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My 1996 acura 2.5 tl is making a grinding noise

It sounds like barrings have gone bad, or maybe the belt tensioner

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    Rae Russell Feb 28, 2009

    My Acura Tl started making the grinding sound after it ran a bit low on oil. The oil pressure light never came on to indicate low oil pressure.



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1996 Acura 2.5TL consumes too much fuel. if any one can help

There is a belt idler on the front of the engine. When it goes bad, it makes an odd low deep howling sound.

You can buy a new one from Acura for $50 or go to Carquest and buy a 203 bearing. Commonly used in car alternators. Drive it out with a hammer and a small socket. Drive in the new one with a hammer and a larger socket. About $12.

Record the number of turns that it takes to remove the tension on the belt. Use a wrench to take out the bolt holding in the idler. Exchange the bearing, Tighten the bolt to hold on the idler, then reverse the tension on the belt. Remember the number of turns it took to remove the tension. I use a socket and ratchet. I count the number of 1/4 turns it takes.

Or, have your mechanic do it.

Also, I have had the harmonic balancer/pulley assembly go bad on my 2.5 TL. About $300 at the Acura deadler. Lost the charging of the battery and halted the car. This is why the tension is critical on that belt.

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I just bought my 2004 Acura TL 2 weeks ago. It

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.

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