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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • sharon30sharon30 Posts: 11
    Hi Nippononly
    Thank you for your response. I feel better knowing that this is normal. But, after a couple more weeks of driving, I just want to check in to make sure this is still normal. The noise is actually now more like a loud click when I first brake. And, it almost always happens after it's been sitting for a couple hours. I do live in the northeast and it's been either humid or raining all summer. It's pretty loud and I can feel it underneath as well. I guess I'm just concerned because I never had this with my Integra. And, no one else that I know seems to have this going on with their cars. Do you know if it's an Acura thing, or just with newer cars? With all the issues I've had with this car, I'm just nervous that my brakes are going to go....
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    any car with disc brakes will do this - it is perfectly normal. As for others noticing it, well, most cars are built with more insulation from the road both in terms of sound and also feel through the steering wheel, so it would be less noticeable in other cars, particularly non-sporty ones. The RSX also has hard brakes compared to most cars - I have noticed that. And it certainly has harder brakes than the old Integra. Which is another reason that when the pads scrub the rust off the rotors, it would be more noticeable to the driver in this model than in others.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • All four rims on my 2003 RSX recently became corroded from an unknown cause. While in for routine maintenance at Acura of Milford, I mentioned this to the service writer. He said that some rims had improperly applied clearcoat. The next week, they replaced all four rims under warranty.
  • Can anyone help me with changing my Acura RSX from miles to kilometers? I bought the complete dashboard instrument panel but I have read somwhere that I would also need the sending unit to go with the kilometers, which is quite pricey. I am sure it is just software change inside the box itself which but I don't know exactly which bit of software to change or where to find the proper information. Any info will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
  • I have Acura RSX type S which had air bags deployed in an accident. I would like to find out what has to be reprogrammed in order for the "Air bag warning light" to go off and what equipment can be used for it. Thanks for your help,
  • I have exactly the same problem on 06 RSX which appeared after 30 miles on the car. When the selling dealer told me that I just imagine things, I took it to another Acura dealer in town and they told me that there is a transmission problem and promise to fix it. They did not say what that problem is though. :lemon:
  • My dealer replaced my transmission and this has seemed to fix the problem. I still hear it every once in awhile but im not sure if it's just me being parinoid or what.. Tell your dealer to call acura and they should tell them to replace the transmission or mic the gears.

    Let me know what they do and what happens...

  • Ok well my car is still making the same noise when turning left at low speeds and again I got the clunking that is bad enough to pull off the road because it feels like the wheel is going to fall off.. I am really getting sick of this my car only has 500miles on it most of which have been used to drive to the dealer and bac :mad: k.

    I almost want to just trade my car in and get a toyota, but with the problems it's having I wouldn't get what it SHOULD be worth...... :lemon: :lemon:

  • I know how you feel and I'm sorry to hear that. I bought a 2005 RSX Type S about 4 weeks ago (just before the 06 models hit the dealers) and so far I'm not having any problems at all. You mentioned the clicking only happens when you turn left at low speeds right? It may not be the transmission. It could be something else like the steering box or the boot on the front axl. I'm really not sure. But like you said, a new car should be free of problems.
  • Hi everyone,
    my RSX'03 has gotten 60K miles by now, and new tires'd be needed for upstate NY winter. Anyone has anything to say about directional Continental ContiExtremeContact tires?
    thanks, Victor
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    someone at Tire Rack recommended those to me for the RSX a ways back. If you end up getting those, we want to hear progress reports! :-)

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I've "heard" this problem in a 2+ year old FWD cars. It comes from (don't know an english name) the device that reduces rotation speed for a wheel that is closer to the center of a turn (as it moves slower). All the times it was barely noticeable. The device can be a part of gearbox (because you have to make two front wheels rotate with different speeds when turning)
  • The popping noise that you hear/ feel at low speed when you make a hard turn is NOT your transmission. Unfortunately, this is somewhat of a common problem with the RSX, particularly the type-S. As is common with many cars, your shocks and struts attach to the car with plastic bushings. However, the RSX does not have a tight tolerance (fit) at the point of that bushing where the shock comes in contact with the frame of the car. The fix that Acura should recommends is either a replacement of your shock and struts without the manufacturing fit error, or the more likely solution is what they call an "isolator" which essentially fills the gap that your bushing pops in and out of.

    Personally I don't like the name "isolator" since it sounds like a band-aid to cover up the problem rather than fix it, but the technician i spoke with did seem to understand the problem well.

    As a side, you should know that the popping which you should be able to feel in the pedals is not a safety hazard according to the Acura dealers I've spoken to.

    This fix should all be covered by your warranty. Be sure that when the service is done you ask for your car to be realigned... this should also be covered by your warranty since the suspension popping is a manufacturer fault. As a former mechanic, I highly recommend a realignment whenever you have work on your suspension/ wheels.

    I hope this helps and I recommend contacting Acura of Boston and speaking to Steve in the service dept.if you have more questions. He was very helpful in working with an idiot Acura serviceman near me and helping him to understand how to correctly fix the problem.

    Best of luck with the fix and I hope this minor fix doesn't turn you off of a terriffic car.
  • This is what I thought it was in the beginning; however the noise only appears when the car is in the second gear - it is not there at the same speed in the first gear.
  • It's been 2 months and about 2000 more miles, and then clicking/thumping has returned in my 05 RSX. I've had the car for almost 6 months and it has about 7000 miles on it now. It's been back to the dealer now 5 times due to this problem. The last time I brought it in, I drove away thinking the problem was fixed when they ended up replacing the strut assembly. This morning, the clicking and thumping on the right side has returned. I hear the click/pop when I turn the wheel at a slow speed. And, the only way I can describe the new noise the steering makes some times when turning is sharply and slowly (like when I'm parking) is that it needs to be greased up or something---it's like this cranking almost. The thump or rumble can be heard under the passenger side when I putting the car into gear and sometimes going from 1st to 2nd. Needless to say, I'm completely annoyed. Your comments are very helpful. I plan on bringing the car back in hopefully this week and will have my dealership contact that individual at the Boston dealership. Based on your assessment, am I right to assume that when they have replaced the strut assembly in the past, it's been replaced with the same exact defect which is why it seems fixed for a while and then starts popping? Thank you for your help and to everyone else who has helped me before. I was so happy earlier in the summer to think the problem had been fixed once and for all. Guess not....
  • Does your state have a lemon law?

    If so, use it. Sounds like you got a lemon.
  • I just got my problem fixed after taking it to the dealership for the third time. They have put a insulating tube on both of the springs. He said that it will be a permanent fix. This is in albuquerque nm and he said that the noise is just the spring rubbing against the strut plate so i don't know if it will be a permanent fix but he said it will be. I guess we'll see. good luck!
  • The dealer has just finished rebuilding the transmission on my 2006 RSX - in particular, they replaced the second and the reverse gear. The clicking has disappeared ... (at least, for now). I am still puzzled as to how the same car can have the same transmission problem for so many years right off the assembly line.
  • camicami Posts: 1
    I have an 05 rsx type-s, I have the same problem you have, is not the transmission nor the steering box, the problem is on the struts, thats what they told me on the dealer. they fixed once and the noise came back, im right here at thedealer again for them to replace the struts again. I hope this time this gets fixed. take care of it now because the noise increases to the point that is permanent. good luck
  • I just returned from my dealer for the 6th time with the reoccuring popping/clicking problem. Per the advice on another posting here, I asked my dealer to call Acura of Boston as they seem to be very familiar with the problem and the fix. They confirmed that the noise we're all hearing is due to a manufacturing error in the strut assembly. I've had the strut assembly replaced twice in 3 months---noise goes away for a little while and then returns. They corrected the noise by installing insulators to the coil springs--a silencer tube is the note on my record. I'm not exactly thrilled that this is just covering up the problem, but it sounds next to impossible to get the part without the error.
  • cusafrcusafr Posts: 184
    The 2006 RSX has been on the top of my list for a new car. From reading this problem, I am really concerned. Is this a problem with all the RSX's? Does the 2005 have the same problem? I am 300 miles away from the closest Acura Dealer, so this is especially worrysome to me. I was thinking, buy an Acura and have no worries. Now, I'm not sure...

  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    I have no clicking noises in mine and I've had it since September of 2001. Then again, I don't spend my time listening for noises. If it is there, it is very unobtrusive. It sounds like the noise for these other posters is much worse.

    Keep in mind that you're only going to hear/read bad things when you read the "problems and solutions" thread. The people without any problems with their cars are not going to spend time on these threads trying to figure out what's wrong.
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Hi everyone,
    have RSX'03 base, with >60K miles on it. Lately, couldn't close moonroof. Looked at glass seat, found some spring stuck out of bezel, preventing glass from getting in place. At dealership, techs removed sptring (felt very soft to me), and told me, to put it back, they'd need to take moonroof assembly out, take it apart, and then re-assemble and put it back in - all for $400, 'cause mileage is > 50K. Said spring, allegedly, helps moonroof to retract smoothly.
    OK, moonroof retarcts smoothly as long as I keep tracks clean and lubed.
    However, called Acura USA and spoke to them, telling I do understand car is out of warranty, but it's only 2 years old, and spring in moonroof has nothing to do with car mileage. After 3 weeks of polite communications, Acura USA told me dealership'd fix spring with 50% discount (50% of what price, exactly?).
    All this story makes me think Acura behaves in line with typical MBA attitude, gimme your money and be damned!
    Sorry to see it happening, though.
    I hope I'll do without this spring in the roof assembly.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    " typical MBA attitude, gimme your money and be damned! "

    Gimme a break. Your vehicle is out of warranty. Period. Yeah, sometimes a manufacturer will do things when they're out of warranty. But they are under no obligation to do so. Sheesh.
  • vickatvickat Posts: 43
    Well, few years ago in my friend's Civic ignition module died off, with 200K miles driven. Honda declared it's not up to company standards, and replaced it for free. Honda and Toyota have - or used to until recently - implied lifetime warranty on head gasket, it's $2000 deal. It's not about obligation and legalese, it's about company stance and image.
  • My RSX is a 2002..........never a problem with 50,800 miles i am now experiencing problems starting the car. It makes the same noise as if it is about to start but it just doesn't. The radio, ac, and lights all work.....I leave it for a few minutes then it there a recall on a part for the car that may cause this problem???? :cry:
  • nitromaxnitromax Posts: 641
    Make sure you are turning the ignition key all of the way. I sometimes find myself turning the key a little less than needed and it doesn't like to start.

    (I'm guessing that the injectors don't get energized if the key is not turned all the way? or maybe spark to the plugs?)
    Anyways, try that and let us know if it helps or not.
  • Hmm. It seems that the spark plugs need to be replaced. Check the maintenance schedule. I remember I had the same problem with my 97 civic before after I lost track of the scheduled maintenance. After the replacing the spark plugs, everything went back to normal. It also says on the manual that at times the RSX (not sure if it is specifically for the Type S because I remember the part that says that premium fuel makes starting slower) does take some time to start, but it's not like what you have just described. I might be wrong, but I do suggest you check the maintenance schedule if the spark plugs are due for replacement. ;)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    if your battery is getting old, it may be cranking slower, even though it is hard for you to detect with your ear. I find mine is now turning slower after a couple of years, and especially at cold start is taking longer to fire. I may replace the battery here sometime soon.

    As for moonroof repairs at 60K, it is true that the warranty runs out at 50K, and it is a bit much to expect them to just go on repairing everything on the car for free after the warranty expires. I mean, that is WHY it has a specific duration, after all. If you use the moonroof a lot, then miles are just as important as years, because it is the constant travel open and closed that wears the moonroof mechanism.

    Toyota has NEVER implied a lifetime warranty on head gaskets either, nor to my knowledge has Honda. That would be absurd. In the case of Toyota, they HAVE extended the warranty just on the head gaskets on some models where there was widespread failure of head gaskets in what Toyota considered a premature fashion. No-one should consider that there is some "implied lifetime warranty" on their head gasket, just because their cars is a Honda or Toyota, however.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • I saw a JDM Accord Euro pedal set and it is similar to the JDM DC5's except for the gas pedal. Has anyone installed a JDM Accord Euro pedal set into an RSX Type S?
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