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

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?

by in Chandler, AZ on November 11, 2013
3 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on November 11, 2013
poss rack and pinion is going out,seek diag to confirm
ANSWER by on November 11, 2013
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.
COMMENT by on November 12, 2013
Thank you ziptie! I'll check that out and let you know if it helps. I appreciate the feedback very much!
ANSWER by on November 11, 2013
agree with #2

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