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Acura RL Maintenance and Repair



  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    Yes they can install a new battery without a complete electrical disconnect. They put a little maintenance battery in the circuit.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,591
    This is too complicated to list in steps here. You have to remove the timing belt as well, and disarm the air bag system (so the book says).

    Anyway, I'd suggest you get a workshop manual for this job, either on eBay, Amazon, or at your local library, because you'll need a step by step, tool recommendations and also diagrams for the timing marks, pulleys, etc.

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  • ff100ff100 Posts: 12
    I have a 2006RL and use the HFL everyday. Occasionally the system does not understand the numbers or the stored caller, but most of the time, 95% I would say, I had absolutely no problem. If you have trouble, try to close the sun roof, windows, etc., and speak louder and slower toward the upper middle section of the windshield (where the microphone is located). I've paired two phones that work flawlessly with the system. Overall, compared to Toyota, the Honda HFL system is far superior. The Toyota system (Avalon model) can not understand me at all. Good luck !
  • I have a 97 Acura RL. The cigarette lighter 12v accessory outlet doesn’t work. I can't find the fuse for it.
  • I have a 97 RL also and have had to replace 3 rear window regulators. It seems if you don't use them a lot they stick and break a plastic part, which means you have to replace the whole regulator. It was not that bad to replace it myself. Delray Acura online was the cheapest for parts.
  • I am about to purchase a new 2009RL. How easy is it to install the Splash guards. The dealer wants too much.
  • I think they went into the winter position. I adjust this by manually pushing wipers back down into the regular position - might want to check the manual, but I think gentlelly prodding them back down will work AOK.
  • blloydblloyd Posts: 4
    I have had good gas mileage, but just this week, with 58,000 miles, my AC condenser failed. Cost $2,400.00. OUCH! Have complained to Acura; results pending. Anyone with AC issues?
  • blloydblloyd Posts: 4
    Anyone with AC issues
  • tonycdtonycd Posts: 223
    That is a known problem on '05 RL's. Google for it and you'll find discussions elsewhere.
  • tariq745tariq745 Posts: 4
    I have 2005 RL with 80k miles. Recently I set up memory seat # 2 for my wife and after that side mirror stop working. They don’t go up or down in reverse. I cannot adjust them even if the car is in Park. I don’t know if it just a co-incident or does mirrors becomes lock after setting up both memories. Any suggestions?
  • ff100ff100 Posts: 12
    The switch that allows you to adjust the left or right mirror is in the middle position. Move it to left or right and the corresponding mirror will start tilting down in reverse.
  • brnpabrnpa Posts: 7
    I just picked up an '06 RL and had to chuckle at your post from a few years ago. I try to do all the maintenance work on both the RL and my '05 MDX for the very reason you cite. The dealers think they can get away with this because most people don't know about car mechanics and assume these services are necessary. In fact, both of my Acura owners manuals specifically state that oil additives are not necessary and that using a high detergent gas mitigates the need for fuel additives. You should have pointed this out to them. $15.00 for a bottle of $.99 STP gas treatment is way over the top, even for an Acura dealer. You're right: Don't go to the dealer unless it's warranty work.
  • tariq745tariq745 Posts: 4
    Yes I already tried adjusting mirror switch left and right but no luck!. I dont know if side mirror went bad. but they do move when i change the memory seat setting from 1 to 2 or from 2 to 1 to pre-adjusted position.
  • Looking for information on how to remove the rear passenger door panel to replace the window regulator. Does anyone have a step by step process or can at least let me know where all the screws or fasteners are. I have ordered a regulator and motor and it will get here this Tuesday. Thanks,.
  • Just after the warranty expired (of course!) on my 2005 RL, the outside mirrors developed a shimmy. The dealer said that the mirrors needed replacing-at a cost of over $600.00 apiece but the dealer has been wrong about a number of other things so I wonder...The mirrors themselves are firm in the housing and move correctly with the power switch or in reverse but the housings are so loose that every time the car hits a bump the view to the rear changes (dangerous!)and I can even hear a thump.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions?It makes me angry to have this kind of a problem after only 4 years in a $50,000.00 car.
  • jensadjensad Posts: 388
    It sounds like a dealer ripoff as I have found them to do many times especially with my wife. When my car acts funny, I have two recommended body shops that do excellent work, and one mechanic shop that takes care of tuneups etc.

    Ask around and get several referrals and then check them out and get a WRITTEN estimate from each.

    Good luck to you and to all others and stay safe.

  • My Acura is askin me to enter pin.. it came on after the battery had died and i replaced the battery.. and now when i turn off the lights the trunk pops open.. any sugestions would be wonderful..
  • I had the same problem when I turned off the lights / engine, and the trunk will popped open. That causes dead batteries a few times. I believe that it was a design oversight.
  • My wife owns a ' 99 Acura RL. Every ten seconds or so the low beam headlights click on and off, even with the car off. The low beams still come on, however they shut off after driving a short time, one at a time, starting with the right headlight. The high beams and fog lights function normally!! We have already change the igniters with no luck. Please help!!!
  • skhazmoskhazmo Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 RL with about 90k miles on it right now. The back of passenger seat does not recline. The back goes up but not down when someone wants to sit back and relax. Is this common? Does anyone have a solution for it? Thanks
  • I had the same problem about a year ago when the car had about 30,000 miles on it. The dealer changed a switch and the seat has been fine ever since. The warranty on the car was still good at the time so I don't know how much it would have cost.

    Recently, the driver's seat (not the seat back)has stopped going up and down so now I will have to have that fixed at my own expense-very annoying in an allegedly reliable 5 year old car.

    I guess it could be worse; it could be a Toyota.
  • coastdrivecoastdrive Posts: 3
    This is a well-known design/factory problem and you can request goodwill consideration to cover the cost. A TSB was issued on June 07, 2008. All car co's have a fund to cover replacement for known defects off warranty. If you ask, you can probably get, because it is an official TSB. Print the TSB and have the service manager request GC from American Honda Zone Office for you.

    08-022 Outside Rearview Mirror Is Loose (2005-2006 RL)

    The driver’s side or passenger’s side outside rearview
    mirror shakes or is loose.
    The bolts fastening the mirror housing to the mirror
    base were not properly torqued.
    Replace the outside rearview mirror(s).

    Also from the TSB:
    Any repair performed after warranty
    expiration may be eligible for goodwill consideration by
    the District Parts and Service Manager or your Zone
    Office. You must request consideration, and get a
    decision, before starting work.

    2005 RL
  • what in particular should I be looking for when I test drive, and what gadgets should I examine the closest? It has 29k, and has a clean CarFax. Thanks.
  • badbuybadbuy Posts: 12
    Well. Now have about 57K miles on the gas guzzling 2006 RL and an electrical problem creeps up. First the radio & navigation will click on & off.... Sometimes resetting several times. Then for weeks everything is ok. All of a sudden, one morning, at 60 MPH during rush hour on an interstate, the on/off radio problem comes back and then:

    .......EVERYTHING WENT DEAD! Electrical system off, engine dead, no power steering, no power brakes, driver apprehensive! I was able to get to the right lane & about to pull off while still going 50mph downhill when the electrical juice came back on & the car "jump started" itself!

    Dealer seems to think it was a battery problem with a bad cell, but is the WHOLE car subject to a complete shutdown? Has anyone else out there had this problem with an Acura? I'm a first (and definitely a LAST) time owner of an Acura & considering reporting this to the Dept of Transportation, but I sure would like to know if this is something that has occurred before???

    I've owned Dodge, Plymouth, Olds, Ford Lincoln/Merc, Nissan, Toyota, all new like the Acura but never had this kind of problem.

    Thanks. :confuse: :lemon:
  • I have a 2006 RL, however I can't help you with the electrical problem, however your "gas guzzling" is caused by the shift point settings especially for 5th gear. The shift to 5th doesn't happen until about 45 mph. If you are in an area that is generally flat this is just a gas burner. If you manually kick it into 5th early you will see a much lower fuel burn. Acura set the shift points for performance as far as I can tell.

  • joesaxjoesax Posts: 2
    My 1999 Acura RL (3.5L) recently had a used engine swap and upon reassembly the car developed a gear grinding noise that sort of came and went. It definitely changed with the rotational speed of the car and not the engine RPM. In fact, it even happened when the car was put in neutral when rolling. My 1st exception is I believe that it is unrelated to the engine. Yesterday after only about 75 miles after the repair and this sound coming and going, the car violently came to a stop when it sounded and felt like a set of gears broke apart. The car was still running after that scary stop which confirmed that it wasn’t the engine. It actually was still drivable after that as I nursed it home. The transmission still seemed to shift through all its gears smoothly. So the tranny seems ok.

    The mechanic is attempting to claim innocence as his job was to just swap the engines which he did by dropping the engine and transmission out of the bottom of the car. The only thing that seemed strange to me was that he used the original old splined right side axil instead of using the axil that came with the new used engine. My thinking is that why wouldn’t he use the splined axil shaft that was already “worn in” with the replacement engine drive differential it came with? I’m wondering if the noise I was hearing was the meshing of the two dissimilar gears from two different engines and most likely from two different year cars.

    My concern now is what froze up that caused the car to lock up the front wheels and what needs to be done to rectify the situation. The gearing I am talking about is located in the oil pan of the engine. Is that engine oil or are those gears in a separate compartment that is fed transmission oil? How about any metal filings that may have been created as a result of improper gear mesh? Ouch! I could be way off on my diagnosis what else could it be? Your advice or a post on the Acura forum is welcome.


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