2004 Acura TSX Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Acura TSX

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2004 Acura TSX Problems

Loud Rattle Type Noise from Engine After Cold Start

A loud rattle type noise may be noted from the engine after a cold start. This can be caused by a faulty valve timing control actuator. Replacing the failed actuator will commonly correct this noise issue.

Illumination of Entertainment/Navigation Screen and Switches May Fail

The illumination of the entertainment/navigation screen and switches may fail. This is generally caused by a failed circuit board. Acura has extended the warranty on the audio display unit to 7 years or 105,000 miles for the 2004 model year only.

The Brake Pedal May Become Soft and/or Low

Some vehicles may develop a soft, low brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition may be caused by a faulty vehicle stability assist (VSA) modular control unit. If this is the case replacement of the VSA modular control unit would be required.

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2004 Acura TSX Questions

Brake light switch (1 answer)

My vsa light is on how much is for brake light switch

I have a 2004 tsx. I had alil accident with the wondering how much to repair it (2 answers)

How much should it cost to repair a drive chain? (2 answers)

Our Acura TSX has over 100,000 miles on it. Three days ago it would not start that morning. We had it towed via AAA to a local repair shop. He thinks it may be the Drive belt. He wants to order the "kit". It would cost $500. He quoted a total of $800 including labor. However, after rese...

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2004 Acura TSX Recalls

The Engine May Start Unexpectedly

In states that use corrosive materials for deicing the road the driver may track materials into the vehicle that saturate the carpeting. If the carpet becomes saturated it can drip onto the engine's Electronic Control Unit (ECU) resulting in corrosion of the ECU housing. This damage may cause the engine to stall without warning. Dealers will inspect and replace any damaged ECU. All vehicles will have a waterproof cover installed onto the ECU.

Leaking Power Steering Fluid May Catch Fire

A leak may develop from one of the power steering hoses. Fluid could leak onto the hot exhaust pipe, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will perform the repairs necessary to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on May 28, 2010. The Acura recall number is R35.

Potential Loss of Rear Lights

The wire harness located in the trunk hinge area is not adequately protected and over time could be damaged by the trunk opening and closing. A damaged harness could result in a blown fuse, causing loss of license plate, back-up, and tail light function. Loss of tail lights could reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash. This recall began on September 15, 2004. The Acura recall number is P45.

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2004 Acura TSX Reviews

The dash control lights blew a fuse for HVAC type controls just below the nav screen. Thankfully it was a recall item and the dealer fixed it no problem. I have 68,000 miles and the front suspension is starting to creak just a tiny bit. The interior is rock solid. So creaks, cracks, or squeaks. Everything works as expected. The driver's seat is starting to show some age in the leather but...
150,000 miles later it's still a great car. I had to change the clutch and starter when the car hit 130,000 miles. The only major problem I had with it was the cooling system. A/C compressor was changed three times (due to faulty parts) n condenser was changed once (luckily, I only had to pay once for parts and labor) and, of course, it doesn't seem to work as well as it did before.
Pros: Great blend of economy and performance. Beautiful interior and exterior. Good handling. High quality beyond its price. Cons: Fragile. Paint scratches, chips and fades like none other I've seen. Went from red to orange during my ownership despite fanatical attention to it. Tan leather began to show blue marks around seams -- dealer blamed my blue jeans, but investigation uncovered manu...

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