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Introduction

HandsFreeLink is Honda/Acura's bluetooth audio system for holding phone conversations. The system uses a microphone in the overhead roof console assy (also home to courtesy lights, ambient light unit, and sunglass storage), and the audio system speakers. The system was included as standard equipment from 2006 - 2008 model years.

To perform this, the car may be parked or being driven. if doing this while driving please keep your focus on the job of operating the vehicle safely.

It does not matter if the audio system is turned on or not.

  1. Insert the key in the ignition. Put the car power in ACC or ON. Locate the HandsFreeLink (HFL) controls on the left side of the steering wheel hub.
    • Insert the key in the ignition. Put the car power in ACC or ON.

    • Locate the HandsFreeLink (HFL) controls on the left side of the steering wheel hub.

    • Hold down the HandsFreeLink back button (hang-up/cancel) for 5 seconds.

  2. The HandsFreeLink system starts a diagnostic self-test in two languages.
    • The HandsFreeLink system starts a diagnostic self-test in two languages.

    • The diagnostic test finishes itself and exits HandsFreeLink.

Conclusion

Refer to the HandsFreeLink chapter in your TSX owner's manual for more information on using the system.

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David Spalding

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Can I listen to music on my Acura TSX 07 on hfl?

Eddy Cruz - Reply

No, the HFL only identifies itself as a headset for phone calls. I have been able to conduct "calls" via Google Hangouts on an Android phone and iOS device (iPad), though.

David Spalding -

My 2008 Acura TL HFL just stopped working. The icon doesn't appear on my audio screen. When I try to connect HFL says no phones have been found. It is not my phone because I haved tried to connect using my sons and sisters and it still says no phones have been found. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I called Acura they said 175 an hour to diagnose and if it can be fixed they will apply that amount towards the bill. Really? $ 175 I will by a ear bud. Help

donna D - Reply

Could be the Bluetooth module, wherever that is. Probably not a DIY job. Since a HFL function is a partial solution to combating Distracted Drive Syndrome, the $175 is a worthwhile investment. But there MAY be independent car repair shops that are well versed in Japanese brands (a friend operated one) and could offer a competitive rate. Another test: when you start the pairing process, does your phone see the car’s HFL? If not, then your car’s Bluetooth is probably compromised (i.e. the module isn’t functioning).

Ask them if the HFL is the “Telephone Assy” located in the overhead maplight bezel assembly in the ceiling. ;) Shouldn’t cost $175 to dismantle that and check out a part.

David Spalding -

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