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#5517 of 5656 Burning Smell in TL
Oct 21, 2010 (4:56 am)
I have a 2006 TL with 47K miles. On Sunday when I was trying to park the car navigating through the tailgaters at Redskins game, there was an intense burning smell in the car. I parked the car and drove home after the game when the smell was not as intense. Since then I have driven the car about 100 miles and there is a slight smell. Everything seems normal other than the slight smell around my right tire. Clutch pedal feels fine and I have normal acceleration.
I took it to the dealer on Monday AM and they said that the clutch needs to be replaced and it is $1900 for the clutch and $2600 if I also need the flywheel. Called Acura customer service who was very helpful and suggested that I need to authorize tear down (at my expense) to diagnose the problem and then suggest corrective action which seems reasonable if clutch is the problem.
Question: Understand that clutch is not a warranty item, does the diagnosis seem correct? Are there other things that I need to be aware of.
FYI.. I had a Mustang prior to this car and it had 115K on original clutch when I sold it. I learned to drive in a stick shift car.
Appreciate any insight you can provide. Thank you.
#5518 of 5656 Re: Burning Smell in TL [vveerara]
Oct 21, 2010 (7:57 am)
A few thoughts even though I'm not expert about clutches.
Dealers are making their money these days on repairs, not on car sales. So keep that in mind. I've heard more than one story where dealers have told people they've needed an expensive repair that was not needed at all.
Since your clutch isn't under warranty, check out a few reliable (if you can find them) auto repair shops to see whether they come up with the same diagnosis.
If it were me, I'd wait a while before I did anything. I've had horrible burning smells from a piece of plastic that's gotten lodged some place. The fact that smell has almost disappeared would make me want to wait.
Oct 21, 2010 (8:17 am)
ditto here. If it was so shot that is was burning like that, I think you would notice it from feel, and certainly juddering starting up in 1st.
I once had a plastic bag wrap around the cat converter, and man, did that smell horrible!
I would also check with an independant shop or 2 for opinions. And prices, since that seems really, really high, but I have not paid to replace a clutch since 1979 (and I have driven stick exclusively since then).
keep in mind tht if you pay for a tear down, you are kind of stuck with them and what they find, unless I guess you want to pay to have them put it all back together, so you can go elsewhere?
also, you mentioned the smell coming from around the rear tire, which seems odd if it was the clutch. Might want to have the brakes checked 1st (tire stores do that for free). Maybe pads are shot, or something was dragging?
#5520 of 5656 Re: Burning Smell in TL [vveerara]
Oct 22, 2010 (11:15 am)
Clutch might actually be a warranty problem, depending on what's wrong with the car (assuming anything is wrong). Agree with others: get other opinions before commiting to a very high cost.
#5521 of 5656 Re: 2010 TL BURNED 3 QUARTS OIL IN 5000 MILES [scottshredder]
Oct 25, 2010 (1:10 pm)
had similar thing happen and was told by the dealer that the car will use 1 qt of oil for every 1000 miles have it in writing from dealer. who would buy such a car if told this in advance and if it is true should not all acura tl owners be warned.
#5522 of 5656 Re: 2010 TL BURNED 3 QUARTS OIL IN 5000 MILES [coast4]
Oct 25, 2010 (1:58 pm)
But!!! Think how many of us have the same car and we do not burn 1 Qt of oil every 1000 Miles! I did burn 3/4 of a quart after 5K! But from 5K to the present 7800 that does include a 6500 mile first oil change, Zero oil burned....
#5523 of 5656 FRONT brake pads 2008 TL TYPE S
Nov 12, 2010 (7:06 am)
I HAVE A 2008 TL TYPE S... 29,000 MILES... I NEED FRONT BRAKES FOR THE SECOND TIME... ON MY 2003 AND 2005 TL TYPE 'S, I WOULD GET 42000 MILES ON THE BRAKES... WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THESE BRAKES
#5524 of 5656 Re: FRONT brake pads 2008 TL TYPE S [yoyoone]
Nov 12, 2010 (7:19 am)
Sounds odd? I have a 2007 TLS and got 30K out of mine? I did go to aftermarket when I changed them out. It's much cheaper! I went with the Brembo Drilled Rotors and Powerstop Brakes. They work excellent! And NO MORE BRAKE DUST!!!!
#5525 of 5656 Re: FRONT brake pads 2008 TL TYPE S [yoyoone]
Nov 12, 2010 (8:03 am)
A recent Court Decision went against HONDA on these brake issues. They offer a $150 credit for your particular situation. Talk to your dealer about all the details. My wife 2009 Acura TSX had her front pads replaced after 23K, they covered the entire cost!
#5526 of 5656 Re: Winter Driving? [deliberatedude]
Nov 13, 2010 (8:57 pm)
Their are much better cars for winter driving. I use snow tires and drive in New Hampshire and MA 1k mi a week. It's not bad but I've driven better. Saab 900 S or 93 with snow tires is unbeatable in the snow unless you want to go to AWD or 4WD. But it drives like a dream the rest of the year.