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Acura TL Maintenance and Repair



  • Car: 1999 3.2 Acura TL. Automatic

    I purchased a new battery at Costco (size D) that was matched for my car. I put it in yesterday and ever since, my maintenance light comes on whenever the car auto switches gear then goes off again after it's done switching. The speedometer always goes to zero when switching gears but quickly goes back up to where it was originally. Any idea what's going on or suggestions to fix it?

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,737
    maybe a defective battery? the othe rthing to check is the terminal connections. CLean the ends that clamp on, and make sure they are tight.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    I put a COSTCO battery in a 200TL that I own and it works fine.

    I assume you cleaned both the battery and the battery cable terminals with a wire brush before installing?

    Also, I'd check the ground cable attach point to the engine and furrther check that you did not dislodge a smaller wire under the hood when working to get the new battery in and the old one out.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    I am very close to buy a one owner TL with 80K miles. The guy has been driving it on a 70 mile each way hwy work commute.

    The clutch (Like most TL's on E-bay I have been watching) was replaced at 70K under warranty. he selling as he want something with more power since the car is having too many miles. Highway miles on a used car never bothered me.

    Is there anything I need to look for when examining this car beside all his service records? Is there any reason to stay away from 2004-2006 TL's?

    Do they have any annoying " VW check engine light" type problems or unsolved electrical/mechanical issues?

    Never had a car with Nav and wish this car didn't have it either. Any reliability problems with Nav?

    Can you replace the rear spark plugs w/o removing the intake manifold?

  • I bought a 04 tl with 16k miles on it. The main, really only problem I have had is with rattles. There have been a lot of them, but after numerous trips to the dealer, they are fixed. It took several yrs but other than that, I've been very happy with the car. It now has 45k on it. No other problems. Great to drive...good luck.
  • I've owned a 2005 TL w/OUT Nav since it was new, and I love it. I've had no mechanical or workmanship issues w/the car. I now have 55,000 miles on it - most of them are highway miles.
  • It's not pritty, you probably better of letting a dealer do it for you. Otherwise you'll
    end up with broken glove box on your first try.
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 3,102
    Hello: '05 TL sans nav. 66,000 miles, no issues other than a couple of rattles fixed by the dealer early on. Be wary in the snow, however...

    '13 Jaguar XF, possibly my favorite of all the cars I've owned. But, my '09 Jag XK was a beauty, as was my '05 Acura TL, '88 Acura Integra, '84 Mitsubishi Mirage Turbo & '78 VW Scirocco (my first!). And, of course, the '92 Nissan Sentra SE-R and '95 Saab 900s I bought for the ex... Ok, I like a lot of the cars in my life.

  • hi i am having similar problems with my 1996 3.2 tl did u get any answers if u did can you share with me
  • I'm thinking about purchasing an Acura TL, but I would know if the maintenance costs are expensive. I know that this is a higher end car, but I would hope that the costs aren't relative to repairng a lexus or BMW. I would like to know the average costs of oil changes, tune ups, tires( do they require a special type of tire?) and what are some of the common problems that most buyers experience with the Acura TL. I would like to buy a model in between 2007 and 2009. Any information would be great. Thanks!

    Oh yeah....How is the road noise? I want a higher end car because I don't want to feel and hear every bump in the road anymore. I drive a pointiac now....they are great reliable cars but the road noise is there all day from day one!
  • Hi everyone,

    I have a 2007 TL. What is the TSA button for? This is located to the the lower left of my dash. I remember asking the Acura sales guy about it and he didn't have a clue. I accidently pressed it the other day while driving and the hazard symbol appeared on my dashboard.

    Thank you in advance!
  • camoncamon Posts: 98
    VSA on the 05TL is the vehicle stability assist (traction control). When you push it a warning exclamation mark on the dash will warn that it is off.

    The Owner's manual recommends it be left on. If you haven't read the owner's manual I think you will find it it very informative in that it will alert you to some features of your car that you may not know you have (such as backup mirror tilt-down, tap-on interior lights, key-fob all windows down selection etc).
  • grayzgrayz Posts: 3
    While pulling up to a traffic light in my 2008 Acura TL, as I was pressing the brakes the driver side airbag deployed. My car wasn't hit, there was no debris on the road and despite of what Acura is claiming, there was no "huge" pot hole. Anyone experience same thing in their Acura TL's? Acura techs looked at the car and came up with a bunch bs excuses about "pot hole" damage, so they would not have to pay for the damage under car defect warranty. No recourse from Acura corporate either - like parrots, they are just repeating what the dealership is saying. Anyone have a suggestion on how to fight this?
  • It's for traction control...not sure of the Acura name for it but I am sure someone does.
  • bampbamp Posts: 4
    I purchased a 2010 TL Tech package and after using the car for a few weeks I started hearing noises from the back seat, after taking it to the dealer they told me the noise is coming from the gas tank. It was the fuel moving around apparently they used a bigger tank in the newer TL's which makes this type of noise and they class it as a characteristic of the vehicle, I called Acura and they told me the something there is on fix for this problem. Which blows my mind I paid over 40k for this car and not only do I hear road noise but also the gas moving in the tank what can a person do about this the dealer and Acura is stating all of the new TL's have this same noise can they actually get away with something like this. Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited March 2010
    Hey "carchick",

    I just purchased a 2005 TL to replace a disastrous Nissan Murano SE and I have to say I am driving a fabulous machine.

    I usually don't buy new cars because of the miles I have to drive. I looked at a lot of cars before I bought a 6 spd. manual TL in great shape. This car drives like it just came off the lot. It had 100k miles so I had to replace the timing belt ($850) but I bought the car for only $11K. It always ran on synthetic so the engine is solid.

    The market is flush with a lot of good TL's coming off of leases from '05 - '08. There are some great deals here.

    The TL is a luxury sports sedan so expect to pay up for service and parts. E.g. - I know brakes are expensive (~$200). I would always recommend synthetic oil; this engine revs high and it will last 300k miles if you keep synthetic in it.

    Tune ups are very high at Acura dealers; however, I took mine to a Honda dealer who will do the work for about 25% less. The Accord V6 uses a similar engine.

    Tires will run around $650 for a set.

    You can save on some things by going to Autozone and doing the work yourself (there is no magic to replacing spark plugs) or go to a reputable smaller shop (like: Midas; etc.). I've only had the car a month so I am still learning about it.

    I think you will be happy with this car. I drove a Murano for five years and now feel like I've been reborn.

    Never another Nissan for me!
  • new2carsnew2cars Posts: 71
    Hi everyone,

    Has anyone had issues with windshield chips from flying pebbles, etc.?

    I never noticed this much with my last Acura but my 2007 TL seems to have suffered from several chips on the windshield in the past three years. I'm starting to wonder if this is a more fragile windshield or simply more freeway driving.

    Also, are windshild chips dangerous? Will they become worse with time?

    Thanks in advance for your input! :)
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    I just bought a TL and got hit by a pebble on the freeway last week which left a pit.

    I was p.o.'d to say the least. I have had similar problems with my 4Runner. I had a Murano that seemed to be more resistant to such encounters. I am guessing that it is mostly due to the strength of the temper in the glass and the shape of the windshield.

    Rounded windshields will be stronger and more resistant to pits and chips. The inertia force (vector) of the stone will be glanced off (rounded w.s.) rather than absorb the impact. A flat windshield will absorb more if not full impact.

    The TL has a flatter windshield.
  • rvator4rvator4 Posts: 84
    In my 2000 TL, I had the windshield replaced twice. Called the insurance company and it was no charge. I drive pretty fast when we travel and the low sloping hood directs it right up to the windshield. As long as it was near the driver viewing area, they will replace it (at least mine does). If you have any questions about replacing it, contact a local body shop and meet their glass guy when he arrives to do a job for the shop. They are VERY helpful if you know what I mean.
    I also ended up with a chip on the hood each time. I have the 3M clear coating on the hood of my 08 and I am hoping that helps absorb the energy of the stone.
  • rvator4rvator4 Posts: 84
    You just HAVE to be an engineer. Few others would describe it that way.
  • vincentlovincentlo Posts: 7
    edited March 2010
    My 08 TL with 11,500 miles in LA. It happened from yesterday.

    When I start up car after work (1500 pm) there is a sound like crickets chirping.
    Lasts only a couple of seconds and gone.

    I cannot duplicate it after the first start.
    This does not happen in the morning (0600am)

    Any ideas or anyone ever have this noise?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,870
    Could be a slipping belt or....or....a chattering AC compressor clutch if the AC was engaged at the time. The AC is often engaged not only with the AC controls but in "defrost" mode.

    If this is a manual transmission car, a worn pilot bushing makes this noise but please Lord, not that.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,197
    Shifty...I agree with you here on all counts. First thing I thought was a slipping accessory belt or AC clutch.

    Worn busings? Possible.

    But, this car has 11,500 miles and still under warranty. I'd parade it back to the dealer to have them fix it, regardless the reason.
    2018 Acura TLX SH AWD ASpec
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,870
    Yeah, and the sooner the better. If that pilot bushing is acting up, it could seize the transmission main shaft into the flywheel, and then you got a BIG problem. (get out the welding torch, basically).

    Of course, the likelihood of that is just about nil, but after many years, I have learned never to entirely discount the "weird" when it comes to cars, even new-ish ones.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 10,197
    after many years, I have learned never to entirely discount the "weird" when it comes to cars, even new-ish ones.

    Words of wisdom.... :D
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  • vincentlovincentlo Posts: 7
    edited March 2010
    Thank you for all your inputs.

    My car is auto transmission.

    When I started up car AC was not on.

    Slipping belt maybe.

    I took my car to dearler and I could not dupliate the same noise.

    It only happens after my work (1500PM) not in the morning.

    Once it happens it will not happen in a short time.

    Is is possible that is temperature related (morning 50F, after work 85F)?

  • billyperks2billyperks2 Posts: 378
    I guarantee you it is a belt-maybe the drive belt.I had the same sound from my wife's 2004 Accord and I thought it was the cold temperature because the sound would go away after the car was driven for about a mile.Then after about a month or more it began to get louder and instinct told me this is not normal.I took it to Pep Boys and right on the spot the technician knew it was a belt.He sprayed some form of silicone on it to minimize the noise and I eventually took it to the Honda dealer and they replaced the belt. The steering feels much tighter after the replacement and the noise is completely gone.
  • rlonn1rlonn1 Posts: 106
    Just a few hundred miles on my TL. First my wife's 2009 TSX-Tech as you change from AM-FM,CD or XM I find the audio volume setting about the same, number 8-9. All audio sources are balanced.
    On my 2010 TL, XM,HDD,USB or CD are all about the same around a 8 volume setting like my wife's TSX, HOWEVER when I go to AM or FM I have to increase the volume setting to almost 14 or 15 to get it close to the others sources.. Anyone have a similar issue and if yes, did you get it fixed and how?
    :confuse: :confuse:
  • rickpoolerickpoole Posts: 27
    Take pictures of the road leading up to the light where your airbag deployed. Get reports from the city that show there were no potholes repaired at that location right after your incident. Show these to Acura and let them know you'll be turning them over to your lawyer if they don't agree to cover the incident under warranty. Also file a complaint with the NHTSA as this is a serious safety issue (possible to loose control if the airbag deploys while driving at a higher rate of speed).
  • My 05 TL was hit HARD in rear end 2 yr ago while stopped in freeway accident ; I have secured attorney and am suing for compensation.... One unaddressed item is the reduced value of the car since it was in an accident, where the repair bill was $6700 or so. A new rear quarter panel and trunk components were installed , other items re-worked. I was injured in neck area and am still in treatment.

    My question is how to value the car after it has been in an accident like this so that the reduced value of the car on the market can be assessed and presented to the attorneys. At the time , the car had 22,000 miles on it , and I am orig owner. It now has 45k miles on it. I could not afford to purchase a new car...and had about $35,5K invested in the car new.
    Thanks for suggestions.
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