1996 Acura RL Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Acura RL

1996 Acura RL Problems

Check Engine Light due to failed EGR valve or restricted passages

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to failure of the exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR valve), or restricted passages in the engine related to the EGR system.

Electrical Relay to Fuel Pump May Fail

The relay that supplies electrical power to the fuel pump may fail, causing the engine to stall or fail to start.

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1996 Acura RL Questions

what is usualy done on a tuneup (1 answer)

Started engine and heard a continuous buzzing sound coming from glove compartment side of car (2 answers)

Sometimes when the ABS light goes off,
the buzzing stops, sometimes not.
This is the first time I've heard this
sound.
What could be causing this and is it dangerous to drive when the sound is on?

How to find out if a recall repair has been done (1 answer)

I just discovered on CAR FAX that recalls where issued in 1999 for all 1996-1998 Acura 3.5RL's with automatic transmissions!!
The recall follows right along with tranny issues we inherited AFTER owning it for only 6 Days!! Recall states that a bolt can drop out of Tranny and cause the e...

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1996 Acura RL Recalls

Acura Recalls 1996–1998 TL and 1996–1999 RL Models Due to a Loose Transmission Case Bolt

Acura is recalling certain 1996–1998 TL and 1996–1999 RL models because an automatic transmission case bolt may loosen and fall out, allowing the transmission to disengage from the differential. This may cause a loss of power to the drive wheels without warning. Also, a parked vehicle could move unexpectedly if the parking brake is not set. Dealers will install a redesigned transmission case bolt to correct this issue.

Premature Ball Joint Wear

The ball joints in the front suspension may prematurely wear out. The ball joints could break in severe circumstances, which may cause an accident. Dealers will replace the front suspension lower ball joints. This recall is expected to begin by May 17, 1999.

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1996 Acura RL Reviews

We have driven our 96 RL 142,000 mi. And Love the car but we have had to repair the transmission 3 times. Because of something shearing in the differential area which I understand was a recall issue in the past. Shame that it can't be more dependable ! Can't decide to replace the tranny with a used one and try again ?
i love driving my car but it has an electrical problem where it kills the battery after a couple of days of not driving it. The brakes chatter or vibrate when they are applied to stop the vehicle.

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