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Investigating a car problem...common?
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Tom A    Posted 02-11-2003 at 07:57:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My brother bought a 2003 Honda Accord V6-EX just a few months ago.

After several weeks, it developed a loud under-hood noise, a squeal I think. He took it to the dealer who identified the power steering pump as the problem and replaced it under warranty, with lots of appologies.

Now, just a month or two later, same thing--loud noises and the dealer has identified the power steering pump again and will replace it *and* the rack-and-pinion for good measure ('cuz he's a nice guy, I guess).

The dealer claims this is not a common problem with this car or engine, that Mike's is the only one with the problem but that sounds fishy to me.

Anybody else hear about this, or have this kind of problem with their Honda? Is it common? Any advice (other than buy a Chevy or Ford)? I just don't want to see him get messed over, after spending a lot of good cash on a new car.

Tom A

Juliana    Posted 02-11-2003 at 19:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just for good measure, you have him look into the "Lemon Law". Could be just one of those cars that didn't make all the inspections. Better now then when there is a recall. Good luck.

Mark A    Posted 02-11-2003 at 13:35:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
All this should be covered under warranty. Its possible that Honda may have had some problems with their pump supplier. The first damaged pump may have pumped shavings into the rack and pinion, hence the offer to replace that. It sounds as if they are making the extra effort to make your brother happy nonetheless. Honda cars, as a rule, are very reliable.

Greg    Posted 11-16-2003 at 20:38:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The steering wheel vibrate when at a speed of 65 miles or more. This vibrate can also be felt through out the entire car. I had 4 new tires, all balance, a complete brake job.

sHan    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:04:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
my dad has a 2003 ford windstar and it has the same proublem its had 3 ps pumps and 2 belts and 1 rack instaled under warentee and maybee it fixed now we dont know till they put about 300 mi on it then wel see i think a lot of people are having proublems with the new stuff i had a new chevy pu and it went in for a new motor at 16,000 mi and it started going bad at 22,000 mi so i sold it and kept my 95 f150 witch has 218000 mi on it and only had brakes and tires and a couple batterys thats it all the rest is orignal(300 straight 6 cy with 5 speed) ops forgot 1 clutch at 198000 mi......

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:06:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Power steering pumps have bearings on the shaft and if the pully belt is too tight it will cause premature failure of the bearings, this is a common cause of power steering pump bearing falure.

sHan    Posted 02-11-2003 at 08:57:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
not to start a WAR but i think about 90% or more of the cars/trucks have spring tentioners on them so you cant overtighten them and they self tighten as the belt wears...this is just what i have found in the past 10-15 yrs of working on these junk things they call automobiles..shan

Gary, Mt. Hermon, La    Posted 02-11-2003 at 09:08:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
no problem, all of my vehicles are 20 to 25 years old. It's all I know. My whole family keeps cars for as long as possible, my brothers truck is a 1974 model. My fathers sister has a 1963 chevy two door that still runs everyday.

sHan    Posted 02-11-2003 at 10:56:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had all older cars/trucks up till couple years ago and then i got stupid and started buying new stuff:( all the older ones had to be tightend by hand i should have said that but opps hey have a good day....shan

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