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  • kuehnis
    kuehnis - 2004 Acura TSX - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2012
    My car is leaking steering fluid is it expensive to fix
    Good shops near me
    • Jimm
      12/15/2012 Jimm
      Expense is relative / variable term. For some, just the parts alone may be 'expensive'. Anyway, the specific cost can only be determined once the exact cause of the fluid leak is known. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to check the steering system for leaks.

      It depends on where / what the source of the fluid leak is; power steering hose, power steering pump, steering rack and pinion - just a few examples. Try the many on-line auto parts sources; such as - or for the replacement parts.
  • Gus
    Gus - 2001 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 12/5/2012
    Steering fluid leaks
    At first there was a lot air in resouver, changed power steering pump now I find leaking power steering fluid but is not coming from the pump
    • Joe Boulay
      12/5/2012 Joe Boulay
      If you did not use power steering fluid from Honda /Acura it can quickly ruin seals in the steering rack. You will want to see if the steering rack end boots are filling up with fluid to determine if there is a leak there.
      Hope this helps you.
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
  • jarivera26
    jarivera26 - 2003 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 12/3/2012
    How do you know when to replace motor mounts/
    • Jimm
      12/3/2012 Jimm
      The motor mounts need replacing when the motor (engine) shifts under load - usually during acceleration. They are not difficult to replace; try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps.
  • rmitch1717
    rmitch1717 - 2005 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 12/2/2012
    I hear a high pitched sound under the car when its cold outside.
    0 answer
  • 1rross
    1rross - 2002 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 11/13/2012
    Power Steering makes loud noise and steering is difficult and intermittent when engine is cold.
    No visible leaks and fluid is between Max and Min. Fluid appears dark with very fine black residue in it. Symptom goes away when engine heats up.
    • clayton
      11/13/2012 clayton
      drain the fluid put new in it should fix problem
  • wanderlust
    wanderlust - 2003 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2012
    Why does the car vibrate when idling or driving slowly?
    Car vibrates
    0 answer
  • djens13
    djens13 - 2004 Acura RL - Steering & Suspension - 10/20/2012
    What is causing such a rough ride?
    Recently replaced struts on all four wheels...Monroe after market, not Acura, and the car still rides like a truck. Bumps and rough spots in the road seem to be amplified rather that absorbed. Both the Acura dealer and the independent shop where I had the work ...
    0 answer
  • sbartelmez
    sbartelmez - 2001 Acura CL - Steering & Suspension - 10/16/2012
    Why is the power steering unit making noise
    making noise
    0 answer
  • sbows
    sbows - 2003 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 10/3/2012
    Would having a new rack and pinion installed cause my car to jerk when turning and accelerating from a stand still?
    New rack and pinion installed and now when I turn wheel all the way to one side and accelerate ( ex: reverse from a parking spot then turn wheel all the way and accelerate to leave), my car jerks until I straighten wheel back out.
    • Joe Boulay
      10/3/2012 Joe Boulay
      Was an alignment performed after the steering rack was replaced? This could possibly be causing the issue on sharp turns if the alignment is way out of adjustment. Hope this helps
  • ace boogie
    ace boogie - 2008 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 9/28/2012
    Anyone ever have a power steering pump issues? I just got my 08 TL @ 47k miles and it makes a moaning whining noise
    When I turn the wheel back and forth to parallel park it after driving it for a bit?
    • raoul_tiesto
      7/15/2012 raoul_tiesto
      Have u checked the fluid level?
      7/15/2012 ace boogie
      Yeah this morning actually. I read that alot of 3rd gen TLs that have power steering pump issues and have to have them replaced or something. I'm hoping if it it's covered by Acura care warranty
    • smitty
      8/12/2012 smitty
      I have the same problem with 2007 mdx and I've had the system flushed many times, replaced the pump and just Thursday replaced the rack and still have the noise! I'm absolutely livid! I contacted Acura and they're no help at all! It's not under warranty so this all has come out of my pocket!
    • amadaisswt
      9/28/2012 amadaisswt
      go on under contact us in call customer relations I have the same problem I took my 07 tsx to the dealer 3000 dollars to fix it crazy the rep frm customer relations said if they get so may calls they look into recalls I just one person but u call then others maybe something can get done
      9/29/2012 smitty
      I called them too but I got a different story and after replacing everything the noise was still there and big money spent. We now have a Nissan Murano LE! Also, if you don't have all the work done at Acura Dealership for example ours was done by my husband and our Honda Dealership Acura won't back it up, even if it was all Acura parts and you're a certified Acura Mechanic. Good luck everyone, I have owned 4 Hondas and my Acura MDX, and I was very disappointed that they didn't recall this issue!
  • jlum
    jlum - 2001 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 9/8/2012
    How to replace power steering pump
    Hard to steer , grinding noise
    0 answer
  • Jimmy
    Jimmy - 1999 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 8/16/2012
    My steering wheel shakes. It shakes worse as I get up to 40mph or more. My wheel also feels like its shaking. (Front)
    Why would or what would cause my steering wheel to shake??
    • Cocomo
      8/16/2012 Cocomo
      If it only shakes while driving, you have a tire problem. Most more than likely you have a tire balance problem, but there is always a chance one of the tires could be separated. But usually a separated tire will cause the entire car to wobble at low speeds, such as while driving in a parking lot.
  • Billy Flored
    Billy Flored - 2002 Acura RSX - Steering & Suspension - 8/8/2012
    When you turns the wheels from side to side have a pretty bad noise, apparently is the powerstering pump.
    We check the fluid and was all around the reservoir cup. Like if it was spill out.
    • Jimm
      7/22/2012 Jimm
      Most likely the steering pump or steering rack. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts.
    • Wrench
      8/8/2012 Wrench
      Are the hoses wet? I would check the clamps on the low pressure hoses 1st, then see if the high pressure hose is wet. Have someone turn the wheel while the car is running and in park, while you are looking under the hood. You'll see if you have a leak.
  • lamthay
    lamthay - 2000 Acura RL - Steering & Suspension - 7/30/2012
    Why my right side is scratch with the fender when I make a left turn?
    0 answer
  • Tom
    Tom - 2006 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 7/17/2012
    My 2006 MDX has 94,000 miles on it and I feel like the shocks need to be replaced - they are original. Do I need the st
    need to replace the strut assembly, as well? If I only replace the shocks, will that make a big difference, or not? Thanks for your help. Tom
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/15/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I doubt that you need new shocks, and if you do i would use genuine Honda parts.
      7/16/2012 Tom
      Dear HouseCall Auto - THANK YOU for your answer! It seems like the ride is decidedly softer/"squishier" and I would like it to be much firmer - wouldn't new shocks accomplish that? Also, how long should original shocks last - nearly 100k miles seems like a lot? I would be grateful for your thoughts. Many, many thanks.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Hi Tom, my answer is based on the majority of what I have observed over my years. Shocks and struts are probably the most oversold component these days because of habit and because of the repair shop culture of merchandising / selling as much replacement parts as you can when the vehicle is in for anything. Back in the day, shocks and struts did go bad alot, even in 50,000 miles some of them were really wasted. Technology has evolved a lot since then and shocks were constructed with much better wearing materials like teflon seals and special coatings and the shocks and struts started lasting longer, a lot longer. So, the 100,000 mile figure does not mean degraded shocks and struts but still means that an honest mechanic has to make an evaluation as to whether they should get replaced or not. A look at the struts to see if any oil is seeping out and staining the outside of the shock housing is still a valid way to measure if they are good (although not reliable 100%) and the basic bounce test, have a heavy person knee his weight on each corner of the vehicle and jounce the suspension and the suspension should rebound back up just once and should not continue to bounce. I have been a firm believer in using the Genuine OE parts on some "special" vehicles, by special I mean a vehicle that seems to mean a lot more to the vehicle owner than just your standard car owner who rarely if ever does any preventitive maintenance. On any car I own, if I were going to replace shocks or struts I would only use the genuine OE replacement part over an aftermarket brand like Monroe for example. Monroe makes a great product but I have found that the ride will be firmer than OE which sometimes gets a complaint when the vehicle owner drives it after installing Monroe products.Some people will like the firmness and others will still think something is wrong. If you use OE parts you can be siure that you will keep the same ride (other things being OK) as you had when it was new. Another item that plays a huge role in ride is the tires. I would not use any other tire except a Michelin, and likely one of the top Michelins also (Michelin also has their good, better, best) as the tire condition and brand / quality changes the ride substantially. Ultimately it is your decision but maybe you will seem more informed coming from a very picky and observant old tech like me. OE shocks or struts will cost a little more than twice the cost of aftermarket, example OE Acura strut around $160 each front VS aftermarket about $75 each (this price is you buying online for example). The rear shocks are a little cheaper. Good luck.
    • Jimm
      7/17/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts - such as the shocks and struts. Both OEM (original) ride and heavy-duty ride quality units are available.