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Acura RSX, Electrical, Engine, Hatchback
#949 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [chipi]
Dec 30, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I have now had my ECM stolen out of my S type for the third time, twice on my street, and once at my aunt's house, all in very safe neighborhoods in San Francisco.
Acura has no solutions whatsoever. The only thing I can do is use people's garages when I visit. I also don't have a garage, but I pull my car down my driveway and crawl out the hatch. The doors can't be opened so they can't get at the computer. I intend to rid myself of my beloved car as well. Fortunately, I have a Ducati so it doesn't completely immobilize me. If you do hear of a solution, please email me at xsnosaol.com.
I can only commiserate with your plight. Trust me, someone will steal the computer again and again and again. The police say that there are kids scouring the streets with cell phones, locating cars and calling into the theft ring. They steal in the wee hours of the night and the car alarm DOES NOT GO OFF!!!!
I am filing a report with Consumer Reports so others may be alerted. I don't know what else to do! The mechanic said it is not possible to take the computer with me when I park the car as it requires reconfiguration every time the unit is removed from the car, something that ostensibly can only be done by an Acura mechanic.
The frustration is augmented by the loss of my Integra out of my driveway a few years ago, stripped, totalled and dumped in 12 hours by professionals in my neighborhood. I foolishly bought another Acura, a mistake I will never make again. VW is starting to sound very inviting. Who steals a Bug??
I hope the New Year will give you peace and prosperity, and a new car!!!
from a fellow Acura target
#950 of 1046 Re: Stolen Engine Control Module (ECM/ECU) – 2003 RSX Type-S [libertybell]
Jan 02, 2007 (9:08 pm)
o yea sf is very known for stolen rsx and integra. i gess the only thing u can really do is upgrade ur alarm system or relocate ur hood switch to somewhere unknown(like the bottom of the seat or something)
#951 of 1046 this girl need help whit acura rsx 2006
Jan 20, 2007 (9:05 am)
I just bought acura rsx 2006, from salvage auction.
They didn't have an original key, so I went to the dealer.
Well, the key what they give to me have 5 digit code what i need to put in the system with break pedal and start the car.
My bad luck, the car still wanna start, full pump is not starting.
The security system work on disabling ignition and full pump, maybe that is problem.
Can somebody help to me!!
Jan 27, 2007 (2:40 pm)
I just replaced my passenger side headlight (a tight spot, but not tighter than driver's side), but when I went to start the car it would not start. All of the power works, so I rule out the battery. It tries to turn over, then, when it cannot catch, goes to a series of fast clicks, in which the lights and other battery using things flicker. I may have plugged the cord back into the bulb part upside down, but when I tried to start it with it unplugged, it would still do the same thing. I haven't tried turning it over, maybe I have it upside down, maybe that would work because of some kind of polarity thing. In the process I dropped the bulb and bracket into the bottom of the engine compartment and used a screwdriver to fish it out. I don't think I hit anything that would have shorted something out (the power was off when I was doing this), but I think something electrical is happening. If I go to the car right now, all power operations work, it's just when I try to start it, it seems something electrically related is not working. Any suggestions? I was trying to save whatever money it would have cost to get my mechanic to replace the light.
Bummer about all of those SF thefts. I live in Santa Clara and have taken my car up to SF (Pac Heights, Marina areas) a handful of times and haven't had a problem yet. I sounds like it might just be a matter of time.
#953 of 1046 Re: Self Maintenance by 03rsxsowner
Jan 29, 2007 (4:14 am)
Your battery may be almost dead. They can have enough juice to run the lights, radio, etc... for a while, but not enough to turn the starter motor. Try charging the battery or jumping it from another car. Or... maybe you accidentally unplugged something or shorted something out while working on the headlight. However, I really think this is unlikely.
And don't worry about the headlight being plugged in wrong (or not at all)... that won't cause the car not to start!
#954 of 1046 Re: hesitation when shifting 1st-2nd when hot [dj1rsx]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:10 pm)
Did you ever have any success with your hesitation problem? Mine still does it but I can't figure out how to duplicate it for the dealer.
#955 of 1046 Re: Self Maintenance [03rsxsowner]
Feb 01, 2007 (6:41 pm)
I have the same problem starting my RSX too. I have an '02 Type S. Drove up to the gas station, filled up, and then wouldn't start. Just clicking noises from the starter. A boost didn't help and I checked the voltage. The battery voltage is fine.
Have you found a solution yet? I'm really hoping it's not the starter. I hear they're not cheap!
Let me know,
#956 of 1046 Re: Self Maintenance [fahrns]
Feb 01, 2007 (8:07 pm)
Turns out it was the battery. I needed a direct pos-pos neg-neg connection for the boost (had the neg on the dead battery attached to the engine block - didn't get enough juice). I'll be buying a battery tomorrow. Will probably be also keeping an eye on the alternator. Damn cold Canadian winters. My car's been babied in U/G parking for too long!
#957 of 1046 Power locks only work on accessory
Feb 08, 2007 (1:43 pm)
Hi, I recently installed an Apple Mac Mini with a touch screen monitor in my RSX. Around that time, my power door locks suddenly stopped working unless the key was in the ignition. There are no blown fuses or anything and the problem is obviously not with the locks since they work as they should when the key is in the ignition. The only thing I can think of is that when I wired the computer and screen directly to the battery, I also hooked up the new headunit I had bought directly to that wire as opposed to going through the factory harness. Any idea if this is the cause of the problem, and if not, what is? Thanks in advance. --Mark
#958 of 1046 Re: Power locks only work on accessory [johnnyaction31]
Feb 08, 2007 (1:55 pm)
Does the key have to be turned to any position or just inside the ignition ?
are you documenting your install at all? ive been wanting to install a pc inside my '06 since I got it but i think im going to wait a little while. what are you using the mini for?