Odd, But Benign From Under the Hood - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Odd, But Benign From Under the Hood

March 28, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

Last week, Mike Monticello came back from a trip to the mountains with an odd observation about our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. He said it was making some odd noises that he couldn't explain. They were faint, and fairly random, so trying to listen to them proved fruitless. He was hoping someone else would hear them to back up his claims.

Sure enough, I drove the MDX over the weekend and heard the same noise, or at least I think I did. Mike was right, the noise occurs randomly. It sounds much like a typical ABS system engaging for a second, but it's not accompanied by any kind of change to the feel of the vehicle. No tugging on the steering wheel, no jerkiness to the brake pedal. Nothing.

And that's what makes this one so tough to address. I've got a feeling if we take it to the dealer that it's going to come back with a "cannot replicate the issue" note on it. On top of that, since it doesn't seem to actually affect the drivability of the vehicle, it's more of an oddity than a problem that has to be taken care of right away. We'll get it fixed, but it might take some time.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 9,107 miles

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