1996 RL Stuck Valve Problem

Asked by Apr 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM about the 1996 Acura RL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Engine  runs very rough like a plug miss-firing.  Dealer said it was a stuck cylinder
valve.  Ran compression test, hear pop, ran ok for a week.  Now same problem.  
Has low power, running like only 4 plugs firing.  Paid the dealer $350 for nothing.  
Car only has 60K miles, like new.  Is it really a valve.  Had similar symptoms 5 years
ago, and they replaced one spark plug.  That fixed it.  Any thoughts????

4 Answers

175

It sounds like if the plug replacement fixed it the last time it may be worth exploring that same process. If the last repair was completed by the same dealer then I would mention that to them, if not then it may be worth either going back to the other repair shop or perhaps looking at a recommended shop in your area for a second opinion. Could it be the same plug, and if so maybe there is something wrong with that particular plug site. Whatever it is, it is worth getting several opinions and finding a really good master mechanic preferrably a Honda specialist.

1 people found this helpful.
35

um dumb q but did you check for a vacuum leak? Got any codes?

Yep. The dealer checked the vacuum lines. Checked OK. Thanks for your input. Since the car is like new I really don't want to get rid of it, but since the Blue Book price is only about $5K, I also don't want to dump a lot of money in at this point. I'm the original owner of the car. My son shot the codes on his computer and it indicates compression. Same as the dealer's codes. So, I may take it to a Honda dealer instead of back to the only Acura dealer in the area. The problem seems to be the No. 1 cylinder. Tried additives in gas and oil to see if something breaks loose, but no luck so far.

could be as simple as carbon build up on a valve,or in spark plug,could also be a bad wire ,coil.

Your Answer:

RL

Looking for a Used RL in your area?

CarGurus has 458 nationwide RL listings starting at $2,550.

ZIP:

Acura RL Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    530
  • #2
    traveler316
    Reputation
    160
  • #3
    Ticked_Off_Ted
    Reputation
    140
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Acura TL
74 Great Deals out of 3,421 listings starting at $799
Used Honda Accord
686 Great Deals out of 101,992 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Camry
859 Great Deals out of 70,688 listings starting at $1,000
Used Nissan Maxima
247 Great Deals out of 16,913 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda Civic
491 Great Deals out of 44,267 listings starting at $1,150
Used BMW 5 Series
386 Great Deals out of 16,720 listings starting at $1,653
Used BMW 3 Series
1,012 Great Deals out of 30,053 listings starting at $900

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Acura RL For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 17 listings starting at $13,999
2010 Acura RL For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 27 listings starting at $9,450
2009 Acura RL For Sale
26 listings starting at $7,500
2008 Acura RL For Sale
43 listings starting at $4,495

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.