Acura TL Problem Sacramento


Acura TL Transmission Repair

What's wrong with my Acura TL Transmission?

Transmission troubles: The first-generation Acura TLs reportedly had a defective automatic transmission, but the biggest culprit was the 2003 model year. Owners reported experiencing symptoms like gear slipping, sticky shifting, jerking, and even transmission failure. The most common fix is to replace the transmission system, which can be expensive.

According to CarComplaints.com, the 2003 model is one of the worst Acura TL years, with over 400+ NHTSA user complaints. This car’s top three most prominent problems are transmission failure, car shakes during acceleration, and the peeling clear coat. Many drivers claimed that the transmission failure just happened out of nowhere, many of which occurred while driving on a freeway which can be very dangerous. Many complaints are about shoddy gear shifting and, in some cases, downright failure.

The 2007 Acura TL is far from a problematic vehicle, but it has some issues worth mentioning. As per Consumer Reports, the 2007 TL has a reliability rating of 2 out of 5, and most of its problems are transmission-related.

Like the 2003 model, the 2005 TL is also prone to transmission failure. In this case, many drivers complained about hard shifting and annoying rattling noises while gear shifting. According to Consumer Reports, the 2007 TL has a reliability rating of 2 out of 5, and most of its problems are transmission-related.


One frequent sign of a bad transmission in an Acura TL car is that it makes the car jerk when changing gears. Sometimes, the transmission may also pause for some seconds before shifting to the new gear. This issue is usually caused by dirty transmission fluid which lubricates the internal parts of your transmission to help them work smoothly. But when the transmission gets dirty, it loses its lubricating abilities. As a result, the components in your transmission will find it harder to move. The extra effort these parts expend while moving makes the car jerk.

If your transmission doesn’t engage the Drive or Reverse gear when you select it, the system has an issue. In this situation, you might feel like your car is still rolling, but you’ve lost power to the wheels. The loss of the drive gear usually indicates a faulty torque converter. The torque converter transforms the power from your engine into hydraulic pressure and sends it to the transmission. The transmission then uses that pressure to operate your gears.

You can tell that your Acura TL transmission is bad if it won't shift to a higher gear. Your engine may rev, but you won't be able to go fast. If your transmission refuses upshift, the system might be dying. One solution is to replace the transmission, which can be very expensive. If the vehicle is already old, a better option would be rebuilding the transmission instead of replacing it. This will help you save money that you can spend on getting a new car.

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