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2012 Acura TL SH-AWD maintenance schedule?

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Q1: I'm new to the Acura World, and I recently purchased my first Acura. It's a 2012 TL SH-AWD, and came with 72,200 miles. I looked through all the manuals it came with and searched online, but I cannot find the maintenance schedule; other than that the car will inform me on its maintenance minder display such as "Service Due Soon A 123456". Really? That is quite vague. Any advice would be much appreciated it. My previous car was a 2004 Honda Accord, and its owner's manual had specific schedule by miles driven for certain maintenance. For example, when to change the spark plugs, do a transmission fluid flush, etc. I do not see anything like this listed in my Acura TL's owners manual. I take pride in having taken good care of the cars I have owned. With the Honda, I have done all the maintenance according to its schedule, I had no mechanical problems, and I put in 200,000 miles when I traded it in.

Q2: If I were to replace the rear brake pads, do I really have to replace the front ones and all four rotors as well? The local shop mechanic told me I should because it is an AWD car, but I would like a second opinion before I needlessly replace the rotors sooner than needed. I bought this car from Carmax, and their mechanic told me such is not required... Of course, Carmax would not want to do anything; while the local mechanic would want to over do everything.

Q3: That same mechanic told me that I should change the rear differential fluid soon. There's no problem with it now, but he said it is part of the regular maintenance schedule. About what mileage should I expect to change this fluid?

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This is going to be a new experience for you with maintenance

The Acura Maintenance Minder is what you go by. It calculates drive time, drive cycles, ambient temperature, engine temp, etc to determine when fluids should be replaced and maintenance performed. Gone are the days of the 30K and 60K service.

I don't see why you'd need to replace front *and* rear pads if you only need one or the other. AWD has nothing to do with it, at least on Acura vehicles. If the brakes aren't pulsating, just hang pads.....even rotor machining is unneccessary. In fact, Acura specifically recommends not wasting brake rotor material machining rotors that are true and in spec.



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This is going to be a new experience for you with maintenance

The Acura Maintenance Minder is what you go by. It calculates drive time, drive cycles, ambient temperature, engine temp, etc to determine when fluids should be replaced and maintenance performed. Gone are the days of the 30K and 60K service.

I don't see why you'd need to replace front *and* rear pads if you only need one or the other. AWD has nothing to do with it, at least on Acura vehicles. If the brakes aren't pulsating, just hang pads.....even rotor machining is unneccessary. In fact, Acura specifically recommends not wasting brake rotor material machining rotors that are true and in spec.
I'll buy that for a buck. Thanks for the input on the Acura Maintenance Minder. I'm new to Acura as well ~ trying to figure out the maintenance schedule for our new/used 2014 RDX.
The information on the brake rotors/pads is spot on.


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This is going to be a new experience for you with maintenance

The Acura Maintenance Minder is what you go by. It calculates drive time, drive cycles, ambient temperature, engine temp, etc to determine when fluids should be replaced and maintenance performed. Gone are the days of the 30K and 60K service.

I don't see why you'd need to replace front *and* rear pads if you only need one or the other. AWD has nothing to do with it, at least on Acura vehicles. If the brakes aren't pulsating, just hang pads.....even rotor machining is unneccessary. In fact, Acura specifically recommends not wasting brake rotor material machining rotors that are true and in spec.

Thank you Tim! Much appreciated
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