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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Acura RL

Acura RL Models:

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Acura RL Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The Airbag (SRS) warning light may illuminate due to one or more failed sensors. Our technicians recommend complete diagnoses of any stored fault codes because these sensors can be very expensive to replace.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to failure of the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve, or restricted passages in the engine related to the EGR system.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The relay that supplies electrical power to the fuel pump may fail, causing the engine to stall or fail to start.

Drive Train -- Verified

Some automatic transmissions have a shifting problem that can be corrected by simply reprogramming the computer.

Drive Train -- Verified

Acura extended the warranty due to numerous issues with the automatic transmission. Problems with the automatic transmission may make the car undrivable and can result in costly repairs.

Acura RL Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 2, 2006

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Honda has recalled 2006 Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Acura MDX, RL, RSX, TL, TSX, and 2007 Honda Fit vehicles because the contact information for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is listed incorrectly in the owner's manual. Honda is contacting dealers and customers to provide them with a postcard containing the correct information.

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Brakes, July 28, 2003

RepairPal Expert Overview:

The brake system master cylinder may corrode internally. This may result in poor braking performance and lengthened stopping distances, which can cause an accident. Dealers will replace the master cylinder assembly.

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Brakes, May 16, 2002

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Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles due to possible brake light switch failure, which is caused by assembly oil contaminating the electrical contacts. The brake lights may not illuminate when the brakes are applied, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will clean excess oil from the brake pedal assembly and replace the brake light switch.

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Drive Train, August 30, 1999

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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.

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Suspension & Steering, May 17, 1999

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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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Acura RL Questions and Answers

rww, 1996 Acura RL, Plano, TX

My Bose stereo was working GREAT!!!!! Then I had to have my battery changed and now the stereo does not work at all!!!When I turn it on it just comes back with code.What does anyone suggest I do???

tomgug, 1996 Acura RL, Millville, MA

my car is really great a solid running car, but when I don't drive it for a day or so it won't start, the cd player doesn't work and the engine light does not work. Could all of the...

breana, 1996 Acura RL, Newport News, VA

the differential has been replaced. transmission is grinding. wanted to know if the gears can be bought and replaced in the transmission.

burly, 1996 Acura RL, 3.5L V6, Wirtz, VA

Just replaced the fuel injection relay, car starts and runs fine, but now I'm getting the SRS light in dash. Checked 10 amp fuse replaced with new fuse, still have SRS light on. Any suggestions

raybe, 1996 Acura RL, Macon, GA

battery dead when jumped off all exterior lights stay on ?

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Acura RL Reviews

This is the best car ive ever owned. I love it.

my 1997 acura tcs and abs lights are on I would like to know why my car stalls to accelerate when the tcs system is engaged but when its off it runs fine

I first have only one concern, the SRS light is on and I understand there was a recall to fix the sensor I believe. I will take it to the Acura dealership and need to make a point to take the time to do it.

Now, for the review... you're going to be jealous when I tell you this car was purchased brand new (13 miles) in December of 2002 and it has only 21,500 miles on it now! The car was purchased by Mom and with her living downtown, doesn't need to drive much. It has been totally flawless mechanically, visually, and comfort. I wish that it got a few more miles per gallon. There are no complaints so far and from what I hear about people putting 80,000 miles without major problems, this car should last another 15 years easily. So it has been easy on the pocketbook.

I have a 2004 BMW 325i Sport pkge that I purchased new in 04. I have only 34,000 miles on it (low as well) and have been very happy with it. I know that in the next couple of years, we're going to sell one of the two, but I don't know which one yet. Tough choice between BMW and Acura top of the line. I fear that the beemer may command a higher repair cost when repairs are needed, but I love that car too, sporty and my style. But the RL is luxurious and comfortable and great should I take a long trip some day....

Your opinion is greatly appreciated regarding which one I should keep, when the time comes..... would love your comments. (nicknpdx@gmail.com)

Kingsley Bayoh

I have a 2000 3.5 RL, bought used in 2003 with 50000 miles.
I now have 360,000 miles. A great car. I kept all maintenance. A lot of money was spent to keep it top notch. A very reliable car.
The following were problems encountered since I bought the car 10 years ago.
1. emission control
2. Electrical Problems, such as alarm sounding off un-necessarily, that causes the fuse to blow off. Trunk does not open from inside. Steering adjustment control does not work.
3. Brakes does not apply immediately, even with new rotors including new brake pads.
4.Numerious gasket replacement problems, which is very costly.
5. Door regulator problems
6. Shock assober or strut problems.
7. Interior leader seats cracks, driver door shoulder rest, venial and seat bottom covers are not good.
Overall the car worth keeping to the end.

Yesterday I went to open my console and the lid came off whats the deal and how do you fix it?