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NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Control Arm: Lower Ball Joint Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
137,811 miles

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1997 Acura RL suspension problems

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1997 Acura RL Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 022009

RL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles


The contact owns a 1997 Acura Rl. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the ball joint separated causing the front suspension to collapse. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact that his vehicle was previously repaired according to recall# 99V069000 (suspension:front: Control arm: Lower ball joint) and they would not assume any responsibility for the repairs. The failure and current mileages were 163,000. Updated 10/13/09. Updated 10/14/09.

- Angels Camp, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 072007

RL 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Acura Rl. The contact heard a loud clicking noise coming from the wheels when the brake pedal was depressed. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the lower ball joints needed to be replaced. He did not have the ball joints replaced because they were replaced at 70,000 miles. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were 143,000. Updated 01-29-08. Update

- Plantation State, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

RL 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,433 miles
While consumer was traveling vehicle stopped. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that the passenger front ball joint stud has broken off from the lower ball joint. Mechanic informed consumer that the left and right ball joints needed to be replaced. Updated 4/12/2006 - there was no noise prior to the failure. The passenger side axle also failed. The consumer contacted Honda Canada for assistance but they refused because the vehicle is being operated in the United States in addition to the vehicle being outside the warranty parameters.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

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