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#5537 of 5648 Creaking Noise 04 TL
Mar 13, 2011 (9:08 pm)
So this is my first post and i'm sure that i'll have more in the future, though i hope not. So my 2004 Tl which I purchased last year has decided to make this creaking/rattling noise as i turn and accelerate-push on the brakes etc. I've taken it to the dealership 3 times to date and been told that it was a side motor mount that had frozen up. so they basically said that they "loosened it" and that should solve the problem. Wrong, so it continues to this day and I don't really feel like bringing it back to the dealership so that they can charge me more money to not fix anything. If anyone has any help in this department or knows of a good acura mechanic in the columbus, ohio area please send it my way.
I am someone who really despises the fact that these are suppose to be "luxury" cars and can't seem to get something so audible fixed. Thanks to anyone that can help
#5538 of 5648 Re: Creaking Noise 04 TL [jranly]
Mar 13, 2011 (10:18 pm)
I bought an 04 TL in 05 with 16k miles. It had all kinds of rattles, and I took it back to the dealer many times to get them fixed. Finally, after several yrs they got all of them. I was lucky, because they were covered under the warranty. Many of the TL for their first several years had these problems. Most, if not all the fixes, consisted of putting insulation foam in the areas where the "rattles" came from. Sometimes it took a lot of effort to find the exact places to put the foam, but it worked. The good news, at least from my experience, is that its been a great car in every other way. Still amazed that I can drive it as fast as I sometimes do and still get 30mpg on the highway. Good luck....
#5539 of 5648 Re: Creaking Noise 04 TL [selig1]
Mar 14, 2011 (9:35 am)
My '05 TL just hit 81,000 trouble-free miles. Except for a couple of rattles early on, sunroof deflector and visor. Both fixed (after two attempts) under warranty. Recently, the wiper stalk off the steering wheel column has begu to buzz....
Agree about the mpg, not too shabby! Wonderful car, although my loving eyes have begun to wander...
May 12, 2011 (9:19 pm)
I had a 2004 Acura and less than 51000 miles. The dealer told me to replace timing belt. Is that true, please advise.
Thanks a bunch.
#5541 of 5648 Re: Dan [cajunchips]
May 13, 2011 (6:28 am)
Yes it is. Most of the time timing belts are replaced based on mileage, usually in the 90k-100k mile time frame. However, since your car is an '04 and it has been 7 years, the material of the belt ages. If a belt does not reach the 90k-100k mileage but reaches 7-8 years, then it's time to replace.
Better to spend the money before it breaks. A broken timing belt will cost you far far more $$$.
#5542 of 5648 2005 TL ... 71k miles
Jun 14, 2011 (8:41 pm)
I haven't been on the board here for some time.....so paying a visit.
I have a 2005 TL with 71k miles. Never anything wrong. Just purchased my second set of replacement tires after getting 43k miles on my last Michelins. Had my front brakes done at 65k miles. Rears still have half on the pad. So with that...you can see the miles have been easy on the car because of route and freeways.
However...now my wife is driving it and I don't sense the miles will be as easy for the poor TL. Let me put it this way. My wife burnt out the 2005 TSX at 98k where I had to trade the car in because of a tran converter hum and alternator that needed replacement.
So the question is.....what have others experiences as the car ages? Timing belt at 105k miles. Plugs also. What type of repairs have others with the 2005 TLs?
Gosh...I miss that TL.
Lastly...how many miles have others squeezed out of their TL?
#5543 of 5648 Re: 2005 TL ... 71k miles [delmar1]
Jun 15, 2011 (5:12 am)
I feel your pain. My sig/other has hi-jacked my TL.
She rides it hard and she is harsh on cars.
I had the T belt replaced 110K. I now need brakes & at least two tires. I am researching other types/brands of pads. The Acura pads are costly.
I am not a fan of Michelin. I have always received better life out of Good Year (Dunlop) & Bridgestone (the Potenza is a good model) products or other.
Right now we are running Kumho. These are okay. They are cheaper and are not lasting as long as I expected. You can buy a set from the Tire Rack for around $588. The Dunlops are also on sale.
Note that these tires are performance tires (softer rubber) and don't have a long life. The main thing is to get them rotated every 5K miles. You'll get more life out of them.
I'll look for some brake pad suggestions and post them later.
You could also buy your wife a used Accord or Civic and take the TL back.
BTW, don't buy a Murano. I got rid of one that was horrible!
#5544 of 5648 Re: 2005 TL ... 71k miles [mikesmurano]
Jun 15, 2011 (7:57 pm)
I actually bought a 2012 Civic (don't laugh). But going to need one for the kid that will be driving in two years...and figure instead of buying a 'used car' for her where I have not idea of the history or latent damage. (also averaging 33mpg (over 40mpg on the highway) on Regular gas...saving about $1500 annual at the pump)
If I get over 65k on the front brakes and still running the original rear pads...I don't mind paying $199 to the dealer service department. My Michelin Pilot A/S Sport tires lasted over 40k and paid less than $900 with free lifetime rotations and balancing. I am ok with that too.
So still trying to gauge what upcoming costs I have. Seems like I will have $1,500 for the timing belt. $200 for rear brakes. Plugs for say $300. Serpentine belts for a few hundred. So I am guessing about $2,500 coming up at about 100,000 miles. Then another set of tires at say 110k...so that brings it to about $3,500 when there will be minimal trade in value....with who knows what else to go wrong with age.
ps...I hope to break in that Civic then ease my wife into that car to commondeer my beloved TL.
#5545 of 5648 Re: 2005 TL ... 71k miles [delmar1]
Jun 15, 2011 (8:01 pm)
that seems way high for the T Belt. Plugs too most likely. And the serp belt should be cheap, just the cost of the belt (no labor) if you do it with the t belt.
not sure how much plugs will cost to put in.
You need to find a reliable indy, if those are the prices at your dealer.
I actually take my 2000 TL to the honda dealer where I get my Hondas serviced. more convenient than the acura place, and possibly cheaper.
Jun 16, 2011 (10:15 am)
It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of my 2005 TL...passed as a trade-in that is! 6.5 years and 85,000 trouble-free miles of driving pleasure. One of my all-time favorite rides, I'll miss it but just could not justify three cars (and would have been four in a year or less...) in the driveway. So, hopefully she'll go to a good family who will maintain and Zaino her as regularly as I did!
Other than a few rattles fixed under warranty, nothing to report. Smooth, powerful (ok, not much low end), quiet, handsome, reliable and economical. Well done, Acura.
Adios, amigo. Vaya con Dios.