2009 TL non-nav: I have started to notice the following happens sometimes after I have come to hard stop (or harder than a normal stop - say, coming down to the end of a highway exit ramp from highway speeds to a stop):
When I start to accelerate again (like if the light turns green at the bottom of an exit ramp), I will sometimes feel and hear a clunk through the steering wheel and steering column.
Like I said, I have noticed that this is usually only after a stop that you could consider a little hard from highway speeds. Sometimes the steering wheel isn't completely straight when I start to accelerate again and this happens.
(Imagine that at the bottom of an exit ramp you were turning right and were yielding to oncoming traffic - when I start to accelerate to complete the right turn, this would be when I hear and feel the clunk).
Anyone experienced this before?
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Had the same issue on my 09 TL. It spent a week at the dealer, they replaced just about everything from the steering wheel on down before the issue went away. Fortunately it was covered under warranty and they kindly gave me a nice loaner to drive as well.
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It's been two weeks with the new steering column and I have not heard the clunking noise. I took a printout of the threads to the dealer and I think that it helped to show them that others were having the same issue. 2009 TL Base Model. I just hit 50,000 miles on it.
Hi, all. I just picked up a 2009 CPO TL w/ Tech last month, and am having this same issue. I've got about 59,000 miles, so seems like this issue may be emerging post-50K miles. Hopefully it will be escalated to TSB or recall.
I'm searching for a way to reliably duplicate the sound/feel before going to the dealer with it. I've already been a bit of a pain to them getting things fixed up under the CPO warranty, so I want to make sure I'm not wasting their time or mine when I take it in.
For me, it generally happens after going over large bumps (speed bumps), RR tracks, sharp inclines, etc. After encountering one of those, the next time I accelerate (or sometimes brake), I get a thump/clunk/pop in the steering wheel and column, which can be both felt and heard. It doesn't happen every time, but I have found that certain places I drive will trigger it more often.
Sometimes it is accompanied by a metallic ping, as well. Steering wheel position doesn't seem to matter much, as it happens going straight also. If anything, it's a little quieter if it happens when I'm turning the wheel. It feels as if something is sliding or popping back into place.
I love the car, though, and have had no shortage of compliments on it. I'll probably post a pic once I'm no longer in my "trial" period. I look forward to being part of the TL community!
Just to update your all (I am in Toronto, Canada) but my clunking did come back and now was happening anytime your break and accellerate so I was able to get a tech to drive with me and feel it no problems.
They replaced the steering column as per my work order and it also says "replaced steering column as per bulletin" so I guess there is something out by Acura on this? (does not mention the bulletin number or anything)
As for what parts were replaced;
Column Assy Strg
Bolt 6x23 Hex Lob
Set Column Holder
Anyways - what I got now is when I jerk the steering wheel from centre just left and right, a rattle as if something is loose, and the steering wheel at the top has a play that lets you easily jerk it left and right (while it rattles)
Spoke to the Service Manager - says its probably the air bag clip or something that sits under the wheel probably wasn't set back properly, it will be looked at and fixed.
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