Repair and maintenance information for Acura vehicles
TOP 3 ACURA REPAIR PROBLEMS
Acura owners have often cited the transmission system as a big problem. This includes difficulty in shifting gears, jerky shifting, transmission slips, and many more. To begin with, Acura transmission systems are a bit harder compared to other makes. Most Acura models that were manufactured from 1999-2003 have engineering defects that cause cooling problems for the transmission parts. This can lead to premature wear and even engine failure. Transmission systems of selected models also fail due to lack of thread-locking compound for the low clutch. Simple maintenance routines like fluid changes and new oil kits are not going to solve or prevent the problem. You're going to need to replace most transmission components with better aftermarket parts. This is a technical do-it-yourself (DIY) task that requires experience. Get the help of a friend who's knowledgeable about engines-specifically transmissions. Refer to our transmission systems manual to get a better idea of the task at hand.
Steering problems are manifested by any of the following: difficulty in steering, erratic power steering assist, and noisy power steering pump. The power steering pump is the most common problem in Acuras. It is usually damaged by internal and external leaks. Internal leaks are harder to detect and are usually manifested by groaning during steering. External leaks, on the other hand, are manifested by brown or pinkish fluid dripping from the steering pimp, which is located in the rear of the vehicle. If left unattended, a faulty steering pump can compromise the maneuverability of your vehicle, increasing the risk for accidents. To solve this problem, a replacement bearing may be necessary if the pump is noisy. If replacing the bearing still doesn't do the trick, then you'll need to replace the entire pump. Refer to our power steering how-to guide to get easy-to-understand do-it-yourself (DIY) instructions. Proper maintenance will extend the service life of an Acura power steering pump. Be sure to check the fluid levels during every oil change and then add and replace when necessary. Also, check the tightness of the drive belt.
The keyless entry system of an Acura is infamous for getting easily worn. At times, the remote keyless entry unit is rendered useless, and drivers resort to using the keys instead. The first thing to do here is to identify the problem area. If the alarm is working and the lock is not responding to it, then you may need to replace the door lock actuator. You have to dissemble the door and find the unit. Located at the upper part of the driver's side door, the lock actuator is a rectangular box that is attached to the top side of the lock mechanism. Replace it with the compatible unit, and make sure that its connections are securely fastened. Sometimes, the transmitter of the remote becomes inoperative. Some broadcast towers interfere with the transmitter and make it useless. If this is the case, then you need to contact the nearest Acura dealership because only the manufacturer can replace this component.