really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,398 miles

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problem #15

Sep 082019


  • 154,000 miles
While driving I noticed my car completely lost all of its power steering in one shot without warning. This leads to very stiff driving experience and when I brought it too the mechanic he said it would be a substantial amount of money to fix, because of this I googled and noticed many other Acura Tsx's have this issue. I applied power steering fluid in hope of that helping out but it just leaked out.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #14

Aug 152015


  • 104,000 miles
While driving the car on the highway, it became increasingly hard to steer. By the time I got home the steering wheel couldn't be turned. Had it taken to the dealer where it was noted that the power steering was completely inoperable, the rack and pinion was leaking and the power steering pump was leaking. Dealer said that my VIN hadn't been affected by the previous power steering hose recall. It cost $1500 for the repair and it seems a little fishy to me that so many Tsx drivers are reporting the same issue.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 022019


  • 0 miles
Day 1-2 of this issue: Squeaky sound with steering, short drives of a few mins each- (with my child in the car). Parked car in garage. Day 3: could not get vehicle out of the garage as the steering was extremely hard, harder to left than right. No fluid found on garage floor. Had vehicle towed to dealership to diagnose. I was told it was the power steering rack but was not told exactly how it was failing but he did mention he sees this 'a lot'. car was purchased and driven in Maryland/DC/N. va (unsure if car was properly treated against the substance to melt ice). I'm glad this did not happen while driving with my child but if indeed a faulty mechanism, why isn't Acura recalling?

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 302019


  • 120,000 miles
I noticed that the vehicle began making a grinding noise, at approximately 120 000 miles as read by the odometer, when making turns and slips. The driver side pinion boot is leaking and a grinding noise can be heard from the the rack and pinion when turning the wheel with the car on jack stands.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #11

Apr 082016


  • 60,000 miles
Power steering started to fail all of a sudden. Was not able to steer at all. The dealer told me it was caused by the rack and pinion going out which also affected the power steering pump to fail. This should not happen when the car itself was driven only 60K plus miles and the car was always well taken care of through the dealership. I paid 3,000 dollars to get this fixed! there are multiple cases regarding rack and pinion power steering issues from the Acura Tsx. There should be a recall from Acura a long time ago. This issue must be resolved asap.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #10

May 312017


  • 90,000 miles
Had the power steering hose recall done in 2014 (recall number SB10-010). Now in 2017 came out to drive car and found all power steering fluid leaked and car had no power steering when trying to drive it. Car drove and power steering was perfectly fine the day before. Also just had a multi point inspection 4 months prior at Acura dealership which found no issues with power steering.

- Port Chester, NY, USA

problem #9

Apr 062016


  • miles
My Tsx has 58,469 miles and has always been serviced at an Acura dealership. About 6 months ago during a routine service the service advisor pointed out that the rack and pinion was leaking. The advisor said that the leak came from the seals and that this was a common issue on the Tsx's. given that the veh has such low mileage and having been serviced at the dealer this issue should not occur. Rack and pinions are designed to last much longer. Doing a quick research online I came across multiple stories from Tsx owners experiencing the same issue and some resulting in accidents occurring. I have all the service records and would be happy to share them or any additional details you may need.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 162015


  • 64,000 miles
Was traveling on the highway at around 65 mph when the car steering felt a bit rough, upon arrival at my job's parking lot I lost complete power steering. Upon a quick inspection later that day I noticed the rack and pinion was leaking, I tried to add more fluid just to make it home but the leak was so quick that I lost complete power steering when trying to exit my parking space after just having top'd off the fluid. The safety concern is due to the loss of power steering aid when the car is in motion at low speeds as this will make turning difficult due to the low speed, this may be sudden as experienced from the quick ps fluid loss. Many other people have reported the same issue and Acura's service bulletin 10-025 addresses a power steering rack squeak due a deformed seal in the steering rack. However the bigger concern is due to the lost of vehicle control from loss of fluid. Furthermore, merely letting the car idle when there has suffered a noticeable power steering fluid loss may cause damage to the steering pump as the lack of such fluid starves the pump of lubing medium. The quote to repair such damage is estimated at around 2200+ 1000+ for steering rack and 1000+ for labor.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 172014

TSX 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The power steering pump started making a faint whine while driving. Pulled off at an auto parts shop 1 mile down the road to refill the fluid. While sitting there idling the fluid leak all out the steering rack and required towed to have rack replaced. Acura knows this is an issue and only offered a discount on the part but $1000 labor was to come out of my pocket. I would have lost steering ability. This would not be the same as just losing the pump's help.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #6

Sep 162014


  • 97,970 miles
Power steering failed. Very unsafe to drive without assisted steering for young driver to manage car. Acura Tsx 04-08 have known steering issues. There are many documented cases of failed rack and pinion but yet no recall to date.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 302013


  • 87,000 miles
While driving home the power steering failed. After having the car towed to the only Acura dealer in town, the trouble was diagnosed as a rack and pinion failure. When we suggested that was an atypical problem for a vehicle with only 87, 000 miles the dealer agreed it was not typical. Two days later we learned that the same dealer had just done the same repair on the same model with less than 50, 000 miles. After doing some searching online we discovered that the Acura Tsx rack and pinion system has failed in a number of the vehicles with at least one accident caused by it. Since steering loss can create a significant accident risk, I think these vehicles should be investigated.

- Oro Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 212013

TSX 4-cyl

  • 83,493 miles
Mandatory recall on my Acura Tsx for the ps hose. Acura replaces hose, and 3 months later power rack fails. I never had an issue with the car until after the recall. I took it back to Acura and the service manager said it is possible that it could be related but he couldn't say for sure. After googling online I found more and more owners saying the same thing...3 months after the recall, ps rack fails. Acura dealer on katy freeway in houston Texas sends me home in an unfit/unsafe vehicle to drive.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

May 012012


  • 41,500 miles
Brakes have worn considerably over the last 10,000 miles. I purchased the vehicle 'certified pre-owned' in may, 2011. Now, only a year and 10K miles later...the car has begun to shake violently, affecting driver's ability to steer during heavy braking. The onset was incredibly fast...from barely noticeable to violently shaking the car in about 300 city miles at most. Looks like the pads will need to be replaced and the rotors smoothed, maybe replaced. Based on the estimates I have found, this repair will cost approximately $175 + labor if the rotors do need to be replaced. The unfortunate part about all of this...I didn't even have time to get my pads changed before they began to wear on my rotor. The stock Honda brakes appear to have worn out in the rear first, then the front. From what I can tell, the front brakes had to pick up the slack from the notoriously inadequate rear brakes, causing the fronts to wear considerably faster.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 192011


  • 69,000 miles
The contact previously owned a 2008 Acura Tsx. The contact attempted to turn the steering wheel; however, the steering wheel did not respond when it was turned. As a result, the contact crashed into a pole. The contact sustained a fractured left toe, fractured wrist in two places, and bruising to the entire body. The dealer nor manufacturer were notified nor was the failure diagnosed. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 282009


  • 30,000 miles
Vehicle suspension bushing in front lower control arm and front sway bar wear quickly and create metal to metal contact. Noise can be heard going over bumps and un even surfaces. The part was replaces by the dealer under warranty repair and it re appeared after 300 miles of operation. This failure causes the vehicle to say on to one side slightly.

- Endicott, NY, USA