Acura CL Repair and Maintenance

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

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Acura CL Problems

Automatic Transmission Issues

The automatic transmission tends to malfunction more often than in similar models. The Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate.

"No start" Due to Ignition Switch Failure

The car will sometimes not start because of a problem with the ignition switch. Some models may have been recalled by Acura for this issue, please check with your dealer to be sure.

Automatic Transmission May Fail

The automatic transmission tends to fail more often than in similar models.

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Acura CL Questions

Good brand, new after market cv axle? (1 answer)

Hard to find OEM. Mechanics have replaced twice in 2 years. Acura only has remans.

What causes omething to rub against the shield by the brake assembly? (1 answer)

Is the shield bent or has the mechanic done something when he replaced the wheel bearings?

When I am driving in d5 gear, d5 blinks continually. (1 answer)

D5 gear blinks when I'm driving.

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Acura CL Recalls

Driver's Front Air Bag Defective

In a crash that deploys the driver's front air bag, the inflator of the air bag can rupture, causing metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will replace the front driver's air bag inflator free of charge to correct the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

Replacement Airbag Inflator Could Be Defective

Honda is recalling 2,430 vehicles because a driver's airbag inflator, installed as a replacement part, may be defective. In the event of deployment, these inflators could produce excess internal pressure and rupture, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace the driver's airbag inflator as necessary. The recall is expected to begin by June 27, 2011. 

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Acura CL Reviews

I bought my 1997 Acura CL in 2000 with less than 30,000 miles. I love this car. I had to have the air conditioner compressor replaced last year and the clutch replaced this year (with over 265,000 miles on the original clutch). Other than that, it's been routine wear and tear stuff - brakes, tires ,etc. My biggest problem is with the exhaust system. I've had to have 4 new exhausts in 6 o...
411K and still rolling strong.Rear main seal leaks but 1 quart a week maybe if I drive it alot. Had mormal maintenance done changed the oil every 7k used Full synthetic after 100k and still use it. Never changed the transmission fluid or any service. There are several recalls that I will take advatage of and didnt even know about until I came to this site today. Some are money saver like Ball J...
I bought a used 1998 accura cl. I hate this damn thing in a way that I cannot even put into words. The previous owner had to replace the engine at 70000 miles, said that he couldn't afford to own this car. At the time I I couldn't believe him but After a few months of owning it I needed a new clutch and transmission. Plastic radiator replaced twice. It seems that I have to recharge the ac e...

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