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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Acura TL

Acura TL Models:

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Acura TL Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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

Miscellaneous -- Verified

A squeak type noise may be noted when raising or lowering the front door glass. Our technicians tell us that in most cases this issue can be corrected by replacing the door glass seal.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The exhaust manifold commonly fails on the 5 cylinder engine and may develop an exhaust leak that is especially noticeable when the car is cold.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

If one of the power window motors is not very strong, and the window moves slowly. Operating the windows with the engine running will help take some of the stress off the motor and prolong its lifespan.

Acura TL Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 20, 2001

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Acura is recalling certain 2000–2002 TL vehicles that may have had incorrect parts installed as a result of a previous seat belt buckle recall. These seat belts may not comply with federal safety standards. Dealers will inspect and replace the front seat belt buckles free of charge.

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Body, Interior & Misc., May 9, 2001

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Acura is recalling certain 2002 TL vehicles due to improperly manufactured seat belt buckles. In the event of a crash, seat occupants may not be properly restrained. Dealers will inspect front seat belt buckles and replace as necessary.

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Drive Train, April 27, 2004

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Honda and Acura are recalling numerous 2001–2004 vehicles to inspect for an internal automatic transmission fault. This fault could result in gear failure, which can cause the transmission to lock up. If the transmission were to lock up with the vehicle in motion, a crash could result. If the inspection reveals internal transmission damage, the transmission will be replaced. If no internal damaged is noted, the transmission oil cooler return line will be revised in order to increase fluid flow. For more information, please call Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or Acura at 1-800-382-2238.

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Drive Train, August 30, 1999

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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 TL Questions and Answers

lilg18, 1996 Acura TL, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Oklahoma City, OK

i put a new starter on my car and it want start ... i also put a battary in there i dont knw whatts wrong... it say i have a anti lock but ...

blackhawk, 1996 Acura TL, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Gulfport, MS

what can be the problem and how exspensive is it to repair?

kcjd, 1996 Acura TL, 3.2L V6, Columbus, GA

The gear shift in my car is getting locekd in park. I can insert the key in the
hole on the console by the Gear Shift
and step on the brakes and then shift
the car into drive, other than that I ...

blueamber, 1996 Acura TL, 3.2L V6, Marietta, SC

what is tcs? 3.2 liter

pajkos, 1995 Acura TL, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Fairfield, CA

were is the location of the fuel relay under the lower dash

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Acura TL Reviews

Had no problems at all. Excellent car!

Absolutely love this car. 2010 TL SH-AWD w/ Tech. Best car I've owned.

I have Acura TL, 2012 FWD. I do not know if anybody else have the same problem as me, but would like to find out. I think Acura has a serious problem with leather. Yes, leather on the seats.It is bulging up in no time. It is depressing to see-mostly on the driver seat since it is used most, and I am not overweight.

Got my 2000 TL with 80K miles. Put in new transmission at 100K but has been trouble free since...have 230K now. I love the power and handling of this car. Wish I could find one garaged with 0 miles.

I love this car. I have 113000 miles on it, replaced tires once. I have air whistling through the drivers side door but dealer says they are not sure what it is so I did not try to get it fixed. The interior passenger side rear door handle leather is pulling away (it looks like it is coming unglued). The drivers seat has a few small tears where the seat belt buckle hits it. The trim around the outside of the windows is rippling(it has already been replaced once) and my paint is showing wear. The gear shift light on the console is out. Other than the above I have not had any major problems with this vehicle.