A very simple maintenance item you can do on your 2nd generation Acura CL (including Type-S models) is to replace the engine air filter. This applies to model years 2000-2003. Acura also calls the engine air filter the air cleaner element and recommends replacing it every 30,000 miles or 24 months, whichever comes first. Changing the engine air filter is incredibly easy on this car and takes 5 minutes to do.
The 2nd generation Acura CL utilizes a remote key fob to gain entry into the vehicle. There are times when you may have lost a remote key fob, or need to program an extra one. However, if you do this through the dealership, you may end up paying $100 or more for the remote and for them to program it for you. But, it is possible for you to program your own remote key fob.
When I purchased my Acura CL-S from the original owner a couple years back, I continued to use the OEM battery that was installed. Since I didn’t get to drive the car much, the battery had gone dead several times already and after jumping it and recharging it so many times, I felt it was probably about time to replace the battery. Plus, it would be nice to get a battery that had some more cold-cranking amps (CCA’s) to help with cold starts.
I’ve had enough of the existing PGM-FI relay issues and decided to finally just replace the relay. To my relief, these things are not expensive if you purchase them aftermarket. And to my surprise, the replacement part works like a charm.
As I continue to slowly do work on my 2003 Acura CL-S to get it back in proper shape, I had to address one of the issues that I experience every time I take the car out for a drive to keep the battery from dying. And that’s a simple one: the windshield wiper blades. The original wiper blades that came with the car have fallen apart and the rubber portion was barely hanging on by a thread. Every time I turned on the wiper blades, I’d hear screeching as the metal parts of the wiper arm scratched against the windshield. Although this is an easy fix, it’s a very effective one and is a good reminder to regularly change out the wiper blades on your car.
The oil change on an Acura CL Type-S is straight forward. The car has a low clearance already, so a pair of car ramps and/or jack and jackstands will be needed to gain access from underneath. Besides that, the oil and oil filter replacement is pretty standard procedure. My 2nd Generation Acura CL Type-S (2001-2003 model years) takes 4.6 quarts of motor oil, specifying either a 5W-20 or a 5W-30 weight oil depending on the year of your car. Either weight motor oil will suffice with the 5W-20 improving cold engine starting and slightly better fuel economy. Whether you have a 2001 through 2003 model year, an Acura CL or an Acura CL Type-S (2nd gen), or an automatic or a manual, there is an oil capacity of 4.6 quarts.
The Maintenance Required Indicator comes on when it is time for your regularly scheduled maintenance. Whenever this light is reset, it will come on for two seconds when you turn the key to ignition for the first 6,000 miles. Between 6,000 and 7,500 miles, the light will turn on for two seconds and then flash for ten seconds when you turn the key to ignition. And then after 7,500 miles without having the scheduled maintenance performed, the indicator will remain on as a constant reminder.
During the COVID Pandemic, my Acura CL-S has been sitting a lot more than usual without the opportunity for me to take it out for a long commute to work to get the battery properly re-charged. There was a long stretch of time where the car sat a little too long and the battery depleted completely. After I fully charged my battery with a battery tender, I tried starting up the car again and it would not start. It would crank, but it just wouldn’t turn over. After doing a quick search online, I found a common issue with many Acuras, Hondas, and other makes that use a relay called the PGM-FI relay.
I finally got my Acura CL Type-S moved (pushed) into my driveway. Now that I’m able to work on the CL in the comfort of my own driveway, I started getting to work. The hood struts unfortunately are no longer working, so the hood keeps falling down on my head. Annoyingly, every time I need to work under the hood, I have to prop it up with various 2×4’s that I have laying around the house. I figure that one of the first things I need to take care of are the hood struts (shocks) as it will make working on anything else under the hood much easier.