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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-07, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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2005 Acura RL AFS Light Always On

My 2005 Acura RL AFS light is always on. Delaer replaced the AFS Unit and Steering Wheel Sensor under warranty but it didnt help. They said the next thing they can do is replace the headlamp unit which would cost $1500 and its not covered under warranty because it looks like its been in an accident.

I asked them why did they even replace the AFS unit and steering wheel sensor if it appeared that it was in accident. They replied we didn't realize it until after installing the parts and doing further investigation.

Does this seem legit? If they started it and left the parts in shouldn't they finish the job?

It seems pretty dumb to me that they didn't realize it was in accident until after installing the parts.

Anyone have any other ideas what it could be before replacing the headlamp unit?
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-26-07, 01:03 AM
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There is a service bulletin regarding the AFS control unit that requires it to be replaced, that's probably why they started there. Honestly, if one of the headlights is damaged due to a previous accident, that's more of an insurance issue than a warranty issue. I assume you bought it used, post accident? If you were the owner during the time when the car was damaged, I would see about taking it up with the insurance company who paid for the repairs or the body shop that did the work.

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I looked through the TSB and could not find it? do you have the TSB # ?

I was not the owner when the accident occurred. And I never even noticed it.

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Here's the bulletin, but since they already replaced the control unit, it's a non-issue.....
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Thanks for the reply.

Before replacing the entire headlight which costs $1500 Is there anything else it could be?

The AFS unit and steering wheel sensor were both replaced. The code still says the steering wheel sensor is giving out errors.

Any other ideas?

I also see this
Make : ACURA Model : RL Year : 2005 Manufacturer : HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Service Bulletin Num : 01162005 Date of Bulletin: JAN 16, 2005 NHTSA Item Number: 10014769 Component: STEERING Summary:
STEERING ANGLE SENSOR MALFUNCTION. *EH

Do you happen to have a copy of that Service Bulletin?

Thanks!

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Unfortunately NHTSA bulletin numbers don't concur with Acura's. I searched the database and couldn't find anything matching that description.....

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This is reposted from another user, but I have followed these instructions and have done the repair for under $200. This is the only part you need to replace:part 33146-SJA-003. I purchased through the DCH website.


"Recently, my beloved '05 RL began displaying that annoying AFS Failure message with the equally annoying flashing light. At first, the system could be reset by turning the car off then back on again; however, ultimately, it was continuous. I read numerous posts here on the forum and simply wanted to share my experience with others to help them resolve this matter quickly and efficiently.

There are a few posts discussing the actual computer/in-cabin module as failing. This to me didn't seem to add up (in my situation). A few had mentioned that the AFS stroke sensor attached to the rear driver's side shock was the culprit. When I took my wheel off, I could see that this part was horribly rusted (I'm in MN so we see a fair amount of salt). I figured this had to be the culprit. I ordered the part 33146-SJA-003 from oemacuraparts com for a bit over $170.

To replace the part, I will outline the basics in case someone wants to consider tackling the task on their own.

1) Remove driver's side rear wheel
2) Use a 10mm socket to remove the two upper bolts attached to the sensor.
3) Use the 10mm socket to remove the lower bolt attached to the shock.
4) There is no need to adjust the stroke sensor that is sent to you. It appears that it is adjusted from the factory, for I simply replaced it and it worked just fine.
5) Disconnect the cable. There is a small clip attached to the bottom of the sensor securing the cable that is easiest to remove after you have removed the two bolts & single nut. I had a bit of difficulty removing the connector so be patient.
6) After you remove the connector, look inside the connector (the part still attached to the car). You will need to scrape away the corrosion from the terminals. I used a tiny jewelers screwdriver to scrape the terminals.
7) I reconnected the cable and secured the wire to the bottom of the sensor
8) Re-used the two bolts & nut to re-install the sensor.
9) Re-install the tire.
10) Start the car and enjoy the absence of the annoying warning light.

I did disassemble the sensor to see if it really had failed and if so what had failed. It appears that the housing on the original sensor wasn't completely waterproof. Some of the inner components were nearly completely corroded. In fact, when I re-assembled the sensor and noted that it truly wasn't sealed well. I presume the gaskets had worn out over time and ultimately let water into the sensor's inner workings."

I hope this information helps others.
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blue thanks for the information sharing. Its really helpful for me..!!
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that's more of an insurance issue than a warranty issue.
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I was not the owner when the accident occurred. And I never even noticed it.
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Here's the bulletin, but since they already replaced the control unit, it's a non-issue.....
Hello, can you send me the AFS control unit service bulletin? The link no longer works. I have a 2005 RL and the AFS light has been coming on for YEARS. I never heard of a service bulletin, even when I took the car in for them to tell me why the light was on. They told me it was probably the sensor but never mentioned the bulletin. No my headlights are flickering and cutting out alternately.
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I was not the owner when the accident occurred. And I never even noticed it.
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