Last post on Nov 04, 2013 at 9:10 AM
You are in the Acura MDX
What is this discussion about?
Acura MDX, SUV
Go to NHTSA to file a safety complaint.
Or call Monday-Friday (8 am to 8 pm ET) (888) 327-4236 TTY: (800)424-9153
#221 of 995 Re: Purchased 2005 Acura MDX with problems [pghenkelman]
Mar 16, 2010 (10:06 am)
In my experience, I have found this sound is very difficult to duplicate. I donít know what causes the sound, but I have spent quite a bit of time understanding the behavior of my vehicle. Here are my findings/suggestions/ideas:
1) Find a long side street with max speed of 30~35 mph and a very slight uphill slope. Drive in D5.
a) The street must be long enough to allow for the vehicle to shift through gears 1-5 as you slowly accelerate from 0 to 35mph. If/when you begin hearing the sound, hold your speed steady to sustain. A longer street will give you more time to dial it in.
b) The uphill slope of the street must consistent and minimal. If the slope is too steep, the transmission will shift back down to 4th gear and you will not be able to duplicate the sound. If the slope is not steep enough, the vehicle will not experience enough loading to recreate the issue.
c) The street must be free from traffic. If you have to stop, slow down or adjust your speed, it may interfere with your ability to tune in to the conditions described above.
2) Find a street described above near your dealer and practice recreating the sound before scheduling an appointment. Then take the service tech for a drive and replicate the sound for him/her at the same location.
a) This may seem time consuming at first, however, if you let the service tech drive on any street at any speed, he may never be able to replicate the sound.
b) If you are successful replicating the sound before your appointment, then you can schedule an appointment with more confidence that you will achieve a diagnosis.
3) Eliminate as much ambient noise as possible to help isolate the problem sound.
a) Turn off radio, climate control / fan, shut windows (reduce wind noise), avoid traffic, etc...
Please read through all the posts in this thread of the forum. Also, it wouldnít hurt to search the internet for similar year Honda Pilots and Honda Odysseys to get a feel for general customer satisfaction related to other similar Honda/Acura V6 vehicles. If you have the option to keep or return your vehicle, this information can help you make an informed decision.
#222 of 995 Re: Purchased 2005 Acura MDX with problems [12bdriving]
Mar 16, 2010 (10:11 am)
I will check this afternoon. What does this mean? It always happens on a flat road, never going up hill or down hill. If you feather the gas between 30 and 40 mph. it happens a lot.
#223 of 995 Re: Purchased 2005 Acura MDX with problems [pghenkelman]
Mar 18, 2010 (1:53 pm)
I have the same problem and my local dealer does not seem to know what's going on either. I hope someone have an answer soon as to what caused this noise. I don't want something to happen while driving.
Mar 18, 2010 (2:03 pm)
I am able to recreate the sound almost everytime. I have also recreated the sound with an Acura tech in the car. He was not able to figure out the issue. I suspect this is a transmission problem due to the symtom, but I am no expert. I hope someone can figure this out so I can get this issue fix pronto, it is beginning to make me nervous driving on the freeway.
#227 of 995 Re: Purchased 2005 Acura MDX with problems [mightyquynh]
Mar 21, 2010 (6:00 pm)
It sounds identical to the issue I was having. Check your vin number on acura.com. There is a recall for the 2005 Acura MDX for torque converter. Most likely that is what the issue is. It sounds identical to my situation and I found out it happens in almost all Acura MDX between 70k and 90k. I would also call Acura customer service to alert them of your issue so they can make record of it. Good luck.
#228 of 995 Catalytic Converter
Mar 22, 2010 (7:48 am)
I have 2005 MDX. It has 42000 miles on it. The check engine light has been coming on for the past few months. Other than that it is driving fine. I took it in last week and they cleared the light and said if it came back again they will have to replace the catalytic converters. The light came back again so they have put in an order to replace both CCs. Anyone else have this issue? TIA.
#229 of 995 2003 Acura MDX Transmission slipping
Mar 22, 2010 (2:08 pm)
I just got off the phone with no help Acura, to find there are no recalls on the 2003 Acura MDX transmission. It will just go out of gear while driving, especially if your going up hill or make a sharp turn.....very scary
The dealer is unable to duplicate, Acura suggest having a repair person ride around with me until it happens, now there's a thought!!
any suggestions from anyone?
#230 of 995 Re: 2010 MDX [rogerdy]
Mar 25, 2010 (9:39 am)
Yes, kinda curious to hear your symptoms prior to getting your transmission replaced.
I just bought a new 2010 MDX tech+enter in N.VA (on 03/09) and it has been in the shop since last Wed. 03/17. The dealer said it needed transmission 'sensor replacements'. They have not worked on it b/c they are awaiting the shipments from the Kentucky and California supply warehouses. I hope these sensors are all that's needed (no new transmission...no no)
As for the symptoms in our MDX, when you pressed the gas pedal there seems to be some lag-time in acceleration. We would have brought it in later for our scheduled maintenance appt. but the message came over the NavLink navigation screen system 465 miles. Our previous 2006 MDX acceleration response was even quicker.