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#5621 of 5656 Re: 2009 TL Tire Issues [mkacura]
Jun 06, 2012 (9:56 am)
I did rotate the tires. Michelin wanted a rear alignment but nothing was clearly stated that it was a factor in any way. Got 4 of those same Michelins and after the lease inspection it appears after about 10K miles thye are 1/3rd worn.
The old tires were completely worn, there was no question that they needed to be replaced and driving them would be unsafe. One of the tires was leaking and I thought it could be fixed. However there was no boubt about the tire issue. I am wondering if this issue is more common in the more recent Acura models. I had a 03 Acura that never needed a tire in three years of use.
#5622 of 5656 Re: 2009 TL Tire Issues [robertw477]
Jun 06, 2012 (2:23 pm)
Wow. 1/3 worn down after 10K miles?
We have a 2008 TL with 18K miles. All but 6K of those miles are high speed vacation travel miles and all 4 tires still look like brand new.
#5623 of 5656 Re: 2009 TL Tire Issues [robertw477]
Jun 07, 2012 (6:36 am)
Hi. There are "some" maintenance managers (I have found), that will tell you that your car does not need a front-end alignment, and will "never" tell you to have a rear end alignment. Take a guess as to why not? A machine does the work, so, why no compliance with using it is simply complacency. Also, when the "rear end" is aligned, at least "one time", it's assurance that the front end is aligned with the rear end, and the front of the car is not going in one direction (to the side, or, whatever, like a crab), and the rear is going in a total different direction. When a car's front and rear end are aligned, and tires are rotated during the A1 or B1 inspections, that should assure you that no crazy tire wear is happening. Hope this helps. My first car was a '66 Mustang -289 engine, and I learned a lot (back in the day) -- the hard way. Have applied a few of the basic principles from those experiences, and will not let a maintenance manager talk me out of getting the front and rear ends aligned _ at least once a year! It will save "tire wear" and keep money in your pocket for something else.
As a "military retiree", I'm just kind of "stuck" on doing right by any vehicle.So, ask about the cost of a rear end alignment and see how "they" balk at the idea of doing so. You'll be buying more tires for your new car, because of the same thing, if you never get the rear end alignment done. :o)
#5624 of 5656 Re: 2009 TL Tire Issues [robertw477]
Jun 07, 2012 (6:55 am)
Rob, wow! That's crazy! 1/3 gone at 10k miles on Michelins? There's got to be another factor. Like I said, three year old '09 TL, almost 40k miles and all 4 of my factory Michelins still have 50% left.
For about a year I was commuting between NJ and Boston on a weekly basis. Now I'm doing mostly local so the tires have seen all kinds of conditions.
Well, at least it's a lease and you can return it. But I have NEVER read any tire issues with the new TL ('09 and onwards).
#5625 of 5656 Warped Rotors on Acura TL
Jun 08, 2012 (10:15 am)
Hello, I've searched multiple sites and have found 100's of posts commenting on what seems to be an ongoing problem with Acura/Honda. I bought a new TL and after 18,000 miles, the rotors were warped. I'm 45 years old, have driven many cars and never in my life had warped rotors. In fact, my '91 Integra with 193K miles on it has never had warped rotors. Well, I had them resurfaced and within a couple months, they warped again. Having been through this as well as having read numerous others reporting the same problem, I am done with it.
My question is, is it possible to upgrade rotors (non Acura/Honda parts) and/or brake pads on my TL to a level where they will not warp under normal use? How much (if any) customization would be involved?
I welcome your responses...
#5626 of 5656 Re: Warped Rotors on Acura TL [gvb]
Jun 08, 2012 (5:54 pm)
My first TL was a 2000 and it got warped rotors after about 16K miles. I didn't resurface them, I just installed Brembo rotors and pads. Never had another problem after that. The 2008 we have now is fine so far.
If you are unfamiliar with replacing rotors, either get someone to help or study the videos available everywhere.
#5627 of 5656 Re: Warped Rotors on Acura TL [rvator4]
Jun 09, 2012 (5:48 pm)
Thanks for the info. Believe my car already has Bremo on it. Last time I took it in, they mentioned that manual transmission TL's come with it. Not sure if that just means pads? Or rotors & pads. I'll ask if both are Bremo. If they are, any suggestions as to what may be the next level up in terms of durability/performance?
#5628 of 5656 Re: Warped Rotors on Acura TL [gvb]
Jun 10, 2012 (3:40 am)
Unless Brembo makes an OEM part that is of lesser quality, I cannot offer you any help. They are easy to remove, so I would probably have them resurfaced or replace them myself. I would use a dial indicator and look at the runout and decide. I don't know if removing them and cleaning the mating sides would help or not. If the rotors are warped, replacing the pads will not solve the problem.
Sorry I cannot help more. I hate braking in a car with warped rotors.
#5629 of 5656 Re: Warped Rotors on Acura TL [rvator4]
Jun 15, 2012 (2:16 pm)
Thanks for the help. Every bit of info helps.
Having read so many posts from other Honda/Acura owners complaining of the identical problem, it makes me a bit hesitant to replace them with the same discs that failed this time. Although, could it be just a one-time experience? I've done a little looking around on the web for 'high performance' rotors to fit the TL. While they cost about double/triple the amount of the standard issue rotors I've got on now, is it money well spent? Or, just a good marketing department?
All I'm looking for are rotors that stand up to normal driving. No big hills, quick stops, endless stop & go traffic....ect. Just perform like every other car I've driven over the last 30 years.
#5630 of 5656 Re: Third Battery [elvis4prez]
Jun 24, 2012 (9:29 am)
Same story on my 2010 TL. The dealership is replacing the battery and the HFL ( hands free link). Will post again if the problem persists.
My son uses the blue tooth phone and the HFL like all the time. Acura Tech told him he should continue using the blue tooth. I told him NOT to use the blue tooth My son is 16 and he will NOT listen to me, unless he is stuck on the road once!!