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03 TL multiple engine issues

Hey guys I have an 03 Acura TL type s and It had a blown timing belt tensioner when I got it, i replaced the hydraulic cylinder and a couple weeks later, it blew again, could there be something wrong with the wheel? Also when I am stopped in gear the rpm fluctuates slightly between 4 and 500 rpm with a bit of a vibration.
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Sounds like you may have more issues than the tensioner; I'm guessing you have some bent valves in your cylinder heads.
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I wouldn’t doubt that, the end of the crankshaft is stripped completely so the balancer wobbles too, I’ve been debating on figuring out the issue or just finding a new motor
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I wouldn’t doubt that, the end of the crankshaft is stripped completely so the balancer wobbles too, I’ve been debating on figuring out the issue or just finding a new motor


Walk away from the original 3.2 and put in a 2002 3.5 from an MDX. It's plug n play, almost.
Also consider using the cams, if the valves are bent, from the 3.2 and put them on the 3.5 for a Type-S.

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Walk away from the original 3.2 and put in a 2002 3.5 from an MDX. It's plug n play, almost.
Also consider using the cams, if the valves are bent, from the 3.2 and put them on the 3.5 for a Type-S.
does it have to be just the 2002 motor? Also wouldn’t I need the mdx ecu?
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does it have to be just the 2002 motor? Also wouldn’t I need the mdx ecu?
No ECU change required.
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does it have to be just the 2002 motor? Also wouldn’t I need the mdx ecu?
You need the J35A3 engine from a 2001-2002 Acura MDX.
If you are seriously considering the 3.5, look at the discussion on the thread below (post#9) for the parts, from the 3.2, that you need to transfer over to the J35A3 to plug and play with your 03 TL-S automatic:

https://acurazine.com/forums/second-.../j32a2-976998/

People usually find their J35A3's by searching car-part.com in their local area.

GoodLuck!


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Originally Posted by zeta View Post
You need the J35A3 engine from a 2001-2002 Acura MDX.
If you are seriously considering the 3.5, look at the discussion on the thread below (post#9) for the parts, from the 3.2, that you need to transfer over to the J35A3 to plug and play with your 03 TL-S automatic:

https://acurazine.com/forums/second-.../j32a2-976998/

People usually find their J35A3's by searching car-part.com in their local area.

GoodLuck!

thanks guys I’m going to run this motor for now until it decides to quit but I’m going to look into another 32a2 or the 35 for the summer
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Sounds like you may have more issues than the tensioner; I'm guessing you have some bent valves in your cylinder heads.
i did a compression test to see if the valves were seating right and it was 200 across the board
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