Acura TL Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection at your home or office.

Our certified mobile mechanics come to you 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

Customer Ratings

(1,052)

How A Diagnostic Works

Instantly book a certified mobile mechanic to come to you

Mechanic diagnoses the problem and quotes necessary repairs

Your vehicle is ready to go

Fair, upfront & transparent pricing for all services

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to you now.

Customer Ratings

(1,052)

Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection Service

How much does a Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection cost?

On average, the cost for a Acura TL Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection is $95 with $0 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2013 Acura TLV6-3.7LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$114.99Shop/Dealer Price$132.49 - $145.62
2007 Acura TLV6-3.5LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.52 - $125.67
2008 Acura TLV6-3.2LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.52 - $125.67
2009 Acura TLV6-3.7LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.48 - $125.60
1999 Acura TLV6-3.2LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.55 - $125.72
2010 Acura TLV6-3.7LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$94.99Shop/Dealer Price$112.52 - $125.67
1998 Acura TLV6-3.2LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$99.99Shop/Dealer Price$117.28 - $130.25
2009 Acura TLV6-3.5LService typeTemperature Warning Light is on InspectionEstimate$99.99Shop/Dealer Price$117.94 - $131.39
Show example Acura TL Temperature Warning Light is on Inspection prices

Overheating is the most common cause of an irreparably damaged engine, so you should always take a temperature warning light seriously. The temperature warning light is on the dashboard gauge cluster and usually contains the words “temp” or “engine overheating.” Or, it may simply show a picture of a thermometer.

Most vehicles also have an engine temperature gauge that shows just how hot the engine is. When the temperature warning light illuminates, the first thing to check is this gauge, to determine the severity of the overheating issue.

How this system works:

With the exception of older, air-cooled vehicles, cars rely on a liquid called coolant (or antifreeze) to keep the engine at an optimal temperature. Coolant is a mixture of water and ethylene glycol, and it circulates around the engine block and absorbs excess heat, which keeps the engine from overheating. The coolant converts that heat to air in the radiator, and then the air is emitted, at which time the coolant is ready to absorb more heat. Without coolant, the engine would quickly ruin itself with its own heat production.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Coolant is low or weak: The most common culprit when an engine overheats is low or weak coolant. If your car doesn’t have enough coolant, then it can’t absorb enough heat. While your car will naturally lose small amounts of coolant over the years, a leak is the most likely cause of low coolant levels.

The proper ratio of coolant to water can also get distorted, resulting in a problem. Too little or even too much antifreeze can dramatically lower the boiling point of the coolant. A proper ratio of antifreeze to water is 50/50 to 60/40, depending on the vehicle.

  • Broken radiator fan shroud: The radiator fan shroud directs the airflow across the radiator so the air can absorb the coolant’s heat. When the fan shroud breaks or becomes dislodged, air fails to enter the radiator, and the coolant will no longer have a place to direct the transfer of heat.

  • Broken or missing air dam: Along with the shroud, some vehicles have an air dam (or deflector) underneath the vehicle. If this is broken or missing then the air can pass underneath the vehicle but not also through the radiator, which will cause overheating. These air dams are essential in newer vehicles, as they force the air through the fan shroud.

  • Faulty coolant temperature sensor: The temperature sensor takes constant readings of the coolant temperature and sends that information to the engine control unit. Based on the temperature of the coolant, the engine control unit adjusts the ignition timing, the fuel injector pulse, and the operation of the electric cooling fan.

  • Bad water pump: The water pump is responsible for keeping the coolant cycling throughout the engine. After the coolant transfers its heat energy to the air, the water pump recirculates it around the engine so that it can absorb more heat. The most common water pump problems are a leaking pump, bad bearings, or an impeller that has rotted away due to a low coolant ratio.

  • Stuck thermostat: The thermostat acts as a dam for the coolant. When the engine first turns on, and it is still cold, the thermostat keeps the coolant from circulating, which allows the engine to warm up as quickly as possible. Once the engine has reached its operating temperature, the thermostat opens and allows the coolant to circulate. A stuck thermometer may stay permanently sealed and therefore keep the coolant from reaching the engine block.

The thermostat may also stick open. This will not usually result in overheating, but it will waste gas.

  • Broken engine cooling fan: The engine has a cooling fan that is deployed when the coolant needs some extra help. When the coolant temperature sensor notices that the coolant temperature is getting too high, the engine control unit (on newer vehicles) will initiate the cooling fan to reduce the temperature.

  • Broken thermostatic fan clutch: Older vehicles use a thermostatic fan clutch to engage the engine cooling fan, which is mounted to the fan blades. The fan clutch uses a bi-metallic spring that tightens when the temperature increases. This acts as a “high speed” option for the fan, and when engaged, it draws more air across the radiator.

  • Blown head gasket: The head gaskets sit between the engine block and the cylinder heads, and keep coolant from entering the engine’s oil and combustion chamber. When a gasket blows and coolant seeps in, the issue is not only that the engine will overheat, but also that damage may be done to the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors due to contamination from the coolant.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the cause of the temperature warning light turning on and the source of the overheating, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How important is this service?

An overheating engine is extremely dangerous. It is not safe to drive a vehicle with an overheating engine, or you may ruin the engine completely and put yourself at risk. As soon as you notice the light come on, pull over. If there is no place to safely pull over, turn off your radio and other electrical units, and turn your heat on high (this will funnel some of the hot engine air into the cabin). As soon as you can safely pull over, do so, and then book one of our mechanics to perform an inspection.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert Acura mechanics

Real customer reviews from Acura owners like you.

Excellent Rating

(1,052)

Rating Summary
981
35
8
7
21
981
35
8
7
21

Noe

36 years of experience
604 reviews
Noe
36 years of experience
Acura TL L5-2.5L - Oil Filter Housing Gasket - Redmond, Washington
Noe is great, very skilled and professional. Would use again. He arrived on time and fixed the issue in the time allotted, while also giving some advice on other issues with my (old) car.

Phillip

19 years of experience
310 reviews
Phillip
19 years of experience
Acura TL V6-3.2L - Variable Valve Timing (VVT) Solenoid - Sacramento, California
Very, knowledgeable and professional.

Michael

25 years of experience
199 reviews
Michael
25 years of experience
Acura TL L5-2.5L - Fuel Filter - Charlotte, North Carolina
I love my mechanic Michael..He did a great job and I really appreciate the work he did. I will be calling him for all of my mechanical needs and refering him to ALL my friends and family.Michael Thank You so much.(oh and i must add that he is very cute) 

David

16 years of experience
635 reviews
David
16 years of experience
Acura TL V6-3.2L - Check Engine Light is on - Antioch, California
Very helpful

Excellent Rating

(1,052)

Rating Summary
981
35
8
7
21
981
35
8
7
21
Number of Acura TL services completed
11572+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT Acura MECHANICS
1000+
experts on our platform

Recent articles & questions

How Long Does a Windshield Washer Tubes Last?
Keeping Keeping a windshield clean is a big part of staying safe while on the roadways. Driving in icy or rainy conditions is not easy, especially if there is an issue with your washer tubes. These tubes are what helps...
Child Seat Safety Laws in California
California, California, like other states, has specific laws in place regarding the way that children are restrained in motor vehicles. For that matter, everyone in California is expected to buckle up – it’s just common sense. Children, of course, can’t...
How to Prepare for the Connecticut Driver’s Written Test
Before Before you can get out on the road, and long before you can get your driver’s license, you need to take and pass your written driver’s exam in Connecticut. For some people, the idea of a written exam is...

Fuel door won't click shut

The latch assembly that springs the door open is faulty internally. These can be removed and a new unit installed. Trim tools should be used to pry the fuel door latch unit out to prevent damage to the paint on...

My car cant get over 3500 rpm for some reason

Your issue sounds like a sensor problem. You should start by trying to pull codes from the car's computer, and see if there is any issues detected by the ECU. Diagnosis on the vehicle is going to take some process...

AC off - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Hello. Your Chevy Cruze uses a "heated" engine thermostat (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/thermostat-replacement) (under computer control) which has caused some problems. There is a Technical Service Bulletin (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-use-a-technical-service-bulletin-by-parker-hill) (301268) to address the "engine is cold" issue - software reprogramming). There are also multiple...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com