My Acura RL Won't Start

by Melanie Fleury

The Acura RL is a luxury sedan. If your Acura RL won't start, it could be due to several problems. There are a few troubleshooting steps you can take that might provide the answer.

Check the battery. Turn the key in the ignition to the "ON" position. If the interior lights do not come on, your battery needs recharging or replacing.

Turn the key in the ignition and attempt to crank the car. If the car makes a clicking sound and still does not start, the starter might be faulty. If the starter turns over but the engine does not catch, there might be a problem with the ignition switch or the fuel pump. On 2005 RLs, there have been reports of a defective electric coil that causes the fuel pump to suddenly quit.

Check the fluids of the Acura RL. If fluids are empty or leaking, it can cause the RL to shut down the engine. There are known power steering problems in 2005 to 2008 models. Long drives or high temperatures in the RL can cause the hose to the power steering to crack. The fluid then leaks out, which can cause a loss of power steering and cause the engine to shut down. Checking the power steering fluid can alert you to a possible leak.

Remove the spark plugs from the engine. Pull off the spark plug wire and touch the wire to a metal surface. If there is no spark, then the spark plug won't ignite the engine and needs to be replaced.

About the Author

Melanie Fleury has been writing professionally since 1995. She has written for various educational websites such as and is the educational consultant at the Knowledge Tree Center for Education. She enjoys creating curriculum for children with various learning styles. Fleury holds a master's degree in education specializing in early childhood from Ashwood University.