Infrequently, when coming out of say, a left turn and while accelerating, turning the steerning wheel becomes resistant or sluggish (and I do mean "very") defying attempts to reverse the direction of the turn, requiring me to apply significant leverage upon the steering wheel merely to bring it out of its then-current position (I would characterize the experience as --- in addition to being terrifying --- some sort of force taking over the steering control, heading the car towards the nearest ditch!) Transaxles are new. Car has 140,000 miles. Rack & pinion malfunction? Thanks a bunch for your assistance! Sherry R.
Rack & Pinion Malfunction? on 1992 Honda Civic
by Wild William in Arlington, TX on November 25, 2009
ANSWER by matte on November 25, 2009
It could definitely be the rack, but it could also be the power steering pump or hoses. I recommend taking the car in to have those components inspected and the problem diagnosed. Don't put it off too long--that is definitely a safety issue!