The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.
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2002 Acura MDX
2002 Acura MDX Problems
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.
2002 Acura MDX Recalls (Recent)
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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.
RepairPal Expert Overview:
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.
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2002 Acura MDX Questions and Answers
I was told by the Acura dealership my Torque converter went out. They told me that it will only impact my gas mileage, is that true? Acuras estimate was $2700 do you know where I could get it done ...
The place I get my oil change (the lube center) always tries to get me to pay $150 to get the engine oil flushed to remove sludge. Is this really necesarry?
I have a lest headlight out. I bought a pair of head lamps and replaces both. Sill left light out. I swaped head lamps left to right etc. Still no left head light. Called the dealer and they said i...
My CEL came on and remained. Local shop check reflected a temp code P1491-exhaust gas recirculating valve lift insufficient & perm code 0172-system too rich. What does this mean? Incidently, ...