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Check engine light + TCS = braking vibrations

My TCS and my check engine light went on. 1999 TL with about 162000 miles. Driving hwy is ok. But when it comes to a stop, the engine vibrates more noticably. help?

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  • pgarratt1 Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same issue, but the brakes don't vibrate. It was a generic obd2 code (1456 i think). I reset it and it went away for about 2 weeks, but now it's back. I have 167,000 - check engine and tcs light with a rougher idle.

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    I have a 1999 Acura TL that I bought used from an Acura dealer with 39,000 miles. It now has 173,000 miles and has been a very reliable car, but suffers from a hard shifting transmission especially from first gear to second (especially when cold) and the check engine and TCS lights are on. The only other issues have been warped rotors and a coil pack replacement which I fixed without the assistance of a service center. Money is tight and I want to keep driving the car for many more miles. I would like to know how to fix the problems I am experiencing. Please help.



  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    Both the TCS and Check engine lights came on i my 1999 Acura. Purchased it from the dealer with 25,00 miles and now has 110,000 on it. I have never had to take the car in for service except for oil changes etc. I took it to the dealer and had the codes read. 5 out of 6 of my plugs were misfiring, had a sticky valve and had a "kit" put on , also had carbon cleaned from my valves. This was the least of my exxpens. I had to have the timing belt, water pump, tensioner belts replaced. The car also jerked when putting it in reverse--that problem was caused by 2 motor mounts and a transion mount being broken. All of that was replaced at a cost of approx. $2,000 dollars. Sounds bad but it had to be done. Its the only maintenance I've had to do in 5 yrs. My brogher owns a large garage in another state and said that the cost were about right. Labor was more than half the cost.

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You need to get to a repair shop and have them read the diagnostic codes (the computer port is in the center console under the change holder/lighter). With that amount of mileage, it is very likely the code will show that the oxygen sensors and/or catalytic converters need replacement. If that is the case you will also need a tuneup (plug, wires, etc). I had this done a year ago at 160,000 miles. It is a pricey repair but I get 29mpg at highway speeds and it runs nicely on regular (less power but no pinging).

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SOURCE: My TCS and my check engine light went on. 1999 TL

Replace your spark plugs and PCV. It's the cheapest possible solution. If that doesn't suffice Acura had a recal on EGR valves a few years back. I would suggest getting your EGR valve changed. It's not expensive and it's easy to get to. It doesn't take more than 10 minutes.

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