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#5412 of 5656 Door Handle Cover Fell Off
Dec 22, 2009 (7:54 pm)
I have a 2005 Acura TL and the cover plate to the non-moving part of the door handle of my rear passenger side door fell off. If you know the door design....there is a cover plate that doesn't move...but just an aesthetic cover to make the handle lines flow better. So on the rear passenger door...it is to the rear part of the handle.
Lucky for me...it fell off when I was washing my car...so I still have the cover.
The big question for everyone here.... How the heck do I reattach the cover???? I tried to do it...but I can't seem to figure out how to properly mount it so it won't fall off.
#5413 of 5656 Re: Door Handle Cover Fell Off [delmar1]
Dec 25, 2009 (9:47 am)
The tangs on the cover are probably broken. But you can super glue the cover to
the metal base.
#5414 of 5656 3rd battery for 2006 TL (no Navi)
Dec 25, 2009 (3:53 pm)
I had to get another Battery for my 2006 TL.
I've had it since Jan 2006. The 2nd battery was on warranty and was replaced Feb 2008. My car went dead this past week. I got another battery at Costco. I hope their battery lasts longer than the two Acura batteries. The Acura's only lasted about two years each.
As a comparison I haven't had to replace my 2003 Toyota Highlander battery once yet.
Does anyone know if there is a weakness in the Acura batteries or the elctrical system which drains them faster?
#5415 of 5656 Re: Door Handle Cover Fell Off [marked1]
Dec 25, 2009 (4:15 pm)
I looked at the plastic cover and I don't see any broken plastic parts. The color is consistent on all pieces and don't see any 'raw' non-color areas.
I don't believe I can 'superglue' it as the surface area of the cover edges are pretty little.
Darn....hate to think I have to bring it to the dealer and have them charge me big dollars for such a little thing.
Anyone else here have the same experience?
#5416 of 5656 Re: Door Handle Cover Fell Off [delmar1]
Dec 26, 2009 (5:42 am)
This is a design flaw - these covers come off when the car goes through a car was with thin (wiry) brushes - it does not happen in touch-less car washes and with carwashes with wider brushes.
This is a very typical problem - particularly in dealerships that have cheap carwash infrastructure.
Unfortunately, it can not be re-attached - the assembly will have to be replaced. Most dealerships do not stock it.
It happened 3 times to our 2004 TL - each time the complete assembly was replaced free since the car was still under warranty. Now if I take my car in for a service, I inspect these BEFORE making the payment.
Suggestion: make a lot of noise at the dealership - they may provide a free replacement.
#5417 of 5656 Re: 3rd battery for 2006 TL (no Navi) [cubex28]
Dec 27, 2009 (6:45 am)
Batteries dying prematurely is a common problem with the 04 - 08 TL. You can search Carspace and find plenty of complaints about it.
#5418 of 5656 Re: 3rd battery for 2006 TL (no Navi) [karspades]
Dec 27, 2009 (9:55 am)
I had the factory original battery on my 06 TL changed out at the 60k check. The maintenance folks said it checked "weak" so the replaced it at no additional cost. I'd been having no visible problems with it.
#5419 of 5656 Re: 3rd battery for 2006 TL (no Navi) [cubex28]
Dec 29, 2009 (2:32 pm)
I believe I replaced the battery in my 2005 TL after about 2 1/2 years of ownership. I purchased mine at Sears and recall the guy telling me there that batteries typically last 2-3 years. Now, keep in mind I'm in chilly Minnesota so maybe that has something to do with it. Replacing a battery is such a simple task, and relatively inexpensive, that I don't think much of it. If it's a flaw in the TL it's one I'll live with given everything else that is "right" with the car.
#5420 of 5656 Resetting Maintenance Minder message?
Dec 29, 2009 (2:38 pm)
My '05 TL was telling me to get the "B2" service done so I had my oil changed by an oil chain shop (not the dealer). I turned to page 206 of my manual to reset the "Maintenance Minder" message, but it's not working. Here's what it tells me to do (and what I did repeatedly):
1) turn ignition switch to "On" (I tried this w/the car OFF and w/the car ON)
2) press the button repeatedly until the oil life is displayed
3) press and hold the Select/Reset button for 10 seconds. The multi-information display will ask for a confirmation. Press Select/Reset button to select "Ok".
- Here's where I'm having the problem. When I hold the Select/Reset button in for 10 seconds it simply reverts right back to the "Service Reminder: B2" yellow message" - I don't have the option of hitting the Select/Reset button again to reset the message.
Any idea how I reset this service reminder? I recall the manual instructions worked in the past, not sure why they aren't working now. Thanks.
#5421 of 5656 Re: 3rd battery for 2006 TL (no Navi) [strokeoluck2]
Dec 29, 2009 (3:20 pm)
Unless Acura changed policy, I believe battery in TL has 4 yrs warranty. I replaced my 05 TL battery in dealer with $0 out of pocket. Not like the car, the new battery has yet another 4 yrs of warranty to it and this 2nd one hasn't failed on me yet (knock on wood.)
I agree that wandering in middle of nowhere and waiting for lousy Acura roadside service or AAA is no fun at all. The battery design has flaws. But I think that's the only stall experience I have with Acura vs. 3 times of my long-gone MB, even though it never has any battery issue.