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On a rainy day, myself, wife, and two young children were driving to a friend's house, travelling approximately 30km/h when the car went completely dead, causing the vehicle to lurch, and momentarily losing steering and braking capacity (I suspect that it was only the power steering and brakes that went, though I can't confirm since it was so brief). Just prior, the entire panel lit up then went completely black. Luckily, nobody was behind us, we were travelling slow, and the car restarted on its own a second or two later, but needless to say this was a very frightening experience. When we stopped the car and turned it off the power went off again (no interior lights, no 'goodbye' on the dashboard display - we even lost power to the locks temporarily locking our children in the back since the child locks were engaged). Oddly enough, when I next tried to start the car about 1 minute later it didn't work on first turn (absolutely no response) but on the second turn all systems kicked on again, though the radio made a huge static blast, almost like a blown speaker. I haven't driven the car since, and have no intention of doing so until the problem is diagnosed. I hate to think what might have happened were we on the highway and not even able to turn on our hazard lights. Seems to me something like this warrants a recall.
- Alain B.,
Edmonton, AB, Canada
My battery in my Acura MDX 2007 continually dies at the most inconvenient times!! This battery is under one year old and has tested "good" one more than one occasion since this problem started. I heard that the issue has something to do with the hands-free device module draining power from the battery, but yet my really reputable mechanic tested the area of the vehicle where this hands-free device module is located, and he found that there was NO significant difference in the drain on the battery from this area of the car.
The vehicle did fail the alternator test, so we had a new alternator put in the MDX 4 days ago. It had started up just fine the last few days until this morning when we tried starting it and it wouldn't start--dead battery! So I hooked-up a battery charger box to it and it started, but I'm tired of having to do this to get it to start! I'm calling the Acura Company tomorrow about having this issue resolved once and for all--it's now beyond annoying because it keeps happening, even after having a new alternator put in.
River Heights, US