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#320 of 620 2002 TL-S Engine Failure
Jan 09, 2007 (11:02 am)
Anyone out there ever hear about a "frozen camshaft" supposedly caused by inadequate oil delivery? I recently had my 2002 TL-S simply die while waiting at a stoplight and it would not restart. Had it towed to Acura dealer where they couldn't even turn the engine over manually. They said there was a frozen camshaft. The car has 54000 miles on it. After replacing both heads, with all new components, I still noticed a tapping noise coming from the front engine bank. I returned the car and they determined there was a bent rod, also due to a suspected oil delivery problem. Now they are replacing the entire engine block and will mate it to the new heads already installed on the old engine block. In essence, a complete new engine replacement. Thankfully, Acura has agreed to pick up the cost, even though technically the car is now out of warranty.
#321 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [bobarmilo]
Jan 09, 2007 (11:08 am)
I assume your oil level was at the full mark? (Although that probably would have been the first thing the dealer checked, and they wouldn't have picked up the tab had the oil level been too low.)
#322 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [bodble2]
Jan 09, 2007 (12:23 pm)
low oil can kill a car. My dad, a mechanic, always preached to me to check the oil frequently.
#323 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [bobarmilo]
Jan 09, 2007 (2:19 pm)
i would bet since acura picked up the tab, it isnt the first time they have heard of it.
#324 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [bodble2]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:07 pm)
Yep, the oil was at the full mark. In fact, I checked the oil stick while I was waiting for the tow truck after the car died. I do my own oil changes and do it every 3000 miles or so with the recommended 5W20 along with new oil filter each change.
#325 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [ledwing]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:11 pm)
I was told by the service rep that mine was only the second out of 28 thousand that had a similar problem.
#326 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [frisconick]
Jan 10, 2007 (10:08 am)
Yeah, that's a good habit. However, with the TL, and an Accord V6 prior to that, I've found that almost no oil is lost between changes, so I admit I have gotten complacent, or perhaps lazy, about checking it. Perhaps Honda V6s are good at not losing oil? I had a Prelude that really drank oil.
#327 of 620 Re: 2002 TL-S Engine Failure [bodble2]
Jan 10, 2007 (10:31 am)
I never once had to add a quart between oil changes---It simply did not burn oil, period. Go figure, no oil burnt but complete engine failure due to lack of oil delivery to critical moving parts??? You would think I would have had engine overheating due to friction caused by poor oil delivery.
#328 of 620 Trying to find a deal
Jan 13, 2007 (4:37 am)
I'm trying to deciding between the TL or the TL-S. The two dealers in St Louis will not come down from the MSRP price. I've never paid full price for a car. Any ideas???
#329 of 620 Re: Trying to find a deal [mamag7]
Jan 13, 2007 (7:15 am)
Why are you on the fence between the two? Do you want more hp, more torque, a manual tranny, etc....?
Please do not pay MSRP! There is absolutely no need to. I understand that prices vary across the nation but try expanding your search. I've seen others buy out of state and have their vehicles shipped to their door and saved thousands.