FAQs

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What is the break-in period of my Acura?

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Help assure your vehicle's future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 kilometers). During this period:

  • Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration.
  • Avoid hard braking. New brakes need to be broken in by moderate use for the first 200 miles (300 km).

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Can I have my maintenance services performed by anyone I choose?

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Our dealers know your vehicle inside and out, and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not required to keep your warranties in effect. You may service your car with any qualified service facility or person. Just be sure to keep all receipts as proof of completion, and have the service technician fill out the Maintenance Record. Refer to your warranty booklet for more information.
Many after-market repair services, such as the mass-marketers (chain stores), hire poorly-trained people to work on your high-technology vehicle. Generally speaking, their Acura product knowledge is minimal.

Some ex-dealership technicians open their own independent shops and specialize in that brand of vehicle. However, their "factory" training is usually several years old, so their technical knowledge of current model vehicles will not be as good as the local dealer's technicians, who routinely receive new model training from American Acura.

Acura parts and fluids are manufactured to the same high-quality standards as the original components, and we recommend the use of them every time you have maintenance performed.

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If I choose to have my maintenance services performed by someone other than an Acura dealer, must I keep records?

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It's always a good idea to keep records of all services and repairs of your vehicle. The Service Records feature here on Acura Owners Site is a handy way to keep track of each service visit.
An Acura dealer’s computer system automatically does this for you, as it maintains Vehicle Service History records electronically. A dealer can review any and all work performed by that store.

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I’m leasing my vehicle. Why should I worry about servicing my Acura?

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There are two very good reasons why you should maintain your vehicle according to the schedule in your Owner's Manual.
Regularly maintaining your car is the best way to protect your investment. Proper maintenance is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers. It will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving and help reduce air pollution.

Vehicle condition is evaluated at the end of the lease period and you will be charged for abnormal conditions that reduce the value of the vehicle. This includes mechanical condition.

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My “Malfunction Indicator Lamp” stays on while I’m driving. What should I do?

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Typically, this indicator displays for several seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON.
If you have recently refueled your Acura, this light may display to warn you of a loose or missing fuel filler cap. Check the cap and tighten it until it clicks. If the fuel cap is missing, replace it with a Genuine Acura replacement cap. Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it may take several driving trips.

If the indicator continues to display after three driving trips, or if the fuel cap was not loose or missing, there may be a problem in one of the engine's emissions control systems. You should have the vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible.

You should also have the dealer inspect your vehicle if this indicator comes on repeatedly, even if it turns off as you continue driving.

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How often do I need to change the timing belt on my vehicle?

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Depending on the model year of the vehicle, it is typically between 60,000 and 90,000 miles. If your vehicle has a timing chain, instead of a timing belt, replacement of the timing chain is not required. Refer to the Scheduled Maintenance section of the appropriate owner's manual for specific information.

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Is it normal for my headlights to dim slightly and then come back to normal while my car is stopped at a light?

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This is a normal characteristic and is caused by variations in the electrical system created by the onboard computer. The computer controls the output of the electrical charging system to improve fuel economy and minimize vehicle vibration.
While the engine is at idle, the computer monitors the electrical usage of the car and then controls the electrical charging system so that it charges just enough to keep up with demand. This change reduces the load on the engine and, in turn, increases fuel economy and reduces vehicle vibration. As electrical accessories turn on and off, the computer changes the rate of electrical charge in response to the changes in demand for electricity. As the computer responds to the addition of electrical load, you may notice a momentary dimming of the lights. For example, the headlights or instrument panel lights may briefly dim as the air conditioning cycles on.