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#2493 of 5656 Fragile Windshield
Jul 11, 2005 (7:49 pm)
I had a 1989 Acura Legend Coupe for 15 years until I bought my 2004 TL. In that 15 years, I never had to replace or even repair my windshield. Now, within a year, I've had three minor rock dings in the windshield repaired before a large crack, unrepairable, showed up today. I do not drive behind gravel trucks. This is just bizarre. I was told by the glass guy that somewhere around 1997, windshields started getting thinner to save weight. I know that Acura advertised that the windshield was designed to lower noise. Did they forget durability?
Anyone else experiencing excessive windshield cracking?
#2494 of 5656 Re: Fragile Windshield [stano49]
Jul 11, 2005 (7:54 pm)
I would say that if a rock hits a windshield....there is a good likelihood of damage....no matter what gauge.
Large cracks just don't happen. Either they started out large after a hit. Or there was already damage (could be a small fissure) and the summer heat from the cabin expanded the glass to create that crack (that is why it is always wise to leave your window 'cracked' open to vent the expanding gas in the cabin). Second recommendation is to always get the smallest chip repaired...as it doesn't get any better and there is a good chance you will get a cracked windshield.
Perhaps you were fortunate for 15 years and your number is being dialed to bring you back to the mean average. Law of averages.
Just make sure your insurance company covers such accidents.
#2495 of 5656 Re: 2 problems but no dealer solution [bodble2]
Jul 12, 2005 (4:12 am)
I found the creak!!!! At the suggestion of an earlier post, I checked out the pillar on the passenger side, between the front door and back door. If I grab the plastic piece just below where it turns to carpet for the side airbags, the creak stops completely. If I let go of it, the creak starts again. Now that I found it, I hope the dealer can fix it.
FYI - The swing out map holder was my first thought when I heard the noise. I tried leaving open, closed, holding it tight, and it would not stop the noise.
Also, I still need to find out why my second set of keys is not working.
#2496 of 5656 Re: Fragile Windshield [stano49]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:21 am)
I would have to agree, I thought I was the only one. I have 35k on my 04 TL and I have had 5 stone chips repaired. Thankfully no cracks yet but I am sure with my windshield being such a stone magnet it will find just the right rock to do the trick.
#2497 of 5656 Re: Random answering problems with Bluetooth phone [stano49]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:35 am)
Does the screen indicate that you have a strong signal?
#2498 of 5656 Re: 2 problems but no dealer solution [goodfellawzguy]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:39 am)
Ain't this place great!!!
#2499 of 5656 Breaking and shifting problems with the '05 TL
Jul 12, 2005 (2:33 pm)
Hi, I've had my 2005 TL Automatic eversince November of 2004. I don't know if anyone else is experiencing these problems, but when I break sometimes (more like 70% of the times) right before I come to a full stop I see that my RPM needle jumps about 200-500 RPMs and the car slightly pushes forward. I asked the mechanic at the dealership about this and he said it's fine, but that's hard to believe? Anyhow that's not the major problem here. The major problem is that I feel as if the gears aren't shifting correctly when driving the car. For example, I'm coming down a hill going about 40 mph so I take my foot off the gas and I feel as if the engine is weak and the gear is inbetween switching gears and the RPM needle is idling high let's say around 2000, and finally after about 5-7 seconds the gear fully shifts and the needle drops down to where it should be, I don't know whether it's me or it's just the car. Possibly, I'm not accelerating hard enough? Someone please help me.
#2500 of 5656 Breaking and shifting problems with the '05 TL.
Jul 12, 2005 (2:36 pm)
Also, durring the break in period, I didn't jack rabbit the car nor did I excessivley push the car to over 3000 RPMS. However I didn't maintain driving the car at the speed of 55 mph, I did go over at times to like 65-70, but I gradually reached the speed slowly....so maybe that's why my car is reacting like this?
#2501 of 5656 Breaking and shifting problems with the '05 TL
Jul 12, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Sorry left this out too, most of the time I drove the car at the speeds of 55-60 mph.
#2502 of 5656 Re: Breaking and shifting problems with the '05 TL. [tlrych]
Jul 12, 2005 (2:48 pm)
Maybe you should have 'jack-rabbit' the car during the break-in period.
I don't have a clear vision from your description. But it sounds like what is going on is that your car is actually sensing that you require 'transmission' braking and therefore is downshifting to reduce your momentum and perhaps preparing itself for an anticipated acceleration. By downshifting...your RPMs would increase slightly.
Would that describe your concerns? If so...not a bad thing.