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==Frequently Asked Questions, Common Problems, and Suggested Fixes== ==Frequently Asked Questions, Common Problems, and Suggested Fixes==
This section specifically covers common problems you may encounter with the Legend and suggested solutions. Basically, if you don't know WHY something is happening with your car, look here. Once you have identified the problem, please refer to the DIY section for detailed procedures on how to fix these problems. <BR> This section specifically covers common problems you may encounter with the Legend and suggested solutions. Basically, if you don't know WHY something is happening with your car, look here. Once you have identified the problem, please refer to the DIY section for detailed procedures on how to fix these problems. <BR>

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  • Links from Knowledgebase thread - COMPLETED as of 2/27/07
  • https://www.acura-legend.com/2ndgendiy.html - COMPLETED
  • Newbie FAQ
  • Leon's FAQ
  • Legendtuner.com links

    Frequently Asked Questions, Common Problems, and Suggested Fixes

    This section specifically covers common problems you may encounter with the Legend and suggested solutions. Basically, if you don't know WHY something is happening with your car, look here. Once you have identified the problem, please refer to the DIY section for detailed procedures on how to fix these problems.



    Body/Exterior

    Clogged windshield wiper nozzle (aka washer fluid squirter)

    a-l.com thread

    Slow Window Rollup A: Lubrication

    a-l.com thread

    Rear window does not roll up or down

    a-l.com thread

    Sunroof Rattling or Moonroof rattling

    a-l.com thread

    Trunk Lid Spring Adjustment

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Q: I have water in my trunk or moisture in my tail lights
    A: Replace the tail light gasket. Recommendation: Spend 28c vs $15 by cutting your own out of craft foam. It's the same stuff and costs much less!

    See DIY Reparisfor Replacement Procedure

    Brakes

    Q: Why is my ABS Light On?
    a-l.com thread

    Real vs Knockoff Brembo Rotor Identification

    Electrical

    Q: My Defroster is not working

    a-l.com thread

    Q: My Steering wheel mounted controls (horn, cruise control, and/or radio buttons) have stopped working.
    A: Replace your clockspring / Cable reel.

    See DIY Repairsfor Replacement Procedure

    Q: How do I hook up my IPOD or other MP3 player to my factory Bose Stereo?
    Suggested Options: a-l.com thread

    See DIY Repairsfor Install Procedure

    Q: Why does my car not start or abruptly dies?
    A: If you car doesn't start when its hot or has been left alone for a while (overnight) but starts up and runs great the second time without any problems, check your main relay. The main relay controls your fuel pump and the solder joints within the relay wear out over time. This is a common Honda problem.

    See DIY Repairsfor Replacement & Reconditioning procedure.

    Q: Why is my speedometer not working or erratic?
    A: Replace your vehicle speed sensor.

    See DIY Repairsfor VSS replacement procedure.

    Q: Where can I buy Bose Speakers & what part numbers do I need to order?
    A: Buy them directly from Bose

    a-l.com thread

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Q: My car idles low or has a problem maintaining idle.
    A: Clean your Throttle Body & Intake Air Control Valve (IACV).

    See DIY Reparisfor Throttle Body and Intake Air Control Valve Cleaning Procedure

    Q: Why do I have an fluctuating idle or erratic idle or fluctuating idle when hot
    A: Low coolant in radiator (due to leak), air in the cooling system, vacuum leak, or BHG

    a-l.com thread - includes bleeding procedure
    a-l.com thread - why a large amount of air causes overheating
    a-l.com thread - example of bad radiator cap

    Q: Stripped Oil Pan Bolt or Leaking Oil Pan Bolt

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Q: What is the Mystery Plastic Gunk on front of Oil Pan underneath the timing belt cover?
    A: The Crank Angle Sensor "Potting" (sealing) material is melting off. This doesn't affect the performance of the vehicle so you can safely ignore it.

    a-l.com thread
    See DIY Reparisfor a refitting/repotting procedure if you insist on rebuilding it.

    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    A/C Squealing on startup (also applies to other belts)?

    a-l.com thread

    Coolant Smell in Cabin
    A: Check your heater core.

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Intermittent A/C Operation (sometimes blows cold air)?
    A: Replace the Fan Control Unit (FCU). This box decides when to engage your A/C compressor and your radiator fans.

    a-l.com thread

    Noisy Climate Control Temperature Sensor Fan (for cars with Automatic Climate Control only)

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Do I need a single or dual outlet water pump?
    A: It appears that a dual outlet water pump is only required if you car has an oil cooler
    a-l.com thread

    List of Possible Places to Develop a Coolant Leak

    Lukewarm (or no) heat from my climate control system
    Suggested Fixes: a-l.com thread

    Interior

    Ashtray Suck Open

    a-l.com thread

    Rattling Rear Deck

    a-l.com thread

    Sagging Sun Visors
    Possible Solution: two different possible causes - one includes pics

    a-l.com thread

    Suspension & Tires

    Wheel, Tire, and Offset Recommendations

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Where can I find a shop to have my wheels/rims bored out?
    A: Instead of finding a machine shop, try contacting one of the larger wheel & tire shops in your area to see if they have an in-house lathe. The W&T shops with in-house lathes are likely willing to do the job for cheaper.
    a-l.com thread

    Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    Q: My AT automatic transmission shifter is stuck!
    A: Follow the diagnostic procedure

    a-l.com thread


    Misc Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is premium gasoline necessary?
    A: No, but your gas mileage (MPG) will suffer so cost per mile-wise, it will be a wash.

    a-l.com thread

    Q: Can I fit an NSX Engine in my Legend? The engine code is similar.
    A: No, the NSX engine is completely different and only shares the oil filter. It's physically wider and won't fit without cutting into the frame rails. It may be possible with $15K-20K but why bother. Please stop asking.

    Q: Can I make my Legend RWD?
    A: No. You might as well put an NSX engine into this car.

    Q: What's the difference between the redline and my rev limit?

    a-l thread

    Q: What body kits are available for the Legend?

    a-l thread

    Q: What options were available from the factory for the Legend?

    a-l thread

    Q: What is VIS and how does it work?

    a-l thread
    picture

    Do it Yourself Repairs

    This section contains all the links to relevant sections of Acura-Legend.com which contain REPAIR procedures for your Legend. Basically, if you know what you want to fix yet don't know how to do it yet, look here. Eventually (hopefully), folks will port that information back INTO the Wiki directly. Please put all the retrofit and modification links in the other DIY section.


    Body/Exterior

    Bumper mounting tab repair

    Door Handle Removal

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Door Lock Actuator Repair

    Claybar Exterior

    Lower Door Trim Removal

    Door Panel Removal

    Polishing Headlights

    Headlight Adjustment

    Rust Removal DIY - cb7tuner.com thread for 90-92 Accord but same procedure applies

    Taillight Gasket Replacement

    Trunk Lock Replacement / Re-keying the Trunk Lock

    Window Motor Repair


    Brakes

    ABS Code Retrieval (with Pics)

    Brake Pad Replacement

    Brake Caliper Removal / Upgrading Brake Calipers

    Brake Caliper Restoration / Rebuilding

    Brake Master Cylinder Replacement

    Emergency Brake Adjustment

    Electrical

    Electrical and Fluid Maintenance

    Bose Amp Repair

    Brake Lamp Indicator Fix

    Clock Spring / Cable Reel Replacement

    ECU and Fan Control Unit (FCU) Removal

    Master Window Switch Fix

    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) Reconditioning

    a-l.com thread
    TSB that outlines the procedure

    Main Relay Replacement & Reconditioning

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread with G1 instructions (similar repair procedure)
    a-l.com thread

    Window Switch Bulb Replacement

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Cleaning the Throttle Body & Intake Air Control Valve (IACV)

    a-l.com DIY thread
    a-l.com thread with tips
    a-l.com thread with tips
    a-l.com thread with pics
    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Crank (Cam) Angle Sensor - Reconditioning/Repotting with non-metallic Epoxy - one user in the first thread reports no probs with this DIY after 20K mi)

    EGR Valve and Pipe Removal and Cleaning

    Fuel Filter Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread for RL (similar procedure for 2nd gen)

    Oil Change


    Oxygen Sensor Replacement / O2 Sensor Replacement

    PCV Valve Replacement

    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    Blower Unit (motor) Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Cabin Air Filter Removal

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread


    Replacing Water By-Pass In Pipe O-Rings and Manifold Removal

    Radiator Replacement

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread

    Thermostat Removal and Replacement

    Interior

    Dash Removal

    Dash Vent Replacement

    Lower Dash Panel Removal (for alarm install or main relay replacement)

    Interior Door Handle Repair

    Passenger Airbag Replacement

    Steering/Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    Axle Removal

    ATF Strainer/Filter Removal and Replacement

    AT Transmission Flush Procedure (4x)

    Differential Fluid Change

    Differential Pinion Seal Replacement - in linked MSWord Doc

    Steering Wheel Removal- pics are no longer avail

    Suspension & Tires

    Shocks Installation

    Do it Yourself Modifications and Upgrades

    This section contains all the links to relevant sections of Acura-Legend.com which contain performance upgrade procedures for your Legend. Eventually (hopefully), folks will port that information back INTO the Wiki directly. All the JDM retrofit crap belongs here.

    Body/Exterior

    Custom Angel Eyes

    JDM Door Sill Install

    Painted Taillights

    Sidemarkers Installation

    Sunroof Tilt Modification / Moonroof Tilt Modification

    Brakes

    Brake Caliper Removal / Upgrading Brake Calipers

    Painting your Calipers

    Electrical

    Change the tone of your Horn

    Integrating a Garage Door Opener

    JDM One Piece Headlight Wiring

    a-l.com thread
    a-l.com thread - with HID install

    Run your OEM Foglights during the day

    Engine/Emissions/Exhaust

    Cold Air Intake

    Porting Heads, Polishing Heads, and Cylinder Block Preperation

    Type 1 to Type 2 Intake Manifold Replacement

    Engine Cooling & Climate Control

    Throttle Body Coolant Bypass

    HOWTO Bleed Air from the Coolant System

    Electrical

    Foglight Button Wiring Information

    a-l.com thread - button suggestions
    a-l.com thread - includes diagrams

    IPOD/AUX interface installation on a factory Bose Stereo

    Use an Alpine M-Bus CD Changer with the pre-wired cable

    Setup Remote Start with Tilt Steering

    JDM Headlight Wiring Instructions for USDM Legends

    a-l.com thread

    LCD TVs in Headrests

    Interior

    Acura MDX Shift Knob Install

    Indiglo Gauge Installation

    Lighted Window Switches

    Power Passenger's Seat Install

    Steering/Transmission/Transaxle/Differential

    ADDCO Sway Bar shoulder bolt (for install)

    Suspension & Tires

    Front Koni Shock Installation

    TSX suspension retrofit

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