2002 Acura MDX Q&A
2002 Acura MDX Question: Torque Converter
It may effect more than your mileage. What was it that prompted the dealer to say that your Torque Converter went out? Was it a Check Engine Light for a slipping torque Converter Clutch or did the Converter fail in another way? If the Converter Clutch is slipping, it may be able to go for while. If the impeller and or turbine of the Converter is failing, this can send tiny metal particles all through your transmission which will eventually damage it. If the Torque Converter was making noise at 45 mph that is when the converter clutch is kicking in. This, frankly, does not sound good. It means that metal parts are clashing which can mean the particles that I spoke of could be getting in to the rest of your transmission. I would go to an ATRA ( Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association of America ) registered shop in your area. These tend to be the best shops for transmission work. I would stay away from any franchises, they tend to be VERY inconsistent. It is a very high level skill to properly do Automatic trans work. That is why the dealerships don't do it any more, they just replace them. I spent several years as a dealership trans rebuilder so I have an appreciation for this work. I think that you could get a better price for this job at an ATRA shop. Be sure to have them flush out your system to remove any particles from your fluid, transmission and cooler(s). - dandd
I agree with Dan. The Acura MDX has a higher than acceptable ate of transmission failure. The Check Engine Light is frequently illuminated with a code signifying torque converter/transmission related problems. - patrick mannion
Just picked up my 2005 MDX from dealer after replacing the torque converter. It appears that the vibration/grinding between 35-40 mph has now been eliminated. For background, I reported this problem in March 2009, a couple of months prior to the expiration of my warranty. The service tech stated that he/she could not reproduce the noise I was hearing. Over a year later, the noise was now continuous. I took the vehicle in and this time the service tech could hear the noise. I was told that the vehicle was out of warranty (45,000 miles, but over 60 months) and that it would cost $2,000 to $3,000 to fix the problem. I opened up a case file with Honda America. After several calls, I was offered a repair for $500. I continued to complain and mentioned that I had uncovered over 100 complaints for the exact same issue. The Honda rep. still would not budge on the $500 cost to me. Finally, I mentioned that I might pursue a "class action suit". He said he would speak to the district supervisor. Miraculously, he came back and said that Honda America could cover 100% of the repair. I would suggest that anyone battling this issue out with Honda America mention "class action suit". There attitude seems to change quite significantly! Good luck! - kpsmith999
I had my torque converter replaced by Acura just over 50,000 miles. I had reported it NUMEROUS times to the dealership and they could never duplicate. That goodness I made them document it so when it was over the 50,000 miles and out of warranty they replaced it under warranty. I am now closing in on 100,000 miles and it is acting up again. It is in the shop as we speak so we will see what they say about replacing it again. - Visitor
I have a 2003 mdx with 113,400 miles on it and Im getting a new factory refurbished tranny and torque converter with all the updates now cause my torque converter was going too! it ruined my tranny also so its not just causes bad gas mileage it damages ur transmission which goes on all mdx's from 2001 to 2003 their a problem and they all go bad eventually, so be prepaired to pay, mine cost me 2,800 installed at a local transmission place which i know the owner so i know that i could trust his judgement and i needed it once he took apart the tranny it was damaged due to the torque converter. it started making noise around 6 months ago it would rattle at around 40mph. so just a warning to you. - Visitor
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