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Tell me, 3.5L V6, Arcadia, CA, January 27, 2011, 16:51
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Hi, I went to Honda Dealer shop for 60K service. I told them that, the power steering is not smooth enough. So the customer service executive told me to replace the power steering fluid. After that, I was told to also replace the power steering pump. I've 60K miles on this van. Do I require to replace the power steering pump? What is the advantage? The cost of replacing the pump is $550, which is big enough to make me think more..

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    January 27, 2011, 22:29
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    I would say that there is a lot of guessing going on. Unless you could prove failure of the pump, I would not commit to such an expense. Chances are pretty good that you will have the same steering concern after the pump is replaced.

    Power steering fluid will not really change the situation either. But I suppose it was a valiant effort.

    First hand demonstration of your concern is important, if you haven't done it already to a master certified Honda tech.

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    Tell me, January 28, 2011, 10:56
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    Thank you Dave. The Honda dealer replaced the power steering fluid, but the problem is not resolved at all! The technician's notes indicate like this - "Power steering pump worn out". But as you said, I'm not confident by replacing this the problem will go. The reason is that, the technician didn't recognize the cause when he replaced the power steering fluid, that makes me more doubtful. Plus how come the pump will worn out at 60k? Thanks for your help again.

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    DaveJHM, January 28, 2011, 21:52
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    Your reasoning, logic and theory is valid. Good for you.

    My suggestion would be to obtain a second opinion elsewhere.

    Power steering fluid service is bascially a profit center for a repair facility, honestly. No manufacturer ever lists replacing power steering fluid as a required maintenance. It's a proactive performance upgrade, at best, at higher mileages. Not saying it ever hurts, just that I've never ever proven it to "help" anything. Especially a valid symptom like yours.

    I would vigorously debate the statement "Power Steering Pump Worn Out". Ask for what test was performed to determine that fact? Did they do a pressure and flow test? It's all just a bit unstable for me.

    Good luck.

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