If you want a vehicle designed like a luxury car but within an affordable price range, then the Honda Acura is probably what you are looking for. They are compact, reliable, comfortable and most importantly, they are very economical. Basically, with an Acura, you are getting all the essentials of a luxury car, just in a cost-effective packaging. As with any other automobile, your Acura requires regular maintenance and repair services if you hope to keep enjoying your vehicle. One of the most frequently reported issues with the Acura is a transmission failure. The transmission error is common across many models of the vehicle, however, it is a lot more common in the RDX, MDX and TL models.
The Acura Transmission
The Acura transmission is the component that transfers energy from the engine to the wheels to enable motion. Because the primary function of a vehicle is to facilitate moving from one place to another, the transmission is likely one of the most used components in your Acura. Being exposed to a lot of action, the transmission to liable to wear and tear, among several other issues that could cause it to fail. The malfunctioning transmission is so common in Acura’s the company had to recall some models due to excessive complaints from customers.
What Are The Signs Of A Malfunctioning Transmission?
A transmission malfunction could cause your vehicle to suddenly lose power while driving. Though the loss of power may be sudden, a failing transmission doesn’t completely go bad without sending off several warning signs. The first indication of a failing transmission as with any other engine-related component is an illuminated check engine light. If your Acura vibrates when you drive sometimes accompanied with a grinding noise, if you experience unusual gear slippage, weak acceleration usually with delayed gear engagement, then your car may be giving you signs of a transmission failure. A faulty transmission may also leak transmission fluid which could cause a decrease in fluid levels, if you notice a pool of reddish sweet-smelling fluid underneath your car, then your transmission fluid is definitely leaking. A drastic reduction in the fluid levels could produce a burning smell in the vehicle. If you observe more than a couple of these symptoms, then you have a defect in your transmission and a visit to the mechanic should top your to-do list.
How Do We Fix A Malfunctioning Transmission?
With a transmission malfunction, it is best you bring your car in for professional diagnosis and repairs. The first thing we will do is to check the transmission fluid levels of your vehicle. Low fluid levels could be responsible for the transmission slipping, delay in shifting and jerking between gears. If your fluid levels are low, we will top it up to the ideal level using the Acura recommended transmission fluid. Using a diagnostic scan reader tool, we read the fault codes stored in the powertrain control module of your Acura. This will help us pinpoint the exact point of failure in the transmission to facilitate repairs.
The extent of the repair services depends on the damage done. It could be anything from the replacement of a worn out third gear clutch pack to a complete transmission overhaul. We may also do a software update of the system if the repair necessitates one. Once your Acura has about 60,000 miles on it, repairs are imminent. This is because several transmission issues are as a result of wear and tear of the components expedited by the friction between the moving parts and heat generated when the engine is running. Regular servicing and maintenance will help you resolve and prevent potential transmission faults before they develop into more serious safety threatening issues.