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Old 10-18-2012, 02:00 AM   #1
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is something wrong with my steering???

I have honda accord 7th gen and i am not sure if i remember correctly but is the steering supposed to be easy with one hand? I swear i used to be able to use my palm to steer when parallel park. Steering is near impossible now one handed. Is something wrong with my power steering? I have to refill my steering fluid every 3 months or so, is that normal?

Also when I turn my wheel to the left, I hear a slight creaking/knocking sound. Only to the left though. Will my problem be fixed for the noise if I get a wheel alignment? I noticed my car slightly veers off to the left when I let go of the wheel while going straight.

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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I suspect your CV joint is dead on the left side... and No... refilling steering fluid every 3 months is not normal at all... get it checked
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Might have a leak in the rack or a pressure line. Is the knock when you turn your wheel just when sitting still or when moving. If moving i agree with above your CV may be on its way out. If it is only when turning while stationary your power steering pump could be on its way out or low on fluid

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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Refilling any fluid every three months is not normal, not counting washer fluid. That means its going somewhere. Any oil/coolant system in a vehicle is a closed system and should not require topping up. Oil being an exception as every engine burns oil, they are designed to, and it's normal. Excess burning is not.
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Might have a leak in the rack or a pressure line. Is the knock when you turn your wheel just when sitting still or when moving. If moving i agree with above your CV may be on its way out. If it is only when turning while stationary your power steering pump could be on its way out or low on fluid
the knock sound happens when i am stationary. Its more of a creaking sound. I will try to make a video and catch the sound if my phone mic is strong enough. Is there a way I can check myself if the cv or lines are leaking by myself? hard to afford all these repairs right now.
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Cv joints are easy to check. just crawl under the car and inspect the boot and seals.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Cv joints are easy to check. just crawl under the car and inspect the boot and seals.
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i dont even know what the "boots and seals" are lol =/ where are the main areas for the steering fluid I should look out for ?
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i dont even know what the "boots and seals" are lol =/ where are the main areas for the steering fluid I should look out for ?
it's underneath close to your wheels on the inside... you should see this black accordion folds rubber cone thing... that would be your CV boot... see if there's green fluids leaking from it
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hey guys, i uploaded a short video on youtube of the sound. You might have to crank up the volume to start hearing the noise. Most of the sound is when I turn the wheel left. right side seems fine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-nqZ...ature=youtu.be
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it's underneath close to your wheels on the inside... you should see this black accordion folds rubber cone thing... that would be your CV boot... see if there's green fluids leaking from it

could you link a picture for me? thanks
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How is the steering on your guys steering wheel? should steering be easy with one hand? It seems my steering is really stiff now. I used to be able to turn very easily with my palms.
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Since you don't seem mechanically inclined, take it to a shop and get a professional opinion.
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Remove power steering and cruise control. Then you can control and feel everything while driving.
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Remove power steering and cruise control. Then you can control and feel everything while driving.
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check your seals it might be leaking. when u feel too stiff when turning the steering wheel youre losing power assist. on the knocking side it could be your cv joint, check the cv joint for bearing wear and tear, there could be like dirt and sand on it and the lubricant wearing off
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if your steering is real hard now and its been leaking for a while chances are your pump s pooched from prolonged cavitation. The leak is most likely in yuor rack so now you have two problems to address. new pump and new or repair existing steering rack.
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maybe check the power steering pump as it could be siezing up and needs replacement, i know my power steering pump on my 240 started leaking when it was on its way out
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