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Old 04-30-2009, 11:53 AM
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Hi all, I have a never ending problem with my 2005 RSX... Let me tell you a little about my history with this problem..

I bought my 2005 Acura RSX brand new from the dealership here in Marietta, Georgia on 3-11-05 and on 5-5-05 I started hearing this clunking noise / popping noise when ever I would drive over uneven payment, gravel road, pot holes (I try to avoid them). speed humps, etc.. Sometimes it would sound like the front end was about to come out.

It is so hard to describe what it sounds like, It's like a dull pop or a banging noise..

Anyway I took it back to the dealership and they replaced the Struts. That seemed to help for about 2 months and then it started back again. Took it back to the dealership and told them and they replaced the springs. That helped for about 3 months and it started back again. I then took it back to the dealership and they replaced the struts, rack and pinion, springs, pretty much the whole front end. When I got it back it seemed fine and then after about 1.5 years it slowly started back popping / clunking again...

I have now taken my RSX back and forth to the dealership a total of 7 to 8 times with this same problem yet they can't seem to fix it so it will not happen again.

I pretty much just gave up and have been dealing with the sound. I have just been playing my radio loud so I don't hear it, but about 2 months ago I noticed that when looking at my car from the back you could see that it was leaning to left (the left side of my car was sitting lower than the right side, looking at it from the back). I then took a look at the front wheels and noticed that the gap in between the top of the tire and the wheel well were different between the left and right. The left side was sitting lower than the right about 1/2 inch. So I took it back to the dealer this past Monday and they said that my warranty is now out and it will cost me 300 bucks to replace the spring in the left strut.. I am now arguing with them and waiting on there response... This has been a night mare......


Also I have another problem and I hope someone can help me..
When ever I come to a stop I get a loud clicking/pop noise coming from the gear selector sometimes it's so loud you can hear it over the radio. It is driving me crazy. Sitting in traffic is the worse. I drive, then stop and it clicks.. Repeat that about 200 times a day while sitting in traffic and see how normal you are. I tried to get the dealership to fix it but they told me that it was normal.. I told them how can it be normal if it didn't do it during the first 3 years I had the car. They pulled a old RSX from the lot and drove me in it and it did the same thing.. they said "see it's normal". I was thinking yea right, this one is just as messed up as mine (the dealerships are sneaky like that). If anyone knows what this could be can you tell me how to fix it?

Also does anyone know how to disable the seat belt warning beep? That drives me crazy also...
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:53 PM
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I had this same problem with the clunking noise. It ended up being the split-ring clip that held the ball joint into the control arm was missing.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:26 AM
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OK, I will take a look for that. Is there an easy way to see it? Picture?
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:39 PM
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clunking noise is usually a motor mount thats worn out/broken
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by cruzalekz View Post
clunking noise is usually a motor mount thats worn out/broken
Most likely not the cause of his problems though because it started when the car was 2 months old.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:36 AM
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Hey, I got my car back from the dealership this past Saturday and they said all they had to do was replace a plate that the springs sit on in the front Struts.. on the ride into work today it seemed a lot better! My car has not rode that quite and smooth in a LONG TIME!...

Let's see how long it holds up and how it drives during this week.. They are doing all kinds of Roadwork (patchwork) around here so there are a lot of places that I know made my car pop, bang and clunk... I will test it over the next few days...
I wish I could figure out what is banking and clicking in the gear shifter.. that is driving me crazy.. grrrrrrrr....
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:02 PM
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Hey, while I have you all on here I got another quick question.

What is the best stuff to use to make the weather stripping around the doors, hood, etc soft and subtle again?.. I thought about using armor-all but I thought I would ask first. I used to use silicon but I can't find it at any stores anymore. Also I would like to use something to make the hoses and plastic pieces around the engine bay soft and subtle again.. everything is drying out and cracking. I only have 40,000 miles on it... the weather is awful here in Georgia...
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