Monday, December 3, 2007

Safety Recall: 2005-08 Acura RL Power Steering Feed Hose Leak

AFFECTED VEHICLE:
2005 - 2008 Acura RL



BACKGROUND:
Unexpectedly high heat deterioration and bending stress can cause the power steering feed hose to crack, resulting in a leak. A leak from the feed hose can drip P/S fluid onto drivetrain components and the catalytic converter below, causing a burning odor and possibly smoke. The low fluid level resulting from the leak may also cause the power steering pump to whine.

CLIENT NOTIFICATION:
All owners of affected vehicles will be sent a notification of this campaign the week of December 17, 2007.

Some vehicles affected by this campaign may be 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. In addition, check for a punch mark above the fifth character of the engine compartment VIN. A punch mark in that location means the power steering feed hose kit was already installed at the port, and the vehicle is ready to be sold or leased.

CORRECTIVE ACTION:
Install a power steering feed hose kit.



PARTS INFORMATION:
Power Steering Feed Hose Kit (Contains P/S feed hose, hose bracket, pressure switch O-ring, and extra trim clips):
P/N 06535-SJA-A01

REQUIRED MATERIALS:
Acura Precision Crafted Power Steering Fluid (Each vehicle may require up to three 12 oz. bottles):
P/N 08206-9002A

WARRANTY CLAIM INFORMATION:
Operation Number: 5121D3
Flat Rate Time: 1.3 hours
Failed Part: 06535-SJA-A01
Defect Code: 5LR00
Symptom Code: Q6500
Template ID: 07-061A
Skill Level: Repair Technician

ACURA'S LETTER TO SERVICE MANAGERS


Click here for a complete PDF on the issue.


SIDE NOTE RELATED TO ACURA TL'S:
Although, it's not a full on recall, there has been some reported problems with the 2004 Acura TL having a power steering problem. The symptom is the vehicle makes a horrible noise during cold starts. My cousin had to take his almost out of warranty 2004 Acura TL automatic in to the dealer so they can replace the power steering pump (under warranty). Someone on the Acurazine.com forum noted to make sure that the power steering hose also gets replaced when having this service done.

[UPDATE] This Acura TL issue is now officially a technical service bulletin (TSB).

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