tooth hands free link in Acura tl 2005 not working. Dealer asking alot to fix anyone else having this problem? Any solutions? Thanks.

Asked by Mar 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM about the 2005 Acura TL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi,
Please read Topic. Dealer is asking over $660.00 to fix Hands free link, with just a half hour of labor!
This price seems overinflated. I have seen numerous post on edmunds.com within the last 2 weeks regarding the same problem. Seems odd to have the same problem to be happening for a number of people at the same time. Coincidence!?

~Has any one else had this problem?
~ Any Solutions or suggestions?
Thank You for your responses...Have a great day!

16 Answers

90

Just had the same problem on my 2008 TL type S. Just went out right after the 50,000 mile warranty ran out. How convenient for Acura. Makes me thing they made it go bad electronically right after the 50,000 mile mark. $600 to fix it spot on.

9 of 9 people found this helpful.
140

Bought a 2005 tl recently. Same issue. The lady's voice prompts for command but my commands do not register. Looking for a fix.

14 of 14 people found this helpful.
75

update the nav disc, worked for me.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.
110

yes. my 2005 tl hands free stopped working after 100,000km. hmmm? it wont pair anymore. i get to the last step of pairing process then it kicks me out. i have tried 3 different phones and same thing. i talked to Hands free 1800 number and they could not help me. in canada it is $800 to change out the system for an hour worth of labor. seems like planned obsolesence to me. has anybody changed the system themselves?

11 of 11 people found this helpful.
50

Something is going on guys! My HFL system went out right after the warranty expired as well... it happened as I renewed my XML radio subscription, however. Now sure it the two are related... but I think the fact that my warranty had recently expired is no coincidence at all! If anyone finds a junkyard with extra parts or a dealer out there that is not looking to gouge customers please let me know. What a crock!

5 of 5 people found this helpful.
55

my entire radio is defective keeps spitting discs out wont play dvd audio or mp3/wav or storeb bought redbook authoring. my hfl also works funky. still under warranty however acura cant locate a replacement.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
55

car radio replaced by dealership does anyone get the discs to read correctly with title and artist only T.I. new album will display track listings

100

I'm having the same issue. My Handsfree went out after my warranty was up as well. The dealer wouldn't even look at it without charging a $150 diagnostic fee. So, 've been searching to find a system to replace it with. Has anyone had any luck? Has anyone tried Honda?

6 of 6 people found this helpful.
4,815

stereo issue has been a common problem on tls, they should have called a recall on that by now. http://www.acuratls.com/

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
60

I have a 2006 tl with Nav. The HFL unit starting acting up about 2 months ago....now it is dead. Pulled the fuse to try to reboot it, even disconnected the battery, but it is dead. Acura wanted $110 for electronic dialnostics, parts wanted $700 for the part, I if I can find a replacement of the electroncs I figured out how to remove the unit from the overhead courtesy lights area....real simple. So, for now I purchased a $35 bluetooth unit that sits on the visor. If someone knows what to do to fix the electroncs on the HFL board (e.g., rempove a capacity, etc), I would be will to try that. Also, if anyone knows where I can get a used replacement part, I would appreciate that also.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.
90

On another site I saw a "fix" for the HFL that I tried. Poster said it work on his, but it did not on mine. In any case it's easy: remove the dome light assembly. Start by gently prying out the sunroof button. It should come out fairly easily and let you pull the whole assembly out with your finger. Disconnect the wiring leads. Then you'll need the right sized star-drive to get the four screws off the HFL cover. Cover, off you'll see two circuit boards. sometime the smaller card comes loose from the main one. Re-seat it and tape i down with some electrical tape. Replace the cover and assembly and see what happens. It took me less than 15 minutes and $0 so it's worth a shot before being extorted by your dealer.

9 of 9 people found this helpful.
30

I am having the same problem with my Acura TL 2005. Just a few days ago I couldn't pair up my phone to the car. Today the Acura dealership said that the problem is with the HFL device and I need a new part. $150 for the diagnostic service and another $465 for the part and installation. Seems as if this is a recurrent problem in these cars. Also the dealer said that the TL's and TSX's will be discontinued in the spring of 2014. There is a new care that kind of combines these two that will be available next spring as the 2015 model. ?

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
20

My 2006 TSX HF Link just started acting up about 2 months ago, too. Now when I turn on the ignition I get the message, "Starting the pairing process from the phone is not allowed. Returning to the main menu." It's very annoying-- but it doesn't seem to affect the pairing..

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
215

before you buy a used car it is better to get a warranty that covers,,,all electric parts for 5 years...I a warranty agent...My name is BEN ORTEGA...what we can do is who ever is buying used from dealer ship call me..and we will help you and assist you 520-414-8741

110

My HFL has always worked, however, I started having issues with starting the car. I'd go to start the car and nothing, no sound. Try again and it would finally start. Finally about two weeks later the car wouldn't start at all. Replaced battery and I was back to normal. A few days later I noticed the odd behavior again. This time I do research and find the HFL device is often to blame. I removed it about 5 days ago and the odd starting behavior is gone. Now I need to take the device to someone (preferably not a dealer) to see if I have a bad capacitor that was causing the short (battery drain). Capacitors cost about $1 or $2. Getting someone to install the new capacitor is the difficult part. Alternative is buying a new unit for about $200 and installing yourself. Still a better deal than the +$500 dealer charge.

11 of 11 people found this helpful.

Class action lawsuit against Honda/Acura for this known problem for years but they kept used the same module knowing it was going to fail. Everyone should sign up. Just Google.

Your Answer

TL

Looking for a Used TL in your area?

CarGurus has 4,321 nationwide TL listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Acura TL Experts

  • #1
    miraclemike
    Reputation
    1,110
  • #2
    darkoM
    Reputation
    810
  • #3
    cherryscar
    Reputation
    720
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
1,104 Great Deals out of 65,894 listings starting at $561
Used Acura TSX
91 Great Deals out of 2,443 listings starting at $2,297
Used Honda Civic
736 Great Deals out of 65,158 listings starting at $1,350
Used Nissan Maxima
322 Great Deals out of 22,474 listings starting at $1,200
Used Acura MDX
455 Great Deals out of 16,658 listings starting at $2,000
Used BMW 3 Series
1,091 Great Deals out of 33,851 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
964 Great Deals out of 91,141 listings starting at $300
Used Acura RL
17 Great Deals out of 602 listings starting at $1,499
Used INFINITI G35
66 Great Deals out of 2,882 listings starting at $1,350
Used Honda Accord Coupe
159 Great Deals out of 7,514 listings starting at $1,991
Used Dodge Charger
358 Great Deals out of 30,302 listings starting at $2,000
Used Lexus IS 250
261 Great Deals out of 4,987 listings starting at $3,995
Used Nissan Altima
1,097 Great Deals out of 79,292 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2014 Acura TL For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 227 listings starting at $13,980
2013 Acura TL For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 234 listings starting at $10,900
2012 Acura TL For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 549 listings starting at $6,999
2011 Acura TL For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 112 listings starting at $8,490
2010 Acura TL For Sale
5 Great Deals out of 353 listings starting at $6,675

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.