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2005 Honda Accord Question: What's Wrong With My Power Steering?

 

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cleon44, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Chandler, AZ, November 11, 2013, 10:24
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When I start and drive my car in the morning the power steering is almost non-existant. This only happens when it's cold outside. It started at the end of last winter and I live in AZ so I didn't have any problems all summer but it's started again. It groans when I turn the wheel and it's hard to turn. After about 10 minutes of driving it heats up and is fine. Also, no matter how often I bleed the power steering it always has foam in it. I think I need a new pump. What are your opinions?

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13365 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper November 11, 2013, 12:43
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    poss rack and pinion is going out,seek diag to confirm

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    ziptie12 November 11, 2013, 15:08
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    Try changing the O-ring at the inlet side (from the larger hose off the reservoir).Very common problem on the older ones. It can suck air in through that fitting if the O-ring has gotten to brittle and worn out. Also check for wet spots on that large hose from the reservoir , it could be deteriorated and allowing air in too. That would generally show up when the car sits for a while. Third , if the reservoir screen is clogged , it will aggravate the other two possibilities I described. Make sure to use ONLY Honda power steering fluid! Other types could damage rack seals.

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    cleon44, November 12, 2013, 08:32
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    Thank you ziptie! I'll check that out and let you know if it helps. I appreciate the feedback very much!

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    ebans777 November 11, 2013, 19:24
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    agree with #2

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