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  • 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.
  • markyboy
    markyboy - 1995 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 3/3/2013
    Can i just change steering rack end?
    can i just change steering rack end as has play? can any1 help me please really need this sorted in next couple days?
    • Jimm
      3/3/2013 Jimm
      Usually, the steering rack is changed / exchanged as an assembly - not just replacing components inside - as all parts would be subject to the same wear / mileage considerations.

      Check the many different on-line auto parts sources; such as -, and for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the steering rack assembly from around $143.00 for your vehicle.
  • danielbfeldman
    danielbfeldman - 2000 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 3/2/2013
    Why do I hear squeaking noises from front of my car when breaking or going over rough road?
    I was told this sound may indicate the need for new lower ball joints; could that be the problem?
    • Jimm
      3/2/2013 Jimm
      Check the following items as first step; faulty / worn suspension bushings, faulty / worn strut bushings, faulty / worn upper strut bearings. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the specific steps to inspect the front end components for wear.
  • tennis15
    tennis15 - 1994 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 2/28/2013
    When car is parked with engine off, I push the hood down and the car squeeks on both sides.
    accord dx. has 190,000.00 miles plus (1994) when driving and I hit a bump it squeals even louder, or when I turn the wheel. Same happens in my 2001 honda CRV. 150,00.00 miles.
    • Joe Boulay
      2/28/2013 Joe Boulay
      I suspect front lower ball joints, or front upper control arms. Get your suspension completely checked over ASAP.
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
  • piddler
    piddler - 2004 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 2/20/2013
    My grandaughter calls to tell me her power steering sounds like a weedeater when she turns her steering wheel
    also is harder to turn.I'm unable to go to her home to check it out. (such as loose belt) I fell and injured my back, I ask her if there was fluid in the cup, she said it was full. she takes her van and has the oil changed regularly they always topoff all fluids. I ...
    • Jason
      2/20/2013 Jason
      Not sure what a weedeater sounds like, but you may be right about the pump. Need to confirm fluid level, belt tension, and maybe tire pressure.
  • lsmith0089
    lsmith0089 - 2005 Honda Odyssey - Steering & Suspension - 2/9/2013
    Shakes at 65. Stops shaking when I put the cruise on.
    I had the front mounts replaced already, tires balanced and aligned.
    0 answer
  • anna84
    anna84 - 2008 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2013
    My car makes a humming noise and it gets louder by speeding up, what is wrong? I can only hear it inside my car.
    It has been going on for a month now and it's getting louder
  • rhysr.lawson
    rhysr.lawson - 2004 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2013
    Struts, bearing or alignment?
    My wifes car has been having this problem for the past year and a half. When driving there is a whirring sound coming from the rear drivers side which speeds up with acceleration. At interstate speeds I notice a vibration that I dont think should be there. I first ...
    • Mike
      2/6/2013 Mike
      Try rotating the tire to see if the noise changes.
    • Joe Boulay
      2/8/2013 Joe Boulay
      If you have eliminated the possibility of road noise from choppy tires I would still suspect a bad wheel bearing. You may not feel play in the wheel bearing as you wiggle the wheel off the ground. You also may not hear the noise up in the air as you spin the wheel by hand. you should be using an automotive stethoscope listening to the back side of the hub, while someone spins the rear wheels for you. Compare the noise made from the right to left sides to diagnose. Some wheel bearings may not make noise unless they are loaded from the weight of the vehicle. Hope this helps.
      Joe Boulay
      Automotive Technician & Author
  • rhysr.lawson
    rhysr.lawson - 2004 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 2/5/2013
    Struts, bearing or alignment?
    My wifes car has been having this problem for the past year and a half. When driving there is a whirring sound coming from the rear drivers side which speeds up with acceleration. At interstate speeds I notice a vibration that I dont think should be there. I first ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/5/2013 HouseCallAuto
      get that tire off the car that has the unusual wear pattern an see if the noise is gone. However, I often see tires that wear with rhythmic spacing patterns that you can feel when rubbing your fingers around the circumference of the tire. These patterns seem to develop mostly on the rear of a lightweight front-wheel drive car and I would mostly see it on Goodyear tires, but I see other brands do it also. Too often, when inexperienced mechanics see this, they go blaming the struts when there is nothing wrong with the struts (at all) and the cause is completely with the type (and maybe brand of tire also, not sure) combined with the lightweight vehicle. If you remove the tire from the vehicle (or at least rotate it to the front) and then the noise is one or it is now noisy in the front, then you have discovered your cause. If the noise remains at the left rear then you have a bad wheel bearing there.
  • DTrain
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/2/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There are no rules here regarding how to get out of a jam like the one you detail. You use any and all methods. If you absolutely cannot get to the spinning nut that broke the weld, that may mean that you use a sawsall and gut the bolt or that may mean you make a hole adjacent to the spinning nut and then use a vice grip to hold the nut from spinning. There are so many hundreds of complications that we run into as mechanics and there is no substitute for a mechanic seeing with his own eyes the problem you are detailing to receive advice on what to try first. That being said, figure out a way to prevent the normally stationary nut from spinning. There are no rules.
      2/4/2013 DTrain
      Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. My approach is going to cut a 1 3/8 hole in the subframe part to be able to get a 1 1/8 ratch through the hole to connect to the spinning nut. Talked to a mechanic at the Honda Dealership and he said this is a common problem. For replacing the hole, I am having a friend weld the piece back on. I thought about cutting the bolt but would still have the issue with replacing and/ or getting to the nut in the frame. The dealership wanted $15 for a bolt!
  • tundecarew69
    tundecarew69 - 2007 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 2/1/2013
    Why does the car make a twitchy noise when turning the steering or on gallop road.
    This just started a few days ago.
    0 answer
  • javajoshi
    javajoshi - 1999 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 1/28/2013
    Steering wheel wont move
    When at low speeds (less than 40mph) steering feel becomes difficult to turn
    • hikegnp
      1/28/2013 hikegnp
      Sounds like your power steering is not working. First thing to do is to check your power steering fluid level. If this is low, then get the right power steering fluid and add to the full line. If it is way low, you may need to add more after the engine runs for a while. If the fluid level is fine, then check to see if the pump is working. With the engine running, look into the fluid reservoir and look for any fluid movement. If the fluid is moving, then the pump is probably working and the problem probably lies with the steering rack.