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Old 06-23-2012, 10:58 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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Old 06-23-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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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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