hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
197,000 miles

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1996 Acura TL drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1996 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 022014

TL 5-cyl

  • 197,000 miles


I was headed up a hill when I pulled over to the side of the road to let an emergency vehicle pass. When I attempted to reenter traffic, there was a loud bang, some grinding noise, and a jolt as the vehicle began to roll backwards. I was startled when I immediately placed the vehicle in park but it continued to roll down hill. Then I engaged the parking brake, (I never use the parking brake due to an unfortunate happening in the past with a different vehicle). I attempted to put the vehicle in drive, thinking the transmission needed only to reset itself when a loud grinding noise began to emanate from the underside of the vehicle, along with smoke coming from my hood. At that point, I left the vehicle there and had it towed to a shop where I was informed that the differential had somehow become disengaged from the transmission.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

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