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  • annharris5
    annharris5 - 2007 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 10/10/2013
    I can hear a muffled, low-pitched whine as car is moving through gears. Most marked at 10-20 mph.
    Steering seemed difficult when very slowly turning the steering wheel hard to left when pulling into parking spot. Slight vibration in steering wheel at this time.
     
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  • mdivincenzo11
    mdivincenzo11 - 2001 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 9/18/2013
    What is sound in front wheel?
    hearing a "clinking" sound from front right wheel area. Hear it while driving straight and when I turn right but it does not make a sound when making a hard right doing "donuts". Does not seem to be anything to do with wheel alignment. Recently had ball joints replaced.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/18/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Possible broken stabilizer bar link or someone left a bolt loose when doing the ball joints. Maybe the axle nut is loose, so many possibles. Probably not a bad axle / cv joint because they always are quiet when going straight. Could be the splash shield got bent when the ball joints were done and now is rubbing on the rotor.
  • scottm5
    scottm5 - 2010 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 9/16/2013
    Underneath car when breaking,turning and especially when coming to a complete stop.Sounds like metal ball rolling around
    It sounds just like (but is not) when you drive around with a loose emergency break and it knocks around, this is a Individual rolling sound @ different points in vehicle
     
    • bear.1216
      9/16/2013 bear.1216
      Could have loose catalyst material or heat shield in the exhaust system. Have the exhaust pipes checked if you punch them or shake them you may be able to hear it. You can also punch or thump the top of each tire to listen for noise at each corner of the suspension. Is the noise coming from interior or trunk or exterior. This noise description sounds like either loose exhaust heat shield or marbles under your rear seat.
  • jsample517
    jsample517 - 2002 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 7/9/2013
    Car makes a low droning/humming sound from the front when driven. .
    Gets loudest at about 40mph. Sounds like it is coming from driver side wheel.
     
    • wbrockstar
      7/9/2013 wbrockstar
      Does it seem to get louder when you make a right hand turn or going around a curve towards the right when youre going 40 mph? ?? If so,it sounds like it could be your front wheel bearing hub assembly
    • Jimm
      7/9/2013 Jimm
      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.partstrain.com, www.partsgeek.com, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
      For example, they (RockAuto) list the front hub from around $15.00 and the front wheel bearing from around $40.00 for your vehicle. Remember, the bearings are always replaced in pairs - due to mileage / age / wear considerations.
  • zcs7023
    zcs7023 - 2003 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 7/5/2013
    Can anyone tell me what part this is, and if it should look like this?? [Front end, behind tire]
    From edge of tire: http://i.imgur.com/yasJvZA.jpg Closer Look: http://i.imgur.com/OJeqTHf.jpg
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Replace the stabalizer bar links. Nothing to worry about a breakdown, nothing dangerous.
      HouseCallAuto
      7/5/2013 zcs7023
      Would this cause a "clicking" or "ticking" noise when driving. It clicks louder when I turn right and stops clicking when I'm turning left. Slight click with each wheel rotation going straight >:(
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes to all
  • NitroX
    NitroX - 1993 Honda Civic del Sol - Steering & Suspension - 6/27/2013
    The power steering went out on my car any thoughts?
    I don't know anything else
     
    • Jimm
      6/27/2013 Jimm
      First step - check the power steering fluid level. Refill as necessary. Once the steering system fluid level is OK - then check the following conditions; power steering fluid leak - check the pressure and return hoses for leaks and signs of fluid loss. Replace the hoses as necessary.
      Check the power steering drive belt slipping / worn (replace the belt), power steering pump / pulley not rotating or functioning (replace the steering pump).

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.partsgeek.com, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
  • tincanjunction
    tincanjunction - 1980 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 6/9/2013
    Will alloy rims from a 1979 Porsche 924 14x6, 4 Lug, bolt onto my 1980 Honda Hatchback.
     
    • Jimm
      6/9/2013 Jimm
      No - the Porsche 924 wheel bolt pattern is: 4 x 108 mm, the Honda Accord is 4 x 100 mm. Difference of 8 mm between the two wheels.
  • 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; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.rockauto.com, www.partsgeek.com - 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.
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    • 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; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com 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?