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  • 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.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2013
    Driver wheel struck in accident.bent inwards.what should be replaced to restore correct wheel position?
    strut broken by wheel.replaced strut.top of tire touches strut.could steering knuckle be bent and need replacement?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes it is very possible, but understand there is not just one answer here. maybe the lower control arm too (or instead of) maybe the front subchassis.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 AutoMD Member
      thanks for the answer. how can I check? visually,nothing looks bent
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The only way I ever determined what is off is by placing the car on drive on ramps and visually examining and comparing many reference points and comparing sides. It's not a few minute determination usually. It requires a trained mechanic / alignment tech patience to see the thing that got shifted and even then soimetimes you cannot know for sure if it's not another component as well. You make a decision to replace something, you replace it and then see if it looks normal. The decision is subjective. Ultimately the car has to have correct angles within specs when it gets an alignment when everything is replaced. Some people condemn everything in the area just so there is no possibility of having to look a second time (example - strut, lower control arm, steering knuckle, tie rods) and some guys can pick out the one thing and hit it right and save client alot of money in the process.
  • omatsola brown
    omatsola brown - 2007 Honda Ridgeline - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2013
    Why does steering rebound while turnning steering towards both ends
    it happens all the time
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You need to detail what you mean further. This one sentence is insufficient to grasp what you mean.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 omatsola brown
      when you turn steering towards the ends it becomes springy and rebounds as it denying movements towards those areas .The steering shudders left and right while trying to either turn right or left especially while trying to park vehicle
    • omatsola brown
      10/28/2013 omatsola brown
      when steering is turned to both ends as it gets towards the end the steering tends to shudder left and right while its nearly at the end area
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/28/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If it did not used to do this then you have a bad power steering pump.
      HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2013 omatsola brown
      coul it not be as a result of using the wrong pws oil or a problem resulting from a pws pressure valve gone bad ?
      HouseCallAuto
      10/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No
  • omatsola brown
    omatsola brown - 2007 Honda Ridgeline - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2013
    When the steering is turned towards both ends soon before the end the steering shudders and rebounds why
    this happens all the time and makes driving very bad as one is afraid the steering may fail
     
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  • omatsola brown
    omatsola brown - 2007 Honda Ridgeline - Steering & Suspension - 10/28/2013
    Why does steering pull back towards the end of full turn
    it occurs all the time while turnning steering either full left or right
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 10/25/2013
    Do you change rear struts @ 191,000 kms
    no bleeding
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You change struts when they are leaking or have excessive bouncing. Mileage does not matter here.
  • chad.albrecht
    chad.albrecht - 1999 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 10/19/2013
    Grinding on front left when driving -- like driving over cement blocks
    Car has 185,000 miles; struts went out awhile ago and not replaced; Recently when pulling out of the driveway it sounds like I'm driving with a cement block under my car. This is constant, not periodic. No obvious signs of distress externally but I have not jacked ...
     
    • The Car Doctor
      9/24/2013 The Car Doctor
      Sounds Like a possible wheel bearing issue if you jack up the car and put one hand on top of the tire and one at the bottom push and pull if it moves thats probably what it is not a expensive repair
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/24/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Your description using "cement blocks" does not exactly pin down the noise for me. Maybe you just have metal to metal brakes and that being the case maybe drive to shop instead of paying for towing.
    • chad.albrecht
      9/24/2013 chad.albrecht
      Sorry -- let me add some more specifics. It is like a large piece of metal lying on another large piece of model and moving separately and grinding together. It sounds like I have a cement block caught underneath my left front axle. Does that help?
      chad.albrecht
      10/19/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Or you have a metal rotor shield (splash shield) that is bent slightly and rubbing against the rotor as the rotor turns. If the noise began over a long period of time (gradually) then the wheel bearing is maybe junk. If the noise began from one day to the next it is not a wheel bearing.
    • Moravianmechanics
      10/19/2013 Moravianmechanics
      You definately have a bad wheel/ hub bearing. Do not drive and fix now!!!
  • annharris5
    annharris5 - 2007 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2013
    I can hear car moving through gears because of a muffled whine, especially in the 10-20 mph range.
    When turning the steering wheel sharply to the left to park in a parking space, the steering wheel sometimes vibrates a little and the whine gets louder.
     
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