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1999 Acura TL Problem

My car has recently started cutting off or not wanting to start. It will sometimes cut off while going down the road and turn itself on. I have been told it may be a ?Mass Auto Sensor. The car just recently stopped going in reverse and makes a horrible noise if I try to put it in reverse. Does this sound like a problem with a transmission fork?

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  • goss1313 Nov 07, 2008

    I just recently had the same problem. I was going down the interstate, and suddenly out of the blue it shut down. As I coasted I put it in neutral, and it came back on without turning the key. It did it several more times shutting off and coming back on. Any ideas why?

  • Dork Boy Nov 09, 2008

    While doing 70 mph on the fwy the car coughed, the check engine light blinked, and then it was ok. I got off the fwy and parked. After about a minite I tried to restart the car. A strange clicking noise started (not like a solinoid). I turned off the car, tried to start it again and everything was ok?

    Two weeks earlier the car had stalled going up a hill, I took it to my mechanic and he said the battery had a short, and he changed the battery.

  • Craig Beske Nov 24, 2008

    May be same problem - cruising down an interstate at 70-ish. Suddenly engine dies - put it in neutral and restarts OK. Happened twice on a 500 mile round trip - once on way down - once on way back.



    Might this be result of (and fixed by) a May 2002 Recall 02V120000 "worn contacts in ignition switch could cause the engine to stall without warning". Dealer would replace ignition switch.



  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    After being parked for several hours, my car will die within the first 3 or 4 minutes of driving. The check engine light comes on. I shift into neutral and it starts up or I pull over, turn it off, and it starts up again. 

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    when ever my car is runing for about 1hr and i shut it off for about 30 mint it dont want to start i afto step on the gas for like 30 second for it to stay on, also some time when i'm driving it just cut off on me, sometime it start back or it will just run on till it stop, in that case i would afto start it back.

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I have the same problem, my 1999 Acura tl recently started cutting off itself. It will sometimes cut off while driving down the road. While googling, I found the following recall for 1999 Acura. I'm going to the dealer to have it check.



    1999 ACURA TL Recall ID from NHTSA: 02V120000



    Auto Recall Date:
    MAY 16, 2002

    Vehicle Component:
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH

    Model Affected
    TL

    Estimated Vehicles Affected:
    1000000 Recall Details


    Auto Recall Date: MAY 16, 2002


    Vehicle Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH
    Estimated Vehicles Affected: 1000000
    Model Affected1999 ACURA TL


    1999 Acura TL Defect Summary:ON CERTAIN SEDANS, COUPES, HATCHBACKS, AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, ELECTRICAL CONTACTS IN THE IGNITION SWITCH CAN DEGRADE DUE TO THE HIGH ELECTRICAL CURRENT PASSING THROUGH THE SWITCH WHEN THE VEHICLE IS STARTED.


    Defect Consequence:WORN CONTACTS COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL WITHOUT WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.


    Remedy:DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JUNE 14, 2002. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009 OR ACURA AT 1-800-382-2238.


    Estimated Vehicles Affected: 1000000


    Notes: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.

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The problem is the ignition wiring harness, as described in the May 2002 Recall 02V120000. I tried to get Acura to replace it a second time (first time they replaced it was at 75K miles) with no success. Car started stalling/restarting again at 200K miles. I bought the part mentioned in the recall (~$70) and installed it myself - have not had a reoccurrence since.

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Change your ignition harness and your problem is solved. I had the same problem 3 months ago.

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