Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Engine Whining Noise Resolved
So After 2 years of talking and arguing with Acura in Markham, they finally decided to LOOK at my car (4 visits there in between), and finally isolated what the component causing the whining noise from the engine is (I have posted in the forum before - the high frequency croaking noise). It turns out to be a defective power steering pump, which was quite evident because once the steering wheel is moved the whining noise changes. This was clearly a manufacturer defect because I heard the sound on the first day I got the car.
I think this would be good information because I remember some owners of 1.7EL had that high-frequency whining noise before. What worries me is that two of the cars the dealership tested had that problem too, so I'm wondering if this is a mass defect to steering pumps in ELs/Civics.
I'm still waiting for Acura to finish the repairs and see if the whining noise goes away. BUt from the symptoms I've read about power steering pumps it sounds like it is the problem.
I personally will never buy from Acura in Markham again. I am pretty confidient that they knew what the problem was because all it took was 10 minutes for the guy looking at my car to identify the problem. If they actually took the time to diagnose the car then they would've solved this problem during the first check. They delayed it 2 years and made tons of excuses in the meantime, as well as poor customer services and poor attitudes displayed by the customer service reps.
2004 Acura EL Premium