Honda Fluids!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Wanderer!, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. Wanderer!

    Wanderer! Guest

    I bought a Honda Accord 92. I have a set of questions.

    1. Today, the power steering belt just slipped off the pump while I
    was driving.
    Does anybody know why did this happen?

    2. I loosened the pump by removing the screws and put the belt back.
    Before loosening it, I had to open the brown metallic pipes which were
    going from the pump to the reservoir. Some Fluid flowed out. I do
    understand that I should get the original honda power steering fluid.
    Is the fluid sold by PepBoys or NAPa or autozone saying "only honda"

    3. I do not know what kind of fluid is there in my car right now. It
    never gave me any problems. I bought it at 127k , now it is 132k. Is
    it fine to mix the existing fluid and this new fluid.

    4. I understood the bleeding mechanism. One thing I did not understand
    is, is the reservoir also at a pressure. If I open the reservoir to
    add more fluid, will the air still flow in?

    Thanks a million for you help. Thanks!

    Wanderer!, Aug 6, 2003
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    SoCalMike Guest

    ive heard hondas brake fluid isnt that great, either
    SoCalMike, Aug 6, 2003
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    Wanderer! Guest


    Thanks a million, a million more.

    I remember taking it to the mechanic when I bought it in April, he
    said that he has "serviced" the power steering. I would believe that
    he had changed the fluid too. Right now my car is parket far away from
    my home.

    1. Do you think , that for now I can mix fluids, bring the car back
    and put an original honda fluid this weekend. As you said , its not
    expensive, so I am ready to spend some money on the fluids.

    2. Is there a proper way of checking the belt tension. I searched the
    web and it suggested two things.

    1. Mark the belt with a sketchpen and run the pump and see if it
    2. Put 'certain amount of force' on the belt and see how much it
    bends. It should bend 1/2 inch.

    I understand the test 1. I will do that. In the second test, if I know
    the force, how do I measure it. I mean how do I make sure that I am
    not applying more or less force? I am sorry if its a stupid question
    but I am confused.

    Thanks and Regards
    Wanderer!, Aug 6, 2003
  4. The second test is how you officially test is. And since a overtightened
    belt probably won't slip, but will damage a pump, the first test is
    practically useless, IMHO.
    You need some kind of scale, I forget how to describe it, it's like a fish
    scale or something, but to do it accurately, you'd need some tools, so...I
    don't know.
    The forse you should use is probably 22 pounds. I guess you could practice
    pressing with your hand on a bathroom scale to about 20-25 lbs, and see if
    you can use that force on the middle of the belt, and then measure the
    deflection, but that would be a VERY rough guide.
    Peter Doherty, Aug 7, 2003
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