NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 1999-2003 Acura TL has a known & widespread defect with the transmission.

Honda fixed some vehicles with a recall in 2004 by changing the oil cooler return line. To settle a class action lawsuit in 2006, Honda extended the transmission warranty on some of these Acura TL's to 93 months / 109,000 miles.

Now these vehicles are past the warranty limit, so buyer beware.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Acura TL brakes problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 052008


  • 103,000 miles


While driving on interstate 95 in Maryland, on a smooth stretch of road, the screw holding the master cylinder bracket onto the rotor came off of the bracket and the entire brake unit came wedged inside of the rim preventing the car from stopping properly. When the car came to a sliding stop on the side of the interstate it was inoperable and had to be towed. When the tire was removed to investigate the damage it was found that the threads on the inside of the bracket that hold the screw were gone. The one screw that did stay attached to the piece has the inside of the threads attached to it.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

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