Question about 2003 Acura 3.2CL

1 Answer

The dealership service dept. told me I needed new brake rotors+.

2003 Acura TL typeS w/ 97k mi. - Six months ago, while dealing with another issue I was told I needed new wheels (one was bent), a lower ball joint(driver's side) and a brake job. My answer was,"it'll have to wait, I'm not working right now. I brought the car back 2 weeks ago to do the ball joint because I started to notice the issue while driving and to have them check the transmission as it seemed to engage very slowly after shifting into gear(automatic-still warranteed). I got a call back stating I needed new brakes, pads and rotors. They also mentioned that nothing seemed wrong with the tranny, but I should change the front motor mount because it could later damage the tranny. I authorized the ball joint only and then received a call stating the bolt/nut at the tyerod end was seized and it would likely cost another hrs.labor($90) to get it off. I got the car back and it now pulls left far more noticably then when I dropped it off. Upon questioning the new issue the technician's response was I don't notice any pull as his finger helped keep the wheel straight. After expressing my point to the dept mgr. he said he would look at the file and call me with a course of action. I am to bring the car back again for them to check the truness of the alignment. Last item, I did the brakes myself and used a micrometer on the rotors(all looked fine) and didn't notice any sign of a formerly seized bolt/nut which a torch was used on. My trust level is nill right now and don't want them in or under my car.
My questions right now are what are the minimum thickness limits for the front and rear rotors(the new OEM rotors I bought and returned to Napa had a min. thickness imprint stating .295 for rears)? Also, how much would they typically need to turn-down to eliminate very minor grooving (on one of the rotors)? Going back to the dealership at 7:30am, 11/12/08. Much Thanks,
Kitegeek

Posted by on

  • kitegeek Nov 23, 2008

    Thanks Countrycurt0,

    Good news is the car alignment was done again with much better results, the service manager apologized for the way the brake issue was presented by staff(he was caught) and when pressed with the fact that I had to come in a third time to see satisfactory results I received a credit for the siezed nut labor and the alignment cost.

    Your response was greatly appreciated.

    p.s. I did the breaks in between the first and second visit.

    Happy Holidays,

    Kitegeek

×

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Acura Master
  • 1,779 Answers

I checked autozone site, front rotors 1.020 thousandths rear .300. Yes, I agree, I wouldn't want them near my car. Of course, you're stuck because of trans warranty etc. An extra hour labor for a seized nut is ridiculous. These are so called 'professional' mechanics. This could take extra time, but 5 minutes, not 1 hour. If the fix goes extra easy, does the dealership drop the price? Of course not. At least not yours anyway! If u just replaced the brake pads, why do they say u need a brake job? I always have my rotors turned, but many people don't if they look good, and haven't gone metal to metal from former brake job. U need to go to micrometer reading at thinest wear point of rotor. If your brakes were pulsating, pulling, etc, the dealership could make a big deal about the rotors, but putting pads on rotors that are worn to approx. limit , but in good shape as far as wear and grooving, is not an issue here. I think u should try and find another dealer, or private garage for the future (good luck). When a tie rod is replaced, the # of turns tio remove it (from threaded sleeve) should be counted, and new one installed same # of turns to get to as close as possible to former alignment specs. It is a good idea to have alignment done again, as if it was a bit off before, it will be corrected to specs, so I do agree w/ the alignment of the car. Let me know how u make out.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

New battery in my 2000 tl caused Bose radio to "lose it's code". When I try to reprogram it, it will not work with the code given on the radio.


try getting on the bose website and see if their support crew can assist with this issue.. they may know something that the dealer isnt aware of..

Feb 10, 2013 | 2000 Acura TL

1 Answer

I have a 2008 acura tl-s with 7600 miles on it. I just brought my car in this past Saturday for it's B1 service. I was told that the brakes are very low and need to be replaced. The service request...


The tab is to let you know when you need brake's, it will make an ugly squeeky sound when it rubs on the brake rotor, that you will want to have it check out, I think there trying to get over you, but that's only my guess, with out me looking at it. Good luck.

Jun 29, 2010 | 2008 Acura Tl

1 Answer

New brakes needed on 2005 TSX with 23K miles


Thats low mileage for an 05...congrats. It is also way way low to be needing rear brakes!!!, The front brakes ALWAYS need replacement before the rear, unless you have a malfunction...or have been driving with the emergency brake on, (the emergency brake just works on the rear). Also, unless the brakes have been metal on metal, no way you should need new rear rotors with that mileage...I realize you trust your dealer, but, I'd get a 2nd opinion. As for the driving, sure, driving habits have a bearing on brake wear, and yes, you have probably done alot of stop and start, but probably at low speeds also. At any rate, you should not be replacing rear pads and certainly not rotors with 23K...unless there is another problem..Hope this helps!

Oct 06, 2009 | 2005 Acura TSX

1 Answer

03 acura tl i need code for the radio after replacing the battery. I bought it at an auction so no owners manual or code card. i did figure how to find the s/n using the 1&6 button. what should i do?


If you call the service dept. at the dealership and give them you vehicle's VIN and the serial number for the unit they should be able to trace the code for you. If not they'll probably have a little trick up their sleave for clearing the lockout code.

Aug 29, 2009 | 2003 Acura 3.2TL

1 Answer

RPM shot up to 4.5/5 while idling


I have a 2003 Acura TLS, bought new Oct 2002 currently with only 42600 KM (real low) My problem appears to be the same. I noticed specificly on warm days after 30 min driving, when coming to a stop, the idle was about 3500 RPM. Parked the car, turned it off. When starting up again, RPM stayed at 3200, also couldn't put into drive (possibly safety mechanism to prevent damage to transmission). After 30 min when cooled, was able to start again - OK.
I brought it to the dealer thinking possibly connected to FAULTY TRANSMISSION". There was a special extended warranty issued by ACURA >>> http://www.internetautoguide.com/auto-recalls/09-int/2003/acura/tl/index.html I believe it also includes 2002's. Your Dealer should check into it again.
My dealer, ACURA LAVAL (in Que, Canada) seemed to look at nothing else than the transmission. In fact, 2 days after not hearing from him, he told me that they had already ordered a NEW Transmission which is being put in as I write.

Hope this is helpful to any Owner/Dealer who reads this

Best Wishes from the Great White North- Canada

Apr 27, 2009 | 2003 Acura 3.2TL

2 Answers

INVERTER REPLACE ON A 2003 TL ACURA


where can I purchase the inverter for a 2003 Acura 3.2 cl it is in the headlight

Apr 17, 2009 | Acura TL Cars & Trucks

4 Answers

Do I really need to replace the timing belt on my car?


My TL '99 has 190,000 mile very happy with this car on 100,000miles timing belt was change for $250+parts $130 in local car shop its take like 2-3 hours, when i seen that old belt it was like a new one mechanic sad you dont really need to change it, but i like this car also i changed water pump, this is what they usually changing with belt, this is real nice car, no wonder made by honda

Feb 11, 2009 | 2001 Acura 3.2TL

1 Answer

2005 Acura tl brake replacement


The Brembos that come on Type S/Manual models wear fast. I've changed them at 20,000 miles. They are expensive also.

Non-Type S/Manual models I have seen go 80,000 miles. The biggest factor on brake wear is how the vehicle is driven.

At 50,000 miles I would have them inspected. Depending on where you go, make sure you get an accurate measurement of both pads (inboard and outboard). 2mm is the service limit and about that time the indicators start making noise, but not always. Most indepent shops are going to sell you brake pads at 4mm. That's another 10,000 miles at least you could have driven on them.

Never replace just the brake pads, resurface or replace the rotors. The uneven surfaces of the rotor will cause your new pads to wear incorrectly and possibly cause brake noise. Most aftermarket pads will cause a squeel.

Sep 12, 2008 | 2005 Acura TL

2 Answers

ACURA 2204 TL


I UPGRADE IT MY TL NON TYPE S ...TO THE O.E BREMBO KIT....TOGETHER WITH THE ROTORS AND BRAND NEW ABS SENSORS.......WHY IS THE ABS ,VSA, ABD BRAKE LIGHT ON??MY ACURA IS

Jul 24, 2008 | 2004 Acura TL

Not finding what you are looking for?
2003 Acura 3.2CL Logo

384 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Acura Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

70346 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22041 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

6864 Answers

Are you an Acura Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...