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#935 of 2052 Common Problems
Nov 28, 2005 (2:51 pm)
I've only put 1,500 or so miles on my new-to-me 2004 MDX-t. Figured I would report in on a few things I've read about here.
Sloshing tank: I was finally able to reproduce this the other day. It required something of a jackrabbit start and equally abrupt stop, but, not only could I hear it, I felt it. Not posting this to antagonize anyone who hears it regularly, but unless it gets worse (how? I dunno) this won't be a problem for me.
I've been more intrigued by the sloshing issue, so I haven't checked for brake clunk. Suffice it to say, I haven't heard it, yet. I'm sorta leary about listening for it. Once you hear this things, you can never "un-hear" them.
Wind noise: I should preface by saying that I'm coming from a 1999 CR-V as my last ute. There are few vehicles less noisy than the old CR-V. Having said that, my MDX suffers from a bit of wind noise at speeds over 60mph. Really odd because this Acura is fairly quiet until I hit 60. It's like someone throws a switch. My 2001 TL (year before they modified the side mirrors) has similar wind noise. But in the TL the sound increases gradually.
Interior rattles: None so far. The vehicle has 35K miles on it. I can force the sub woof cover to vibrate a wee bit with the radio turned way up, but not the same calamity as described by others here. I really have to listen for it. I'm wondering if the folks who have reported this noise have teens who crank the radio way up when they drive (or do so themselves). Perhaps the noise increases over time as the sub cover is subjected to repetitive vibration (?)
MPG: I'm averaging about 20-21 mpg in my normal mixed commute. Got 23.8 on an all highway trip this past weekend. Wonder if it'll go higher when they switch back to the summer blend. I always got about 2 mpg higher in the summer months when drving my CR-V.
Here's a new one (I think)... My oil dipstick is stuck. It feels like it's been soldered to the engine block. I can turn/spin the plastic handle, but the little bugger won't come out. Am I missing some sort of secret handshake or magic word for this thing? I didn't read anything in the OM.
#936 of 2052 Re: 02 Transmission ???? [sbcooke]
Dec 02, 2005 (7:28 am)
Well, I just got back from the dealer.....I had the shop foreman ride with me so he could hear the noise - to verify that it exists. Guess what?? Torque Converter - $1700. Anyone experience similar problem? Could it be related to the trans recall???? Acura says they will try to get it covered for me.
#937 of 2052 Scratch
Dec 02, 2005 (10:37 am)
Just bought my MDX 3 days ago...Nice Scratch in the bumper already (paint chipped). Do you recommend a little touch up paint
#938 of 2052 Re: Scratch [ss75]
Dec 03, 2005 (1:52 pm)
Yes, you can put the touch - up paint from any Acura dealer.
#939 of 2052 Re: High Pitched noice [kcmdx]
Dec 04, 2005 (9:42 am)
I have had this problem twice now. The solution for me has been a new driveshaft. Now its happened a second time and the MDX is at the dealer as we speak, getting its second new driveshaft. It was diagnosed when the tech disconnected the driveshaft (to the rear wheels, so the front wheels are still powered) and the noise disappeared. Mine happens at 61-64 mph. Hope this helps
#940 of 2052 Re: Cleaning/Waxing [sbcooke]
Dec 05, 2005 (9:54 am)
I run a mobile detail business - and use meguiars. I highly recommend waxing your car after the first car wash. There are too many contaminants in the air today to not protect the finish. I recommend waxing AT LEAST 2x/yr. (Spring and Fall). More often in the southeast b/c of humidity and heat. Also, get a bottle of touch up paint from Acura and immediately fill in chips. As the old saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
#941 of 2052 Re: 01/02 MDX TRANSMISSION PROBLEM [nong29]
Dec 06, 2005 (10:49 pm)
I am glad to see that you were able to convince the dealer to "do the right thing." You know, you have to fight hard with the dealer, but if you push hard enough, they will ultimately provide a new transmission. I question whether it is really a "good will" gesture or a known problem that Acura has not really been willing to admit to. Oh well. Hopefully our new transmissions will last another 100 K.
#942 of 2052 Re: Mechanical problems [nhdriver1]
Dec 11, 2005 (3:47 pm)
I am curious about the Check Engine light. I have a 04 MDX and my check engine light as come on for the 5th time. I have brought my car in 4 times within the past 2 months to have them correct it and it still perists. It has gone from tighten your gas cap to replacing the gas cap. The to replacing the cap again along with the filler hose. Then to replacing a solenoid and still I have the check engine light coming on. It will be in this week for the 5th time. I am curious to see whether anything you have had done might replicate my problem. I am beginning to think it might come under the Ct. lemon law. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#943 of 2052 Transmission - torque converter
Dec 12, 2005 (7:26 am)
I got back from the dealer Davis Acura in Langhorne PA. They replaced the Torque Converter for free even though I am 4000 miles out of warranty. I asked them if the rest of the trans is going to konk out...they said Acura told them most of the problems were torque converters. So the fix is allegedly to replace the torque converter. If you have an 02, please turn the radio off once in a while and listen carefully for "rumble strip" noise while running b/w 30 and 40 miles an hour. This could signify serious expensive trouble. good luck