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#1113 of 7386 2004 RL and TL
Jan 20, 2003 (2:30 pm)
I read the following on the car connection's daily edition for 1/17/02:
"XM Satellite Radio, America's leading satellite radio service, will be available as an option on several key Acura and Honda models, Honda announced. Scheduled to be released in the spring of 2003, the 2004 Acura RL will be delivered with XM Satellite Radio hardware as standard equipment. This will be followed by the all-new 2004 TL sedan in the fall. For Honda products, a dealer-installed option will be available in the spring on the 2003 Accord and Pilot. The Honda Division of American Honda expects to have XM Satellite Radio factory-installed beginning with the 2004 Accord."
It seems to indicate a new RL for spring of 2003 and a new TL for fall 2003.
#1115 of 7386 96 RL and ABS/Accumulator question
Jan 20, 2003 (9:12 pm)
Two weeks ago over a two day period my ABS light came on 3 different times after driving about 20 miles.
When I took the car in for its 67,500 service last week I had them check it out. They said I had a leak in the Accumulator/Modulator. I have Acura Care so it would be covered under warranty.
The ABS light has not come on since those three instances over that two day period. I have heard that the solenoids on the accumulator can sometimes stick causing the system to leak.
When I start my car in the morning I will usually hear the pump run for about three seconds, which is supposed to be the normal
amount of time. When I was having the ABS light come on the pump charged for about 10 seconds in the morning.
Should I just have Acura replace it under warranty and not worry about it? Could it have been just a temporary problem and now it's okay since the light has not come on now for almost two weeks. I guess I'm concerned that they might screw something up since I hear it is a pretty complicated job costing about $1500.00 if you are not under warranty.
Is this a common problem with Acura/Hondas?
Your input would be appreciated.
Jan 22, 2003 (7:22 am)
If the dealer is willing to replace it with warranty, do it. I had to pay for one of those and it is not cheap.
It is one of reasons to change the brake fluid regularly in the whole system. I think that is a key Acura/Honda mainenance task.
#1117 of 7386 Cold Start Problems
Jan 22, 2003 (7:00 pm)
I see that some of you have been having cold start problems as well. I have noticed this behavior when it is below 40. It is exacerbated if the car has sat for a day or two with no starts.
After many, many cranks of the key it does start. Problem is, it starts like a tank and runs like that in idle until I get on my way. Odd. I have new plugs, new fuel filter, have only used premium gas, taken care of all scheduled maintenance. Anyone have any ideas? Been a great car except for this. Just hope that one day it doesn't turn into a "won't start" issue.
#1118 of 7386 Mfaraino1: Cold Start Problems
Jan 23, 2003 (3:35 am)
I own two GM cars as I save up for my 3.5 RL. Both of them have had issues with starting on cold, damp days especially after having set outside overnight. In each case, I replaced the plug wires, and the starting and cold running were much improved. Hope this helps.
#1119 of 7386 Cold Start this morning
Jan 23, 2003 (3:58 am)
This morning was about 15 degree and the wind chill factor is below zero, I parked my 2000RL outside overnight.
It started on the first crank, and I drove it off after a few seconds. My other car have a cold start problem this winter (6 years old battery) and I changed the battery and the problem went away. I would change the battery if it is over three year old and it may solve your problem. YMMV
#1120 of 7386 In this weather
Jan 23, 2003 (6:00 am)
below zero here. And I have trouble starting, too! Just can't seem to get excited about going out in this. These cars are very intelligent....
I've had this happen a couple of times, not always. Just a guess: it may be the computer resetting itself and fuel/ignition systems resetting themselves for what those in the shadow of Mt. Fuji think of as "extreme" conditions. When you get in the car in the morning, try saying: "Mush, you huskies."
The cold is making me slap happy. I'm thinking of starting a herd of reindeer or caribou just so I can be relevant.
#1121 of 7386 Service Manual for 2000 RL
Jan 23, 2003 (6:08 am)
Does anyone know where I can find a service manual for a 2000 RL?
Also, what does everyone use to clean and maintain the wood surfaces on the interior?
Finally, has anyone found a good place to mount a radar detector in the RL? The only place that I can find is to use suction cups to mount it to the windshield.