I purchased my 2004 Acura TL 2 years ago with 32,000 miles. The car now has 48,000 miles on it and when I hit a bump on the road, the front passenger side takes the bump really hard - it doesn't sound right. Took the car to my repair person and he said that I need front struts. I was just wondering if this was common / normal occurance because I don't consider myself a hard driver, however, the person who owned the car before may have been.
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Re: 2004 Acura TL front end problem
You may not need the entire strut, just the part that serves as a shock absorber. The term strut refers to a complete assemby with coil spring and a central shock absorber.
When their seals fail completely, whether gas or fluid filled,they are just a piston in a cylinder with nothing to damp their travel so they can slam at both ends.
American made 'shocks' were once only really effective for ~20k miles but both foreign and domestic have improved a great deal but one of yours may have left the factory less than perfect.
Shop the parts before you let the car go to anyone to see if they are scalping you or only marking their cost up a little.
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It could be a number of things; sway bar bushings or link ends, ball joints, tie rod ends, or strut mounts...as well as possibly a strut, but really the other things are more common to fail than the struts. Take the car to a couple of shops that do free front end checks and get some opinions. Most small independent shops will have a look for free in hopes of getting the job. Also, if you have custom wheels, try taking them off and go for a drive with the stock wheels. Often times, custom wheels have the wrong offset or are too wide and cause all kinds of problems.
What you describe is consistant with a lifter not pumping up except at a little higher rpm, which would make sense. You have overhead cams, with hydrolic lifters. They pump up with oil. If you have one that is not fully "pumped", it will make a clicking noise when the camlobe moves it and it strikes the valve. This is not the only thing it could be...and maybe it is the tensioner, but if it is coming from the valve area....Also, your dealer should have a special stethescope so the mechanic can listen in spots, and move the pick-up to where the noise gets louder and make a better diagnosis.
Had the same problem two years ago, and now have it again. Apparently, there is a special tool used to pressurize the emissions so that you can get a reading. Had to go to an Acura dealership about 40 miles from my home to get this done.
Sounds like worn suspension components. First, look at the tie-rods beind the wheel, If theres excessive play or real easy to move inplace, than it's bad. Also look at the bushings along the top and bottom of the independant links. Also, check the strut, its the cheapest repair and is most likely the problem.