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#1146 of 1262 Oil Change Interval?
Jul 09, 2009 (5:15 am)
Sorry if this has been asked before, but I tried and could not find a similar question.
My 2009 Acura TSX is running fine. The maintenance reminder for the first service is set at 10,000 miles. I'm an old fashioned guy who recalls that oil changes used to be needed every 3000 miles. My driving is primarily suburban... some local, some highways, some traffic, some cities.
Should I wait until the recommended 10,000 mile mark/
#1147 of 1262 Re: Oil Change Interval? [spedprof]
Jul 09, 2009 (6:41 am)
The oil from the factory is formulated to aid engine break-in. Leave it for 10,000 miles.
#1148 of 1262 Extended Warranty
Jul 14, 2009 (6:24 am)
My 2007 TSX reached 49.9K miles now. Wondering if I should go ahead and buy extended warranty for 48k miles more. Acuras are supposed to be reliable cars so wonderng if I should spend 1100 USD for extended warranty?
#1149 of 1262 Re: Extended Warranty [radhay]
Jul 14, 2009 (8:42 am)
My 06 tsx, bought new 11/06, has almost 88,000 problem free miles and I did not buy the extended warranty. I follow the oil life (maintainance minder) and have had all the service done at a acura dealer that I think is excellent.
#1150 of 1262 starting problems
Jul 14, 2009 (6:46 pm)
I've got a 2004 tsx with about 90k miles. A year ago, it failed to start. I put the key in, turned it and heard what sounded like an electric motor for a second or two, then nothing. I was able to push it and pop the clutch to get it going. I took it to a local service station and they said it was the starter, which they replaced.
This March, it fails to start when I have it in for other service at my local dealer. They diagnose it as a starter. Since I have a warranty on the repair, I want to take it back to the original shop that repaired. I take it over there (car starts fine many times for me) and they replace the starter. 2 months later this may, it again fails to start. I rocked the car back and forth a few times, then try again, and it starts. Everything is fine until last week it again fails to start. Again, I rock the car back and forth and it starts. I took the car back to the service shop and ask them to look at it. They tell me they ran a full electrical test, bench tested the starter and everything checks out. They then proceed to tell me that my flywheel has a few broken teeth, and that is probably why it is not starting. They say when I rock the car back ad forth, it moves the flywheel a bit to a better spot ad then it starts.
I really don't know what to believe. It feels like they are feeding me some bull. I will probably call the dealer and ask them to look at it again, however if it is another bad starter, I want the service station to honor their warranty and replace the starter. However I don't know if they really know what they are doing.
Anyone else out there had this type of problem with their TSX? Does what hte shop is telling me even make sense?
#1151 of 1262 Re: starting problems [load96]
Jul 18, 2009 (1:06 am)
If there really are broken teeth on the flywheel it definitely should be fixed - it could mess up the starter if it interferes with proper engagement. The flywheel does not move when you rock the car unless you have it in gear. It could be another bad starter especially if they put in some cheaply reconditioned unit and the unit got messed up by the flywheel. Something is really wrong for teeth on the flywheel to break off. At that mileage you might want to consider replacing the clutch while they have the tranny out to replace the flywheel. If they put in another starter ask to look at the old one - the teeth on it may show wear from improper engagement with the flywheel.
#1152 of 1262 Does manual shifting stress the auto transmission?
Aug 01, 2009 (5:48 pm)
I used the manual shift feature of my '06 TSX the majority of the time, until my transmission failed at 45,000 miles. I'm wondering if revving the engine and trans with the manual shift feature may have caused it's premature demise. Was this a freak thing or is it better to just leave the car in "D"?
#1153 of 1262 Re: Does manual shifting stress the auto transmission? [senseless1]
Aug 02, 2009 (5:47 am)
Unlikely, unless you're doing this around redline. If you do this most of the time why didn't you just get the MT in the first place?
#1154 of 1262 Re: Does manual shifting stress the auto transmission? [biker4]
Aug 02, 2009 (6:01 am)
#1155 of 1262 Does manual shifting stress the auto transmission?
Aug 02, 2009 (9:23 am)
Why the automatic choice? The manual transmission requires a clutch, don't forget. That's where most of the work is.