Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2015 Acura TLX Specs Revailed at New York International Auto Show

Acura unveiled the 2015 Acura TLX at the New York International Auto Show. The concept car reveled early this year looked awesome! The production model looks ok, very RLX-ish and somewhat bland.

TLX ModelAvailable PackagesEngineTransmissionSteering/
Anticipated EPA Ratings3
TLXTechnology2.4-liter, I-48DCTP-AWS24/35/283
TLX V-6Technology, Advance3.5-liter, V-69ATP-AWS21/34/253
TLX V-6 SH-AWDTechnology, Advance3.5-liter, V-69ATSH-AWD21/31/253

Complaints on the interwebs:

  • No manual transmission.
  • Fake leatherette in base model.
  • Bland/ugly exterior.
  • Weird extra line on the side skirt.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My 2005 Acura TSX Alternator Died

So it happened, my alternator died leaving me dead on the road in the rain last Thursday, February 6, 2014. My day started out normal, wake up, get ready for work, and jumped in the car to drive to work. Not even a quarter mile into, I see the battery icon light up. I thought to myself, "I don't think this means the battery is low because I have had to change a low battery before and this never popped up before." Maybe it's just a false warning. I work only about 5 miles away so I get to work without any issues. Told myself that I will look up this indicator light when I'm at my desk, but never actually do because of the busy day and totally forget about it.

Fast forward about 8 hours, I jump back into my car and start it. Again the battery light is on! So it's probably not a false warning but I don't really know exactly what this light is warning me about, something battery/electrical related. I start heading home, but it's rush hour in the rain, and for some reason most San Diegans are terrible drivers in the rain. All of a sudden, my radio goes silence. I thought to myself, is it just this station or is it my radio? Checked the next station... no sound... Quickly turned off the radio and started to make my way to the left lane in case I am going to breakdown. As I was thinking that, my fuel and temperature gauges drop all the way down to zero. About a minute later, my dash fully lights up! I don't know what's exactly going on, but I told myself, "You need to pull over into this parking lot!"

I parked somewhere out in the open in case I needed to jump my car. I texted my fiancee and brother, both who didn't respond right away. My plan was to wait for traffic to die and try to make it 4 miles home. As I was waiting around, I was googling on my phone the battery indicator. Basically, the internet didn't tell me anything new: electrical problem most-likely alternator. My fiancee finally got back to me about 30 minutes later asking what I wanted her to do. I told her I wanted to drive it home after traffic died down, but as I was saying that, it occurred to me that even if I get it home, it might be stuck there and I will probably need to tow it to my mechanic anyways. So now I wanted to wait until traffic died and drive it to my mechanic, which was about 7 miles away, 6 of which are on the freeway.

My fiancee picks me up and we eat dinner while waiting for the traffic to die down. I get jumper cables out of my car after getting back to it. They're basically part of my bug out bag in my car. I used my fiancee's car to charge my battery. After what seemed like a long time, but was really only 20 mins, we headed out. The plan was to have her drive behind me to block car if anything happened.

After waiting at the first light for 3 mins, which seemed like forever, all the symptoms of electrical problems appeared again! However, this time there was another symptom, my car couldn't really move when I stepped on the gas! My engine revved but I wasn't going anywhere. I played with changing the gears for a little bit and somehow my car started rolling again. I accelerated to the next light and I could see that my headlights are out. So my dash is basically all dead, car isn't going when I tell it to, my headlights are out, all in the rain. There's no way I'm getting on the freeway like this, I need to pull over and get this towed! So I turned off onto a side street to try to turn into the first parking lot I see... but I couldn't make it. My car died at the intersection to the parking lot. :( The lucky thing was I was no longer on the main road, and I wasn't caught in the middle of the intersection. My fiancee pulls up next to me and I start charging my battery again, just trying to make into the parking lot. As the battery was charging, I called a tow truck, $45 hook plus $5 per mile.

The tow truck arrived moderately fast, took about 30 minutes. I towed my car to my mechanic, the tow guy knew where it was. After paying the tow truck, I took my car key off my ring and threw it in my mechanic's mailbox. I thought to myself, I couldn't drive it for 4 miles, good luck to anyone who wants to steal it and drive 4 miles.

The next day, I worked from home and called my mechanic to tell him what's up. He said he would check the battery and alternator and would call me back. As promised, I received his phone call and told me my alternator is bad and I would need a new battery too. $275 for the alternator and $100 for the battery so $375 installed. I asked what happened and his response over the phone was "the battery is too strong and it killed the alternator". I didn't really get it but the conversation ended there.

I picked up my car the next day and wanted to clarify what he meant about the battery being too strong because I changed my battery at Walmart 2 years ago and this is they battery they said went with my car. He told me when he tested my alternator, it was smoking. When he tested my battery it was about 14 volts. The battery is supposed to be around 12 volts. He said the alternator was overworked because it always needed to charge the "strong" battery.

I bought my 2005 Acura TSX in the December of 2005.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Although you still can configure a ZDX on Acura.com, 2013 was the last year for the crossover vehicle. The Acura ZDX Prototype debuted at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in 2009. The model was killed because it wasn't making sales and only lived for about 4 years. Nice try Acura, rest in peace ZDX.

For more details please see Acura's press release from last year.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Acura Plans To Move Up To GT Category In Pirelli World Challenge Championship

Acura Motorsports today pulled the wraps off the new 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car at the North American International Auto Show, announcing plans to move up to the GT category of the growing and highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge Championship.

To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.

Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.

HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine; and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.

HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers.

The Acura TLX GT Race Car will be campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.

Don't forget to check out the Acura TLX Debut.

2015 Acura TLX Prototype

Acura today unveiled the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype showcasing the design and performance direction for the all-new 2015 TLX performance-luxury sedan launching mid-year at Acura dealerships nationwide. The TLX was developed around the theme"Red Carpet Athlete" to deliver a compelling blend of luxury refinement and sports-sedan athleticism, with exhilarating performance enhanced by next-generation Acura powertrain and dynamic handling technologies. The TLX will join the ILX compact luxury sedan and the RLX luxury performance sedan as the third vehicle in Acura's sedan lineup. The new TLX replaces both the TSX and TL sedans.

Car highlights include:
  • Jewel Eye LED
  • Dimensionally, the overall length is 3.8 inches shorter than the current TL, yet rides the same 109.3 inch wheelbase as the TL. The prototype's right-sized dimensions place the new TLX neatly in between the smaller ILX and larger RLX sedans.
  • Two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.
    • Two-wheel drive with either the 2.4 or 3.5 liter engines
    • TLX SH-AWD is exclusively for the 3.5 liter V6 engine with 9-speed transmission.
  • Two new engines
    • 2.4-liter 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with direct-injection.
    • 3.5-liter SOHC V6 with direct injection
  • Two new transmissions.
    • 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter is mated with the new 4 cylinder engine.
    • 9-speed automatic transmission is mated with the V6 engine

The TLX was designed and developed in the United States by Acura engineers working in the company's Los Angeles design studio and Raymond, Ohio new-vehicle development center. The new TLX will be produced using domestic and globally sourced parts at the company's award-winning Marysville, Ohio auto plant, which presently manufactures the 2014 Acura TL performance-luxury sedan.

Acura Reveals TLX Prototype at 2014 NAIAS in Detroit Video:

For more details, please see the Acura TLX Press Release.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Broken Images

Hi all, I'm discovering that a lot of old images are broken and don't show up anymore. I have been researching the net and it seems like Google did something go their Picasa and Blogger accounts. All the images exist in my Picasa account but their links have been changed (probably by Google). I have gone through and re-linked some of the images but can't imagine doing that with 500+ images. If anyone knows a better way of fixing this than manually re-linking, please comment below.

Thank you,

Thursday, August 22, 2013

On Track With The New NSX

From the moment it first turned a wheel at the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Acura NSX has always been right at home on a racetrack. So it is not surprising the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course played host to the very first high-speed, public appearance of a new NSX prototype. Preceding the Honda Indy 200—and broadcast live on NBC Sports—the Acura supercar lapped the undulating circuit at speed in front of thousands of cheering fans. The rolling NSX prototype maintains the beautiful styling and proportions of the concept car and adds the dynamic NSX enthusiasts have waited months for—the sound. The mid-mounted V6 did not disappoint, howling to redline several times. Slated for launch in 2015, the production NSX will be built just down the road from the Mid-Ohio track in Marysville, OH using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Acura NSX Teaser on Vine and Instagram

You have to wait to see the Acura NSX prototype August 4 at the Mid-Ohio Raceway for the Honda 200 IndyCar race, but you can catch a couple of teasers from Vine and Instagram now.

Vine: First for Acura fans. New NSX prototype. Right now. #AcuraNSX

Instagram: First for Acura fans. New NSX Prototype.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Third Gen Acura MDX Goes On Sale

The all-new 2014 MDX, the third generation of Acura's acclaimed 7-passenger luxury performance SUV, goes on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide, offering comfort, connectivity and performance every luxury customer wants at a price that no other luxury brand can match. Available for the first time in a new two-wheel drive model, pricing for the 2014 MDX begins with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $42,290*, a substantial $990 reduction in starting price versus the outgoing 2013 model.

The 2014 MDX adds a bevy of new standard features - including Smart Entry with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide second-row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access, an 8-inch On-Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, Expanded View Driver's Mirror, a powerful 432-watt Acura sound system, and an acoustic glass front windows and windshield.

New from the ground up, the 2014 MDX has a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, and is lower and narrower for reduced frontal area and enhanced fuel efficiency. With high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium comprising 64-percent of its body structure, the 2014 MDX is 275 pounds lighter than the previous model with the lightest published weight in its segment, which directly contributes to improved acceleration, nimble handling, and class-leading fuel economy ratings.

The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by a new 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC 3.5 liter V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology. Compared to the 3.7-liter engine it replaces, the 3.5-liter V-6 in the 2014 MDX offers an 8-percent increase in torque at engine speeds below 2,750 rpm for greater overall responsiveness. Due to improved operating efficiency, horsepower output per liter is up two percent and torque output per liter is up 4.4 percent compared to the previous model's engine. Together with the 2014 MDX's substantial reduction in curb weight, overall performance is enhanced, including quicker 0-60 mph times and 8-second quicker lap times on Germany's Nürburgring Nordschliefe (North Loop), where both the new and outgoing model were extensively tuned and tested.

The 2014 MDX is the third generation of Acura's top-of-the-line SUV to be designed, developed and engineered in North America. Production of the new MDX and its powertrain will take place at the company's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama.

In designing the new MDX, Acura engineers built on the foundation of its excellent dynamic performance with a focus on three core values: class-leading fuel efficiency, new levels of luxury comfort, and top-level safety performance.

There are four MDX grades, each available with front-wheel drive or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD):
  • The well-equipped MDX has standard leather trimmed first- and second-row seats with heating on the front row, Smart Entry with Push Button Start (front doors and rear hatch access), a 432-watt audio system with 8-speakers, 18-inch alloy wheels, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, and more.
  • The MDX with Technology Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, Smart Entry for all four doors, the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, a 501-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 10-speakers, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) System and more.
  • The MDX with Technology and Rear Entertainment Package adds a 529-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 11-speakers and HD Radio™, a DVD rear entertainment system with 9-inch display, rear-passenger window sunshades, and other features.
  • The top-of-the-line MDX with Advance Package includes unique 7-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, a 605-watt Acura/ELS® Studio audio system with 12-speakers, the Acura DVD Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System with 16.2-inch display, perforated Milano leather first- and second-row seating and ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and remote engine start, along with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Brake System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and additional luxury features.
MDX with Technology Package$46,56520/28/23
MDX with Technology and Entertainment Package$48,56520/28/23
MDX with Advance Package$54,50520/28/23
MDX with SH-AWD$44,29018/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD and Technology Package$48,56518/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD and Technology and Entertainment Package$50,56518/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD and Advance Package$56,50518/27/21

For more on the 2014 Acura MDX, click here for the press release.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

All-New 2014 Acura MDX Debuts at New York International Auto Show

Acura revealed the all-new 2014 Acura MDX at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The 7 passenger SUV is built on a completely new platform and for the first time be offered in a front-wheel-drive configuration.


  • Powered by an all-new direct-injected 24 value 3.5 liter i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
  • 290 HP and 267 lb-ft torque
  • 6 speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
  • SH-AWD or front-wheel-drive
  • SH-AWD EPA = 18/27/21 mpg, front-wheel-drive EPA = 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Tuned and tested on the Nurburgring
  • All-new Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with Sport, Normal, and Comfort modes, which adjusts steering effort, throttle response, SH-AWD and active sound to suite the tastes of the driver

Body & Styling:
  • The body applies more than 55% advanced lightweight materials resulting in a reducing 275 pounds from the previous model
  • Standard 18 inch wheels, 19 inch for Technology and Advance package

  • Leather-trimmed interior, silver plated accents, LED overhead and cabin accent lighting, along with new optional luxury features, such as Smart Entry, second-row sunshades, remote engine start, and auto-linked air conditioning and climate-controlled seats
  • Power and heated front seats
  • One-Touch Walk-In feature: fold and slide the 2nd row seats automatically with a touch of a button
  • Rear cargo capacity is improved and includes a new underfloor storage area

  • Acura JewelEye LED headlights
  • AcuraLink™ cloud-based connected car system offers an assortment of media, convenience, information and security features via an embedded cellular system and compatible web-enabled smartphones
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • And much more...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Acura at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2014 Acura MDX Prototype
    • There will be a new MDX design for 2014.
    • Acura is calling it a "prototype" because it's not 100% finished yet.
    •  Although, it's completely redone it looks like a beefed up RDX with the new RLX LED lights. Overall, it doesn't look bad. I still don't like the beak grill, but I'm a broken record hopeful that Acura will hear my cries.
    • Expect the usual 3.5 liter V6 (no power figures yet), technology standard, and SH-AWD. The twist though is this generation of MDX will have the first front wheel drive version.

  • Next Evolution of NSX Concept
    • Acura is continuing to tease us with the Acura NSX Concept.
    • The car maker is giving us a glimpse of what the interior could look like.
    • Acura's goal is deliver a "new sports car experience that combines next-generation supercar dynamic capabilities with advanced environmental performance ... Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system."

  • Launch Plan and Pricing for 2014 Acura RLX Flagship
    • Acura's new RLX Flagship will debut in dealerships on March 15, 2013 with an MSRP is starting at $48,450.
    • Features include 310 HP V6 direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC, most spacious passenger cabin in its class, Acura's new Precision All-Wheel Steer and Jewel Eye LED headlights, fuel economy of 20/31/24 mpg.
    • "Precision All-Wheel Steer is the world's first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles. Its benefits include crisper lane changes, more nimble cornering, enhanced dynamic response, tighter radius low-speed turning, and confidence-inspiring control."
    • In February, every Acura dealer nationwide will feature 2 2014 Acura RLX sedans ahead of the March 15 sale date so that clients can experience the car in what Acura is calling the "Destination RLX" client experience program.
    • "A version of RLX featuring Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected EPA fuel-economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined, will debut later in 2013."
    • The 2014 Acura RLX will be available in five grades – the well-equipped RLX, the RLX with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package, the RLX with Krell Audio package, and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.


      RLX with Navigation
      RLX with Technology Package
      RLX with Krell Audio Package
      RLX with Advance Package

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Acura MDX "Shield" Grill on Acura TSX

A little late to the party, but if anyone is wondering how the MDX's "Shield" grill looks on a smaller car like the TSX, here you go...

Acurazine member, defconskylude, replaced the "beak" style grill Acura on his 2011 Acura TSX with a pre-2010 Acura MDX "shield" grill. Looks good if you ask me, but maybe I'm biased. I had wished that this grill made it across all the Acura models instead of the new "beak".

Monday, December 17, 2012

Acura to Reveal 2014 Acura MDX concept

Here's a teaser of the 2014 Acura MDX that Acura will be showing at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

I just wished that Acura kept the "shield" grill instead of polluting the whole line with the buck tooth grill.

Thanks Anonymous for the heads up.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

5 Year Old Acura Sport Concept Revealed

This mysterious Acura was built by Honda's Advanced Design Studio in Pasadena, the sporty NSX-looking coupe was never intended to be seen outside the opaque walls of that high-security building. It was built as "an internal advanced design concept" FIVE years ago!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Honda and Acura Lead ALG’s Residual Value Rankings

ALG  is a provider of residual value and other analyses to the automotive industry. Its Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each segment that are forecast to retain the highest percentage of manufacturer’s suggested retail price after three years.

Honda was No. 1 in the Mainstream brand rankings, followed by Hyundai and Scion. Acura topped all Premium brands, with Infiniti coming in second and Audi third. Lexus, last year’s highest-ranked Premium brand, dropped to fourth.

Monday, November 12, 2012

[Acura Style] Driven By Design

This article is taken from Acura's Fall/Winter 2012 Style magazine, page 49.

Jon Ikeda, chief designer and senior manager of the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California, is a busy man - in charge of everything from new Acura production models to such advanced visions as the NSX Concept, Acura Style caught up with him at the Design Studio to discuss the RLX Concept on display just a few feet away.

What was the overall design philosophy for the RLX Concept?
A little more serious, a little more formal. We really wanted to establish that it's a flagship. You'll see striking, undulating lines. A good stance. A more spacious interior. And on certain versions, you're going to see hardware directly tied in the NSX supercar. So you know the performance is there.

What exterior and interior features are you most excited about?
In proportion from the outside, it's grown up a little bit. And the interior is downright gorgeous. Even more luxury than we've had before. We also really love the new Jewel Eye headlight technology ... a little thinner, simpler, but very high tech.

What is the most difficult aspect of designing the RLX?
We really wanted to create something that does justice to all the RLX's new technology. But just when you've drawn that nugget of gold, some new regulation will come in that requires us to change the shape by 10 millimeters - 10 millimeters, are you kidding me!? That's a lot! So we're always trying to find that right balance.

It's been a big year for Acura. What's next?
The brand itself is maturing. Don't think for a second that just because we're coming out with all these cars that we're done. We're continuing to push. It's exciting. By the time the RLX comes out, we'll already be well ahead on the next new models. There are things behind this door right now that take Acura on to the next level. But of course, I can't show you!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Re-factoring Site Labels

I know I have been away for a bit, but I'm back and I'm working on re-factoring the labels of this site. Labels that just used to say TL, TSX, MDX, and etc are now being prefixed with [Acura] so the result would be [Acura] TL, [Acura] TSX, and etc... this is for better grouping in the site panel. Anyway, it's a work in progress so if the labels are confusing right now, hang in there until I'm done. ;)

[Update@13Nov2012] As I'm making these labels changes, I realize that it's going to break the internal label links that I had in the old posts. If you end up on an empty label page, please check the side panel to see if you can find and updated label.

[Safety Recall] Fuse Box May Cause a No-Start or Stalling Condition

Safety Recall: Fuse Box May Cause a No-Start or Stalling Condition

Applies To: 2005 Acura TL
From VIN 19UUA65..5A012670 thru 19UUA65..5A013543
From VIN 19UUA66..5A012008 thru 19UUA66..5A015591

A loose terminal in the under-dash fuse/relay box may cause the fuel pump to lose power. If the fuel pump becomes inoperative, the engine may not start. In the worst case, if the fuel pump loses power while driving, the engine could stall without warning, and a crash could occur.

All owners of affected vehicles will be sent a notification of this campaign. An example of the client notification is at the end of this service bulletin.
Not all vehicles within the VIN ranges are affected. To verify vehicle eligibility, check at least one of these items:
• The client has a notification letter.
• The vehicle is shown on your campaign responsibility report.
• The vehicle is shown as eligible on aniN VIN status inquiry.
In addition to the bulleted verification items, check for a punch mark above the first character of the engine compartment VIN. A punch mark in that location means the vehicle has already been repaired.
Most vehicles affected by this campaign are in your new vehicle inventory. According to federal law, these vehicles cannot be sold or leased until they are repaired. To see if a vehicle is affected by this campaign, do a VIN status inquiry before selling it.

Replace the under-dash fuse/relay box.

Under-Dash Fuse/Relay Box: P/N 38200-SEP-A03


Template ID
Replace fuse box
7417A0 A
Replace fuse box
Add for vehicles with navigation 

Failed Part: P/N 38200-SEP-A02
Defect Code: 5DS00
Symptom Code: P7400
Skill Level: Repair Technician 

1. Replace the under-dash fuse/relay box:
NOTE: Do not use pliers to remove the relays.
• Refer to page 22-73 of the 2004–05 TL Service Manual, or
2. If the vehicle has a factory-installed navigation system, do the navigation system setup. Refer to Navigation System Setup at PDI in service bulletin 03-013, TL and TSX: TQI of the DVD Navigation System With Voice Recognition.
3. Center-punch a completion mark above the first character of the engine compartment VIN.

Example of Client Letter

April 2005

Safety Recall: Engine Does Not Start or Stalls While Driving

Dear TL Owner:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

What is the reason for this notice?
Honda Motor Co., Ltd., has decided that a defect relating to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2005 model year TLs. A loose terminal in the main fuse box may cause the fuel pump to lose power. If the fuel pump becomes inoperative, the engine may not start. In the worst case, if the fuel pump loses power while driving, the engine could stall without warning, and a crash could occur.

What should you do?
Call any authorized Acura dealer, and make an appointment to have your vehicle repaired. The dealer will replace the main fuse box. This work will be done free of charge. Please plan to leave your vehicle for half a day to allow the dealer flexibility in scheduling.

Who to contact if you experience problems.
If you are not satisfied with the service you receive from your Acura dealer, you may write to:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Acura Client Services

Mail Stop 500-2N-7E
1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501-2746

If you believe that American Honda or the dealer has failed or is unable to remedy the defect in your vehicle, without charge, within a reasonable period of time (60 days from the date you first contact the dealer for a repair appointment), you may submit a complaint to:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

Or call the toll-free Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

What to do if you feel this notice is in error.
Our records show that you are the current owner or lessee of a 2005 TL involved in this campaign. If this is not the case, or the name/address information is not correct, please fill out and return the enclosed, postage-paid Information Change Card. We will then update our records.

If you already paid to have the main fuse box replaced, please call Acura Client Services at (800) 382-2238 for assistance.

Lessor Information.

Federal law requires that any vehicle lessor receiving this recall notice must forward a copy of this notice to the lessee within 10 days.

If you have any questions about this notice or need assistance with locating an Acura dealer, please call Acura Client Services at (800) 382-2238.

We apologize for any inconvenience this campaign may cause you.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Acura Automobile Division 

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