So, long time lurker, first time poster…
2022 Type S Advance, 17,100 mi currently, purchased Apr 2022
This past Sunday afternoon we had a major breakdown that was worsened by the intersection of 2 other ‘problems’.
1. The actual breakdown…driving down a multi-lane road and everything appears perfectly normal and as I proceeded from a stop in traffic and pressed the gas pedal, a sound I would liken to a T-Shirt Air Cannon going off, followed by much louder turbo spool-up sound and then a Christmas light show on the dash and very reduced power from the vehicle.
I managed to get to a turn lane and a safe side street, with my 5 passengers onboard.
I thought that maybe a shutdown and restart might help, but the very mechanical nature of the breakdown sounds made me very skeptical. Restart simple resulted in a normal ignition, climb to 1000rpm and then 5 seconds later it would just die with weird turbo spool noises and then the Christmas Tree light show ensued again. Onscreen warnings were basically as follows…they were either about equipment no longer working, or warning it was malfunctioning, and to see the dealer…
Hill start assist
Trailer stability control
Low speed braking
Auto high beam
Obviously, not all, or likely any, are actually failed in this moment, but the vehicle is having some sort cascade controls meltdown on the side of the road.
So, I press the button for roadside assistance and pop the hood…while making arrangements for my 5 passengers to get a ride to our ultimate destination.
2. Roadside Assistance…this is where the real fun begins. So, Acura uses AAA for roadside towing/carrier emergencies, fair enough, or so I thought. Told them in advance that it was AWD and would not shift into Neutral (FYI - because engine not running and crappy 10spd tranny design). Apparently, the local contract towing company had a broken tow truck and wasn’t available and others weren’t picking up the phone. So, they had to look further afield and apparently it was a busy towing day in Greater Atlanta and nothing was available on short notice. I even tried calling private tow companies and AAA directly, no luck on either front there either. Acura Roadside wasn’t good at calling me back or getting results, which ended up with me (on my own) waiting for about 7 hours until a truck came. Not their fault about local tow situation but they weren’t so good on communication due to lack of call back comment above..but also because of how they communicated tow pick up times…’estimated arrive time’ in texts and phone conversations only means exactly that. It also means they don’t have a tow actually booked, it’s just their ‘estimate’ after putting a request out into their booking system…actual times may vary…by a lot…in my case the 90 minute ‘estimate’ turned into 7.5 hrs to be precise. My ignorance here I guess…lessons learned, but Acura NEVER volunteered updates on arrival times or the estimate vs actual, I had to pretty much beat that out of them myself, figuratively…tho as time went on I did want to hurt them, just a little bit, or maybe a lot as 330pm turned into 1030pm.
3. The Pick-up…first truck was a flat bed, not good…needed a tow with dolly because of the Neutral issue. Simple reality here, and it has been discussed on this site I know…which was why I told folks upfront that the vehicle won’t go into Neutral. If the engine won’t run, or stay running in this case, it will not go into N and it cannot be pulled onto a flatbed. There is some rotatable bolt on the side of the bell-housing but that’s a joke and it’s not helpful at all. So, if you need a tow and your MDX is a brick, gotta insist on a tow w/dollies and be sure to set your suspension to Tow Mode and High for the shut off setting…if you are actually able to do so.
4. The fix…as it sounded like, it was the outlet of the turbo, loose clamps gave out and the hose blew off. It’s on the underside of the engine, or thereabouts, not visible from above and need to get it on a hoist, remove the underside tray and then can quickly see it. Took them 40 minutes to get the car in the bay and running again. That’s it. 😐
Runs fine, no light show, no hose damage and no visible towing damage. Drama over…for now…sigh.