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Acura RL Maintenance and Repair



  • bobb1bobb1 Posts: 22
    Hello All:
    HAd my RL since late November and have had ZERO problems, yes zero - I do have the brake squeek but it goes away quickly and is a trait of the style and manufacture of brakes. Regarding gas mileage, I get around 16 to 18 in the city as I spend a lot of time idleing but on a recent trip, about 3200 miles I got a low of 24 and a high of 27 with an average speed of 72 miles per hour. This trip included the flatlands of the mid-west and the mountains of the east. A real all around drive. I just have nothing but praise so far. I am down to 20% oil life with 6500 miles on. I think if you do a lot of highway travel you should get about 10K between changes. I had a drop of 10% on my 3500 mile trip.
    My question is: has anyone figured out how to call a destination that your are navigating to using hands free???? Good Luck all, my dealer here in Chicago (western suburbs) has been great....
  • I only play WMA format in my 2005 RL. Try burning your WMA CD's at a slower setting. This should work. Good luck, Fred
  • llwysellwyse Posts: 56
    Last Saturday (at 2500 miles), all XM pre-sets disappeared and everything was on XM Preview. I turned off the ignition hoping to "re-boot." No luck. Started re-setting all my pre-sets. About 30 minutes later (after another stop), my original pre-sets were all back again. Weird.

    At the same time, I couldn't put the passenger window down from the driver's side and the driver's window auto-down and up feature doesn't work. Those problems still exist. The back windows work properly. Even more weird. Any ideas?
  • vartanyvartany Posts: 4
    I have not been able to connect to Acuralink with my '05 RL. My Handsfree phone (Motorola V551 with Cingular) and live traffic work fine, but when I try to connect to Acuralink it says "cannot connect." I have been to dealership 3 times with this problem and they don't have a clue. Has anybody else had this problem?
  • jdhjdh Posts: 19
    I also have the Motorola V551 with cingular and have been able to link it yo my '05 RL. Also have not been able to connect to acuralink and get the same message as you. My car is scheduled to go in 3/10/05 to see about this problem. Do you get battery strength indicated on the car dash or just the signal strength. I only get the signal strength.
  • I just bought my RL, only 850 miles and the door locks stopped working with the door handle touch feature. If there has been a recall, my dealer has not told me about it. I'm not aware of the other recalls you mention either. Can you direct me to any place where these recalls are published? I'd like to show my dealer, who is currently telling me the car is so new that they don't yet know what to do or how to fix it.
  • vartanyvartany Posts: 4
    No the battery strength does not come on my dash either, but I thought that this is due to the phone. I hope you have better luck with the dealer, because my dealer knew less about this than I. I am currently trying to resolve this problem with the Acura Handsfreelink help line which is (888) 528-7876. If you figure it out let me know.
  • jpass1jpass1 Posts: 1
    I have had my RL since Nov. and love it overall but have had numerous issues. The dealer is great but I expected less problems from an almost 50K Acura.
    New transmission (better mileage after changed, door locks do not work from the exterior, rattles in the dash, side mirrors going up and down on their own and now a letter stating that 4 items have been identified as potential problems that need fixed. The dealer is over 50 miles away. I guess I just expected better.
  • jdhjdh Posts: 19
    I already spoke to acura handsfreelink help line and all they could tell me was the phone had to be data capable. The people at Cingular said the phone is data capable and it should be capable of connecting with acura. The only question I have not been able to resolve so far is do we need a special data package from cingular.

  • jayskisjayskis Posts: 1
    I've got a 2000 RL with 56k miles on it that has developed a constant clicking sound when the accelerator pedal is depressed. Acura said to change the belts which was done, but it didn't stop the noise. If I take my foot off the gas it stops. Anyone else have any ideas? I was thinking a heat shield might be rubbing against the accelerator belt.
  • vartanyvartany Posts: 4
    I have talked to Cingular and they told me that I didn't have the capability to use the phone as a modum with the standard service, so I added the data service for $25 per month, but I still cannot connect. So that is not the problem. The Handsfreelink person told me that she is referring the problem to an Acura "engineer" and I am waiting for a call back from them.
  • vartanyvartany Posts: 4
    If anyone has been able to connect to Acuralink on the '05 RL please let me know what phone and what plan you have, because I cannot get it to work.

  • maennesmaennes Posts: 3
    I had a similar thing happen, and found out that the keyless entry system had identified me wrongly as driver #2. To remedy this problem, I just had to lock/unlock the door with my key.
  • I use a Blackberry 7100t from T-Mobile and have no problem. All information is passed from the phone to the MID (battery, signal strength, incoming phone number).
  • arejayarejay Posts: 2
    I've had my new Acura RL since the first of December. About the beginning of February, I started noticing a relatively high pitched whining noise when driving at about 40 mph. I've since had 2 major repairs: replace frt transfer case and drive shaft assembly. The noise is still there. Has anyone else had this problem? You must have the windows up and radio off and listen carefully to hear the difference at that speed. I'd just like to know if I'm the only one with the problem; maybe some haven't noticed.
  • jmatthejmatthe Posts: 51
    I initailly had problems connecting (Sony T637). Called Att/Cingular and they pushed me up to a tech who had me change a setting on the phone. Works fine, except now I get those not so valuable tips on how to use the car, all of which I know alrerady!
  • maennesmaennes Posts: 3
    My wife has the habit of placing her (heavy!) handbag on the passenger seat. This triggers a message about the airbag being turned off. This warning is OK to get once or twice, but everytime? When she recently handed me back my car after a week's driving, I had to painfully delete some 20 such messages.

    Similarly, I tend to keep my keyset in my pocket. When I drop of the kids at school, I get out to open the child-locked doors from the outside. Of course, I keep the car running and close the driver door during this exercise. In consequence, the car beeps (that's OK!) to warn me about no key being inside the car. However, I also get messages on the navigation system, which I cannot even delete!

    Anybody know how to turn off this nuisance?
  • ssscolssscol Posts: 2
    I too use a T-Mobile Blackberry 7100 and connect without issue.
  • ssscolssscol Posts: 2
    I have a 2005 RL with 4000 miles. At any speed over 10 miles an hour, my windshield washer barely works. The dealer has adjusted the nozzles without success. If stopped, the washer works better but not great. Does anyone else have this problem?
  • getakeygetakey Posts: 23
    posted this on the wrong board - I finally found a dealer who took the time to track down the door lock issue (continual locking while driving) and the issue with the outside mirror not returning after backing up. The dealer worked with the factory to reset some codes in the multi-function box that was replaced in the recall. That's the good news. The bad news is that the seat heater on the driver side now turns on randomly and it is warming up where I live. Anyone else have this issue?
  • I just had the recall repairs made to my new RL. Now, my doors keep randomly locking while I'm driving. I have mine set so that the doors automatically lock above 10MPH, but they still keep locking even after the initial lock occurs. I had to have the door handles replaced on both sides at the time of the recall because the touch sensors were not working properly. Others reported having the same problems, and my Acura dealer indicated Acura had fixed something on the new handles that should prevent the problem. For now, the handles are fixed---but now the random re-locking while I'm driving is annoying. I would be even more annoyed if fixing it caused my seat heater to come on randomly. This is not a great thing for a $50k car!
  • dadcat6dadcat6 Posts: 3
    The solution to your annoying door relocking problem after the update recall is to disconnect the negative battery cable for a minute before reconnecting as mentioned in messages #'s 6081 and 6093 in the Acura RL discussion. That solved the same problem door relocking for both aclc and me.
  • buffalobbuffalob Posts: 1
    Have had our 2004 Acura RL 24000 miles. Catalytic convertor warning light came on on dash and would not go off. Took it to dealer and they say the 02 or oxyg. (not sure) sensor was physically damaged and therefore the new part and labor charge of $409.00 could not be covered by warranty. First of all, how do we know its physically damaged as opposed to mere malfunctioning. Also we think if the whole catalytic convertor goes, that is covered by warranty. How should we proceed with the dealer? also they have to order the part. Can we get the car back and drive it until the part comes in?
  • Thanks for your help!! I'll try that right away.
  • After the 4-item recall (which I trust you have info on by now), my door locks started to have problems. The side mirror also randomly would not return to its position after turning down when the transmission was in reverse.

    My dealer, after a long conversation with Acura, determined that there are just now bulletins being written to dealers about this. The fix entailed reflashing the system and replacing the door handles.

    The conflicts seem to be between new components from the recall repair and the "old" software.

    Hope this helps.
  • It worked! All fixed. I would encourage anyone experiencing the random door locking issue after the recall update to follow the recommendation made by dadcat6 in message number 54 on this board. Thanks again dadcat6, you saved me from a lot of extra aggrevation! Steve
  • kacuratkacurat Posts: 33
    Hi all,

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me. I purchased the extended warranty along with lo-jack at the time of purchase. About a month later I had the lo-jack installed and asked my dealer why I had not received any info regarding my extended warranty. They informed me that they lost the paperwork and then resubmitted it. Well, 2 months later, I still have yet to receive any info. I feel as if now that I am already a "sold" customer they don't care anymore. I contacted my salesman b/c the manager guy that sold it has not responded and the salesman seemed to be more of a help, but now a week later, still no response. What is my recourse, as I want the extended warranty and don't want to pay double for it. P.S. I have one form of paperwork leading to believe I did in fact purchase it the day of the sale, but needless to say I am really pissed off that they choose to ignore you when they don't need to make a sale anymore.

    Anyway, I am not just venting, but actually also looking for advice.


    Happy Easter!

    P.P.S. I DO absolutely love my RL!!! :)
  • dennis721dennis721 Posts: 62

    If you have proof of sale I would tell (in writing) them you want the issue cleared up in another 10 days to 2 weeks or you are turning them into the state better business burea and the state attourney general's office for investigation of fradulent business practices. If you paid by credit card I would also turn them in to the card company too.

  • kacuratkacurat Posts: 33
    Thanks Dennis,

    I will try that this week and see what happens. Thanks for the info. I'll let you know what happens...

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