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By YOUCANIC on Nov 29, 2018

ACURA Battery Alternator Charging System Test DIY Guide

If your ACURA battery light stays ON or your ACURA won't start, the problem typically is due to charging system issues. The problem could be due to a bad alternator, battery, poor ground connection, blown fuse, bad relay or even due to a parasitic draw.

ACURA electrical issues can be tricky and challenging to figure out. The first step in troubleshooting ACURA battery problems is to check the charging system including the operation of the battery and alternator.

This test can be performed by your dealer, auto mechanic or yourself. In this guide, you will also find instructions on how to test ACURA battery and charging system yourself using a Battery Tester.


Symptoms of bad ACURA battery or alternator 

  • ACURA battery light on
  • Alternator won't charge the battery
  • Car keeps dying or won't start
  • ACURA keeps dying after a few minutes
  • Slow engine cranking
  • Electrical issues and warning on dashboard
  • Lights dim or flickering
  • ACURA stalls or is hard to start
  • Battery keeps on dying

How to check ACURA charging system

What you will need ​​​​


Step 1

Park your ACURA on a safe area. Set the parking brakes and turn off the ignition.

ACURA test dead battery


Step 2

Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood.

Step 3

Locate the battery. Newer ACURA have a plastic cover on top of the battery. If necessary remove the cover to access the positive and negative terminals of the battery.

ACURA check alternator


Step 4

Connect the red clamp on the positive battery terminal.

ACURA MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend charging system check


Step 5

Connect the negative clamp on the negative terminal.

How to test battery, charger on ACURA MDX, NSX, RDX, RL RLX, RSX, SLX, TL TLX,  ZDX, CDX, CL, VSX, EL, ILX, Integra, Legend


Step 6

Perform battery and alternator test procedure.



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