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  • Shae
    Shae - 1997 Acura RL - Engine - 8/26/2014
    What could be sounding like its trying to adjust something?
    When I start the car I hear it for a couple of minutes and then it stops. Its kinda loud. It go high low pitch. I dont know if that description helps. Miles is 126,000 the abs and airbag light is on. I have to change my back brakes so the abs light is on.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Acura Legend - Engine - 8/9/2014
    95 Acura Legend Overheating?
    I have 95 acura legend that is overheating. It has a brand new radiator, and thermostat. When I run the vehicle without the thermostat it doesn't overheat, but with it installed it does. This is the second thermostat we have used and have gotten the same result. My ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/9/2014 Jimm
      The most common cause of overheating is because of an external leak from a water pump or a radiator or heater hose. The way to find the leak is to wait till it is overnight cold and maybe just pour water in and see if the leak is large enough to see it simply leak out from where it has a leak. if you pour in a half gallon or more and you still see no leak its time to pressure check the system.

      Here is a short list of possible causes for overheating;

      Low coolant level
      Leaking coolant
      Improper coolant concentration (not at recommended 50 / 50 mix of anti-freeze and water)
      Clogged radiator hoses
      Clogged heater hoses
      Clogged radiator passages
      Clogged heater core
      Faulty thermostat
      Faulty water pump
      Faulty radiator cooling fans
      Faulty radiator cooling fan switch (coolant temperature sensor)
      Faulty / worn serpentine drive belt
      Faulty / worn drive belt tensioner
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1995 Acura Legend - Engine - 8/5/2014
    95 Acura Legend Overheating?
    I have 95 acura legend that is overheating. It has a brand new radiator, and thermostat. When I run the vehicle without the thermostat it doesn't overheat, but with it installed it does. This is the second thermostat we have used and have gotten the same result. My ...
     
    • CVO
      8/5/2014 CVO
      Air pockets trapped in the cooling system can cause the engine to overheat. Some cooling systems have air bleed valves built into the system to aid in the removal of air pockets. Advice: For many cooling systems, the method of removing air pockets is to start the engine and allow it to run with the radiator cap off or loose until all the air escapes from the neck of the radiator. For some systems this method is not sufficient, and the manufacturer has installed air bleed valves usually near or on the thermostat housing.
  • fosstonbrawler
    fosstonbrawler - 1998 Acura CL - Engine - 8/3/2014
    Starter spins freely some times when i go to start my car but its a brand new starter what else could it be?
    159,xxx miles just put in a new starter. It will happen when its warm or cold It occurs quite often but not all the time
     
    • Chevy doctor
      8/3/2014 Chevy doctor
      Usually in means starter is bad again. Usually a bad flywheel will make a grind noise or a high pitch screech during engagement.
  • fosstonbrawler
    fosstonbrawler - 1998 Acura CL - Engine - 8/3/2014
    Starter spins freely but i just put in a new starter. What else could it be?
    159,xxx miles new starter The starter spins freely quite often. Sometimes it will start normal but otherwise it just spins freely. It started happening last summer but it would be once or twice then start right up. It happens when its warm and cold. The check ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Acura Integra - Engine - 7/16/2014
    Engine cranks will not start,sometimes starts and quickly dies out
    engine cold no warning lights 107000 miles recent tuneup new distributor three years ago last timing belt done at 59000 miles problem started a month ago happens once in awhile when car runs it runs fine
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1993 Acura Integra - Engine - 7/16/2014
    Engine cranks will not start and sometimes cranks but soon dies out?
    107,000 miles recent tune up and new battery, happens mostly when engine cold,not all the timeand started a month ago;check engine light not on and no other warning lights. three years ago replaced distributor
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Acura TL - Engine - 6/14/2014
    Car cranks but will not start unless you use starting fluid. Has good fuel pressure. What do I check next?
    Just installed motor in car
     
    • Chevy doctor
      6/14/2014 Chevy doctor
      If your vehicle starts with starting spray but not with fuel then there probably is a issue with injectors. If you are sure you have good fuel pressure, then check to see If your timing is set right and your injectors are pulsing. Make sure no can or crank codes. Is the fuel pressure good at the fuel rail. Plugged filter..
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Acura TL - Engine - 6/14/2014
    Car cranks but will not start unless you use starting fluid. Fuel pressure is good. What do I check next?
    Just installed motor in car
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Acura TL - Engine - 6/2/2014
    I noticed a oily sludge around the bottom of the motor and my oil filter was covered in what looks like oil.
    In my opinion it looks like a some kind of leak around the area, the oily sludge is light brown and really creamy. I was in a collision recently where there was minor front end damage nothing that i think would interfere with the motor.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Acura TL - Engine - 6/2/2014
    I noticed a oily sludge around the bottom of the motor and my oil filter was covered in what looks like oil.
    In my opinion it looks like a some kind of leak around the area, the oily sludge is light brown and really creamy. I was in a collision recently where there was minor front end damage nothing that i think would interfere with the motor.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Acura TL - Engine - 6/2/2014
    I noticed a oily sludge around the bottom of the motor and my oil filter was covered in what looks like oil.
    In my opinion it looks like a some kind of leak around the area, the oily sludge is light brown and really creamy. I was in a collision recently where there was minor front end damage nothing that i think would interfere with the motor.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Acura Integra - Engine - 5/31/2014
    How to replace a bypass hose on the cooling system.
    looks like about 3/4 hose coming off the main cooling system to a small metal tube
     
    • Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jimm
      The cooling system bypass hose is connected to the side of the engine - two tubes are connected to the heater connecting pipe. Typically, these hoses are secured using standard band clamps.

      The part costs no more than $3.00 - $5.00 for the cooling system bypass hose. The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
  • Jessica
    Jessica - 1995 Acura Integra - Engine - 5/31/2014
    My car keeps dieing and I have to wait a while before it will start? What should I replace next?
    While I was at a stop sign my car died I replaced the spark plug wires because one was not connecting to the distributor snuggly, my car started right up after I drove maybe a half hour later and my car died again this time no dash lights came on at all. About an ...
     
    • Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jimm
      Before throwing money and parts at the problem, first steps - check these items; air filter (check cleanliness and replace if over 2 years / 24k miles), fuel filter (same recommendation). Is the issue that the engine dies at random and struggles to restart?

      Next, check these items; battery cables / terminals at the battery (should be clean and tight), remove the four (4) spark plugs to check condition and re-gap if appearance is OK.
      Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jessica
      I did a complete tune up when I got the car about 2 months ago the only thing I didn't replace was the plug wires which I just did the other day. Yes it randomly died 2 times and wouldn't start turns over but won't start. Now if I turn the car off after being driven it won't start so I have to let it sit and then it eventually starts
      Jimm
      5/31/2014 Jessica
      Yesterday the car died once while I was driving in just lost all power and there were no dash lights that came on to warn me it was dieing
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Acura TSX - Engine - 5/6/2014
    The dealer is telling me an actuator has gone bad and that after replacing the actuator the valves will need adjusting.
    The cost of replacing the actuator was over and the car only has 60/m miles. Is the actuator a self adjuster for the timing belt
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/6/2014 GT500Knights
      What actuator are you referring to?
      GT500Knights
      5/6/2014 AutoMD Member
      Not sure. this is my daughters car. When she starts the car a grinding noise for a few seconds and it is gone. Would the actuator be a self tensioner for the timing belt. They had to readjust the valves after replacing the actuator. Service tech says this is common in the TSX V-6 engine
    • GT500Knights
      5/6/2014 GT500Knights
      The grinding noise may be from starter motor engagement. The key should be turned just long enough to get the engine running. If you turn the key, the engine starts, and continue to hold the key, you will hear a grinding noise. This is because the starter motor is only designed to rotate at a specific speed (which is about a quarter to half of what the idle speed is). Say for example, the starter motor rotates at 2500 rpm. 2500 rpm of the starter motor will rotate the engine at around 250 rpm, based on the number of teeth on the fly wheel and the starter motor pinion gear. When the engine is able to continue on its own, it will jump, let's say, to 1000 rpm. Now, if you re-engage the starter motor with the engine running, you will be forcing the starter motor to be spun at 10,000 rpm. This causes a loud grinding sound when trying to engage the starter with an already-started engine, and it also applies to holding the key in "start" for too long.

      As for the actuator, it may be something that controls variable timing. I'm not a honda or Acura tech, but if the manufacturer said the valves needed adjustment (which seems odd for a fairly new vehicle), I would trust their word for it.