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#203 of 225 Brakes cause much rattling of front end at medium speeds
Jul 09, 2008 (8:47 pm)
I have owned Hondas and Acuras for a long time. I have a 2004 TSX, and have discovered that the brake rotors become warped because of moisture, so much that when you brake at over 50 mph, the front end rattles and shakes as if it has a real suspension problem.
I have spoken to 2 dealers and they say it is a common problem, on many Acuras. I called Honda HQ and explained the problem to 2 customer complaint reps, but they do not acknowledge that it is a problem.
I see it as a problem that needs a recall and I am campaigning for it. Normally you get a brake job when the pads wear out. In this case, the pads are still very good...my Acura service rep measured mine and I had 40% left, but still I had the shaking an rattling. The rotors warp before the pads wear out and you are left to get a new brake job prior to wearing out the pads. This is real new to me.
I have advised Honda that I plan to get the word out, since I understand that several of the Acuras now suffer from this problem.
I have been a Honda and Acura customer for over 20 years and this is the first issue that has got me so upset..there is nothing mentioned of this problem on the Acura troubleshooting website, there is no current recall, and the reps that I spoke to seem to dismiss this as not a problem!! This is not the attitude I expect from Honda, so I am reacting!!
Do you know of anyone who has this problem??? Let's get a campaign going on this. I think Honda should do a recall!!
Hope I can get some agreement.
#204 of 225 Re: Brakes cause much rattling of front end at medium speeds [cgr1]
Jul 10, 2008 (3:39 am)
The rotors on my 06 tsx, bought new 11/17/06, warped at about 43,500 miles. The dealer fixed them free. (under warranty) in April. My car now has 55,000+miles. I heard bmw's have that problem with warped rotors. The rotors are my 03 hyundai elantra GT warped at about 48,000 miles. The dealer fixed them and put on new brake pads for free.
Jul 10, 2008 (4:27 am)
I had this post in another section of the TSX forum, so I figured I'd post it here too.
My '09 TSX is about 2 weeks old and I noticed a rattling sound coming from the front.
I hear this sound when I am accelerating and reach anywhere from 15-25mph. Once I go past 25mph it goes away.
Does anyone else hear this sound or know what it could possibly be? I took the car to the dealer last week and they said they drove the car for 3 miles and didn't hear anything.
I went back to the dealer yesterday and had the tech drive with me and he heard rattle too. His first question was if I was using premium fuel and I told him I was not. He said he'd take a look at the underneath of the car, but he knew the rattle was due to me using regular gas.
Is this really true? I got this car on 6/24/08, have put fuel (87-regular) in it twice and already there's an odd rattle coming from the engine because I'm not using premium?
And the kicker is right before I went to the dealer I filled the tank up with regular too. So now I have to wait to fill up again to see if this sound goes away.
Also, should I try buying one of those octane boost things from Pep Boys or something?
My co-worker, her daughter, and her son all have ’08 TSX’s and they use regular and they don’t hear a thing. I might just go to another Acura dealer to get their opinion.
#206 of 225 Re: Rattle sound [stones3131]
Aug 25, 2008 (4:29 am)
I am replying to my own thread. It's now been over a month since my original post and sure enough I still hear this rattle. Truth be told, the first two full ups of gas I had was used with 87 octane, but the three fill ups since have all been premium. I went to another Acura dealership and the tech drove my car and he heard the rattle, then he drove the two "loaner" TSX's and he heard the same sound in them. I too drove one of the "loaners" and kinda/sorta heard the sound.
Is this really a characteristic of the '09 TSX? Will the rattle eventually go away as I keep putting premium gas in? If this is truly a characteristic of the car I'm wondering why other people are posting...
#207 of 225 Re: Rattle sound
Nov 09, 2008 (6:07 pm)
I picked up my 2009 TSX on Oct 2nd, 2008 and after around 4 weeks I had noticed that rattling sound (or a knocking/pinging noise) coming from the front just like tones3131 mentioned. After my hearing on roads over and over again more than 1 week, I think this rattle could be tachometer related but not speedometer related. I can hear the sound when I am accelerating and the tachometer reading reaches between 2000-2500 RPM and that doesn’t matter what my speedometer says in the same time. I would have to listen very carefully to recognize the noise on highway but it does exist…
I had made a service appointment and am going to stop by my dealership this Tuesday. See if they can figure out what is happening in my car. I will keep you guys posted.
#208 of 225 Re: Rattle sound [phycs]
Nov 19, 2008 (1:11 pm)
Any update on what happened at the dealership? I'd be curious to know what it is. Here's a site I've been checking on recently and there's some good information on it. One of the people who posted is a tech at Acura.
It's 3 pages of posts, but each one is interesting.
Nov 19, 2008 (4:36 pm)
They haven't contact me. This is REALLY a good customer service I would be satisfied with from Acura.
Nov 20, 2008 (11:34 am)
Who is they-the dealer or acura client services.
Nov 20, 2008 (3:03 pm)
Nov 21, 2008 (2:41 am)
My opinion: it is a newly redesigned car-the dealers are just learning about the problems. The computer they plug the car in (not like the old fashion days when the mechanic has to litterly look for what was wrong) shows up-nothing. They do not know what to tell you. It is now basically a learning experience for them, also. I would call acura client services and let them know of this problem. If they get enough complaints they might do something about it.