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  • 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.
      HouseCallAuto
      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.
     
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  • 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.
  • jim
     
    • Jimm
      1/26/2013 Jimm
      Usually the clicking sound is indication of a worn CV (constant velocity) joint in the axle / halfshaft. If worn, then the halfshaft / CV axle assembly must be replaced. Try the many on-line auto parts sources; such as, www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for specific steps to replace the front drive axle.

  • chase
    chase - 2003 Honda Pilot - Steering & Suspension - 1/21/2013
    What else causes steering wheel vibration @ 70-80 mph? I had the wheel balance & alignment done with a new wheel/tires
    Vibration & steering wheel shimmy increases between 70-80mph
     
    • CVO
      1/20/2013 CVO
      Rotate the wheels and see if the vibration is still persisted.
    • Bill
      1/21/2013 Bill
      I agree with CVO
  • lowell.cortez
    lowell.cortez - 2008 Honda CR-V - Steering & Suspension - 1/17/2013
    Steering wheel not rotating back automatically when turning (u-turn). It is all started when I cross switch all the whee
    It has only 30K miliage to date.
     
    0 answer
  • maveric61
    maveric61 - 2006 Honda Element - Steering & Suspension - 1/2/2013
    There's a rumbling sound when turning sharp either direction. Why?
    There's a rumbling sound when turning sharp either direction. Why?
     
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  • Kelly
    Kelly - 2005 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 1/1/2013
    What could cause a feeling of no control over the front passenger tire with the steering wheel?
    My car has almost 200,000 miles on it. I don't hear any noise, and it only seems to drift about when on a worn street surface. The tension in the steering wheel is stronger while leaning into the driver's side (curving right) on a curve, and less tension in the ...
     
    • Jimm
      1/1/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn wheel bearings, faulty / worn hub bearing assembly, faulty / worn suspension bushings. First step - raise the front tires off the ground - support with jack stands. Next, inspect the front hub / bearing for excess looseness play or wear. Remove the front wheels to gain a closer look.
      Replace all worn parts or hub / bearing assemblies. Use the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect and replace.
      Check on-line for the many parts supply sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
  • joshgrabia
    joshgrabia - 2006 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 12/24/2012
    Need advice on repair - power steering
    So here's the deal...2 months ago I started smelling burning smells when turning. Took car in and powersteering hose was spraying fluid. They replace the hose and even better i get a letter in the mail from Honda saying there was a recall and they'd reimburse any ...
     
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  • money
    money - 1999 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 12/23/2012
    Why does my driver side wheel make a fluttering sound as I ride
    Wheel makes noise as I drive
     
    • Jimm
      12/23/2012 Jimm
      Inspect the front wheel and tire for the tread condition; loose / worn. Replace as required.
  • rollysoup
    rollysoup - 1994 Honda Civic - Steering & Suspension - 12/21/2012
    I just filled my power steering fluid but when driving today it was still acting up. What else could it be?
    I filled up my fluid and filled up my oil, but it is still acting up. It recently started acting this way, and never has before. It is making noises when driving also
     
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  • uditdodeja75
    uditdodeja75 - 2001 Honda Accord - Steering & Suspension - 12/18/2012
    Car is shaking; feel vibrations on steering wheel and under my seat
    2001 Honda Accord V6. I gave it to Pepboys recently as my car needed oil change plus alignment and tire rotation. I also asked them to check my break pads as i had coupon for free break checks. After looking at breaks they told my me that my front rotars are going ...
     
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  • bill4klubbtx
     
    • Jimm
      12/6/2012 Jimm
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inspect the front brakes and wheel bearings.