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NHTSA — Steering 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
173,000 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 steering problems

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2002 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 212017

TL

  • 250,000 miles

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

Vehical slips out of gears while driving on the hwy also feels like the car wheels or maybe even the transmission locks up while on the hwy. A very bad jerk, it seems like the gears are locking up for a quick second after the jerk it will proceed on. The jerks. These jerks are starting to damage my suspension and also my gears.. there was asafety recall for the transmissoion gears.I have taken my vhical to Acura of cerrittos and they refused to inspect and notify me of my vehical transmission gears status they said there was a oil line that was added but they cant show me where the work was done. While driving my vehical home from the dealership Acura of cerritos this transmission gears started locking up so bad that the jerks injured me my girlfriend and 3 of our kids and damaged my steering and suspension. Please help

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 052010

TL

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Acura TL. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and there was smoke rising from the engine compartment. The contact also mentioned there was a visible power steering leak and the brake lights illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering hose and brake sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Woodbury, MN, USA

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