speak with the regional manager. They'll either give you a contact, or tell you that it is against their policy - in which case they will give you the correct contact at Acura for starting a case. Good luck.
  • longball1longball1 Posts: 1
    Has anyone every experienced a creaking noise when they turn right or left? Besides the creaking noise, I am very happy with the car.

    I had it in for service and the dealer replaced the front damper; however, the noise is still there.

    Any thoughts??
  • kimbo5kimbo5 Posts: 2
    Hi leftfield1: be sure to have the dealer "insulate" the door panel. I had the same problem, and it is caused by something to do with the airbag...I am hoping this insulation does not interfere with safety, but this seems to have solved the rattle.
  • tsostsos Posts: 2
    Japan has got to know about the rattles by now. Stands to reason that if there's an easy fix at production time, they would have started to implement it.

    This may be a bit of wishful thinking on my part, as my order for a MS/6sp/NN (v. hard to find for some reason) isn't scheduled for delivery until Dec.

    So, is there any evidence that the rattles are worse in the early production cars, and have gotten better over time?
  • and it has zero rattles. I had the slight buzz in the pass. door that everybody complains about (only heard it when the stereo was blasting and the bass was high). But, the dealer fixed that very quickly.

    Also, the fault tolerances are ridiculously low (seams are very tight) so that the gasket on the sunroof shade is close to the window. For a while, when I went over bumps, I could hear the sunroof shade creak. I fixed that with a little silcone spray.

    Now, the vehicle is 100% rattle free and solid as hell.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    How many of you TSX owners have problems with rattles in the front doors when you drive over certain types of pavement or when you have the sound system turned up?

    I recently bought the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and the door panels rattle and vibrate excessively at moderate volume levels (20-30) on some bass-heavy tracks. Some AM talk radio programs also cause door-panel rattles. It's quite annoying.

    I am hoping to have this problem investigated and fixed by the dealer, and I was just curious to see if anyone else has had similar issues.
  • I bought my TSX in early August, there were a few rattles in the doors around the speakers but over time they have just deminished, they are non-existant. The weather has turned colder here out East and I have noticed that while it is warming up it rattles some, but after a few minutes it is a dream, I love it.......
  • typeetypee Posts: 11
    We have had our TSX for just 3,000 miles, and are pleased with it. Prior car was '95 Accord sedan, and objective for us with new car is always increase in quality, performance, safety and fuel economy. Thus far, the TSX fits the bill.

    Only issue thus far is rattle from RF passenger door, which appeared shortly after delivery. We are living with it for the time being, hoping that when we take the car in for a fix that the dealer will know exactly what to do to resolve.

    Any other comments out there from TSX owners on their door rattle experiences and dealer responses?
  • normanjnormanj Posts: 10
    My TSX has 2,500 miles and I have a rattle in the right passanger door, sunroof, and a creak comming from the dashboard when going over bumps. The creak has just showed up about 1 week ago and has been getting worse.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    My TSX is at the dealer right now for some relatively minor issues (power seat grinds when moving forward and back, and the armrest bin slides too easily). When I spoke with the service advisor at my dealership about the door panel rattles, he told me that it was a known problem and that Acura (Corp) is trying to figure out how to fix it. This dealer had already tried to resolve the problem on other customers' cars on their own accord, but had no success; so they're waiting for advice from corporate and are not attempting to repair cars with rattles until they get the "word from above".

    I was told to check back in a month or two to see if a solution has been found. Until then I am forced to deal with buzzy, rattling, vibrating door panels when I listen to the radio! I sure hope they find a solution soon!

    (BTW, my build # is 4614, and I have 5400 miles so far.)
  • typeetypee Posts: 11
    My wife just permitted me to drive her car for the purposes of further identifying the door "rattle" she says is driving her crazy. I would describe it as more of a high-pitched buzz. It is not continuous, and not apparently related to the stereo being on or off. It is irritating.

    I called the dealer after my last post. A very informed service advisor told me that they would be pleased to tackle it now, or I could wait until an advisory comes out, which they expect soon. He stated that Acura is well aware of the problem, and will have a "fix" for it available shortly.

    Other than the noise in the door, what a great car. Very solid, quiet on the road, responsive, comfortable and economical. Thus far, gas mileage averages 1.5 mpg better than our prior vehicle, a much-loved 1995 Accord 4 cylinder automatic. I still wish it ran on 87 octane, but I knew that going in. No regrets about the purchase.

    Is my description of the door noise consistent with what others are experiencing?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Your description is consistent with what I hear. The "buzzing" occurs when the sound system is turned up, using high bass (+4) and when certain music tracks are bass-heavy. It also occurs on certain types of road surfaces (esp when the asphalt surface is coarse, such as when it's scraped prior to resurfacing).

    I went so far as to write down which CD tracks and what stereo settings produce the problem so I would not be told "could not reproduce" by my dealer.
  • pixmanpixman Posts: 3
    I have had the TSX for about a month. The car doesn't like the cold temperatures. When it is cold in the mornings, there is a popping or creaking in the passenger side dash against the windshield. It makes a noise on every slight bump. BUT...when the weather is warm, the creak goes away. Nothing seems to help. The car feels solid but this is not something I am going to live with. I'll try the dealer next. Am I expecting too much?
  • inky4inky4 Posts: 238
    Right on Pixman. 80 degrees driving home on sunny day--no noise. 40 degree cold morning--Sounds like a ghost, rck, bzz, pop. 03 Accord had no such woes.
    1. Windshield pop/creak in cold weather very universal
    2. RF speaker buzz seems universal.
    Universal to me means very common not 100%
  • typeetypee Posts: 11
    Decided not to wait for the Acura engineers to come up with an "approved" fix for the right door buzz discussed above, as it was quite annoying. Local Acura dealer technician diagnosed and resolved in one hour. Two days of driving on all road surfaces, and my sensitive-eared spouse reports no buzz.
  • My Acura dealer was able to resolve it very easily.
  • I own an 03 Accord with a "J" VIN number that I beleive is experiencing the same problem what is described above. I wonder if the "J" Accords are manufactured in the same plant as the TSX's. My Accord get's the buzzing noise at 50-60 mph. I've brought the car back to the dealer more than 4 times already and they can't find a solution. I wonder if these are the same issues.
  • I doubt that the problems would be attributed to one plant, the Accord is manufactured in North America while the TSX is 100% made in Japan.
  • Every single 4-door (Sedan) 4-cylinder 2003/2004 Honda Accord is assembled in Sayama, Saitama, Japan, in the exact same plant as the TSX. Hence, all 4-cylinder 4-door Honda Accords would have their VIN#s starting with a "JH"

    All 2-door (Coupe) Accords (4-cylinder and 6-cylinder) and all V6 Accords (4-door and 2-door) are assembled in the Marysville plant in the US.

  • As far as I know, there are no USDM Accords produced in Japan.
  • Hi everyone. I purchased a TSX about 7 months ago and I have about 9000 miles thus far. I believe the car has been an excellent investment for the low price tag. Recently I have noticed a few odd sounds and so, when I went to the dealer for an oil change, I asked a mechanic to ride along with me. He was able to find the sounds I explained, one from underneath the car and one in my driver side door. He suggest the sound from underneath is coming from a heating panel attached to the exhaust system, what ever that means, and the sound from my door is just a hard upper running board that needs replacing. Both will be replace, so no worries with that. My concern is there is an odd “popping” sound coming from underneath my steering wheel. Seems like it could be coming from my fuse box where the fuses are resetting. I don’t know! Anyone has any idea what that sound could be and what I could tell the mechanic when I see him next. Thank you.
  • typeetypee Posts: 11
    Having recently satisfactorily resolved the right hand "door buzz" after several visits to our dealer, we are now experiencing an unusual sound apparently coming from the top portion of the windshield. Best description I can come up with is that it sounds like sand or gravel is impacting the windshield combined with a "creaking" sound. This occurs mostly in cold weather and over uneven surfaces. Sunroom position has no affect on the sound. I seem to recall posts about something similar several weeks ago, but can't locate them. Any input out there?

    Also, FM reception is decidedly poorer than our previous Honda product. Is this a function of the windshield antenna, or have posters dealt successfully with this issue?

    Being picky here - but only because we love the car. What a pleasure to drive.

    Thanks for any input on these two issues!
  • Hello everyone, I purchased an Automatic TSX about 2 weeks ago and I've only put about 500 miles on it. I recently noticed a low whining/whistling noise coming from the engine when in idle and when accelerating between 30-60 mph. Has anyone experienced or heard of this problem? This is my first Acura and I am not sure if this a normal engine sound. I would appreciate any help on this. Thanks!!
  • nctsxnctsx Posts: 4
    I have a TSX with 5600 miles on it. Since cold weather started here in NC, I have been experiencing the same problem of windshield pops, rattles,etc that pixman (#169), inky4 (#170) and typee (# 211) reported. Any ideas about what this problem is? My Acura dealer said they had not heard of any problems with this model's windshield.
  • gpsiirgpsiir Posts: 22
    I also have been experiencing noise problems with my TSX from the windshield. A "creaking" noise is the best description. Took it to the service department, and was told that there is a service advisory from Acura on this. The solution is to replace the windshield and windshield clips. (The service department didn't have the windshields in stock, so it'll be a couple of weeks while waiting on the parts....)
  • typeetypee Posts: 11
    Thanks, gpsiir. You described it exactly.
    As with the door buzz, I have asked my service rep to research the issue before doing the fix. Your information will help me describe the issue more effectively when we take the car in.
    Could you please post again when your issue is resolved? (And same with anyone else who has had windshield and clips replaced to resolve the noise we are discussing.)
  • johnny420johnny420 Posts: 473
    I, too, have noticed the soft whistling noise at idle from the engine, but not at any other time. I've only had my car for a week. It's not terribly annoying, but I wonder what it is.

    Does anybody know if this is characteristic of this engine?

  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    It was 12 degrees last night in NYC and I noticed a silent rattle on my 600 mile TSX. It sounds like its coming from the panel below the steering wheel. The rattle isn't annoying. More like leather twitching so it doesn't hurt the ears. I'll monitor and see if I still get it when the weather is warmer.

    Also regarding the climate control with the car heated up, manually set to 75 degrees to the feet with the fan level at 4, I don't feel my feet getting any warmer. Another thing is the heated seats. It takes about 5 minutes or more before I feel it warm up. Is this normal? My 2001 Maxima does it in less than 2 minutes.
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