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  • beng0505
    beng0505 - 2001 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 6/7/2013
    My car has a shake or vibration in the front drivers side wheel what could cause this?
    I recently had my front struts, ball joints, and sway bar bushings replaced and a front end alignment done on my honda accord ex V6. Before the work was done I had two new tires put on the rear with no problems, but after the work was done there is a shake or ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/6/2013 HouseCallAuto
      If you have a pulsation / shake that can be felt in the steering wheel (steering wheel usually moves / jiggles when braking) then your cause is still with the front rotors. Replace them, again. And do not use an impact gun to tighten the wheel nuts, use a torque wrench.
    • Bill
      6/6/2013 Bill
      If shake is present at idle in neutral, or during acceleration then suspect engine mounts
    • CVO
      6/7/2013 CVO
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  • cbaldeo
    cbaldeo - 2009 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 6/5/2013
    My steering is making a clicking sound each time i turn it
    • mwarne20
      6/4/2013 mwarne20
      Is there fluid in the reservoir?
    • HouseCallAuto
      6/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      The general origin has to be isolated. For instance, you did not say here whether this clicking sound is inside the vehicle like in the steering column or whether it is coming from the wheel area or the engine compartment? Narrow down the general location of the click and update the post with significant add'l detail.
  • Juliet372
    Juliet372 - 2003 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 8/30/2010
    W havebeen trying to get a front hub back in place. It keeps coming loose. What could cause that problem?
    We originally removed the hub in order to replace a broken stud. After replacing the stud we put the hub back in, only it will not stay in place. We took it for a test drive and heard a strange noise. We removed the wheel and could see that the hub was loose. We can ...
  • ritakayduncan
    ritakayduncan - 2006 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 5/23/2013
    Why do I hear a knocking sound when I turn left and accelerate?
    My car has 90,000 miles. The sound started about a month ago and is now louder and more frequent. I recently had the brake pads and rotors replaced. I hear the sound when driving turning left and accelerating.
    • Jimm
      5/23/2013 Jimm
      Usually, this sound is related to worn CV (constant velocity) joints on the drive axle or halfshaft - from the transmission to the front wheel end. It may aslo be related to worn hub / wheel bearings on that left side.

      Be sure to replace the CV joints and halfshafts - or the front wheel bearing / hub assemblies - in pairs (both left and right sides) due to mileage / age / wear considerations.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as;,, - to list only three. They (RockAuto) list the replacement CV halshafts / drive axle assemblies from around $40.00, and the front wheel bearings from around $37.00 each for your vehicle.
  • durygiles4
    • Jimm
      5/3/2013 Jimm
      Always replace the struts and shock absorbers in pairs; both fronts or both rears - for example - for sake of safety.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) lists the front struts from around $22.00 (Monroe pn 86560) for your vehicle. For the early Accords the struts and shock absorbers are readily available.
  • CrocD
    CrocD - 2005 Honda Pilot - Steering & Suspension - 5/1/2013
    My steering makes a croaking noise (low pitched squeak) when I turn the wheel. Do I need a new rack or just new fluid?
    The steering doesn't squeak when the car is off the ground.
    • HouseCallAuto
      5/1/2013 HouseCallAuto
      It sounds more like a bad ball joint that is worn and has no grease in it anymore. The ball joints are not the grease-able type. Lift the weight off the joint and they will get quiet.
  • psychoticpenguin05
    psychoticpenguin05 - 2004 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 4/21/2013
    My key will no longer go into the ignition. is it the key? or the alignment on the ignition?
    • Jimm
      4/21/2013 Jimm
      First step - check the key shape and 'teeth' of the key - if worn / rounded excessively - then the issue may be a worn ignition switch or ignition key tumbler. If this is the case, then the ignition tumbler and switch will need to be replaced. Of course, along with the new ignition switch will be a new key or set of keys.
  • mlukich
    mlukich - 2004 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 4/1/2013
    What is wrong with my 2004 Honda Accord?
    The power steering is very hard to turn when cold, and only slightly better when it warms up. I had the power steering fluid replaced and it didn't help. What is the next step?
  • smokeybear
    smokeybear - 2008 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2013
    Winding sound in reverse
    Only does this in reverse. Sounds like the power steering unit.
    0 answer
  • Dbennett40db
    Dbennett40db - 2002 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 3/25/2013
    Does power steering fluid leak damage rubber {hoses, bushings}?
    120k miles ps fluid pools above engine, under Rack and pinion, apparently
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes it does without a doubt. It does not happen in a few days though. Takes weeks or months of contamination. Fix the PS leak and clean off the bushings with a solvent and / or an air blower if possible.
  • Tracy Hudson
    Tracy Hudson - 2002 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 3/22/2013
    I hear a screeching noise when I turn the steering wheel. It happens a lot when backing out of my driveway.
    Is is the power steering belt?
    • Joe Boulay
      3/22/2013 Joe Boulay
      It is possibly your power steering belt but without actually hearing the noise it is hard to say. It could also be the wear indicators from your brake pads hitting the rotor.
      Hope this helps
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
  • Lorri.ghan
    Lorri.ghan - 2008 Honda Fit - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2013
    What will it cost to replace a front axle on a 2008 Honda Fit Sport?
    Wrecked front end
    • racel4750
      3/19/2013 racel4750
      It depends which repair shop you use, independent garages charge cheaper, but check their reputation. Basically a pair of cv axle will cost about less than 200$ plus installation.
    • Jimm
      3/19/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line parts sources; such as,, or, or - for the replacement parts.
      For example, they (RockAuto) list the CV axle shaft assembly from around $70.00 each for your vehicle.
  • sandyw1994
    sandyw1994 - 2000 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2013
    Multi use turn/dimmer switch won't switch from low to high beam. The handle has a lot of play.
    Feels like a broken spring but I assume it's a partially broken switch. The turn signal works. I priced one and they are out of my price range. Any suggests on how to find a refurbished or used one? Car has 179,000 miles
  • kfred
    kfred - 2005 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 3/15/2013
    What's wrong with my steering wheel/ car
    I got a wheel alignment about 2 months ago, ever since my steering wheel hasn't been responding straight after I make a right turn. It will reset but stops at a quarter of a turn and I have to bring it back straight. It was like this before the alignment but not ...
    • Jimm
      3/15/2013 Jimm
      That is the most likely cause - have the alignment re-checked. There should be a slight positive caster to enable the steering wheel to return to the centered position after making a turn.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      You have a bad Steering Shaft U-Joint. The u-joint which is at the base of the steering column connects the steering wheel to the rack and pinion. The u-joint is seizing up / frozen so that is why y=the wheel gets tight in the same spot as u turn the wheel. Not unlike a universal socket that you would have in your tool box except the socket would be binding up in one direction (you see they pivot in two directions) as you turn the socket. Probability here is like 99.99% slam dunk. I am surprised they did not advise you of this. I for one would never have missed that as I would have felt it when I drove your car from the parking lot into the building, but some techs just ain't that attentive to things, or they just plain are terrible mechanics.
      3/16/2013 kfred
      So something needs replacing?
      3/16/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the steering shaft u-joint of course. >>
  • brosfoley
    brosfoley - 2005 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 3/15/2013
    What is the average cost of repair for torn compliance bushings? Is it unsafe to continue to drive without fixing?
    Torn compliance bushings - safety issue? Average cost of repair?
    • Jimm
      3/15/2013 Jimm
      Need more information - what is meant by 'compliance' bushings?
      3/15/2013 HouseCallAuto
      No such thing I ever heard of. Is this a joke.