1998 Acura RL Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Acura RL

1998 Acura RL Problems

Acura extended automatic transmission warranty

Acura extended the warranty due to numerous issues with the automatic transmission. Problems with the automatic transmission may make the car undrivable and can result in costly repairs.

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.

Sensor Problems May Cause SRS Light To Turn On

The Airbag (SRS) warning light may illuminate due to one or more failed sensors. Our technicians recommend complete diagnoses of any stored fault codes because these sensors can be very expensive to replace.

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1998 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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1998 Acura RL Reviews

This is the best car ive ever owned. I love it.
Ok, My 1998 RL only has 72,000 miles and I'm the only owner. Really no problems except minor ones but I do have a question for other owners. Every time I go to the dealer for oil change they keep telling me I need to have the timing belt changed. Have all of you with many miles on their RLs changed the belt? Last year I had a problem when the car would not start and had it towed but it was a s...
My car shift's really hard sometimes doe's anyone know what I need to do to fix it? I like my Car a lot

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