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Old 06-23-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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2005 Acura RL check charging system...

Can someone tell me what might be wrong...all of a sudden my check charging system light comes on and steering is almost impossible. Thankfully this just happened while I was across the street from my home so I was able to get it back home. Check charging system in the owner's book says battery issue, but just replaced my battery in december at the dealership. i'm thinking its something with the power steering because it took all of my muscle to turn the wheel to get home. thanks in advance.
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eyes on the serpentine belt will tell the story
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Check the Serp belt and tensioner.
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I thought at first from this post that this car might have electrically assisted steering, but from your posts, we have hydraulic?
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Check the Serp belt and tensioner.
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After doing more research, i think it's the serp belt...all the symptoms point that that. Thanks guys!
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check the tensioner/idle pulley. if that is seized it will just destroy another belt
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Actually, this could be strictly a charging system issue by itself. The RL does have a ECPS feature that assists in allowing power steering function to be a minimal effort. If you experienced a brief, increased effort of power steering operation, chances are the adaptive electrical priority system (not an actual module/computer but a system of modules) were deactivating certain features of the vehicle that would allow either the vehicles operating voltage to increase or allow the possibility of "limping" the vehicle to a destination in which in could be safely parked or repaired. Don't expect the problem to disappear or be a one time thing, take it to an electrical capable repair facility that has both the knowledge and experience of determining what your intermittent issue could be before it becomes a hard fault and leaves you stranded somewhere. Never ignore precursers or you will be sorry you did. Trust me, most of my customers do just that: wait until its too late.
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This post caught my attention because I have a 2005 RL and have always had a very tight (difficult to turn) steering wheel, I wrote it off to the AWD system. I have had my Acura service department look at the steering and they said it was normal however when I have a loaner car or rental car the steering wheel is much easier to turn, anyone else have a a similar steering experience.
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I'm having the car towed in to the shop. It's impossible for me to drive without proper power steering. The A/C also stopped working...it's just blowing out hot air. So from what I can see, the "check charging system" light is on, i have no power steering, and the A/C is blowing hot air. I'm just hoping the repair isn't too costly
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After this latest Boston Blizzard, I go outside to move my car after 2 days of shoveling and my Check Charging system light came on. I just had my battery replaced in October. I understand it could be the alternator but now by Check SHAWD light came on and I have no power steering.
About 6 months ago, I had the 100k mile service completed where they changed belts and tensioners. I got all the impacted snow out but I am still having issues.

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I would say battery, but the PS loss sounds like a sounds like a slipping belt.
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Try to get it started and drive it around (or at least let it run) for 30 min. Sometimes batteries lose charge from a cold snap and just need to be recharged. Another member had a similar issue (not the power steering) last month and didn't have any issues after driving it, so see what that does.
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Try to get it started and drive it around (or at least let it run) for 30 min. Sometimes batteries lose charge from a cold snap and just need to be recharged. Another member had a similar issue (not the power steering) last month and didn't have any issues after driving it, so see what that does.

Will I harm anything if I let it run and the belt has slipped off? I can't drive it because the power steering is completely not working. It took me all my strength to move it out of the snow bank. Which belt is associated with the Power Steering?

Thanks for the help in advance.

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The serpentine belt should be driving all of your accessory systems. I honestly can't answer your first question. I would take a look under the hood after it starts and look for the belt running. If it is, I suspect you would hear an issue or see power steering fluid leaking if there was a catastrophic failure.

If it's not running, turn the car off. I think your battery would be the only victim because of no alternator. The other accessories should be fine.
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The serpentine belt should be driving all of your accessory systems. I honestly can't answer your first question. I would take a look under the hood after it starts and look for the belt running. If it is, I suspect you would hear an issue or see power steering fluid leaking if there was a catastrophic failure.

If it's not running, turn the car off. I think your battery would be the only victim because of no alternator. The other accessories should be fine.
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I just had the 100k service done and I believe the Belts were replaced with that service @ Acura. I am wondering if the belts are covered under warranty of work? I guess I will have to have it towed to the dealer again. ugh
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as for drivability... if the PS and the alt isnt working, then the water pump also isnt working.

I would have the dealer come pick it up on their dime, as well as a loaner.
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as for drivability... if the PS and the alt isnt working, then the water pump also isnt working.

I would have the dealer come pick it up on their dime, as well as a loaner.
The car starts fine, no hesitation. So I am questioning if its the alternator. But I definitely have no Power Steering and the Check SHAWD light has come on. The car has only been sitting for 2 days but it has been brutally cold.
I am not even sure where to start with this one.

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The car starts cause the battery is good and the starter isnt belt driven... the PS and lights are on because the belt is either not turning the pulleys or the tech fell asleep during the assembly.

If you want to take pics or a video under the hood we can help more.

Either way it needs to be looked at, how you get it there is up to you.
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Where r u in boston? If you're not too far, I could take a look
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The serpentine belt is not part of the 100k service, just the timing belt. I don't think it has to be removed either, but again, I'm not totally savvy under the hood.
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Is the Serpentine Belt considered an acc drive belt? This is what they did
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