2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem - Page 2 - Honda-Tech


2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-18-2012, 08:37 AM   #26
Trial User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

ok so 5th and reverse are slipping in my 03 tls, code 0730 i think.... says incorect gear ratio.... have also read alot about people taking solenoids off and cleaning and fixing this "particular" set of issues..... But, which solenoids and how to clean? There's shift, shift lock, and linear solenoids all on the trans.....
d4atls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #27
Trial User
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 2
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

looks like i'm doin them all haha
d4atls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2012, 03:09 PM   #28
Trial User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gearspeed-Performance View Post
Do you know what the fluid condition was before it was changed?
Typical failure on these transmissions is 3rd gear clutch assembly. What you will get usually is a 2-3 slip condition initially with codes PO730 indicating incorrect gear ratio due to trans slippage. In more severe cases a code PO780 will come up indicating internal trans failure and you will usually lose Reverse gear. Losing Reverse gear is from the filter being plugged with clutch material. Hope that helps! We sell these transmissions daily so they do fail often! Good luck!
Problem with Acura is its transmission. The company needs to re-design the transmission rather than replacing parts within the same. One of the weird designs is putting fliter inside transmission which is not user friendly servicable as one needs to take apart the transmission to replace the filter.

I guess we need to address the famous Acura tranny problem to President Obama as this could be a safty concern for people which includes loosing gears on the road as it is like stopping the car with no break lights on.
Garbage TL Tran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #29
Trial User
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

I have a 2003 Acura TL. I just had the tranny rebuilt due to a shot 2nd gear about 2 months ago. Now having intermittent slippage in 3rd. Mechanic says its due to the command module for the transmission and that's why the tranny went out the first time. I don't really trust the guy, so my question is: Is that possible? I feel like the guy is trying to wiggle out of the 1 year warranty he put on the work by blaming it on something else. Going to get a second opinion...
Tipperzee83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2013, 08:31 AM   #30
Honda-Tech Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 24
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tipperzee83 View Post
I have a 2003 Acura TL. I just had the tranny rebuilt due to a shot 2nd gear about 2 months ago. Now having intermittent slippage in 3rd. Mechanic says its due to the command module for the transmission and that's why the tranny went out the first time. I don't really trust the guy, so my question is: Is that possible? I feel like the guy is trying to wiggle out of the 1 year warranty he put on the work by blaming it on something else. Going to get a second opinion...
Hey buddy. Was the mechanic specific on what he rebuilt exactly? If he directly replaced the 3rd gear clutch pack, which is notorious for failing and then causing flow issues to the rest of the transmission, he should be honoring that warranty.

Are there any codes when you scan it? There is a probability that the ECM is having an issue but if there's no codes it's usually a straight mechanical issue.

A part of the Acura bulletin states that some models require a new pcm with the new trans, but i've seen this step skipped and the vehicles were fine with just the new transmission.
technic05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:56 PM   #31
Trial User
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

I ended up buying a new car, Honda accord. Turns out the guy was a crook. I found out he bought used parts from the junkyard, so instead of rebuilding anything, he just put a junk tranny in my car(my guess anyway) and charged me for a FULL transmission rebuild. AAMCO techs advised me not to drive the car at all with the condition tran was in. Several other things he was paid to do that either didn't get done at all or got half-done. Example: he was supposed to replace a motor mount but upon inspection, no wrench marks were found and paint marks from factory still intact.
Tipperzee83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #32
Honda-Tech Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: OH/OR
Posts: 3,352
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

If i remember right the problem with the trans is 3rd gear is mounted to high and overheats. The cooler is supposed to fix that. Id probably mount that onto the remanufactured transmission you had installed. Did you get it replaced at a dealership?
gutted-dx is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 01:41 PM   #33
Honda-Tech Member
 
EK FLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: at 9k in the streets of gburg, MD, usa
Posts: 2,378
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

take this as u want

bought a 99 tl with supposedly bad trans , 125k good conditions in and out other than the trans ,
$700 for a junkyard trans delivered to my shop ,
trans installed sold the car for $3700
today i got bored and started to disassemble the old trans and what i found got me thinking here is the pic of what i found in the top solenoid
EK FLY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 01:48 PM   #34
Honda-Tech Member
 
EK FLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: at 9k in the streets of gburg, MD, usa
Posts: 2,378
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

and this is trans
EK FLY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #35
Seagull Management
 
94EG8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miramichi, NB, Canada
Posts: 14,956
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Did you take the 3rd gear clutchpack apart yet?
94EG8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 07:30 PM   #36
Honda-Tech Member
 
EK FLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: at 9k in the streets of gburg, MD, usa
Posts: 2,378
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by 94EG8 View Post
Did you take the 3rd gear clutchpack apart yet?
YES I DID and found that the plates have heat marks and also 3rd clutch packs have different color then the rest
EK FLY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2013, 04:11 AM   #37
Seagull Management
 
94EG8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Miramichi, NB, Canada
Posts: 14,956
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Was the spring all flared out at the top? I'm not sure if I took pics of the one I did but that 3rd gear clutch pack was absolutely destroyed. Everything else looked perfect though.
94EG8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #38
Trial User
 
kellcats521's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

I have a new to me '01 CL 3.2 with 5sp auto. It is having an interesting trans issue:

At a standstill in D5, it will sometimes just rev when you try to pull out - if you move the shifter down to D2 it goes fine then continues to drive fine if you move shifter to D5. Sometimes it will pull out fine from a standstill in D5. And, sometimes shortly after you come to a stop it will clunk very hard and then it is 'in gear'.

Also, it is not slipping when driving, but I will say that I have not run the car hard or really tried to get it to slip.

Thanks for any help - I will be pulling codes with HIM tomorrow.
kellcats521 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #39
Trial User
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by neauva View Post
I have a 2003 TL-S myself, with about 99K miles on it now. About 3 months ago it started 'slipping'. I checked the ATF. It was chocolate colored and smelled a little 'burnt'. So, I had it changed (which, much to my surprise meant a partial drain of about 3.5 qts and a re-fill) for $100. Once I learned how easy that was I did it myself two more times (after about a week in between each). It started acting better but now (2 months later) it starting to slip again. And, it's reluctant about shifting into Reverse now. The slipping seems to happen mostly at the 2-3 and 3-4. I'm not sure what to expect by taking it to the dealer. I had the oil injector recall work done several years ago and I'm sure the tranny is beyond even the extended warranty (if mine was even covered). Any further suggestions on diagnosing it? Thanks!
I have the exact same car and problems.... EXACTLY the same just a little more miles... Did you fix this already??? any advice... Thanks!
Billy Baroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2014, 05:13 AM   #40
Trial User
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

I have an 03 TL that would slip in 2nd and 3rd gear only after the engine warms up and I would hear a loud tick noise when putting it in reverse. When I drained the atf, the drain plug looked like gray peanut butter on the inside of it. Change the atf and again after a few days but I changed the tranny filter also. After adding fluid I heard about Lucas tranny oil so I added a qrt. Drain atf at least 2 times, replace filter, and add some Lucas and I've been driving my TL for the past few months with no slippage. Shift like a brand new car and no tick when putting it in reverse. Try that before dropping a few grand
Buck D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2017, 01:44 PM   #41
Trial User
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 1
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by technic05 View Post
Hi,

Yes the 03 3.2TL base and Type S models have a transmission issue. I've worked on several 03 Models that have been on their 2nd or 3rd transmission.

I would take your transmission to the dealership and have them scan for any codes, there's a set of codes that have bulletins pertaining to transmission replacement. If you want to check yourself just pull the dipstick and smell the transmission fluid. If it looks dark/oil like that's usually a sign your transmission has been overheating due to a mechanical failure inside the motor itself. If you have the Flow Jet Recall installed, take out the 2nd gear speed sensor and look at 2nd Gear. If it looks bluish in color that's due to that gear overheating due to improper fluid flow.

If you have any more questions i'll be happy to email you some material regarding the matter.
Hi, I am experiencing this same malfunction. Could you please send me all the info you have on cause and repair. Is I called Acura and they said that my tl has already been serviced. I changed the atf and filter. Car worked for a little while, then got warmed up and malfunctioned again. I am hoping to either flush and clean oil chiller or figure something new out. TY for an help.
Jaymesrice14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2017, 08:27 AM   #42
Honda-Tech Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 10
Default Re: 2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Problem

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jaymesrice14 View Post
Hi, I am experiencing this same malfunction. Could you please send me all the info you have on cause and repair. Is I called Acura and they said that my tl has already been serviced. I changed the atf and filter. Car worked for a little while, then got warmed up and malfunctioned again. I am hoping to either flush and clean oil chiller or figure something new out. TY for an help.
Just change your transmission with a 06-07 accord v6 trans. fits right in and runs a 100times better then the original. i have done this trans swap my self. its a perfect fit.
tonyj is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Honda recalls over 300k vehicles for Airbag malfunction Texas4door General Discussion and Debate 20 12-03-2011 05:04 AM
2003 Acura 3.2TL Transmission Failure pt2903 Acura TL, RL & ZDX 4 10-06-2011 06:38 PM
1999 Acura Tl 99-2003 avargas07 Transmission & Drivetrain 1 06-01-2011 10:46 AM
99 acura tl avargas07 Transmission & Drivetrain 0 05-30-2011 04:05 PM
Honda Accord Transmission Recall speedracer28 Honda Accord & Crosstour (2003 - Current) 7 01-23-2010 11:23 PM


Tags
03, 2000, 2003, 2nd, 32, 32tl, acura, check, flow, fluid, gear, problem, tl, transmission, type

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:30 AM.