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Acura RSX Maintenance and Repair



  • puffin1puffin1 Posts: 276
    What's wrong with Michelins? My Type S came with them.I never had your prolems.
    I went to a BMW and wife has IS Lexus. I think Acura goofed dropping the RSX line. I liked the car,except for cheap leather.
    Well, sorry about your tires. :shades:
  • asa66asa66 Posts: 1
    Today I tried to change my 2002 RSX's spark plugs (100,000 miles). After wrestling the cover off, I found...WTF? The plugs are buried in the engine and attached to the ignition system with electronic hardware. I tried to pull the lead off a plug with no success.

    How you change the plugs using a standard socket set??
  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    It sounds like you're almost there! You've already discovered that this engine doesn't use the typical ignition wires that you are used to seeing. You need a 10mm wrench (or socket) to detach each ignition coil from the cylinder head. Work one cylinder at a time.

    Step 1: Make sure the engine is COLD!!! Remove the bolt.
    Step 2: Unclip/unplug the wire to that ignition coil.
    Step 3: Slowly-Carefully.....twist and pull the ignition coil up off of the spark plug.
    Step 4: The plug is burried deep. You'll need a 10" to 12" extension on your ratchet
    Step 5: SLOWLY remove the spark plug. If those are the original plugs AND they have NEVER been removed, there is no guarantee that the plug will come out. If it is too difficult, don't force it and risk breakage. If the plug comes out with no problem, coat the threads of the new plug with ANTI-SIEZE COMPOUND. I'm making a big stink over this step because when you leave a steel plug in and aluminum head for 100K miles (8-year-old assembly), your chances of removing that plug w/o stripping the threads or snapping the plug altogether are slim. If you can't move it, take it to a mechanic that knows how to handle something like this.

    I have a 2004 RSX with 110K. I bought it new, read the owners manual, and decided to remove the plugs every 30K, coating the threads with anti-sieze compound, and simply putting them back in. At 90K, I actually replaced the plugs without incident.

    One more tip: When inserting the plugs, I use TWO spark plug sockets: one socket partially holding the plug to guide and start it in the threads, and the other spark plug socket WITH THE GROMMET REMOVED to finish and torque the plug.

    Works EVERY time! :shades:
  • jg88jg88 Posts: 59
    Went form the Yokahama AVID tires to the Bridgestones and really regret doing that. Went with the Yokahamas on our g-35 when replacing those tires after the acura decision and glad I did it. (The silver lining to the bridestone decision.)

    Puffin1, the michelins seemed a bit pricey though am sure they would have been worth it vs the bridgestones.

    Live and learn. Just wanted to impart this experience with other rsx/s drivers to avoid my mistake.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Hey vibsr, I'm just curious - what happened with the repair to your exhaust-side camshaft? Did there end up being a TSB that applied? Or did you end up having to pay for the repairs yourself? That must have been a very expensive repair with the complete head tear-down, whether it was covered by Acura or paid for you by you?

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

  • vibsrvibsr Posts: 47
    There wasn't a TSB at the time. The dealership was dumbfounded, and the car was outside of the warranty. However, given the relationship I had with the dealership service department and the care that I gave the car, Acura paid 50% of the bill. They replaced the timing chain, chain guides, rocker arms, etc. and warranted the repairs for 12 months/12,000 miles. More than a year has passed, and the only service needed was fluid changes. It has 125K on the odo, and everything is quiet. :)
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    Oh, well that was pretty decent of them, and I'm glad that everything is quiet. :-)

    But I'm very surprised that a Honda/Acura engine would have that kind of problem at barely 100K miles.

    I hope you have many more "quiet" years with it! :-)

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

  • im having problem with my car...when i start it theres lyk rattling sound by the engine or sumthing...when i drive it the rattling sound dissappears then i stop the car the rattling sound comes back again...wat could be the problem there any 1 hav suggestion?
  • jes4jes4 Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with the driver's side window in '08. Now the passenger side window has come loose. My '04 RSX has 85,000 miles on it as well. The first window, Acura helped with the cost, but they have refused on this one. I've also had issues with the power door locks...replaced the actuators in both doors. Now the door locks still don't work properly...interior light will not come on when the door is opened, and the alarm sometimes goes off with me in the car! Acura needs to acknowledge these electrical problems and offer assistance if they want return buyers. At this point I would not buy another Acura because of these electrical/mechanical issues. The car runs great and is maintenance free engine/drive train wise, but these "little things" are driving me crazy!
  • krempelkrempel Posts: 1
    I bought an Acura certified used 2006 RSX three years ago, with 32K miles on it.

    It now has 60K miles on it. I love this car, but I so regret buying it.

    This car has been in the shop for rattles, loose guards and petty problems about 6 times so far. I've had trouble with my dealership, and won't go back there. They gave my car back twice and it still rattled. I had to drive around the block with the manager in the car to prove I wasn't crazy.


    My car burns about 3.5 quarts of oil in a month. I'm using mobile 1 fully synthetic. I am constantly adding new oil and fighting low oil conditions. Though I might take the car to 6K on freeway ramps, I've never beat on it so hard that I deserve all these problems (the car red lines at 8K.... vtec doesn't kick in till 5800 anyway)

    Due to the constant low oil conditions, I have a worn / stretched timing chain and throws a CEL code every other day.

    60K miles and needs thousands of dollars in engine work. Guess what? Its 2 months after the warranty expired. Burning 3.5 quarts a month might need a total rebuild and new piston rings. It almost certainly needs a new timing chain - which costs $1500 or more at the dealership.

    Meanwhile, the suspension is knocking, I had to replace the brakes already within 2 years of owning a certified vehicle, and parts of the exhaust that were rusted and rattling.

    I am in such despair. So many people told me, you can't go wrong with an Acura. So many people told me how well they retain their value, and how reliable they are.

    Not mine. I'm probably gonna refi the car for $3-4K more, to pay for all the repairs it needs at 60K miles.

    So awesome.
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