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  • Yorel
    Yorel - 1999 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 5/10/2014
    What is the first thing to consider if upon driving at 100km the car steering begins to shake in your hand?
    This week I changed the both CV Joints Assembly and left & right lower ball joints.
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/10/2014 GT500Knights
      My first suspicion would be to check for tires from being out of balance. Does the steering wheel shake to the left and right? Or does it shake in a bouncing sort of motion?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 4/29/2014
    How to remove a screw in a 1998 honda civic that connects to power steering?
    difficult screw
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 4/28/2014
    Why does my power steering strain when I turn my steering wheel counter clockwise?
    Over the winter I had slid and collided with a gutter and now when I turn the steering wheel counter clockwise I can hear the power steering hiss and it's hard to turn. Also to make my car go straight i have to turn the steering wheel a little counter clockwise and ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 4/28/2014
    Why does my power steering strain when I turn my steering wheel counter clockwise?
    Over the winter I had slid and collided with a gutter and now when I turn the steering wheel counter clockwise I can hear the power steering hiss and it's hard to turn. Also to make my car go straight i have to turn the steering wheel a little counter clockwise and ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 4/2/2014
    I have two different size tires will this work if one size on front and the other on rear
    one is a 215/65/r16 the other is 225/65/r16
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I would not do it. In an emergency yes, but thats all. Not for a decision.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 AutoMD Member
      It needs some front end part struts ,stabilizer link ,ball joints, and if I am going go that far mite as well do control arm bushings so with that being said I looked on line and for parts alone around 800.00 and I work construction so slow right now and things are tight so in your expert opinion for a couple months would you do it .
      HouseCallAuto
      4/2/2014 HouseCallAuto
      All that being said, yes. Ya gotta do stuff sometimes to get you through.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1986 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 3/7/2014
    Steering, no power on left turn.
    Owner changed steering gear du to leakage. No other problem. New steering gear only powers to right. OK at speeds>20mph.but a real work out in a parking lot?
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      Was the steering rack and pinion unit changed? Is there any warranty on the part or installation labor? Sounds like a defective steering rack and pinion unit. May also be related to clogged / defective steering hoses - either the pressure and return hose with an obstruction or restriction.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2005 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 3/2/2014
    Random loud metal to metal rubbing noise from right front tire area when turing left
    Turning left car makes a loud metal to metal rubbing noise, nothing is visable can't see wear from the top or looking from the bottom of the engine.
     
    • Jimm
      3/2/2014 Jimm
      First step - raise the front wheels (support with jack stands) and observe / inspect the front wheels / brake caliper mounting - with the wheels on. Then remove the front wheels for a closer inspection - check the brake caliper mounting bolts / pins / hardware on the right front side in particular.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front brake caliper mounting bolt from around $2.60, and the caliper guide pin from around $3.20 for your vehicle
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 3/2/2014
    Car shakes when I brake or drive slow.. steering wheel shakes at high speeds. What is broken?
    Car shakes steering wheel shakes at high speeds. Alignment has been off for a while. Problem is definitely on the front end.
     
    • alex
      3/2/2014 alex
      do you have steel wheels if you do one is bent if not jack it up and wiggle the wheels look for whats loose it doesn't take a whole lot to bend a wheel a tough enough chunk of ice in the road can do it. you could have a bulge in the tire also. you'll see it when you have it jacked up.
  • Clyde
    Clyde - 1999 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 12/15/2013
    What is the function of a Idle air control value?
    My car idle rough when engine running specially ....
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      12/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It maintains the engine at a correct preprogrammed rpm. When any load is placed upon the engine that would normally lower the idle - for example putting the ac on - the IAC allows a controlled vacuum leak to take place within the throttle body by varying the orifice size of a passage that flows air through it thus maintaining idle speed at proper rpm regardless of load. Kind of like how your cruise control senses the load when your car approaches a hill and still maintains the same miles per hour. I doubt your rough idle is related to the IAC. Cn you check for fault codes with a code reader?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2013
    My car will not start. I get the flashing green key indicatior.
    According to the manual that means that the wrong key is being used in the vehicle. I drove my car yesterday with no problem and I have used this same key since I have it. Not sure what is going on.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Use your other key. The transponder inside the key you are using may have become damaged.
  • Raslatt
    Raslatt - 2010 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 11/20/2013
    If I replace the rims will 14 inch snow tires work?
    Factory tires: P205/55R16 My situation: I can purchase 195/65R15 for 100$ (used from a friend) or get 195/65R14 for free. Either way I have to get new rims. Will the 14 inch tires work or are they too small? thoughts? thanks in advance
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/20/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No don't do it. The tires may rub on something. This is an unknown, it's a roll of the dice. Nobody will know for sure if it's ok to do this. And all risk to save what - $100? Buy the correct size tires
  • Raslatt
    Raslatt - 2010 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 11/20/2013
    Will 14 inch snow tires work if I change the rims?
    Factory tires: P205/55R16 My situation: I can purchase 195/65R15 for 100$ (used from a friend) or get 195/65R14 for free. Either way I have to get new rims. Will the 14 inch tires work or are they too small? thoughts? thanks in advance
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1998 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 11/17/2013
    Clicking when turnin wheels
    I accidentally drove over a lose block.now when I turn it sounds l;ike something is about to snap.i ts also doin it now while accerlerating
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/17/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Either one or both front drive axles need replacement. This is extremely common on this car.
  • lotrgollum87
    lotrgollum87 - 1999 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 11/14/2013
    There is a grinding noise when I turn left or right.
    Not sure if this is related, but there's also a metal-on metal sound sometimes when driving at low speeds or stopping. I didn't think it was the brake pads though because the noise doesn't stop when I stop applying the brake. Wheel bearings?
     
    • smagic69
      11/14/2013 smagic69
      no it sounds like the brake pads due to the padding is gone so it sounds like what is left of the pad is catching onto your rotors and making that sound and sooner or later it will stop you from going forward check your rotors and brake pads
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2013
    Wheel bent inwards from accident
    strut broken.installed new strut.top of tire contacting strut.could steering knuckle be bent?recommend replacement?
     
    • bear.1216
      10/30/2013 bear.1216
      You most likely bent other parts also. Steering knuckle possibly bent but most likely tie rods or control arms or sub-frame. Compare each part on bad side to same part on opposite side to see what is bent. I keep pipe cleaners in my tool box for this. Align the pipe cleaner with the contours of suspect part then transfer to the other side. It is a quick and easy way to see just how bent a part is. If the part is bent enough to cause the tire to rub then you can usually see it. Do not forget to get an alignment. Some amount of camber can be adjusted out with an alignment. The alignment angles can also be used to pinpoint bent parts.