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2003 Acura RSX Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs)

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12/15/05 NHTSA ID: 10018108
TSB ID: 090105

A loose timing chain, a defective auto tensioner, a loose timing chain sprocket, low engine oil pressure or a momentarily seized camshaft can cause an intermittent dtc. *jb
09/06/05 NHTSA ID: 10016260
TSB ID: 505

Cranks won't start, immobilizer light flashes.
04/29/05 NHTSA ID: 10014342
TSB ID: 06012004

Engine idle problems check the iac valve. *eh
04/28/05 NHTSA ID: 10014160
TSB ID: 1203

Updating replacement ecm/pcm software. *nm
04/27/05 NHTSA ID: 10014058
TSB ID: 1102

Front camber adjustment. *nm
04/27/05 NHTSA ID: 10014061
TSB ID: 1102

Troubleshooting abs or tcs diagnostic trouble code 51 and/or 53. *nm
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09/20/04 NHTSA ID: 10009253
TSB ID: 1002

Clearing antilock braking system diagnostic trouble codes. october tech line information.
09/20/04 NHTSA ID: 10009249
TSB ID: 1002

Special tool for fuel pressure measurement. october tech line information.
08/17/04 NHTSA ID: 10008707
TSB ID: 04014

Engine hesitates when accelerating from a stop. *mj
08/04/04 NHTSA ID: 10008520
TSB ID: 04014

Engine hesitates when accelerating from a stop.
08/04/04 NHTSA ID: 10008522
TSB ID: 04018

Exhaust noise during hard acceleration.
08/04/04 NHTSA ID: 10008535
TSB ID: 03037

Front brake squeal. this bulletin supersedes 03-037, dated 12/12/2003.
03/19/04 NHTSA ID: 10005945
TSB ID: 100102

Install intake manifold runner control (imrc) valve correctly. acura servicenews.
03/17/04 NHTSA ID: 10005864
TSB ID: 110102

How to get adapters for the fuel pressure gauge set.
01/21/04 NHTSA ID: 10004959
TSB ID: 1003

Testing brake fluid for petroleum contamination. various models including 2003 and 2004 nsx and 2004 rsx.
12/31/03 NHTSA ID: 10004687
TSB ID: 092203

Honda is investigating an exhaust leak at the header flex joint to the converter with customer's contention as a rattle or exhaust noise. warranty parts inspection address included.
10/02/03 NHTSA ID: 10002981
TSB ID: 071403

Honda is investigating an exhaust leak at the header flex joint to the converter with customer's contention as a rattle or exhaust noise.
09/11/03 NHTSA ID: 10002692
TSB ID: 060103

Information on finding a vehicle's emission type or group.
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07/29/03 NHTSA ID: 10001965
TSB ID: 011202

Adjust front camber by using adjusting bolts. on '02-03 rsx models.
10/10/03 Engine NHTSA ID: 10003197
TSB ID: 603

The key interlock solenoid in the ignition switch is energized antytime the shift lever is not in the park position. this solenoid produces heat that is transferred to the key and felt by the customer when he/she touches the metal key.
10/07/08 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10026204
TSB ID: 08-018

Acura: 6 speed manual transmission grinds when shifting into 3rd gear, pops out of 3rd gear, or is hard to shift into 3rd gear. transmission has a faulty 3rd gear synchronizer or 3-4 shift sleeve.
01/19/06 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10018865
TSB ID: 1205

Transmission grinds at shifts, skip shifting.
12/21/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10018335
TSB ID: 12012004

Harsh or noisy downshifts when slowing down. acura servicenews.
05/04/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014549
TSB ID: 11162004

Harsh 3-2 and or 2-1 downshift. *eh
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04/29/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10014344
TSB ID: 012012003

Atf (automatic transmission fluid) leaks from cooler line banjo bolt. *sc
04/27/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10013911
TSB ID: 10012004

A/t solenoid replacement criteria. *nm
04/26/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10013745
TSB ID: 904

Automatic transmission solenoid replacement criteria. acura tech line summary for dealer distribution.
03/09/05 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10012660
TSB ID: 04011

Squeak at the clutch pedal. *eh
09/20/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10009250
TSB ID: 1002

Pops out of 2nd gear after crankshaft replacement. october tech line information.
09/08/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10009040
TSB ID: 04012004

Repairing atf leaks under warranty. acura. servicenews. april 2004.
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09/08/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10009042
TSB ID: 04012004

Don't test-drive with the malfunction indicator lamp or d indicator on. acura. servicenews. april 2004.
08/17/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10008708
TSB ID: 02016

Notchy feel when shifting. *mj
01/26/04 Transmission and Drivetrain NHTSA ID: 10005013
TSB ID: 903

Hard to engage 1st gear, grinds into reverse. tech line summary.
02/12/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10128529
TSB ID: DLR MSG - Acura

Dealer message - on monday, june 23, 2014, acura announced three recalls for various 2002-06 acura models. as of august 4, 2014, affected vins have been identified, and vin status inquiry has been updated.
02/12/18 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10128558
TSB ID: DLR MSG - Stop S

Dealer message - on monday, june 23, 2014, acura announced three recalls for various 2002-06 acura models. as of july 23, 2014, affected vins have been identified, and service bulletins 14-023, safety recall: front passenger?s airbag infla
05/21/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10032775
TSB ID: SB-06-050

Acura: warranty extension: vehicle warranty mileage. a federal court provided final approval of the settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging that the odometers on certain models were overstating mileage. vehicles affected by this sett
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04/24/08 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10024561
TSB ID: 06-008

Acura service campaign: see document search button for owner letter. warranty extension: opds unit or opds sensor triggers srs dtc's 15-1, 15-2, 15-3. csc was received. *nj
04/27/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014071
TSB ID: 1102

Odometer accuracy. *nm
04/27/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014075
TSB ID: 1102

Srs warning light on after body shop repair. *nm
04/27/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10014045
TSB ID: 604

Dash lights inoperative with aftermarket radio. *nm
03/09/05 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10012658
TSB ID: 02015

Srs indicator comes on with srs diagnostic trouble code. *eh
09/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009255
TSB ID: 1002

Keyless remote transmitter inoperative, . check keyless, ceiling light, ignition key reminder beeper before troubleshooting keyless remote system. october tech line information.
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09/20/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009254
TSB ID: 1002

A/c compressor control logic. october tech line information.
09/09/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009087
TSB ID: 01012004

Always update software in replacement engine control modules/powertrain control modules. acura. servicenews.
09/08/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009002
TSB ID: 05012004

Audio unit and navi anti-theft codes available on in. acura servicenews. may 2004.
09/08/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009005
TSB ID: 05012004

Use the honda diagnostic system to read srs diagnostic trouble codes. acura servicenews. may 2004.
09/08/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10009036
TSB ID: 04012004

Srs indicator on after body shop repair. check for srs diagnostic trouble codes. acura servicenews. april 2004.
07/29/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10008370
TSB ID: 04010

Malfunction indicator lamp (mil) comes on with diagnostic trouble code p0122. *mj
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03/19/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10005950
TSB ID: 100102

Poor air conditioner cooling on hard acceleration. acura servicenews.
03/18/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10005865
TSB ID: 110102

Ceiling light, ignition key beeper foil keyless entry.
03/17/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10005860
TSB ID: 110102

Air conditioning (a/c) compressor control logic. acura service news.
02/02/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10005122
TSB ID: 010103

Srs indicator comes on after body shop repair. acura servicenews.
01/26/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10005016
TSB ID: 903

Unequal dash vent air conditioner temperature. tech line summary.
01/21/04 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10004960
TSB ID: 1003

Heater blower motor overheats or blows fuse.
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10/10/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003195
TSB ID: 603

A faulty aft temperature sensor or a problem with the atf temperature sensor circuit can cause diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p0710.
10/08/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10003103
TSB ID: 080103

American honda service engineering is investigating occurrences of the srs light being on with diagnostic trouble code (dtc) 15-3.
09/17/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002785
TSB ID: 040103

Condition where the key-in beeper, headlights chime and ceiling light inoperative.
09/11/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002698
TSB ID: 060103

Diagnostic trouble code p0710 (aft temperature sensor) set - troubleshooting tips.
08/14/03 Electrical and Air Conditioning NHTSA ID: 10002162
TSB ID: 062503

Investigating occurrences of the srs light being on with diagnostic trouble code 15-3. various models including the 2002-2003 3.5rl.
05/24/11 Other NHTSA ID: 10037486
TSB ID: SB-0708

Acura: there are guidelines for various situations and procedures including: tire pressure valve stem installation, trailer stability malfunction light is on, engine oil application guide, new software, new transmission fluid, notchy steeri
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08/15/08 Other NHTSA ID: 10025524
TSB ID: 08-026

Load carrying capacity reduced label for all acura vehicles.
06/27/07 Other NHTSA ID: 10021971
TSB ID: 06050

Warranty extension: vehicle warranty mileage. affects 2002 through 2006 acura models. updated 8/15/08.
12/19/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10018241
TSB ID: 05048

Rear window wiper is noisy or does not work. *ts
12/14/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10018046
TSB ID: 09012005

Power door locks won't lock or unlock. acura. servicenews.
11/14/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10017610
TSB ID: 05014

Child seat anchor locating button is missing.
04/26/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013738
TSB ID: 904

Sending honda diagnostic system (hds) snapshots. acura tech line summary for dealer distribution.
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04/22/05 Other NHTSA ID: 10013628
TSB ID: 04040

Wind noise at the top of the windshield.
07/29/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10008366
TSB ID: 03031

Sulfur smell in the interior. *mj supersedes 03-031, dated november 14, 2003.
01/28/04 Other NHTSA ID: 10005068
TSB ID: 090103

Tire noise and/or wind noise can masquerade as a problem with automatic transmission gears. acura servicenews.
09/05/03 Other NHTSA ID: 10002582
TSB ID: 1202

Searching isis for diagnostic trouble code information. 1996 - 2003 models. updated 12/12/11.

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Acura RSX TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins)

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.

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