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  • Matt Nieves
    Matt Nieves - 2000 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 6/18/2014
    My AC stopped working yesterday.
    when i turn on the A/C or Heater i can hear something click on but no air is coming out of the vents? any advice on what can be the issue?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 5/14/2014
    Squeaks every tire rotation
    The rear of my car squeaks every rotation. the brakes need to be changed, but it squeaked before that. any ideas of what it is?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Acura RL - Preventive Maintenance - 4/16/2014
    Programming remote...follow procedure...doors cycle...but remote does not work. Used two remotes, new batteries
    The instructions say if you hear doors cycle, remote is programmed. Why not work?
     
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  • brendan
    brendan - 2009 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 4/7/2014
    How do I reset the need oil change notification?
    Just got an oil change and the car is still telling me I need an oil change.
     
    • Jimm
      4/7/2014 Jimm
      1.Turn the ignition to (II) do not start the engine.

      2.Press the SEL/RESET button on the steering wheel repeatedly until engine oil life is displayed.

      3.Press and hold the SEL/RESET button for more than 10 seconds. The remaining engine oil life reset mode will be shown on the multi information display.

      4.Select RESET by pressing the INFO button, then press the SEL/RESET button to reset the engine oil life display. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to 100.

      5.Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.

      6.Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. Pushing start/stop button once without starting engine is equivalent of ignition (II).
    • Pepe
      4/7/2014 Pepe
      Turn the ignition to (II) do not start the engine.
      Press the SEL/RESET button on the steering wheel repeatedly until engine oil life is displayed.
      Press and hold the SEL/RESET button for more than 10 seconds. The remaining engine oil life reset mode will be shown on the multi information display.
      Select RESET by pressing the INFO button, then press the SEL/RESET button to reset the engine oil life display. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to 100.
      Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.
      Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. Pushing start/stop button once without starting engine is equivalent of ignition (II).
    • Pepe
      4/7/2014 Pepe
      Sorry we must have done at the same time, it was still unanswered when I putting this up.
  • brendan
    brendan - 2009 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 4/7/2014
    How do I reset the need oil change notification?
    Just got an oil change and the car is still telling me I need an oil change.
     
    • Jimm
      4/7/2014 Jimm
      1.Turn the ignition to (II) do not start the engine.

      2.Press the SEL/RESET button on the steering wheel repeatedly until engine oil life is displayed.

      3.Press and hold the SEL/RESET button for more than 10 seconds. The remaining engine oil life reset mode will be shown on the multi information display.

      4.Select RESET by pressing the INFO button, then press the SEL/RESET button to reset the engine oil life display. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to 100.

      5.Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.

      6.Models equipped with the keyless access system have an engine start/stop button instead of an ignition switch. Pushing start/stop button once without starting engine is equivalent of ignition (II).
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2013
    I am looking at the cost of maintenance on my current car and wondering if I should be buying a newer car instead.
    Items that need to be replaced: battery oil change timing belt tires AND one random issue: In stop-and-go traffic in hot weather (and even cold if the traffic conditions last quite a bit of time) the car's engine starts revving (the rpm shoots from 1-2000 up ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/11/2013 HouseCallAuto
      This question has not just one answer. If you like your car, keep it and fix it. If you can afford a new car and paying for repairs tends to bother you (not all because of money I mean) then get a new one. However, this car will go a long time yet and I see no excessive spending here as yet.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Acura Integra - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2013
    How often should I change the oil
    every how many miles?
     
  • kmagruder
    kmagruder - 2001 Acura CL - Preventive Maintenance - 7/29/2013
    What is Maintenance Schedule after 120,000 miles
    My owners manual only shows required maintenance up to 120,000 miles. What rule should I follow after the 120,000. My car currently has 141,000. Thank you,
     
    • Jimm
      7/29/2013 Jimm
      This detail should be listed in the vehicle maintenence guide - simply follow or repeat the same mileage / maintenance intervals in the same sequence for the 120k mileage and beyond. So, the maintenance items listed at the 125k, 130k, etc would be followed - same as at 25k, 30k, and so on.

      Try this website for further information; http://owners.acura.com/service-maintenance/minder

      Service items (below) for the 120k mileage service;
      5 Speed Automatic 3.2 Type S - Recommended service:
      ■Replace engine oil.
      ■Rotate tires (follow pattern on page 246 of your owner's manual).
      ■Replace engine oil filter.
      ■Inspect front and rear brakes.
      ■Check parking brake adjustment.
      ■Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots.
      ■Inspect suspension components.
      ■Inspect driveshaft boots.
      ■Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS).
      ■Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids, and check for leaks.
      ■Inspect cooling system hoses and conditions.
      ■#Inspect exhaust system.
      ■#Inspect fuel lines and connections.
      ■#: See information on maintenance and emissions warranty, last column, page 207 of your owner's manual.
      ■Replace air cleaner element. (Type S)
      ■Inspect and adjust drive belts.
      ■Replace dust and pollen filter
      Jimm
      7/29/2013 kmagruder
      Thank you so very much! I really appreciate the information.
  • pwoodward63
    pwoodward63 - 1992 Acura Integra - Preventive Maintenance - 7/29/2013
    How much should it cost?
    How much should it cost in my area colonial heights,va to get a basic tuneup with me providing the spark plugs and getting the trans fluid and filter replaced with me provinding the filter and trans fluid. this is a 2005 honda crv?
     
    • Jimm
      7/29/2013 Jimm
      Check these features on the AutoMD website; 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' for the repairs and relative cost for shops in your area.
  • krish.lall
    krish.lall - 2003 Acura MDX - Preventive Maintenance - 6/1/2013
    Why is my Ac sometimes blow cold air and hot air
    I was told that the compressor is not workin
     
    • frankiedonnn
      6/1/2013 frankiedonnn
      I had two vehicles which had a bad a/c compressor and both times the compressor made a loud screeching noise when switced on.Do all compressors do that when they are bad? I don't know.If the cycling switch wires are loose it could be causing the compressor to switch off and on with the movement of the vehicle.With the a/c running shake the cycling switch wires and see if it makes the compressor stop, also check the ground wires for tightness and be sure they are making proper contact with the metal. The cycling switch is on or near the accumulator or receiver/dryer also check other switches thats on the low pressure and high pressure lines.The problem could also be in the actuators or control switch.If the hot-water valve that brings the hot coolant from the engine is not turning off when it should the of course you won't get a/c when you need it .
  • PAT
    PAT - 1996 Acura RL - Preventive Maintenance - 5/29/2013
    Radio doesnt work but fuses are good
    I have a 1996 3.5 RL. The radio stopped, no power, but the fuses are good. Any suggestions?
     
  • gilbert_6
    gilbert_6 - 2006 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 5/27/2013
    How often does it need service?
    At 60,000 miles I'm told to change the Complance Bushings and the front end links plus wheel alignment. Is this necessary at this mileage? I had other cars with higher mileage and was never told to have this done. Pleas Help. Thanks.
     
    • Jimm
      5/18/2013 Jimm
      Don't bother - there is no 60k miles service; the model TL MID displays the appropriate service period and the type of repair or service necessary.

      Did the repair shop take the time to show you specifically - on your car - why this repair was necessary? Were they able to point out the worn parts or condition to you? If not, then why would the repair shop recommend this work in the first place?
      Jimm
      5/18/2013 gilbert_6
      Thanks Jimm - No the maintenance reminder never called for it and they didn't show me the condition or worn parts. So, again, thank you.
    • Jimm
      5/19/2013 Jimm
      Here is the list of items for the approximately 60k service;

      Oil and filter change
      Check fluids
      Adjust tire pressure, rotate, and balance
      Front and rear brake caliper service
      Air Filter - change
      Replace coolant (anti-freeze and water at 50/50 mixture)
      Transmission service, change fluid and filter (if equipped)
      Change brake fluid
      Replace A/C Filters (cabin air filter)
      Check parking brake adjustment
      Full underbody inspection
      Jimm
      5/19/2013 gilbert_6
      Just made a note of this list and I'll make sure these are the items that will be serviced and not the very expensive job that they were suggesting that needed to be done.
      Thank you Jimm
    • amc2727
      5/27/2013 amc2727
      Compliance bushings are probably just what they saw during the inspection of the vehicle. They're a rubber bushing on the front suspension of the car, so they would not be included for a maintenance service visit. Are they going to cause your TL to fall apart or become undriveable? No, but some are torn worse than others, and if neglected for long enough, they will tear in 2 pieces, thus possibly causing uneven tire wear, excessive noise, etc. We replace them frequently on MDXs, TSXs, and TLs. The alignment is just recommended with replacing front end components. Dont think they're out to misguide on repairs, maybe just being a little "pro-active" on components. Jim is right, they should be able to show you the bushings and show you the tears in them. Hope this helps!
      amc2727
      5/27/2013 gilbert_6
      Absolutely! It helps. It's just that that combination of work is going to be about $1200 + tax and I want to be sure before I spend the money.
      Thanks.
  • mgamadia
    mgamadia - 1999 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 3/24/2013
    I need my rear oxygen sensor replaced.
    I have a 1999 Acura TL 3.2. Looking for a estimate and a repair shop near zip 11557.
     
    • Jimm
      3/24/2013 Jimm
      Check the 'Find-A-Shop' and 'Estimate Cost' features on the AutoMD website for the relative repair costs and to locate repair shops in your area.

      Here are several possible on-line auto parts sources; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.1aauto.com, www.rockauto.com. For example, they (RockAuto) list the oxygen sensors from around $21.00 for your vehicle. Be sure to replace the O2 sensors in pairs - due to mileage, age, wear considerations.
  • maxpayne023558
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have a small leak. The best strategy to increase the odds of you finding the leak is to pressure check the cooling system with a pressure tester (get one, rent one for free at parts store with deposit) and do this check when the car is overnight cold. Absolutely do not even start the engine for even 30 seconds. Check it cold, pump the system up to 15 psi and start looking for a drip under the engine somewhere and be patient while you look. Even a slight ooze of coolant will give off a heavy smell.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/24/2013 maxpayne023558
      thank you. Do feel it maybe a Blown Head Gasket?
      HouseCallAuto
      2/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No, I do not think that would be the cause. I believe water pump, thermostat housing, radiator, loose clamp, like that.
  • tsunam
    tsunam - 2003 Acura TL - Preventive Maintenance - 2/18/2013
    "I have a 2003 honda accura. There seems to be two kinds of lug nuts on the tire. One has the basic hex design that I ca
    "I have a 2003 honda accura. There seems to be two kinds of lug nuts on the tire. One has the basic hex design that I can get off but there is one that has no grip pattern to get a hold of and has sort of a flower design in the middle. How do I get this ..."
     
    • Jimm
      2/18/2013 Jimm
      The second kind (as a flower pattern) is a lock - which needs the corresponding key to remove the single locking lug nut - in order to remove the wheel.