steering rack problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by roadrunner, Oct 18, 2006.

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    roadrunner Guest

    I have a 2002 (new to me - purchased 3 mths ago) Honda Accord which I
    took in to the dealer recently & found out it has a steering rack leak
    - not what one expects on a car with only about 65,000km. Has anyone
    else experienced this kind of problem with the Accord? My confidence in
    the car (which has been terrific - I love driving this car) has been
    shaken by the news of a hefty replacement.
    roadrunner, Oct 18, 2006
  2. I have never heard of a steering rack failing on a Honda... unless somebody
    put in the wrong power steering fluid. That is one fluid that absolutely
    must be Honda-specific.
    High Tech Misfit, Oct 18, 2006
  3. I had a 1984 Accord with a power steering leak. First time Honda did
    the work under warranty. Second time it was out of warranty. The leak
    was fairly slow, so I just added fluid for the next 10 years.
    Don in San Antonio, Oct 18, 2006
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    Ghislain Guest

    Honda steering racks do fail. I own a 2001 Acura TL and the steering rack
    has been replaced twice. The firast one was noisy when turning the wheels in
    a driveway and the second one was making noise whenever I drove over a speed
    bump. The first one was under warranty and I only paid for labor when the
    second one was replaced last week at 81,500 kms. Honda accepted to pay for
    the steering rack because it had less than 40K kms.
    Ghislain, Oct 18, 2006
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    TeGGeR® Guest

    Somebody put the wrong fluid.
    TeGGeR®, Oct 18, 2006
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    Hondamom Guest

    So, you can just keep adding steering fluid? I think it's the steering fluid
    leak since I have to add some every now and then and my car smokes because
    the leak I think drops on some metals inside. I check the oil sometimes and
    I don't have to add anything to it so, the power steering fluid is the one
    that leaks.

    I have change headlights and starters in the pass. There's a hose that
    seems to be wet when I touch the lower side. It is a short hose, don't think
    its complicated one to take off but I'm afraid when I take it off something
    will come out and drain everything out.
    Hondamom, Oct 18, 2006
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    Hondamom Guest

    I forgot to mention, I have an accord lx 1988. Still running good., except
    for the leak and the smoke. No the car is not on H. It's still COLD.
    Hondamom, Oct 18, 2006
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    Jim Yanik Guest

    Then it can't be the steering rack because that is forward of and below any
    hot parts. Maybe it's the power steering pump? Or hose TO the rack?

    Maybe the smoke is coming from some other leak.
    Good possibility.

    Get a service manual.
    Then you will know what is what.
    Jim Yanik, Oct 19, 2006
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    Joe LaVigne Guest

    My only experience with this problem was on a 1997 Dodge Caravan, which was
    caused by a rotted Power Steering Pump, so this may be the case.

    Joseph M. LaVigne - 10/19/2006 4:26:59 AM
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    Joe LaVigne, Oct 19, 2006
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    roadrunner Guest

    Wow, that's one or 2 too many racks to replace.
    Well, I have limited warranty, as I purchased car 3 mths ago at 60km so
    I pay for part but not labour. So I think I'll go ahead & get new part.
    Hopefully that's it for major part replacement for a few thou more kms.
    roadrunner, Oct 28, 2006
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    nm5k Guest

    If it's smoking, you probably have a shot valve cover gasket
    that is letting oil drip on the exhaust. Mine did that when I
    first got it. I replaced the valve cover gasket, and cured that
    problem. The old ones get real hard and don't seal well.
    If the pump seal is leaking, you will see oil spun off the steering
    pump pully, and on the belts, etc. Also, it will be dripping under
    the pump area. If it's bad enough, it will leave fluid on the ground.
    If the pump pully is dry, and no signs of fluid anywhere around the
    pump, it's probably the rack leaking if not a hose. The PS pump
    leak is not in a position to leak on the exhaust. I know this cuz
    my pump is presently leaking.. :( I have to add a dab every few
    days. I'm going to change my pump when I do my timing belt, etc..
    I don't like the leak. Not so much that I have to add it, but it's
    oil on my belts.
    nm5k, Oct 30, 2006
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    cloadsun Guest

    hi, i have the same problem... 2002 honda accord SE with 59000 miles on
    it - leaking powers steering fluid from the rack...estimated 1000$
    replacement charge... shame on honda!!! they should have replaced it
    for free!!!
    cloadsun, Oct 30, 2006
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    Steve Beaman Guest

    If you really think Honda should pay for this then you should contact
    your regional Honda Office and ask for some consideration. The number
    should be in your owners manual.
    Steve Beaman, Oct 31, 2006
  14. My 1984 Accord had a leaky steering rack. Honda fixed it once then I
    was on my own when it started leaking again. In the end, I just let it
    leak and added some fluid every now and then. Glad to see that Honda is
    finally going to electric steering.
    Don in San Antonio, Oct 31, 2006
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