hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,998 miles

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2004 Acura TL brakes problems

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2004 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 162017


  • 92,000 miles


Brake pedal feels spongy and reduces stopping power due to air in the brake lines requiring replacement of the vsa modulator. (2004-06). I researched this online, after noticing my breaks were soft and less effective over the past few times I drove. They want to charge 2.6K to repair the module, despite them clearly having issues in the past. I'm hoping you will issue a recall so we can get reimbursed for this defective product which is a safety issue few can afford.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #7

Jan 152016

TL 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. While driving 30 mph, the front passenger side anti lock braking system engaged independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the yaw sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000....updated 03/31/16 updated 05/29/18

- Nyack, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 262015


  • 116,220 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Acura TL. The contact stated that while turning the vehicle on, the vsa warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and restarted; however, the vsa warning indicator remained illuminated followed by the illumination of the ABS warning indicator. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vsa module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 116,220.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 122015


  • 116,000 miles


Vsa/ABS module failure. ABS, vsa and brake lights come on dash board. Told potential issue could be brakes could lock up so needs to be fixed.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 312014


  • 74,760 miles
I was driving at about 45-50 mph when the brakes suddenly came on very hard without me touching the brake peddle and the car slowed very rapidly (in a straight line) almost to a stop. The brakes were then released as suddenly as they had been applied before the car came to a complete stop. The pulses from the antilock braking system (ABS) during the braking period indicated the brakes were being applied rather than a problem with the automatic transmission. I pulled off the road to check that the transmission was still functional and that no unusual fault lights were being displayed on the dash. Since everything appeared normal I resumed my journey only to have the same spontaneous braking phenomenon occur five or six times over the next 2-3 miles. Fortunately I was close to an Acura dealer so I drove the car at 40 mph with emergency flashers on to the Acura dealer (about 3 miles away). Driving the car at 40 mph did not prompt a recurrence of these spontaneous braking episodes over this distance. The Acura dealer diagnosed a faulty accelerator position sensor and replaced the sensor assembly. There has been no recurrence of these spontaneous braking episodes over the 39 miles I have driven the car since the accelerator position sensor was replaced. I consider this spontaneous braking problem with my 2004 Acura TL as extremely serious. Had a bus, truck, large SUV or pick up truck been following closely behind me when these braking episodes occurred I think it quite likely a serious and fatal accident could have happened.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 052013


  • 69,000 miles
Several time my right brakes have completely locked up for a few seconds with no warning. This cause car to veer off to the right nearly causing an accident. This has happened multiple times and can be recreated.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #2

May 012014


  • 25,000 miles
I had to slam on my brakes today to avoid hitting a car. The ABS kicked in like it should and I heard the clicking of it going on and off. I stopped in time but noticed when I step on my brake now, it goes about half way down before they start to engage. II did a search and found the following tsb 07-041. This is a safety issue! Honda is recalled the Odyssey vehicles for the same issue. It is a known issue in 2004 through 2006 Acura TL and no action is being taken. This is the second instance at 64000 miles. The first instance was at 25,792 miles (03/10/08) and Acura replaced the vsa modulator. Various online blogs report others having the same issue.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 012007

TL 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
The biggest problem with my Acura is the battery. I have replaced at least 4 batteries since about 39,000 miles. I never knew why my battery was dying until about two months ago, an employee at Acura told me that the hands free link is draining too much of the battery because of some faulty equipment. I asked for them to cover it for free and was denied because there is no recall with that equipment yet. They are aware that other Acura have had the same problem and yet they still won't cover my cost for new equipment or at least cover cost to get the hands free disconnected. This device is still draining my battery. The other problem with car is that the brakes in front were sticking so bad I had to ge the roaders grinded on two different occasions. Now the back brakes are sticking too. Please call when you reach a decision.

- Menifee, CA, USA

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