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Diagnosis of slow brake leak

The easiest way is to check is to jack the wheel up (put it on a jackstand), take the wheel off, clean off the affected areas with brake cleaner, then have a second person push on the brake pedal hard ...
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Is it dangerous to drive with partially torn control arm bushings?

Its not uncommon for the control arm bushings on many Hondas/ Acuras to expire quickly. It is however a bit dangerous to drive with them if they are starting to wear down or dry rot. They harden when ...
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Tie-rod final test

No - that's all you need to test. Now drive the car to a nearby garage and get them to do a front-end alignment on it - you won't have gotten everything exactly where it needs to be, so let them fix ...
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Noise in stereo that changes pitch with engine RPM

For anyone who has similar issues I had a similar issue however I don't think it was exactly same. I tried the steps in the accepted answer with no success. Research on my own I tried different ...
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serpentine belt or alternator or battery? car keeps dying?

Here is where I would start. First check the tension of the belt, just a quick push on the belt and you'll be able to tell, if its firm it's good, but if the belt has slack you'll need to tighten a ...
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Outer Tie-rod removal

2 things about removing inner tie-rods: Yes, the outer tie-rod (tie-rod end) needs to come off first in order for most tie-rod removal tools to go on In my experience, tie-rod removal tools don't ...
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Car wont start unless I use jumper cables but battery is fine

It very well can be a bad battery even though the lights come on. Starting the car is the single hardest thing (draws a lot of amperage) for the battery to do. If it is becoming weak, it will become ...
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Difficulty removing Outer Tie Rod from steering knuckle

Using a BFH (Big F-ING Hammer), hit the steering knuckle right on the end, directly in line with the arm. Leave the jack in place and don't be afraid of it. Hit it like you mean it. The tie rod end ...
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My car won't start. Nothing happens

There is a very limited number of things that could be wrong here and all of them revolve around the battery. If the battery is new and charged and you haven't left anything on that has flattened ...
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How to properly apply heat to loosen screwed-in outer tie rod

Keep the torch pointed at the exact same spot, don't move it around. There is usually dirt or metal shaving nearby that will start to glow orange, that's your cue that it's hot enough. 30 seconds is a ...
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Uneven readings for tire pressure

Well, there's a few things going on here: your tire pressure monitoring system is saying the pressures are OK (first line at the top) the units for these numbers are kiloPascals (kPa, right next to ...
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Weird object in cylinder head preventing spark plug install

It appears the threaded portion of the body has broken away from the body itself. The split would have occurred at the point where the image below points to as "spark plug gasket". This could have ...
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have a 04 Acura with a 2.0 engine has manual 5-speed transmission drives good through 1 through 4th gear won't go into 5th

David's comment is correct. It's either the linkage, a damaged or bent shift fork, or something wrong with a synchronizer or internal transmission component. Try shifting into 5th with the engine ...
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Shifting Problem

I'm in no way an expert on either Acura nor Automatic gearbox service. But in one episode of wheeler dealers they had a problem with an automatic Porsche Boxster, it was a "tiptronic" gearbox which ...
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Squealing sound when I start car

Your serpentine belt is squealing on the alternator. One of two possible causes for this. Either your serpentine belt is worn out or your tensioner pulley is not doing it's job (tensioning the ...
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te: 95 Integra Engine Coolant leak

Finding oil in the coolant system most often means a broken head gasket. There is a tester that you can use to see if this is a problem, which costs $35 or so. Amazon has one here: https://www.amazon....
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95 Acura Integra LS: 3rd, left & right brake lights remain on after engine shutdown

Look at the brake light switch, then look for the plastic stopper that the switch plunger contacts. If it is missing or broken the switch plunger does not get pushed in causing the lights stay on all ...
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windshield condensation when running air conditioning

From your description, this is normal. If you check it out, you'll probably find the condensation is on the outside. You've made the windshield sufficiently cold enough that the moisture is dewing on ...
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Acura MDX burning oil - how long can it run?

Acura just posted a recall and oil consumption test on all 2012 mdx. Just call your local dealer to set up the test which costs approx $40. Then they will start the process of rebuilding the piston ...
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Fixing cracked door trim piece?

This is what I use for plastics There other brands and types but this is specifically the best I have found for the price. There is better but pricey. Pull the door panel for best results. Clean ...
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How to pin brake piston: required to install new brake pads

It should not take a "ridiculous amount of torque" to open up the pad spacing to fit over the rotor. First of all, before you place the new pads you should ensure that the piston is pushed ...
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Acura TL 2001 squeaking noise

Apparently this particular model suffers from this issue in cold climates. This is due to the factory o-ring failing to provide a good seal and thus allowing air to enter the Power Steering Pump Inlet....
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Access to EVAP Canister Vent Valve

Turns out it was just a spider laying eggs in the valve. Asked the dealer to try blowing it out with the compressed air. Been working ever since, no problems. Apparently the spiders like the smell ...
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Is it dangerous to drive with partially torn control arm bushings?

If in doubt, replace it - it'll be a lot better for your peace of mind! Plus, as Steve says, it may be illegal in your jurisdiction and /or fail any roadworthyness test - and if you were in an ...
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Is it dangerous to drive with partially torn control arm bushings?

Depending on your jurisdiction, it may be illegal. In the UK, the condition of these "dust covers" is now inspected and any degradation is considered a fail. When you consider the cost to replace ...
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Grinding clutch

This is a transmission, not a clutch problem. The only time the clutch itself can make any noise is during engagement/disengagement. You may hear noise if the clutch is slipping, but it wouldn't be ...
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Car wont start unless I use jumper cables but battery is fine

I had that problem once; good battery but "Jumping" was occasionally required to start it. My problem was I had used a special research ( not commercial ) corrosion inhibiting grease on the battery ...
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Car wont start unless I use jumper cables but battery is fine

As CharlieRB pointed out, just because the lights come on doesn't mean the battery is ok. However, there are a few other things it could be. It could be that the battery is OK, but is not being ...
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Diagnosing fuel pump relay on 2004 Acura TSX

The power in the in pins 1 and 3 proves that fuse 19 is OK and that the PCM will turn on PGMFI relay #1 and further that said relay will supply power to the fuel pump relay (PGMFI relay #2). It does ...
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Damage to shocks over speed bump

Relax! Your car is designed to take MUCH MUCH more substantial punishment than what you have explained here. It is very difficult to determine the suspension travel distance of a particular car but ...
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