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Old 05-03-08, 06:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I drive a 99 Acura CL 2.3L and I was having the same problem as described in the first post. While driving, the car would just randomly shut off. I could be going 70 mph down the highway and it would just turn off. It would stop while sitting at a stop light, driving 25 mph, etc., basically with no warning or pattern. After attempting to start it again 6-7 times, it would finally start back up. I would still have electrical power to the radio and other accessories, but things like turn signal, headlights, etc., would lose power (basically anything in the dash board). The problem used to occur every once in a while, like once a week, etc. But it progressively got worse, to the point where I couldn't even drive one mile before it would shut off. I would then have to pull over, try to start it again after 6-7 times, it would start back up, drive less than another mile down the road and it would do the same thing. After reading this thread, I decided to try replacing the main relay (reading the DIY thread). This cost $85 and DID NOT fix the problem. I then took the car to an import specialist, and they quickly told me that it is likely the ignition switch, as it is a common problems with accords (and a CL has the same engine). I read other suggestions about replacing the ignition switch, and that made less sense to me. If the car would not start up AT ALL, then I would think that it is a problem with the ignition switch. But as it turns out, the ignition switch actually relays power from the engine back to the vehicle. After hearing this good news from the import guys, it got even better, they explained that the ignition switch was covered as Acura did a recall on the part. The next day I took it to the Acura dealership, they replaced the part for free, and now it is running smoothly without any problems. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case they run into the same sort of problem, and take the time to thank you all for the suggestions as well!
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Old 05-06-08, 08:37 PM   #32
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the problem was my fuel pump relay. going to the dealer tomorrow to get the $30 part
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Old 05-14-08, 09:13 PM   #33
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I drive a 99 Acura CL 2.3L and I was having the same problem as described in the first post. While driving, the car would just randomly shut off. I could be going 70 mph down the highway and it would just turn off. It would stop while sitting at a stop light, driving 25 mph, etc., basically with no warning or pattern. After attempting to start it again 6-7 times, it would finally start back up. I would still have electrical power to the radio and other accessories, but things like turn signal, headlights, etc., would lose power (basically anything in the dash board). The problem used to occur every once in a while, like once a week, etc. But it progressively got worse, to the point where I couldn't even drive one mile before it would shut off. I would then have to pull over, try to start it again after 6-7 times, it would start back up, drive less than another mile down the road and it would do the same thing. After reading this thread, I decided to try replacing the main relay (reading the DIY thread). This cost $85 and DID NOT fix the problem. I then took the car to an import specialist, and they quickly told me that it is likely the ignition switch, as it is a common problems with accords (and a CL has the same engine). I read other suggestions about replacing the ignition switch, and that made less sense to me. If the car would not start up AT ALL, then I would think that it is a problem with the ignition switch. But as it turns out, the ignition switch actually relays power from the engine back to the vehicle. After hearing this good news from the import guys, it got even better, they explained that the ignition switch was covered as Acura did a recall on the part. The next day I took it to the Acura dealership, they replaced the part for free, and now it is running smoothly without any problems. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case they run into the same sort of problem, and take the time to thank you all for the suggestions as well!
Yea I believe that the main relay(fuel relay) was mainly a RL problem.
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Old 05-22-08, 08:54 PM   #34
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Same problem! I have an '02 RL and have this intermittent engine quiting problem as well. I can attempt to start the car anytime of the day and the engine will run for 3 seconds and then quit. It will then start and run after 1-3 attempts. It can also just die at the stop light and will require several attempts before it runs. Or driving down the freeway it will just die. I usually shift into neutral and coast while trying to start it. It will then run after 2-3 attempts and I shift back into drive and continue. This has been happening randomly for 1 year but has been happening with increasing frequency.

I've taken to the dealer twice over the past year and they can find nothing. I went back today and they put it on the computer and found nothing but they said it might be the electronic part of the ignition switch. That was the mechanic's gut feeling. They wanted $300 for the part and installation. So I asked "What if that's not the problem?" and the guy says well we will need to keep looking. I choose not to spend the $300 and decided to check the Acura boards.

Is the ignition switch covered under a recall?
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Old 05-23-08, 07:00 PM   #35
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Same problem! I have an '02 RL and have this intermittent engine quiting problem as well. I can attempt to start the car anytime of the day and the engine will run for 3 seconds and then quit. It will then start and run after 1-3 attempts. It can also just die at the stop light and will require several attempts before it runs. Or driving down the freeway it will just die. I usually shift into neutral and coast while trying to start it. It will then run after 2-3 attempts and I shift back into drive and continue. This has been happening randomly for 1 year but has been happening with increasing frequency.

I've taken to the dealer twice over the past year and they can find nothing. I went back today and they put it on the computer and found nothing but they said it might be the electronic part of the ignition switch. That was the mechanic's gut feeling. They wanted $300 for the part and installation. So I asked "What if that's not the problem?" and the guy says well we will need to keep looking. I choose not to spend the $300 and decided to check the Acura boards.

Is the ignition switch covered under a recall?
It is the main relay that is bad, i've had the same exact things happen to me, replaced the main relay and it is fixed, hasn't happened ever since I've replaced it.
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Old 05-23-08, 07:00 PM   #36
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Old 05-25-08, 11:10 AM   #37
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My mechanical instinct told me it was not the electrical portion of the ignition switch like the dealer said so Friday I went back to the dealer and bought the main fuel relay switch. It cost me $83. I could have ordered it on line for $60 but this was one of those times one can't wait.

My wife had her RL at her business and in the afternoon it would not start at all. The relay finally gave up for good. I replaced the relay and it started right up. Problem solved. With the 2002 model no panels need to be removed and it took 5 minutes to replace. The only "trick" is to push the switch up to remove it from the bracket.

Thanks to this board I saved more "futile" trips to the dealer, a lot of inconvenience and some unnecessary expense. Thanks to all who shared this info!
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Old 06-12-08, 03:20 AM   #38
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I have the same exact problem with my 00 RL. Took it to the Acura dealer here in Calabasas, Ca.. They told me it was the throttle body....wanted over $1k to fix. Told them it didn't sound right and leave it alone......Will try to main relay as suggested here and assuming it works, I'll let Acura know that they should train their dealer mechanics to actaully know their product.
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Old 06-12-08, 08:00 AM   #39
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Relay Assembly to fuel pump

I had a similiar incidence with my 98 RL. Get in it in the morning- start fine, drive to destination, If I got back int he car within 20 minutes to leave-wouldn't start. As long as I waited an additional 30 minutes or so it would start back up. This was in the winter time. Along came an unusually hot day for January. Car in the garage. Gee- won't start. Had it towed to the nearest Acura dealer (52 miles) ca-ching-$$. I guess since the unusual temp was involved I was told that I was lucky we had a temp spike or they would have been forever finding the problem. Ended up being a Fuel pump relay-that when got heated would not work. Luckily for me the tech knew that this type of problem was fairly common to the Acura Legend also. $59 part-$84 labor. So if anyone consistently has this problem (mine went on for 3 aggravating weeks) that is the first place I'd check. Then the following month it was the EGR Valve-still ran but the exhaust stunk to high heaven and the check engine light came on. THAT on the other hand was a pricier endeavor. Had the local Honda dealer replace to the tune of $751.00! But for a 10 year old RL with only 71k miles on it and in perfect condition otherwise-I guess those are pretty small repairs. I have a two toned-Cayman White metallic/silver with parchment interior. If anyone could truly love a car- for me I guess this is it. Get all around MPG of 24. SO not too shabby either.
Thanks for the board- has helped with some minor things to look for and update my knowledge on my car
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Old 06-12-08, 11:05 PM   #40
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The only time my 96 let me down (8 years and 200k of driving) was when the main relay went. It is an easy part to change if you are handy. I have one from my parted out RL if someone wants one cheap to test it.
Tyrone - if you need a throttle body, let me know. I can remove the one from my RL and sell it to you at a reasonable price. I don't know how hard it is to remove and install, but I can find out by checking my technical manual..

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Old 06-17-08, 09:01 PM   #41
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Thanks for the offer Seamusnh. I can't believe it is the throttle body. I replaced the main relay, but don't know if it solved the problem since it only happened from time to time....so far so good and keeping my fingers crossed.

However, the car is now failing to start when I get in and turn the ignition. Takes several trys before it eventually cranks. The whole time, it does give full electrical for the car. Based on the board, I am thinking its the ignition switch, but don't know for sure... Really is a problem as I was selling the car to a friend, but don't want to sell her a piece of junk. Really is a shame as I loved my Legend, but am starting to hate the RL, Acura and stupid dealers/mechanics.
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Old 06-21-08, 03:04 AM   #42
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I had the same problem with my 99 TL. It was the ignition switch. My car would cut off while sitting at a light or even driving in the city or on the highway without any warning.

Replace the ignition switch and that should fix the problem. It fixed mine. My car would cut off atleast 3-4 times a week, sometimes all in one day. I replaced my ignition switch on Jan 10th and since then my car has not cut off .
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Wow! This forum ROCKS! I drive a '98 RL with 191,000 miles and the engine all of a sudden would just turn off with no warning while driving. I did a google search and found this forum. I just finished installing a new "Main Relay". When I called the dealer the parts guy told me that he also drives a '98 RL and was very familiar with this problem. I followed the directions in the DIY 72813 thread...thanks Bilbospil for the great instructions and pictures! The relay price was $65.00 at one dealer and $94.50 at another dealer. I recommend you call a couple of dealers in your area to get the best price. I couldn't believe the huge price difference for the exact same part from two different Acura dealers.
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Old 07-05-11, 10:56 AM   #44
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Yes, the main relay was a known problem with the first gen RLs. Other common problems include the rear window regulators and the radiator. Owners encounter these problems and deal with them. Often they know as much as any mechanic. I have found this with forums for other cars I've had: Subie Forester, 300ZX...
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Old 10-02-11, 12:28 AM   #45
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96 acura 3.5 RL Relay Switch Question

I am new to this forum so I am hoping I am posting in the correct place.I have a 96 Acura 3.5 RL. In 12/10 my car was kindo of having problems starting when I turned the key,it would do nothing the 1st time I turned the key then start the second or third time and would run fine.Then the starting it problem became more frequent and my car just gradually felt like it was not running right.Suddenly 1 day it just went dead at a light, I sat there for about 5 mins and it started back up,but then it started just stalling in the rd.I took it in to a Firestone,they ran diagnostics and said all was fine.After keeping my car for a wk they told me to come get it.I pulled out of the shop and it died a block away.The mechanic came out,reached under the dash and got it started and said he knew what it was,the main relay switch.They changed it out and it was running fine until 9/19/11 and it began the EXACT same problem.Took it back to them,as it had a year warranty.They said they did diagnostics and NOTHING again,even though ALL symptoms are EXACT as before!!Now they have told me to come pick up car without repairing or checking the switch they replaced.Could it have been a faulty switch and could it have gone out that fast? I am so upset with this service center as I feel they are not agreeing or living up to thier warranty.Please help!!
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