1997 Acura TL Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Acura TL
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1997 Acura TL ProblemsAutomaticTransmission May Fail, May Have Extended Warranty
Automatic transmission problems are common and these transmissions have high failure rates. Acura has voluntarily extended the warranty on many of its automatic transmissions, so be sure to check with an Acura dealership to confirm warranty coverage.
Automatic Transmission May Fail Prematurely
The green "Drive" light on the dashboard tends to burn out, requiring replacement of the burned out bulb.
The exhaust manifold commonly fails on the 5 cylinder engine and may develop an exhaust leak that is especially noticeable when the car is cold.
1997 Acura TL QuestionsOil in spark plug compartment (1 answer)
I went to check the cars engine out more in depth once I got it back home. It drove nicely and shifted smooth as well as passed ODBIII test. Practicly got the car for next to nothing. But after checking the oil and seeing it looked lower than when I checked earlier that morning I decided to check...
Started car previous night and radio would not work, anti theft light on radio blinked while car was running. This morning car started right up but again no radio. Left work tonight and turned key in ignition and nothing, no crank, no dash board lights. Tried to start 5 time over a half hour an...
1997 Acura TL RecallsAcura 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.
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.