Last post on Sep 23, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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Acura TSX, Sedan
#105 of 111 Re: Warped rotors [fedlawman]
Aug 28, 2011 (9:49 am)
Yeah, it looks pretty hopeless. No TSB that I can find, there was a recall in Canada, but not in the US, due to the class action lawsuit over the rear brake pads. The brakes on the 09 TSX apparently just suck, and the best thing to do is replace with better after market rotors and pads. I'll be glad to turn this car in when my lease is up in 8 months.
#106 of 111 Low-mileage maintenance advice
Sep 20, 2011 (6:46 am)
I have a 2008 Acura TSX 6MT that we purchased in July 2010 as a certified used vehicle with 9000 miles. The car is now 3 years old but only has ~20k miles. I am taking it in on Friday for an oil change and tire rotation and the dealer is saying that there are things that should be changed/replaced due to age, regardless of mileage. The list they gave me is:
Transmission fluid (every 30,000 miles/3 years): $89.95
Engine Coolant (every 45,000 miles/3 years): $69.95
Hydraulic Brake Fluid (every 3 years, independent of mileage): $109.99
Engine Air Filter (every 15,000 miles/3 years): $49.95
A/C-Pollen Air Filter (every 30,000 miles/3 years): $89.95
Since my wife drives it 15 miles every workday in stop-and-go traffic, in Texas heat, I am ok with the transmission fluid change and engine air filter and maybe the engine coolant change. I think the other stuff can wait till at least the winter or even spring. Of course these dealer prices are $$$ but I knew that when getting this car, so we will deal with it.
Any advice and/or thoughts on low-mileage maintenance? I think from here on out we will be on a 12k-15k / year mileage schedule, but the previous owner hardly drove the car at all. I do not yet have the previous maintenance records from the dealership for the previous owner's time with the car.
#107 of 111 Re: Low-mileage maintenance advice [mwmosser]
Sep 20, 2011 (6:58 am)
What does the manual call for under the severe service level??
#108 of 111 Re: Low-mileage maintenance advice [robr2]
Sep 20, 2011 (8:32 am)
Don't have the manual here with me but these numbers are from the severe schedule (which is what we have here with the traffic and heat). Decided on tranny fluid change and air filter (engine, not cabin) change but not brakes or coolant this time around. Those will wait for a while.
Question was really concerning the idea of "time-specific" maintenance versus "wear-specific" maintenance. Do parts/fluids wear out over time, without use, or not?
#109 of 111 Re: Low-mileage maintenance advice [mwmosser]
Sep 20, 2011 (9:04 am)
Fluids tend to break down or become contaminated over time.
#110 of 111 Re: Low-mileage maintenance advice [mwmosser]
Sep 20, 2011 (3:07 pm)
Since the previous owner only had 9,000 miles on the car I doubt much service was done.
From what I was told transmission fluid change is not at 30,000 miles-more like 100,000+ or in your case by years (do not know exactly)
I do know the brake fluid should be changed at 3 years no matter the mileage. I had that done not to long after my car turned 3 years old (over 90,000 miles. I also had the manual transmission fluid changed.
At 110,000 miles I had the spark plugs changed and also the coolant
I have both filters changed at the same time which is about 30,000 miles. I do mostly highway driving. I own a 06 6MT tsx, bought new 11/17/06. It has almost 126,000 miles. Love it. excellent car.
#111 of 111 Re: Low-mileage maintenance advice [mwmosser]
Sep 23, 2011 (4:13 pm)
Fluids may deteriorate with time but not parts. I wouldn't go more than a year on motor oil, regardless of mileage. Brakes only need to be done when actually worn.