2001 Acura 3.2 TL started rattling underneath the car and wouldn't accelerate. Then, the spedometer went to 80 mph, but the car wasn't going past about 20-25 mph. Then, the car went back into the not accelerating mode. This happened every few minutes during my 20 minute drive home. It seemed worse after I had to stop the car at intersections. I have never replaced the timing belt since the car has 83,500 miles. Could that be the problem?
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Well believe it or not, your car is one of the few cars that have adj valves. The specs are written on the cam gears, and it is a fairly easy job. If your car hesitates, or rattles, it might be time for the adj. Hope this helps.
I have helped many Honda/Acura owners on this issue. Many mechanics will replace many parts prior to solving this problem, which then creates unnecessary repairs and spending. So here is my diagnosis: Notice if your speedometer drops to zero when your engine dies while driving. If this happens its your ignition switch failing. Ignition switches in Honda/Acura vehicles years 97-02 encounter faulty or shorted internal contacts. This causes premateur electrical failure to vital engine electrical parts, causing vehicle to stall intermittedly. A recall has been in place since 2002, approximately 1.3mil vehicles are affected, call your local honda/acura dealer for info and possible free repair or replace the ignition switch yourself. Hopefully my info helps you!!