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#92 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [djfoster]
Oct 30, 2009 (1:21 pm)
Wow, terrible! I am sorry to hear that. I wonder what the deal is with Acura TSX clutches? Hasn't Honda been doing this right for many years?
I sure hope you are somehow able to make things happen! In my experience, it was the dealer that ultimately made the call to cover my clutch fix... they told me they would take care of it but only bc I had bought 2 cars from them and taken it there for all of its servicing.
I say good luck to you!! It is outrageous for them to not cover that in a situation like yours.
#93 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [djfoster]
Oct 30, 2009 (1:23 pm)
Wow, awesome! That sounds MUCH more reasonable than nothing covered! So glad to hear your luck turned around! =)
#94 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [marenlindsey]
Nov 12, 2009 (9:11 am)
My clutch failed on my 2005 Acura TSX at 50,000 miles. The dealer claims there was no defect in the clutch parts and instead that the clutch wore away slowly, which the dealer attributed to riding the clutch. According to the dealer, there were no signs of sudden failure or burn up of the clutch. While I disagree that driving abuse or riding the clutch caused the problems, the dealership agreed to cover 2/3 of the costs and is charging me $650 for what was originally quoted as a $2,000 repair. As always, the Acura dealership was responsive and professional. Still, the underlying question of whether there is a design or defect problem with the Acura clutch that causes it to wear prematurely remains open.
#95 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [chrisjohn]
Dec 15, 2009 (8:06 am)
.....Still, the underlying question of whether there is a design or defect problem with the Acura clutch that causes it to wear prematurely remains open.
This has been a really interesting discussion. Looks like Acura is either really professional about clutches or there is some design doubt (or both!!)
IIRC, I have the same 6M transmission (don't know about the clutch) on my 2005 Accord 6M coupe...........77k: zero clutch mishaps.
The 2010 TSX I4 6M is a contender. Two questions:
1. Is it the same clutch/pressure place et al for the present generation?
2. Anyone who has driven both Honda V-6 6M and 2nd Gen TSX 6M: your comments on clutch engagement (My 6M is vague) most appreciated.
Holidays best, ez....
#96 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [chrisjohn]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Dec 15, 2009 (8:41 am)
I know you'll cringe when I say this, but a clutch is an expendable item on a car. It's not supposed to last forever, although some do---but most don't last the life of the car. 50K does seem premature but not outside the statistical spectrum for clutch failures. If there was a "defect" it would have shown up long before IMO. The clutch takes a lot of stress and strain. I think the dealer who jumped in on replacement costs was being more than fair, and gave the driver the benefit of the doubt.
It is possible that the clutch *design* might have made compromises that could shorten life somewhat. This is often the case say on hi-po cars.
#97 of 141 Re: Clutch Failure 2006 TSX 19000 miles [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 15, 2009 (11:08 am)
we must be in the minority then-never had a clutch go bad in the numerous vehicles we have owned-most of them going over 100,000 miles and a few over the 200,000 mile mark. My 3 yeat old tsx has almost 96,000 miles with a excellent clutch
#98 of 141 Clutch faild on 64k
Dec 19, 2009 (10:47 pm)
my clutch just died on my 2004 TSX today and had to toe the car in . I was driving the highway on cruise-control going up hell. The engine revved up to 5k and felt like the clutch/transmission jerking, just in a little bit tried to downshift and wasn't able to switch gears anywhere..
It has 64k on it, and no warranty. I started to have weird problems for about a month. The car stopped accelerating as it used to; tough time going up hills and the engine revs up higher to 5k/rpm when hitting on gas paddle; some smell from bellow the engine after a ride. I thought itís something with the sparkles and decided to wait until the next oil service.
I had a major service done on the car recently and no mention of any tear on the clutch. If it's a tear/wear piece then why wouldn't they check for it as they do on the breaks?!
I still need to wait until Monday for the diagnosis. I am a little scared to hear how much it would cost.
I think Acura service charge way too much on any service. In my last major car service, they had to replace the brake pads. I don't understand why they would charge full price (1 hour of labor) when they already had the tires taken apart and already paid 450+ on the service!
Apparently, this is my last MT car. But I still like my Acura!
#99 of 141 Re: Clutch faild on 64k [hinzo]
Dec 20, 2009 (4:35 am)
#100 of 141 Re: Clutch faild on 64k [hinzo]
Dec 20, 2009 (5:02 am)
As the owner of numerous manual transmission vehicles-it sounds like the same problem I had with my 1987 maxima-the solution-not enough fluid. Never had a bad clutch (knock-on-wood). My 06 tsx, bought new 11/06, has the original brakes with lots of life left, original clutch and runs excellent after almost 96,000 miles. I have all the service done by the acura dealerYou probably spent more that one time than all the service I have had done. (basic oil changes/tires rotations/balances and the cabin filter changed. I learned never to ask for a certain mileage service. With the oil changes they go over the car.
#101 of 141 Re: Clutch faild on 64k [hinzo]
Dec 20, 2009 (10:41 am)
They don't inspect the clutch like they do the brakes because the clutch is inside the bell housing (you have to remove the transmission from the car to gain access). All you need to do for a brake inspection is look behind the wheels.
If you are having trouble with your clutch (for a month), it's up to you to tell your mechanic that you are having trouble, otherwise, he'll never know.
Dealerships do charge too much for maintenance, but I don't understand why you think they shouldn't charge you for the brake pad service. They have to remove the wheels, remove the calipers, remove the old pads, inspect/clean the calipers, pistons, guides, etc., install new pads, re-install the calipers, then re-install the wheels. None of that would be included as part of a scheduled service, and an hour (flat rate) of labor seems reasonable to me to replace brake pads.