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Old 06 Sep 2008, 03:31 pm
Holy Schmoly
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Default Conga Drum Under My Hood? ('08 MDX. Sorry, a bit long...)

My '08 X makes what I can only best describe as being a soft conga
drum sound and is most prominent when I drive off slowly with it after
the car's been sitting around for a few hours, especially in its first
drive in the morning.

But sometimes I can still hear this sound when the car's relatively
warm as well. For eg., if I dropped into a supermarket to pick up a
few things on my way home from work, and I drive off again while
getting out of the parking lot. The sound is not loud by any means,
but it's still audible and the warmer the car, the fainter it gets.

Please have a listen to the file located here,
http://members.shaw.ca/riprock/conga/ There, you'll find a file named,
VORC001.wav. Between the 14th and the 15th second mark is where you'll
hear the sound I'm trying to describe. You might have to turn up the
volume to hear it properly. You hear a faint click immediately
followed by the conga drum sound for a second.

I can reproduce this sound when I've gently eased into my third gear
and the car's at between 1700RPM and 1900RPM, probably going a little
over 20 mph. But sometimes I'll hear this sound for a second when I
start my X after having parked it overnight as well. As you can hear,
the sound is not continuous. It's just in the 3rd gear, easing into
that RPM range and speed.

Once I'm on a main road though, I'm accelerating at a faster rate, so
I don't or can't hear the sound at all. I wanted to try to go as slow
as I've decribed in the above paragraph while driving on a main road,
but the cars behind me probably will honk, so I haven't tried.

I haven't taken my X to the dealer yet because it doesn't seem to be
causing any problems and also, partly because the best chance I have
someone else will hear this sound is when the car's been left there
overnight and I go back there in the morning and drive it myself to
reproduce the sound properly, which poses a great inconvinience to me.

Are any of you familiar with this sound at all? Can someone guess as
to what might be causing this sound? Do you think I should take my X
into the dealer right away to have it looked at? Any suggestions or
advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time
and courtesy.

Oh, my X has 2100 miles on it right now, but I've noticed this sound
pretty much almost from the beginning of my ownership. And I use
premium fuel with 91 octane rating all the time.

Thanks for your time and courtesy.
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Old 10 Sep 2008, 02:01 pm
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Default Re: Conga Drum Under My Hood? ('08 MDX. Sorry, a bit long...)

I'm having this issue as well. Anyone know what could be causing this
noise?
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Old 10 Sep 2008, 07:57 pm
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Default Re: Conga Drum Under My Hood? ('08 MDX. Sorry, a bit long...)

Holy Schmoly <fly@onthewall.com> wrote in
news:egm5c45sk6is7gse21tp2d04d419nrm9ib@4ax.com:

> My '08 X makes what I can only best describe as being a soft conga
> drum sound and is most prominent when I drive off slowly with it after
> the car's been sitting around for a few hours, especially in its first
> drive in the morning.
>
> But sometimes I can still hear this sound when the car's relatively
> warm as well. For eg., if I dropped into a supermarket to pick up a
> few things on my way home from work, and I drive off again while
> getting out of the parking lot. The sound is not loud by any means,
> but it's still audible and the warmer the car, the fainter it gets.
>
> Please have a listen to the file located here,
> http://members.shaw.ca/riprock/conga/ There, you'll find a file named,
> VORC001.wav. Between the 14th and the 15th second mark is where you'll
> hear the sound I'm trying to describe. You might have to turn up the
> volume to hear it properly. You hear a faint click immediately
> followed by the conga drum sound for a second.
>
> I can reproduce this sound when I've gently eased into my third gear
> and the car's at between 1700RPM and 1900RPM, probably going a little
> over 20 mph. But sometimes I'll hear this sound for a second when I
> start my X after having parked it overnight as well. As you can hear,
> the sound is not continuous. It's just in the 3rd gear, easing into
> that RPM range and speed.
>



<snip>


This issue must either be uncommon or really really new. There are no
mentions of anything like this in either Honda Service News or in any TSBs
for the '08 MDX.

I would advise you to take the car back to the dealer and let them
investigate the issue. The more times cars come back to the dealers for a
specific problem, the more likely it will be that Honda will eventually
issue a TSB or write an HSN article for it.

If you can't be bothered to bring it back, just wait another few months
then post back here again. If this becomes a widespread problem, Honda will
eventually get wind of it and find a fix, which will become publicly
available through a TSB or HSN article.



--
Tegger

The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
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Old 11 Sep 2008, 01:15 am
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Default Re: Conga Drum Under My Hood? ('08 MDX. Sorry, a bit long...)

On Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:57:02 +0000 (UTC), Tegger <invalid@invalid.inv>
wrote:

>This issue must either be uncommon or really really new. There are no
>mentions of anything like this in either Honda Service News or in any TSBs
>for the '08 MDX.
>
>I would advise you to take the car back to the dealer and let them
>investigate the issue. The more times cars come back to the dealers for a
>specific problem, the more likely it will be that Honda will eventually
>issue a TSB or write an HSN article for it.
>
>If you can't be bothered to bring it back, just wait another few months
>then post back here again. If this becomes a widespread problem, Honda will
>eventually get wind of it and find a fix, which will become publicly
>available through a TSB or HSN article.


Yeah, I guess I'll have to bring it to the dealer and let them have a
listen. Thanks.
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