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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,833 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Acura TSX engine problems

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2004 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 242011

TSX

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Acura Tsx. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle stalled and the vsa lamp, check engine lamp and an error message displayed on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop, who diagnosed that the cam shaft and timing chain were defective. The contact was advised to contact an authorized dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure, but stated that the timing chain may have been stretched. The contact was advised to replace the engine. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 125,000. The VIN was not available.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 032011

TSX

  • 134,000 miles
Fire under the hood while driving around 40 mph about 5 miles from home. Heard a squeaky sound around the stearing wheel minutes earlier. I do not know what componenet failed but had a recall sometime ago that was repaired. Had oil change exactly a week earlier. No body injured.

- Burtonsville, MD, USA

problem #4

Nov 152008

TSX

  • 35,000 miles
While driving on the freeway with the air conditioner on, a loud noise came from the engine compartment and the air from the air conditioner was no longer cooled. I took it to a mechanic who inspected it and told me that the air conditioner condenser exploded, sending out shards of metal.

- La Canada Flintridge, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202009

TSX

  • 62,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is a defect with A/C compressors on 2004 Acura Tsxs. A piece of the compressor, which holds the compressor clutch, is breaking off, resulting in debris being shot through the A/C system, or falling off completely. The result is that the A/C doesn't work, and most of the entire A/C system has to be replaced, costing drivers anywhere from $1800 to $4000, depending on the extent of the problem. This is not an isolated incident. There are many having this same problem. It is relegated to 04 model year Acura Tsxs. Acura customer service claims that there are no documented cases. However, my local Acura dealership says that this has definitely occurred before on multiple occasions. I can provide images and copies of work orders to prove that this is not an isolated incident.

- Willow Spring, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 102009

TSX

  • 64,000 miles
I took my 04 Acura Tsx in for a electronic recall of the radio dash light. This required a new circuit board. During that same visit I got my transmission fluid flushed. A week after the service was done my check engine light came on. I took my care to the shop immediately. Was told my "timing chain tensioner" has gone bad and the replacement would cos $1,600 +. my car only had 64K miles and very well maintained. I did some online research and found many others with this problem on cars with low miles (50K to 65K miles). This is very disappointing that I have a Honda product and it requires $1600 worth of repairs with this low of miles. Finding many others online with the same problem makes me think this should be some sort of recall on the manufactures part. Please help.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 102005

TSX 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
On the evening of June 10th, 2005, the engine in my Acura 2004 Tsx blew out. Car had approximately 11,000 miles on it, a D was purchased brand-new in September 2004 from rallye Acura at 1750 northern boulevard, roslyn, NY, 11576. As a result, the entire engine had to be replaced. It was noted by steve greiner in the rallye Acura service dept. That the blown engine was by no means as the result of my driving. He stated that as the car had a computer that documents the events, and it was clear that there was some sort of defect in the engine that was present when the car was purchased by myself. And the events were not the result of my driving behavior and also not the result of anything on the highway that may have bounced up under the engine. The car was given back to me on June 29th, 2005, after being out of service for 19 calendar days, by the rallye Acura service department. Subsequent to this, it was noted on July 9th, 2005, that the Tsx was leaking oil. The car was brought back to the rallye Acura dealership, only to be told that there was a part missing that had not been installed when the engine was replaced. It was not until 8:30am August 3rd, 2005, that I was to bring the car back in for repairs. When I arrived back at 4pm later that afternoon (which was the original scheduled pickup time on that same day) to pick up the vehicle, I was told that the part had been put into the car, but that it was still leaking oil. The car remained there from August 3rd through August 4th, 2005. Leaving the car out of service for an additional two calendar days. As of August 17th, it is too early to tell if there will be no further oil leaks and/or problems. I was told by Mr. Greiner in the rallye Acura service dept. That they did not understand why the engine had blown and that it would have to be sent to the factory. There, the engine would be taken apart in order to determine what caused the damage.

- Syosset, NY, USA

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