I'm going to buy a Used TL, probably 01-03. I heard there is a transmission
issue with these years and am wondering what to ask or look/feel for when
I'm checking the car out. At what mileage does the problem usually creep
up? Does Acura cover the problem if it occurs before a certain mileage? If
the car has run OK so far does that mean it's one of the lucky ones? Thanks
for your help.
On 7/1/05 1:37 AM, in article email@example.com, "Yer
Acura has extended the warranty on the transmissions on these cars to
100,000 miles or 7 years. If it fails they will replace the transmission.
The failure is fairly catastrophic, so if you can drive the car and it
shifts normally, there is probably nothing wrong with it.
There was also a recall to add an oil spray to cool one of the gears. You
can tell if this was done by looking down at the transaxle at the driver's
side strut tower just behind the throttle cables. If you see a metal tube
going into the top of the transaxle through a large bolt, it has been done.
If you just see a large bolt that is marked "ATF", then the recall has not
Yes, it was the fill bolt. It it still is. The oil cooler tube is held in
place by one bolt (follow the flange from the tube itself toward the front
of the car and you will see the bolt - it is painted blue on mine). Remove
the bolt and the tube will lift out of the hole in the original fill bolt.
There is no need to remove the big bolt. Fill it through the hole from the
oils spray tube. Its actually less involved than it was originally because
now you don't have to replace the crush washer on the fill bolt (since you
don't take it off). You could fill it through the dip stick, but its about
the size of a soda straw. The hole at the oil spray is about thumb size,
much easier to use.
On 7/5/05 4:03 PM, in article HACye.35148$ firstname.lastname@example.org,
I have an '00 TL with 92K miles. I haven't had this done because it is
nearly four hundred miles (round trip) to the nearest Acura dealer. I
have been running Mobile One ATF in my tranny since about 48K. My
transmission still works and shifts fine.
So my question is, do I really need the oil jet kit when I use the high
temp synthetic trans oil? What does it (the kit) do other than provide
protection at high temps. Doesn't the Mobile One do this?
My somewhat local Honda dealer (80 miles away) gave me every excuse he
could think of to get me to go to the Acura dealer. So I called Acura,
and they said that they would reimburse me for the cost of the job if I
had the Honda dealer do it...however, when I asked how long it would
take to reimburse me, they said "4 to 6 weeks." I then asked Acura for a
voucher, and they said that they "don't do that." i.e., they would
rather make it harder for me instead the dealer. Nice eh...
"How lucky do I feel..." So are you implying that my 100,000 mile
transmission warranty is no good if I don't have the oil jet kit
installed? Otherwise, IMO with only 8K miles left on my TL until the
warranty expires, it's not worth all the fuss.
Would you still feel the same if at 99,000 the transmission failed
and you didn't have the oil jet kit installed? That would certainly
give them a reason for not covering it under warrantee.
They do a photo inspection of second gear and install the kit if
there is no damage. If there is damage the transmission is replaced.
I just had my 2001CLS transmission replaced at 32,000. That was
after having the oil and filter changed by the dealer at 26,000. I
hated paying them $60 to do the job but figured they couldn't wiggle
out of the warrantee if they did the maintenance. The transmission
recall happened a few months later. I had at most, only a few
thousand more miles when I brought it in for the inspection. They
found no damage and installed the kit. A few thousand more miles, at
32,000, I had minor transmission problems. They replaced the under
My local Acura service charges $98.75 per hour. And charged 0.6
hours for diagnostics and 5.5 hours to change the transmission. That
would be $602.38 for labor without any parts. I wonder what they get
for the rebuilt tranny?
Any way If I were you I would have the inspection and kit
installation or transmission replacement done very soon. It would be
even worse if you had a problem at 101,000 miles.
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