2002 Acura RL Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Acura RL

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2002 Acura RL Problems

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.

Check Engine Light for Running Rough and Difficulty Starting

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 1996-2012 Acura RL may fail, causing:

  • Illumination of the check engine light
  • OBD trouble codes P0401 and P1491
  • Rough idle
  • Reduced fuel economy
  • Engine vibrations
  • Hesitation or stalling
  • Long cranking before engine starts
  • Failure of state or federal smog tests
  • The EGR valve has open and closed positions, and opens or closes on command from the computer.

    Exhaust gases constantly pass through the valve when it is open, leaving carbon deposits on the valve. These carbon deposits may lead the the valve sticking in the open or closed position.

    To correct this issue, sometimes it is sufficient to clean the valve, but replacement is recommended in all cases.

    For further information on your vehicle's issue, try out our diagnostics tool here.

    Engine Stalls While Driving and Will not Start

    The 1996-2006 Acura RL may have issues with the fuel pump and fuel injection relays.

    These relays send power to the fuel pump and fuel injectors when the key is turned to the “ON” position. So, when they fail, there is no electrical current to the necessary fuel system components to send fuel into the engine, causing engine stalling or failure to start.

    In this situation, there are many other possibilities, so testing components is vital for time and money savings.

    If the relays test bad, they must be replaced with relays specific for that circuit.

    To help prolong the life of your under-hood electrical components, ensure the lid for the fuse block is closed, and any factory sealing material is correctly installed.

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    2002 Acura RL Questions

    rear tail lights and third brake light stay on. Do not shut off when you turn the car off. Now must disconnect the battery. This started yeasterday. (1 answer)

    rear tail lights and third brake light do not go off. Stay on after shutting car (1 answer)

    Started doing this yesterday. Now have to disconnect battery to keep car from draining the battery. Not front headlights. Only the rear.

    What could cause my radio and interior lights not to work. (1 answer)

    I checked the fuses and the interior light fuse was broken and when i changed it they both started working again after a couple of hours they went out again and when checking the fuses the interior was broken again. What cqn cause this to happen.

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    2002 Acura RL Recalls

    Acura Recalls 2000–2002 TL Vehicles Due to Possible Brake Light Switch Failure

    Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles due to possible brake light switch failure, which is caused by assembly oil contaminating the electrical contacts. The brake lights may not illuminate when the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will clean excess oil from the brake pedal assembly and replace the brake light switch.

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    2002 Acura RL Reviews

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    I first have only one concern, the SRS light is on and I understand there was a recall to fix the sensor I believe. I will take it to the Acura dealership and need to make a point to take the time to do it. Now, for the review... you're going to be jealous when I tell you this car was purchased brand new (13 miles) in December of 2002 and it has only 21,500 miles on it now! The car was purch...
    Yesterday I went to open my console and the lid came off whats the deal and how do you fix it?
    I was fortunate enough to find an '02 RL with 58k, in May of '11. The car was actually owned by a little old "man" form Pasadena, then a year prior to me purchasing the car, bought by a high end sports car dealer for his elderly mother. The car basically sat for one year, then the guy sold it, due to non-use. My only complaint about the body (3 stars) is the cover coat is starting to fail....

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