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1998 Acura TL Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your 1998 Acura TL

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1998 Acura TL Problems

Green "Drive" Light on Dashboard May Burn Out

The green "Drive" light on the dashboard tends to burn out, requiring replacement of the burned out bulb.

Check Engine Light for Running Rough and Difficulty Starting

The exhaust recirculation valve (EGR) on the 1995-2014 Acura TL 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.

    Check Engine Light and Engine Takes too Long to Start

    The 1998-2014 Acura TL commonly has problems with the EVAP canister vent solenoid. It stops responding to commands to open and close, and the following occurs:

  • Illumination of the check engine light
  • OBD trouble code P1457 is stored
  • Engine takes longer than usual to start
  • Fuel mileage decreases noticeably
  • The valve is located on the charcoal canister, and is meant to open and close upon command. It fails due to corrosion breaking one of two internal seals, which allows air to escape the system, signaling the OBD trouble code P1457.

    Correcting the problem can be done by replacing the vent valve, or, in some cases, cleaning and resealing the vent valve has been successful. You can get an estimate for this repair here.

    A worn, missing, or loose gas cap can cause the same issues.

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    1998 Acura TL Questions

    where is the cabin filter exactly (1 answer)

    where is the cabin filter exactly

    Why would antifreeze leak out of the back of the motor by the firewall. (1 answer)

    What's in the back of the motor by the fire wall that could be leaking antifreeze

    Car cranks but won't start (1 answer)

    Just drove it home and parked it just a couple hours after I moved it into some shade so I could go and take out my after market radio and speakers (keep in mind it's only been a couple mins since I started it) once I got done' taking everything out and putting stock radio in I try to tur...

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    1998 Acura TL 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 TL Reviews

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    vehicle is excellent, I am planning to have this car for another 10 years.

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