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Acura MDX DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 1st generation 2001 to 2006 Acura MDX SUV.

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2001-2006 Acura MDX Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of your first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX (Base or Touring trim level) Acura MDX SUV can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out my DIY tutorial for changing the dead battery by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Acura MDX (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs

3. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the sun visor of your Acura MDX, please take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear A/C Fan Blower Motor Filter Screen Cleaning Guide
Rear A/C Filter Screen

4. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear A/C Blower Motor Filter Screen Cleaning Guide

If the rear air conditioning unit for the vents pointing at the back seat passengers in your Acura MDX has been sounding strange or making a rattling or screeching noise, you might need to clean the blower fan motor and/or the metal filter screen that covers it.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear A/C Blower Motor Power Transistor Thermal Resistor Replacement Guide
Rear A/C Transistor

5. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear A/C Transistor (Thermal Resistor) Change Guide

If the rear air conditioning system for the back seat passengers in your first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006) Acura MDX (or Honda Pilot) has suddenly stopped working, you probably need to replace the blower motor's power transistor (also known as the "thermal resistor" unit).

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Hood Lift Supports Replacement Guide
Hood Lift Supports

6. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Hood Lift Supports Replacement Guide

If the original OEM hood lift supports (also known as the "struts" or "shocks") have become weak or won't hold up the hood at all, you should replace them to prevent from having the heavy metal hood fall and injure you or others.

Take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   


12 Volt Battery Change

7. 2001-2006 Acura MDX 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty starting the 3.5L V6 VTEC engine in your Acura MDX on a cold morning and the original (OEM) 12 volt car battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it. (You may also need to check for a battery drain from the bluetooth hands free cell phone link or "HFL".)

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the OEM group size and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Blitz Safe AUX Audio Input Installation Guide
BlitzSafe AUX Input

8. 2001-2006 Acura MDX BlitzSafe AUX Audio Input Installation Guide

If your Acura MDX doesn't have the "RES" (rear entertainment system) and you'd like to add an AUX (auxiliary) audio input, check out my DIY tutorial for installing the Blitz Safe HON/AUX DMX V.2X.

I also added a Bluetooth USB adapter for a clean wire free music and phone call streaming solution to the Bose stereo system.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

9. 2001-2006 Acura MDX A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the air conditioning system in your first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX base or Touring SUV hasn't been working very well recently or the air coming out of the vents smells musty or moldy, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulbs Change

10. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Dome Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The 1st generation Acura MDX is equipped with two dome lights located above the second row of passenger seats. They are also known as the rear passenger courtesy reading lights.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX 3.5L V6 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

11. 2001-2006 Acura MDX 3.5L V6 VTEC Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for the 3.5 liter V6 VTEC engine in a 1st generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced every 15,000 miles or at least every 2 to 3 years.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

12. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The best place to start troubleshooting an electrical problem with your Acura MDX is to check for a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in the engine bay and interior passenger compartment fuse panels.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Tailgate Door Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tailgate Door Bulbs

13. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Tailgate Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The 1st generation Acura MDX is equipped with a cargo area light attached to the interior of the tailgate door panel which has two bulbs.

If you need to replace either bulb or upgrade them both to brighter LED units, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

14. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a first generation Acura MDX contain two brake light bulbs, a rear turn signal bulb and the reverse or "back up" light bulb.

Check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX High Mount Third Brake Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
3rd Brake Light Bulbs

15. 2001-2006 Acura MDX 3rd Brake Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The 1st generation Acura MDX is equipped with two high mount third brake light bulbs located in a housing at the top of the rear windshield window on the tailgate cargo area door.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for changing a burnt out 3rd brake light bulb (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail picture.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Headlight Bulbs Change

16. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX contain the low beam (also known as the "dip" or "dipped" beam), high beam, front turn signal indicator and front side marker light bulbs.

To view my DIY instructions for changing a burnt out headlight bulb, with the compatible replacement part numbers, click on the blue text link or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Fog Light Bulbs Change

17. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out fog light in the housing attached to the front bumper cover of your Acura MDX, check out my DIY directions (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

18. 2001-2006 Acura MDX License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate cargo area door of your 1st generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Wiper Blade Rubber Insert Replacement Guide
Rear Wiper Blade Change

19. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Wiper Blade Rubber Insert Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the back windshield of your Acura MDX during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the rubber insert in the rear wiper blade assembly.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM blade size in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Wiper Arm Assembly Replacement Guide
Rear Wiper Arm Change

20. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Wiper Arm Assembly Replacement Guide

If the rear wiper arm and blade assembly on your Acura MDX is broken or the metal spring is too weak to keep the rubber blade against the window, you should replace the entire assembly.

Check out my DIY tutorial for removing the wiper arm assembly from the tailgate door (with the replacement part number) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

21. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty seeing out of the front windshield window of your Acura MDX during a rain or snow storm, you probably need to change the front wiper blades.

Take a look at my do-it-yourself steps for the procedure (with the OEM blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Headliner Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Headliner Cargo Light

22. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Headliner Cargo Area Light Bulb Change Guide

The Acura MDX is equipped with a cargo area light in the housing attached to the headliner near the tailgate door.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine PCV Valve Replacement Guide
PCV Valve Change

23. 2001-2006 Acura MDX 3.5L V6 Engine PCV Valve Replacement Guide

If you've been noticing a decrease in engine performance, lower fuel economy (MPG) and/or increased oil consumption by the VTEC 3.5L V6 motor in your Acura MDX, you should check and clean or possibly change the positive crankcase ventilation or "PCV" valve.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Front Plastic Interior Door Panels Removal Guide
Front Door Panel Removal

24. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Front Plastic Interior Door Panels Removal Guide

If you would like to add some soundproofing material or replace a broken power window motor or regulator in your Acura MDX, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out my DIY tutorial for taking off the front plastic interior door panels by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Plastic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Rear Door Panel Removal

25. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Plastic Interior Door Panels Removal Guide

If you would like to also add soundproofing material (such as Dynamat) to the rear doors or fix a rear power window motor, you'll need to take off the rear plastic interior door panels.

Click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left to view the DIY guide.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Courtesy Step Light Bulb

26. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located in the housing at the bottom of the plastic interior door panel, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Footwell Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Footwell Light Bulb

27. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Footwell Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out light bulb in either the driver footwell or the front passenger footwell, check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX MAP Sensor Replacement Guide
MAP Sensor Change

28. 2001-2006 Acura MDX MAP Sensor Replacement Guide

If your Acura MDX has been exhibiting strange behaviors such as a rough idle, loss of power, lower fuel economy (MPG), stalling, surging, detonation (pinging / knocking), hesitation, fouled spark plugs or has failed an emissions (smog) test you may need to replace the MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on  the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Add-A-Circuit Fuse Holder Installation Guide
Add-A-Circuit Install

29. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Add-A-Circuit Fuse Tap Installation Guide

If you would like to hard wire (or "hardwire") an automotive accessory such as a dashcam (dash camera), radar detector, a gauge, a GPS unit or a USB 5V power socket for your cell phone, you'll need to install an "Add-A-Circuit" electrical fuse hold (also known as a "Piggyback" fuseholder).

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Front Door Speaker Replacement Guide
Front Door Speaker

30. 2001-2006 Acura MDX OEM Front Door Speaker Upgrade Guide

If you would like to upgrade the OEM front door speakers in your 1st generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible aftermarket speaker sizes) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Door Speaker Replacement Guide
Rear Door Speaker

31. 2001-2006 Acura MDX OEM Rear Door Speaker Upgrade Guide

If you would like to change a blown rear door speaker or upgrade the OEM speaker to a better aftermarket unit, check out my DIY directions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Bose Subwoofer Speaker Replacement Guide
Subwoofer Speaker

32. 2001-2006 Acura MDX OEM Subwoofer Replacement Guide

If you need to change a blown Bose subwoofer speaker in the cargo area panel of your Acura MDX or upgrade it to a better aftermarket unit, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Bose Twiddler Ceiling Speaker Replacement Guide
Twiddler Speaker Change

33. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Bose Twiddler Speaker Replacement Guide

The 1st generation Acura MDX with the Bose stereo system is equipped with an overhead speaker above the 3rd row of passenger seats in the cargo area. Some people mistakenly believe that this is a "tweeter" speaker when in fact it is a 2.5" full range speaker that is named the Bose "Twiddler".

If you need to change a blown Twiddler, check out my DIY tutorial by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX VTEC 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

34. 2001-2006 Acura MDX 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a first generation (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) Acura MDX with the VTEC 3.5 liter V6 engine can last up to 100,000 miles but they should be checked and possibly changed well before that mileage.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Differential VTM-4 Fluid Change Guide
Rear Diff VTM-4 Change

35. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Rear Differential VTM-4 Fluid Change Guide

The Honda VTM-4 (Variable Torque Management) fluid for the rear differential in an Acura MDX with the SH-AWD (Super Handling Automatic All Wheel Drive) system should be changed every 30,000 miles or every 15,000 miles for the "severe" maintenance schedule (frequent towing or off road driving).

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX EGR Valve Replacement Guide
EGR Valve Change

36. 2001-2006 Acura MDX EGR Valve Replacement Guide

Some of the symptoms of a dirty or malfunctioning EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve include poor fuel economy (MPG), loss of power, rough idling, misfires, detonation (knocking / pinging), stalling and hard starting. You may also see a CEL (check engine light) with an error code of P1491 or P0401.

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for cleaning or replacing the EGR valve by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX IAT Sensor Replacement Guide
IAT Sensor Change

37. 2001-2006 Acura MDX IAT Sensor Replacement Guide

Some of the symptoms of a failing or faulty IAT (intake air temperature or "air charge temp") sensor include rough idling, detonation (knocking / pinging), slow starting, lower fuel economy (reduced MPG), lack of power, stalling, surging and a check engine light (CEL) with DTC (error codes) of P0111, P0112, P0113 (Honda error code 10).

Check out my DIY instructions for removing and replacing the IAT by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Throttle Body Cleaning Guide
Throttle Body Cleaning

38. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Throttle Body Cleaning Guide

If the accelerator (gas) pedal in your Acura MDX hasn't been feeling as responsive lately or the car has been idling rough, surging or stalling, you may need to clean the throttle body and plate in the VTEC 3.5L V6 engine.

Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2001-2006 Acura MDX Spare Tire Lowering & Inflation Guide
Inflate Spare Tire

39. 2001-2006 Acura MDX Spare Tire Removal & Inflation Guide

The "donut" spare tire under the cargo area of your Acura MDX should be checked at least once a year to make it is properly inflated and hasn't suffered any damage from road debris.

The tire may also need to be replaced after about six to ten years, depending on your climate, to ensure that it can safely used in an emergency situation.

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