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NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,543 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2009 Acura TSX brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 042015


  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2009 Acura Tsx and when the temperature drops into the single digits ( F) or we have a very cold overnight weather (I'm in western NY) I am experiencing brake issues. I'll start my car, it will run for a few minutes to warm up and I will leave my parking space. Driving about 5-15mph when I first press the brake pedal there is very, very, limited travel, then the pedal just stops (kind of feels like a brick underneath the pedal). I can tell the brakes are not doing anything to stop the car. So naturally my car will slow down to a stop. I press down on the brake pedal again and it's still stuck with very little travel. I'll pump the brakes as best I can a few times and eventually you can feel the pedal soften. I keep doing this as it progressively gets softer and eventually returns to a normal state. As I drive off its fine for usually the rest of the day. It only returns once my car sits outside in overnight cold temperature. This happens very often in cold weather, and only in cold weather. I have read other Acura owners experiencing the same issue.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 132014

TSX 4-cyl

  • 58,873 miles
Upon leaving home on a cold March morning, I drove through my complex to the main road. As I approached the first main intersection, the traffic light turned red. When I applied my brake, the pedal would not go down - it was hard to the touch. As my car continued toward - and then into - the intersection, I tried multiple times to apply the brake, until eventually the pedal responded, the brakes engaged, and my car came to a stop. It is now a year later, and my car has done this 3 times. On the day of the first incident, my brakes were inspected and no problems were found. My dealership claimed to have never heard of this issue, and tried to convince me that it could have been my anti-lock brakes engaging. A year passed before the second incident. After consulting with the company tech line, my brake booster was replaced. Two weeks later, it happened a third time. My car is still in the shop awaiting repair. I'm told that the company tech line determined that my dealership should replace the supply line/check valve, but the part is on back-order. As of yet, there is no estimate of completion. No one at Acura has been able to answer my specific questions as to exact cause. They speculate that moisture gets into the line and freezes, but no one can tell me why the brakes will work several times before seizing up and failing. My Acura dealership has no experience in this matter and continues to consult their tech line to determine course of action; however, I am not permitted to speak with anyone at that tech line to attempt to get my questions answered.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 202014


  • 136,000 miles
Bought car new May 2008, manual 6 speed. Have had many repairs:brakes X4, antenna, driver's seat molding, air bags, roof molding, front window molding. I still love driving car despite the car gulping quarts of oil and no source of oil loss has been determined. Began having difficulty shifting gears 09/2013. Took to troy Acura told clutch ok. Clutch failed completely about 3 weeks later on I-75, could not get out of 2nd gear. Replaced with Acura parts $1761 repair costs on 10/30/2013. Around June 2014, clutch would either depress rapidly or was very hard to depress at times. I attributed this to variable weather ( very hot alternating with damp rainy) since clutch not year old. Developed loud, rattling vibration in steering during acceleration on lane changes 10/2013. Told that both drive shafts bad and had seized into hub. Surprised since I had zero warning that a problem existed. Paid $2138 for repairs. Asked jeffrey Honda/Acura to check condition of clutch because it was slipping, difficult to engage at times. Informed clutch starting to show wear/air in system and may need to be replaced. Told jeffrey Honda/Acura clutch replaced 10/2013! they thought it was original part. Told to take it back to troy Acura. Troy told me that warranty had expired (12,000 miles or one year) and I would have to agree to $995 fee to have problem investigated and cost of repairs since warranty no longer valid. Additionally, there was nothing that could be done without me agreeing to cover costs of investigation. I disagreed with them. Manager at troy suggested that I look in Acura handbook for 800 number and contact Acura client services because he did not have number to call since I had already declined to have problem investigated by them. This was poor workmanship or defective part. Acura and troy Acura should be held accountable for such blatant early failure on clutch.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 212012


  • 40,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Acura Tsx. The contact stated that while descending a steep hill, she attempted to apply the brakes but they failed to function properly. The contact engaged the emergency brake and down shifted to slow the vehicle. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer where it was confirmed that the brakes had failed due to excessive heat. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 40,300.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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