Last post on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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Acura TL, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#5647 of 5656 Intermitten ABS warning light
Dec 19, 2012 (1:35 pm)
My 1997 TL just turned 130,000 miles. Typically, when the car starts, I think it goes through a ABS self-check (could hear a little noise from the front). Lately, the ABS warning light has been exhibiting intermittent behavior (may stay on from the beginning and may or may not go off later; or come on after it has been off, etc.) Car is fine otherwise with no braking issue. Dealer wants to charge $200 for diagnostic. I'd appreciate if someone has encountered this similar issue and can share what was done to resolve the problem. Thanks.
#5648 of 5656 Re: Intermitten ABS warning light [civic2001]
Dec 19, 2012 (1:45 pm)
Go to Pep Boys or AutoZone, they will do the diagnostic check for free.
#5649 of 5656 Re: Engine Light On/Trans "D" Light On, rough Idle.. [camon]
Jul 28, 2013 (12:56 pm)
#5651 of 5656 2002 Acura TL Transmission
Sep 19, 2013 (10:09 am)
I have the option to buy a 2002 Acura TL with 109k miles that still has the original transmission. The owner claims that he's been told by a dealer that the transmission didn't need to be replaced. Using the vin# I had the dealer check if there were any open recalls and they said that all the recalls were satisfied for this vehicle.
What does this tell me? Does this indicate that at some point the transmission was inspected and they found it to be in good working order without need of replacement? Can I trust this transmission? What would be the prudent way to find out if this transmission is reliable?
#5652 of 5656 2002 Acura TL Transmission (part 2)
Sep 19, 2013 (10:53 am)
To clarify my question:
I know for a fact that the transmission recall service was performed on the vehicle (though I don't know if it was the oil cooler return line revision or the transmission replacement), does this indicate that the problem is solved or is it the case that unless the transmission was replaced there is still a high percentage chance of facing transmission problems down the line?
#5653 of 5656 2002 Acura TL Transmission (Part 3)
Sep 19, 2013 (11:11 am)
So I am having a hard time figuring out who did the A/T recall work, and what exactly was done. I had a local dealer print out a VIN inquiry that tells me that the A/T recall work was done, but none of the dealerships that show up on the Carfax have records of doing that recall work.
How can I figure out what was done and if I need to worry about this transmission?
#5654 of 5656 2002 Acura TL Transmission (Part 4!!!)
Sep 19, 2013 (11:28 am)
Okay, I've found out that in 2006, at 41,676 miles the oil-jet-kit pack was replaced, but the transmission was not replaced. It now has 106,000 miles.
How should I feel about the reliability of the transmission?
#5655 of 5656 Re: 2002 Acura TL Transmission (Part 4!!!) [acemanhattan]
Sep 20, 2013 (4:44 am)
Our family has a 2000 TL and had the dealer comply with the Acura service bulletin you described at 87,000 miles. Afterwards, at 93,000 miles the transmission failed and had to be completely replaced. Fortunately, Acura paid for it because it was under 100,000 mi/7 years. We put another 90.000 miles on it and now we only use it to drive in town on weekends just in case.
A friend has a 2001 Acura TL with only 47,000 miles on it. It was completely dealer serviced since new, including service bulletins. The transmission is slipping and is past the period of time that Acura will fix it.
In other words, the jet kits did not seem to matter.
I and a different friend also have 2005 Acuras (next generation). I have 104,000 miles on mine and he has over 200,000 miles on his. Neither has given any indication of a transmission problem.
#5656 of 5656 Re: 2002 Acura TL Transmission (Part 4!!!) [acemanhattan]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 16, 2013 (9:55 am)
After 100K any automatic transmission could fail. Aside from a good test drive, (paying attention to irregular shifting, jerking, slipping, shuddering, etc) your only other action that makes any sense would be to take the car to an independent shop for a pre-purchase inspection, which would include a computer scan and checking the condition and level of the transmission fluid.
This is an 11 year old car. There's just a certain amount of risk that is unavoidable.