Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Acura MDX
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Acura MDX Problems
The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
A shudder or vibration may develop while driving at speeds between 35 and 40 MPH. Our technicians tell us this condition is commonly caused by a failed automatic transmission torque converter. It is recommend to replace the torque converter and install an updated powertrain control module (PCM) to correct this concern.
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Acura issued a recall on a number of 2005 vehicles because the gas tanks were improperly manufactured and could leak in the event of a crash. It is unclear if all the fuel fill issues are related to the recall or not. For more information on this recall please click here»
The clutch in the torque converter can fail allowing debris to circulate throughout automatic transmission.
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve or the evaporative emission control (EVAP) solenoid can stop functioning. Failure of either one can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
Acura MDX Recalls (Recent)
Summary: HONDA IS RECALLING 2,032 HITCH STYLE BIKE RACKS SOLD AS AFTERMARKET FOR USE ON MY 2003-2007 AND SOME MY 2008 HONDA PILOT, RIDGELINE, AND ACURA MDX VEHICLES. A PINCH BOLT EXISTS BETWEEN THE BIKE ARM BRACKET AND THE UPRIGHT ASSEMBLY OF THE "HITCH" STYLE BICYCLE RACK.Learn more »
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Honda and Acura are recalling numerous 2001–2004 vehicles to inspect for an internal automatic transmission fault. This fault could result in gear failure, which can cause the transmission to lock up. If the transmission were to lock up with the vehicle in motion, a crash could result. If the inspection reveals internal transmission damage, the transmission will be replaced. If no internal damaged is noted, the transmission oil cooler return line will be revised in order to increase fluid flow. For more information, please call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.Learn more »
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Honda has recalled 2002 Accord, Odyssey, Acura CL, MDX, and 2003 Honda Pilot, Acura CL, and TL vehicles because the timing belt tensioner pulley, which is mounted on the water pump, may be misaligned and at risk for failure. Dealers will inspect the tensioner pulley and water pump and will replace the pump and timing belt if necessary.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, SOME FUEL TANKS WERE IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN AREAS WHERE LARGE QUANTITIES OF ROAD SALT ARE USED, THE FRONT SUSPENSION COIL SPRINGS HAVE INSUFFICIENT CORROSION PROTECTION, AND MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CORROSION.Learn more »
Acura MDX Questions and Answers
my mdx vibrates in intervals on a speed of about 35 to 50 mph. the vibrations or rattles come on and off. what can be the problem?
My car won't start sometimes (especially when it is hot. The repair guy said it was the immobilizer. How can i fix this?
When I drive for a few minutes and come to a stop at a red light and then accelearate, I hear a loud thud, the vehicle becomes immobile for a few seconds and then starts driving ok. I took it to my...
I can't find my owners manual & I was wondering if anyone can tell me the instructions on how to reset my check engine light on my 2001 mdx
Acura MDX Reviews
Dash vents very poorly built
I plugged my cell phone adapter into one of the sockes and my whole system shut down. I have no radio or navigation system. What can be going on and where can I take it for repair. Thanks
Passenger AC vent blows cold air, but driver side vent blows warm air. It does have a dual system.
At 140k my 201 MDX started making a weird transmission noise. It didn't slip, it just sounded like something wasn't right. I tookit to an Acura deal;ership to check out the problem. They said, "We don't repair, we replace for $6500. I took it to AAMCO and they said, "$2500 to rebuild." I called up a long-time mechanic friend who in college won the national champianship in transmission repair. He told me to get a product called "Torque Converter Shudder Control" made by www.drtranny.com and I wouldn't have to call him back. I found it at O'Reilly Auto Parts for less than 7 bucks. My MDX now has 255k. I keep my transmission serviced by pumping in new transmission fluid as old is pumped out of the entire transmission. Also keep that 2 ounce product in my transmission. That priduct ought togoin every transmission over 100k. Just cut off end of tube and squeeze in Transmission dip stick.
Hey visitor in northrop, ny - don't blame your wife for the vent tabs breaking. i have an '04 mdx and all vent tabs on front dash (driver side, center console and passenger side) have broken on numerous occasions. each time they are replaced at the dealer i've been told this particular part breaks all the time - even been told by one service rep that it's a "design defect". It's a real hassle as we live in the mountains in a rural area, closest Acura dealer is 3 hours away. It's an awful design and a real pain when they keep breaking. not to mention the cost each time. i have 114K miles on the car and the tabs started breaking periodically at around 20K miles - we've had the same problem ever since. We don't have kids and they've broken off when both my husband and I have been using the car. The service at the dealer has been less than stellar - and I've had to contact the corporate acura office. Initially the replacements were under warranty but once we hit 50K miles we had to start paying even though it's been a recurring problem that started while the car was under warranty.