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I Won't Fix This Acura RDX, I Won’t Fix This Toyota 4Runner, DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. Car repair fails. Acura RDX review. Acura RDX electrical problems. Buying a Acura RDX. Is the RDX worth it? Buying a used Acura RDX. Should I buy a Acura RDX? Are Acuras reliable? The truth about the Acura RDX. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 52 years.

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  1. Scotty Kilmer

    Scotty Kilmer

    Year ago

    👉Be the First to Get Notified When My New App Launches ▶ This Makes Me Want to Quit Being a Mechanic: ⬇️Scotty’s Top DIY Tools: 1. Bluetooth Scan Tool: 2. Mid-Grade Scan Tool: 3. My Fancy (Originally $5,000) Professional Scan Tool: 4. Cheap Scan Tool: 5. Basic Mechanic Tool Set: 6. Professional Socket Set: 7. Ratcheting Wrench Set: 8. No Charging Required Car Jump Starter: 9. Battery Pack Car Jump Starter: ⬇️ Things used in this video: 1. Common Sense 2. 4k Camera: 3. Camera Microphone: 4. Camera Tripod: 5. My computer for editing / uploading: 🛠Check out the tools I use and highly recommend ► 🔥Scotty Shirts and Merch ► Subscribe and hit the notification bell! ► Scotty on Social: Facebook ► Instagram ► Twitter ►

    • Luis Tavares

      Luis Tavares

      5 days ago


    • Aloha 449

      Aloha 449

      Month ago

      @Mehmet Bektas He is a Roy Orbison fan.

    • Mehmet Bektas

      Mehmet Bektas

      3 months ago

      Thank you @Scotty, God bless you I hope you don’t mind my curiosity, why do you You Wear sunglasses inside?

    • The Wraith

      The Wraith

      4 months ago

      @poor man Scotty must have had a few drinks, didn’t realize it was on AC. Lol..must be nice being a little high in the sky. Hey beam me up Scotty.

    • DC Roblox

      DC Roblox

      5 months ago

      Yes indeed

  2. Elmase Jerome

    Elmase Jerome

    Day ago

    What year is the Acura with the computer problem

  3. Arthur Christian Beausejour

    Arthur Christian Beausejour

    Day ago

    Hello ! I don’t know if you have an idea about that but I recently constat only the front wheel drive in my MDX 2006! What is the cause?

  4. A S

    A S

    2 days ago

    I had the go with a higher cold starting battery than factory in my Honda. That solved a similar problem.

  5. RyBear


    11 days ago

    Fuckin rocket psychologist……

  6. Nick Ni

    Nick Ni

    12 days ago

    As an Acura driver for 18 years, I have had 3 Acura: 1 integra and 2 RDA. For 18 years, I never had a single issue with the 3 cars. Absolutely nothing, not even a light or fuse problem. My first one was Integra (5 years old). I paid $4000 and drove from 1991 to 1995 and sold for $3500. My second one was RDA SUV bought it for $28,000(only 2800 miles) and drove it to 100,000 miles and sold it for $9000; then I bought a new one 4 years ago. While my wife has had BMW, Toyota, and Benz. We also never had any problems with Toyota. BMW and Benz are clearly lower quality in terms of reliability.

  7. Stephen krause

    Stephen krause

    14 days ago

    They do NOT have electrical issues....some models Bluetooth modules went bad causing a drain...thats it...unplug it. Problem solved

  8. firefeem


    16 days ago

    Anything from have a computer go bad you should have named this video watch this before you buy the Chevy Cobalt.

  9. Joseph Dodge

    Joseph Dodge

    18 days ago

    My wife is going to get a new car, she wants a small SUV what should she get ?

  10. GeePeeZee


    20 days ago

    Purpose for measuring AC in a DC system - especially in a vehicle turned off?

  11. psychedelic shamanism

    psychedelic shamanism

    23 days ago

    That whole connector doesnt look right. Change whatever is connected to the battery.

  12. Mikhail Vershinin

    Mikhail Vershinin

    23 days ago

    So what do we do Scotty buy a 93 celica?? You can just install a switch for the guy sheesh bro.

  13. Suren Xavier

    Suren Xavier

    26 days ago

    Lincoln should get either a 2008-2013 Acura MDX, or 2007-2008 Acura TL Type S!!! Both have over 300 HP, has a 3D BOSE audio system, and are super reliable and luxurious, with Japanese cowhide. Also both have 5 star crash ratings, and SH-AWD with a computerized suspension system!! Both can also be had for $7,000-$12,000!! Depending on the milage. I love my 2004 MDX Technology. 184,000 miles, and drives like it is brand new! It drives like my dad's 2011 Range Rover Supercharged! And the sound system is phenomenal with Bose Surround sound!! Plus it has a 5 star crash rating, weighs 6300 pounds! Gets 28-30MPG on the tollway, and has VTEC, and 284 HP! I named him Maximus. I had bought Maximus when I was 15 myself. I had mowed over a hundred lawns, trimmed countless trees, and worked my butt off! It was well worth it to own such a phenomenal vehicle! Now I had just turned 21, and Maximus is doing fantastically, and still drives like new! Even at 191,000 miles! That's my Acura story.

  14. D D

    D D

    Month ago

    I experience this with my Tundra, which I would rarely drive and the battery would be too low to start the truck after sitting. I assumed it was the after market alarm. I installed a solar trickle charger and never had an issue again.

  15. lxr


    Month ago

    Bluetooth module needs to be disconnected

  16. Larry Bryans

    Larry Bryans

    Month ago

    This sounds like a anomaly and not a pattern with ALL Acura RDXs! Do you agree?

  17. Linnyx


    Month ago

    I have a 2007 Acura MDX. The car was 10 years old and had 171,172 miles on it when I bought it. One of the first repairs (of many) I did was to replace the alternator. I kept seeing a "check battery" light flickering on and off. My mechanic confirmed the alternator was bad. I then would notice a humming sound. After checking online, I saw the bluetooth system would be draining the batteries of Acuras from this model year and left unchecked would ruin the alternator. I pulled the bluetooth system out, and have never again seen the '"check battery" light come on. I suspect this RDX has the same issue. All you need to do is to pull out the bluetooth system; problem solved. Unless the alternator needs to be replaced as a result of the drain.

  18. Tony Mao

    Tony Mao

    2 months ago

    I have a 2018 Honda odyssey having the same problem. I bought it new. After less than a year, the car started having the problem. I brought it back to dealer 6-7 times over less than 4 year ownership, they couldn't find the problem and just blame the battery. It is on the 3rd battery now. A month ago, the car wouldn't start again in morning. I was so furious that I threat to sue the dealer. I guess it worked. My car has been sitting there for three weeks now. They are still troubleshooing, driver side door handle was replaced, yesterday they called me and told me car's computer need to be replaced. My god, I starts to wondering if the car can ever be fixed. I am so disappointed, I don't think I want another Honda or Acura car!

  19. Gnicks


    2 months ago

    I want to purchase an Acura so bad but reviews like this makes me start backing away :(

  20. Christopher Woodard

    Christopher Woodard

    2 months ago

    It's the Bluetooth module in the center column....

  21. bx01101001


    2 months ago

    We had that problem with our mdx 2008. It was a bad Bluetooth module. $400 for the part.

  22. zeezeebo


    2 months ago

    I’m in the market for 2019-2020 but I’m discouraged

  23. John Carnegie

    John Carnegie

    2 months ago

    Do you recommend this car brand new? Don't care about depreciation. It's a lifetime car. Would you recommend this, or the Mercedes g wagen? I wanted new but the g wagen is super cheap with 10k miles on it Maybach

  24. Jorge Santos

    Jorge Santos

    2 months ago

    Hands free system is the problem just unplug it and it will be fixed!!!

  25. The Sacrosanct

    The Sacrosanct

    2 months ago

    The rdx is poor man's rebuilt mdx. I got an 03 with very few problems very easy to fix and so worth it

  26. Alex Strachan

    Alex Strachan

    2 months ago

    Disconnecting the battery is not a solution. In California, when you go to get smog certification this car will not pass because there is no history in the computer. Then you cannot register it.

  27. Hezekiah fisher

    Hezekiah fisher

    2 months ago

    How do I reach you Scotty to fix my car

  28. blindsqurill


    2 months ago

    I’ll take electrical problems over mechanical problems any day of the week .

  29. A. C. E.

    A. C. E.

    3 months ago

    If you have CAB bus, you can't start pulling fuses and when taking a reading, you should also manually latch the hood lock mechanism and lock the vehicle. I've had my Acura parked for 2 months without being on a battery maintainer when on winter vacation. No issues starting.

  30. Arbiter 1

    Arbiter 1

    3 months ago

    i had open circuit faults and its always worth it to follow the wiring harness around carefully with your best eye lol. dang rats chewed through my wiring harness and wires! apparently they make some wiring with soy based proteins and the rats love it. i started feeding the stray cat that passed through my yard everyday and spliced in new wires. i never thought fixing my cars electrical would involve friskies and meow-mix.

  31. Matt Crockett

    Matt Crockett

    3 months ago

    Unplug the HFL...then check your voltage. It worked on mine

  32. mo farah

    mo farah

    3 months ago


  33. Laurie Ann Rodriguez

    Laurie Ann Rodriguez

    3 months ago


  34. Laurie Ann Rodriguez

    Laurie Ann Rodriguez

    3 months ago

    Thank you Scotty!

  35. Gerry McIntosh

    Gerry McIntosh

    3 months ago

    Hey! If Scotty can’t fix it, it ain’t broke. 😎

  36. Anthony


    3 months ago

    What about a 2014 mdx are they good ?

  37. Mitchell Mercadante

    Mitchell Mercadante

    3 months ago

    Is Scotty certified Honda and Acura master technician. That is actually very common on the RDX is the HFL unit. Hands-free link system disconnect that module which is right above the dome lights and sunglass holder. And I guarantee you that parasitic draw would go away. When we have customers come in with cars like this the part alone is $1300 just to replace.

  38. H A

    H A

    3 months ago

    I have a 2011 RDX Turbo, and I am having all sorts of electrical issues and errors popping up and then disappearing. I changed my battery two years ago and now my battery has drained, might need a new one. Car is driving me crazy

  39. Polat Alemdar

    Polat Alemdar

    3 months ago

    Rdx is good car just buy the 3.5 V6 engine. Not the turbo one.

  40. Daniel McClorey

    Daniel McClorey

    4 months ago

    What about the 2012 Acura TSX, any problems with that?

  41. fahren299


    4 months ago

    I had this problem in a Honda Element. Turned out a switch in the AC unit was stuck in the ON position.

  42. Roy Arroyo

    Roy Arroyo

    4 months ago

    I have an 2015 rdx and it hasn’t gone bad on me I’m also the owner of an 2017 ilx no problems either

  43. John Boccuzzi

    John Boccuzzi

    4 months ago

    I Sing The Body Electric

  44. Akash Tanwar

    Akash Tanwar

    4 months ago

    Had an old ML 350. That haunted car. Magically, the heater blower would come on by itself when ignition turned off.

  45. john norman

    john norman

    4 months ago

    Bluetooth module

  46. TechSavy


    4 months ago

    He’s no licensed mechanic

  47. Luis Fernandez

    Luis Fernandez

    4 months ago

    We have a 2007 RDX with 200k miles, the car started having the same problem, battery would drain after not driving the car for a few days. After several mechanic visits, we removed the hand free link module and the battery didn't drain anymore. Problem solved.

  48. SpineDoc101


    4 months ago

    Hey you're right in CT ,would you look at my MDX I'm in Springfield?I have a running rich problem,but ONLY AFTER REPLACING THE MAP AND COOLANT SENSORS,it first it was misfires so I did tune up,cleared,after the sensors now It's rich..

    • MIKE Mayers

      MIKE Mayers

      4 months ago

      He lives in TN

  49. SpineDoc101


    4 months ago

    Will cars ECM tell on its self if it's buggy?lol

  50. john balantes

    john balantes

    4 months ago

    My 2018 tlx has a lane keep assist and active cruise control problem dealer wants 1800 bucks for the camera behind my rear view I think it just needs to be cleaned still works fine every once a while

  51. Joe Foe from Buffalo

    Joe Foe from Buffalo

    4 months ago

    Fyi it's the bluetooth module. Had the same problem and several Acura's unplugged it problem goes away 🖖

  52. Simple Concerned Citizen Journalist

    Simple Concerned Citizen Journalist

    4 months ago

    Bluetooth Module, Handsfree or Navigation modules. Those Bluetooth modules go bad.. If its warm its bad. Sets no codes. Mine was draining my TSX battery.



    5 months ago

    What year is this

  54. Michael Bezoski

    Michael Bezoski

    5 months ago

    Being the old electrical fart that I am (1953 BD like someone else I know). Clamp on meter is indicating AC? All types of wiring can act like antennas with digital meters indicating small current flow or voltage. This is where I'd pull out the "analog" meter & put in series with battery (watch polarity of meter terminals in relation to battery terminals (series hook up)). Set meter to low setting & see if needle moves on the analog meter. Must have current flow, not induction, to move needle on analog meters. Retired electrician in old chemical plant. Have been bitten a few times by digital meters giving me false readings due to induction. Wires packed together in conduit (wiring harnesses too) even with power totally removed from process & grounded can indicate a "digital" reading. Great video Scotty thank you. I watch you every time I go on the prowl for vehicles. Loose cable, bad news. That will trash electrical equipment. Be safe, keep up the good work!

  55. Ankit Bhakta

    Ankit Bhakta

    5 months ago

    Before even watching this video im gonna guess that it's the homelink. My 2006 Acura TL had the issue of the homelink draining the battery and not a single mechanic could figure it out. They even had me replace my alternator because they said that might be the problem. I looked it up on an acura forum and they suggested that this was a common problem.

  56. Dont Knowler

    Dont Knowler

    5 months ago

    The green knob is the battery disconnector. You do not have to remove the terminal - just turn the green knob one way or the other, on-off mode.

    • Rich Dars

      Rich Dars

      3 months ago

      Lol yeah I'm shocked he didn't know that with all his years experience

  57. J St

    J St

    5 months ago

    It’s the blue tooth module that’s draining the battery. Plenty of vids on ACURA

  58. Matthew Smith

    Matthew Smith

    5 months ago

    Hi Scotty - same thing happened to my wife’s MDX. It’s the Hands Free Module. Simply unplug it It’s located at the back of the middle drivers console. Go in the back seat and pull off the back of the console and unplug it. No more drainage. To replace it it’s between $700- $1000. This should be a recall. Have a good day.

  59. modusop8


    5 months ago

    Scotty ive got a 99 RL that does the same damn thing ! i took the cheap fix just disconnect the terminal until I wanna drive it. The vehicle has 198,000 on it but it still runs like a bat outta hell and the body is solid not even as much as a dent. i dont know how much longer I will keep it but when I trade it in Its gonna be for a 2015 Acura TL . My question for you is what is better rear wheel or AWD

  60. go vo

    go vo

    5 months ago

    The Bluetooth module trying to connect

  61. Todd Bowen

    Todd Bowen

    5 months ago

    I've come across this on the Honda pilots a few times and Cadillac the problem is almost always in the radio.

  62. Donald Blomberg

    Donald Blomberg

    5 months ago

    Subaru’s are known for dead batteries.. mine is 1 1/2 years old..18,000 miles and I kept getting a dead battery..kept jumper cables in my trunk...had to install a new battery... Same thing with my last Subaru.

  63. Rama


    5 months ago

    What about a Acura tlx do they have a lot of problems?

  64. newton raymond

    newton raymond

    6 months ago

    Checking AC amps on a DC circuit? What gives?

  65. northy Land

    northy Land

    6 months ago

    As a former acura mechanic, I can tell you right now this guy is testing the system wrong... First he missed a loose battery terminal until 1/2 way thought the video. Secondly computer keeps monitoring the emission system for a few hours, until computer goes into sleep mode. He should have waited for a few hours., after fixing loose battery terminal. And he should have checked the if the Bluetooth was the problem by unplugging it. This guy is making fixing it way harder then it has to be.

  66. R Mccully

    R Mccully

    6 months ago

    My 04 CRV did this... turned out it was something inside starter. Replaced starter ; voila! fixed.

  67. AutoFixEZ


    6 months ago

    I Have owned a gen 2 MDX for many trouble free years @ over 240k miles now. (it’s on my you tube channel btw). Will be upgrading when the new generation arrives but will still keep my gen 2. @AutoFixEZ

  68. masskilla469


    6 months ago




    6 months ago

    Its the handsfree+bluetooth is a paracite battery eater...i detached my bluetooth a month ago and its not draining anymore😊 just adding some input here Scotty thanks!

  70. justin weaver

    justin weaver

    6 months ago

    I would pull off module connectors one at time and watch....

  71. Allen Sarkozy

    Allen Sarkozy

    6 months ago

    I had a 2007 Acura MDX that also had a parasitic drain that wiped out the battery after 2 days of not driving it, that model and year had a bad A/C relay and/or the cell phone hands free Bluetooth module were the culprits. I replaced the A/C relay and no more problem. A year after I sold it, the new owner called me up with the same problem, I told him to replace the hands free Bluetooth module in the back of the center console, he did and no more problem. I hate electrical Gremlins.

  72. Stan Tate

    Stan Tate

    6 months ago

    You probably have a bad ground or fusible link. My son's 2007 Acura had that.

  73. Stan Tate

    Stan Tate

    6 months ago

    Only lease expensive cars.

  74. Casey Van

    Casey Van

    6 months ago

    Yeah just buy one of those battery powered jump starters, and get some jumper cables. Charge it once in a while. But what do you think of Acura?

  75. RedFox


    6 months ago

    Do you have any positive comment on any vehicle , you look like expert chop shop

  76. John Steele

    John Steele

    6 months ago

    Its the bt HFL

  77. Calm Serenity

    Calm Serenity

    6 months ago

    Dont give bad advice. Totally good car you need to learn electrics and computers on cars.

  78. Joe electronic schematics for auto

    Joe electronic schematics for auto

    6 months ago

    You can't pull out fuses in computerized electronic modules and cars you will awaken them you cannot do that it was good 20 years ago not for today's technology

  79. 404TRUCKER


    6 months ago

    I had a 2000 Nissan sentra with that issue. After chasing it down for months, I found that it was the keyless entry module. It's a little box with wires coming out it, right below the steering column. Disconnect it or replace it, stopped my slow and intermittent battery drain.

  80. will s

    will s

    7 months ago

    Scotty shouldn’t the meter be set to DC. The meter shows AC.

  81. Reid Alexander

    Reid Alexander

    7 months ago

    Great job more videos please

  82. Slavik


    7 months ago

    which year is the car?

  83. Gary Besaw

    Gary Besaw

    7 months ago

    Hey Scotty I'm looking at buying a 2018-2019 RDX or MDX. Are they worth it or am I wasting my time? Thank you!

    • Gnicks


      2 months ago

      I am wondering the same thing

  84. César Antonio

    César Antonio

    7 months ago

    More likely is the Bluetooth module the 2004 yes has the same problem

  85. Israel Tega

    Israel Tega

    7 months ago

    Many thanks, Scotty

  86. Livmatrix


    7 months ago

    So you couldn’t fix it?

  87. misterrain837


    7 months ago

    Let me guess, buy a Toyota, right. 🙄

    • misterrain837


      7 months ago

      Also this is a 13 year old vehicle. How does this equal “Acura bad”?

  88. Sooth Sayer

    Sooth Sayer

    7 months ago

    Hi Scotty can you please disconnect the wireless bluetooth module and check again.....On 10 year old ACURA MDXs the bluetooth wireless partially shorts and causes the battery to completely drain..(Johnson controls was the MFG for the module)..the solution was to disconnect it...could the 10 year old RDX have the same bluetooth module>?

  89. Jim Lussier

    Jim Lussier

    7 months ago

    All japanese car have electric problem... small cable, bad connectors..

  90. Dejuan Thompson

    Dejuan Thompson

    7 months ago

    I have a 05 Acura MDX and my radio won't come on at all can you help me

  91. Che Garcia

    Che Garcia

    7 months ago

    Get a Toyota

  92. Terri Hoyt

    Terri Hoyt

    7 months ago

    An absolute COW,... haha made me laugh

  93. Yi-Chung Chen

    Yi-Chung Chen

    8 months ago

    BT/mic module enabled by itself. Unplug the module should be fine.

  94. Darryl Jones

    Darryl Jones

    8 months ago

    Yes protect Scotty at all cost..💪🏾✊🏾👍🏾

  95. Heelix Ranier

    Heelix Ranier

    8 months ago

    I don't remember how old this car was, but I wonder if those spikes are caused by things like "connected" services (you know, ones like OnStar for Chevy) that still operate when the car is off. I know on many newer cars, they have "Connected" services that may still operate while the car is off.

  96. reg


    8 months ago

    scotty is it worth taking a maintenance package on a 2020 rdx whiich on a lease ?

  97. virgobeauty101


    8 months ago

    It might be the hands-free Bluetooth I have a 09 Acura TL and I had to get it disconnected because It kept draining my battery so I took it to the dealer and got that sucker disconnected car works perfectly fine now

  98. lex marr

    lex marr

    8 months ago

    I had the same problem with my 2009 mdx before knowing what was causing the drainage the 1st time I took it to the dealer and they said that the acura link module aka Bluetooth needed replacing so I did, the 2nd time about a year later same problem they said I needed a new alternator so I did and now about 3 months after a new alternator my car would not start, luckily I got a jump and after 10min it started so I quickly went and got a new battery installed and it's been ok ever since, so I did some research and the problem was the acura link module is a bad design and acura knows about it but will never tell you, to fix the problem you will need to disconnect the module its very easy to due the module sits behind your center console, sit in the middle of your back seat and pull back were the heat comes out from, it will be pretty hard so you'll need to pull hard once thats off you'll see it it's a black box about 5" long 3" wide and 1" thick it should have a grey or black connector on right or left of the box with some wires just disconnect it and thats it , you just wont be able to use the Bluetooth no harm done, you might need to unscrew the box before you can disconnect it....

  99. Stay Positive

    Stay Positive

    8 months ago

    What a mess! I was thinking of getting an Acura down the road. Hopefully, this is not an issue with new models.

  100. Joe Powers

    Joe Powers

    8 months ago

    Would you rather get a 09 Lexus gs350 with 150k miles for 7500 or a 09 Acura TSX with 115k miles for 6500-6 as a daily?