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  • jlum
    jlum - 2001 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 9/8/2012
    How to replace power steering pump
    Hard to steer , grinding noise
    0 answer
  • Jimmy
    Jimmy - 1999 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 8/16/2012
    My steering wheel shakes. It shakes worse as I get up to 40mph or more. My wheel also feels like its shaking. (Front)
    Why would or what would cause my steering wheel to shake??
    • Cocomo
      8/16/2012 Cocomo
      If it only shakes while driving, you have a tire problem. Most more than likely you have a tire balance problem, but there is always a chance one of the tires could be separated. But usually a separated tire will cause the entire car to wobble at low speeds, such as while driving in a parking lot.
  • Billy Flored
    Billy Flored - 2002 Acura RSX - Steering & Suspension - 8/8/2012
    When you turns the wheels from side to side have a pretty bad noise, apparently is the powerstering pump.
    We check the fluid and was all around the reservoir cup. Like if it was spill out.
    • Jimm
      7/22/2012 Jimm
      Most likely the steering pump or steering rack. Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts.
    • Wrench
      8/8/2012 Wrench
      Are the hoses wet? I would check the clamps on the low pressure hoses 1st, then see if the high pressure hose is wet. Have someone turn the wheel while the car is running and in park, while you are looking under the hood. You'll see if you have a leak.
  • lamthay
    lamthay - 2000 Acura RL - Steering & Suspension - 7/30/2012
    Why my right side is scratch with the fender when I make a left turn?
    0 answer
  • Tom
    Tom - 2006 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 7/17/2012
    My 2006 MDX has 94,000 miles on it and I feel like the shocks need to be replaced - they are original. Do I need the st
    need to replace the strut assembly, as well? If I only replace the shocks, will that make a big difference, or not? Thanks for your help. Tom
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/15/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I doubt that you need new shocks, and if you do i would use genuine Honda parts.
      7/16/2012 Tom
      Dear HouseCall Auto - THANK YOU for your answer! It seems like the ride is decidedly softer/"squishier" and I would like it to be much firmer - wouldn't new shocks accomplish that? Also, how long should original shocks last - nearly 100k miles seems like a lot? I would be grateful for your thoughts. Many, many thanks.
    • HouseCallAuto
      7/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Hi Tom, my answer is based on the majority of what I have observed over my years. Shocks and struts are probably the most oversold component these days because of habit and because of the repair shop culture of merchandising / selling as much replacement parts as you can when the vehicle is in for anything. Back in the day, shocks and struts did go bad alot, even in 50,000 miles some of them were really wasted. Technology has evolved a lot since then and shocks were constructed with much better wearing materials like teflon seals and special coatings and the shocks and struts started lasting longer, a lot longer. So, the 100,000 mile figure does not mean degraded shocks and struts but still means that an honest mechanic has to make an evaluation as to whether they should get replaced or not. A look at the struts to see if any oil is seeping out and staining the outside of the shock housing is still a valid way to measure if they are good (although not reliable 100%) and the basic bounce test, have a heavy person knee his weight on each corner of the vehicle and jounce the suspension and the suspension should rebound back up just once and should not continue to bounce. I have been a firm believer in using the Genuine OE parts on some "special" vehicles, by special I mean a vehicle that seems to mean a lot more to the vehicle owner than just your standard car owner who rarely if ever does any preventitive maintenance. On any car I own, if I were going to replace shocks or struts I would only use the genuine OE replacement part over an aftermarket brand like Monroe for example. Monroe makes a great product but I have found that the ride will be firmer than OE which sometimes gets a complaint when the vehicle owner drives it after installing Monroe products.Some people will like the firmness and others will still think something is wrong. If you use OE parts you can be siure that you will keep the same ride (other things being OK) as you had when it was new. Another item that plays a huge role in ride is the tires. I would not use any other tire except a Michelin, and likely one of the top Michelins also (Michelin also has their good, better, best) as the tire condition and brand / quality changes the ride substantially. Ultimately it is your decision but maybe you will seem more informed coming from a very picky and observant old tech like me. OE shocks or struts will cost a little more than twice the cost of aftermarket, example OE Acura strut around $160 each front VS aftermarket about $75 each (this price is you buying online for example). The rear shocks are a little cheaper. Good luck.
    • Jimm
      7/17/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts - such as the shocks and struts. Both OEM (original) ride and heavy-duty ride quality units are available.
  • eric
    eric - 2007 Acura TSX - Steering & Suspension - 7/14/2012
    About how much is it for a front end alignment for this car
    Rear alignment arms need to be replaced
    • Jimm
      7/14/2012 Jimm
      The wheel alignment cannot be performed without having first repaired or replaced the suspension components - such as the rear control arms.
      Check with the local alignment repair shops in your area - they will have different prices and cost for different services.
  • jamie wyatt
    jamie wyatt - 2009 Acura CSX - Steering & Suspension - 6/10/2012
    I have a 47 chrysler, windser 2 door I'm installing a 4 link coil over suspension,
    and trying to use monroe sensa trak shocks, they state 1800 lbs support. car is pretty heavy. I'm tring to find the set that fits best the car, new suspension, and my budget, I can't afford $500.00 however all the sites ask what car model and year. but its not ...
    • Jimm
      6/10/2012 Jimm
      Check with the manufacturer of the coil over 4 link suspension - to see what size shock absorber is recommended for the suspension. You may also try the many aftermarket and street rod websites; Fat Man's, Heidts, Jakes - to name a few.
  • Victor
    Victor - 2008 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 5/3/2012
    When do the rear shock absorbers need to be changed
    My rear tires show increased uneven wear and it is causing a rolling sound. I have 55K miles.
    • EG9 K20A3
      5/2/2012 EG9 K20A3
      I need to know the kind of wear, inner? outer?

      Shocks needs to be changed when they are already exhibiting a knocking noise. Dont follow the maintenance chart since it all depends on how you drive your car.

      Example: ME :), i changed my shocks after 10 years, it only got busted after 10 years (Honda civic 2002)

      You only probably need an aligmnemt
      EG9 K20A3
      5/2/2012 Victor
      The rear tires show outer wear.
      Do I need a rotation followed by the alignment?
      Or should the alignment be done first, then drive a few thousand miles to even out the wear, and finally rotate the tires?

    • EG9 K20A3
      5/3/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Get an alignment first then rotate. It sounds like somewhere the camber has been thrown off. Usually when you turn the steering wheel you will notice the wheels tilt slightly, but only slightly. Depending on the car it could be caused by a loose upper/lower control arm or a control arm that is worn out. Usually they don't wear out, but it is possible.

      EG9 K20A3
      5/3/2012 Victor
      I have the alignment scheduled for this Sat.
      Thanks for the guidance.
  • keith maples
    keith maples - 2006 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 4/26/2012
    How much is complete strut replacement for an Acura TL 2006
    Rides rough very little cushion
    • Jimm
      4/23/2012 Jimm
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts. They (Rock Auto) list the struts from around $32.00 for either the front or rear for your vehicle. Be sure to replace in pairs and have a wheel alignment performed when the struts are replaced.
    • koko
      4/26/2012 koko
      I have a 2004 tl, manual transmission and have been looking at struts, though I have no issue with mine as yet.I still take mine to the dealer, but I bring in my own parts....recently brought in brembo discs and pads for my brakes. As Jimm says there are many online sites and often one part can be found much lower than on another. The front are more expensive than the back. A name brand will last longer and give better performance, with bilstein at the top dollar and KYB good at a lower cost, if you plan on keeping the car and want close to original ride. Just compare a number of sites for prices on a model. For much cheaper labor check out a reputable alignment shop, maybe recommended by your dealer or tire store, as this is basic work...and some will be glad to acquire the parts based on what you want to install. Just be aware of the cheapest ones as they might wear out in two years and the labor is not cheap given the time usually involved per axle. Put your weight on the back car corners and try to get it to bounce, then let it go, and if it settles right away without more bouncing, you can wait on the rear wheels.
    • koko
      4/26/2012 koko
      An alignment shop might charge actual time, instead of using standard hours per the dealer book, so lower labor cost there. One recently quoted me 1.3 hours at $110 to replace brakes and rotor on the front axle, and shocks will be more,,,,,3-4 per axle?? A local BMW independent shop, which I took my bmw to for the brake job charged 3 hours for two axels and $300, but I had a lot more work to do; I have it in the shop now and bringing in my parts from the net.

      Besides labor and the strut costs there isn't much else in cost, maybe a split dust cover or strut bushing to replace. Then the alignment, which is cheapest at the alignment shop, $50 at mine in Atlanta.
  • smitty
    smitty - 2007 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 4/24/2012
    Funny noise
    After I back out of driveway and turn wheels to right to pull fwd there is a moaning growl heard. Any ideas?
    • Slim
      4/24/2012 Slim
      Are you turning "locking" your steering wheel ALL the way to 1 side when you hear that noise?
      Does it happen when u turn left?
      8/12/2012 smitty
      No only when I turn right and no the steering isn't locked all the way to the right when it's heard. It happens when my foot is on break and when it's not. It's been to dealership many times and not fixed. The steering system was flushed many times, pump replaced and just replaced steering rack and the noise is still there!
  • DaMizz2
    DaMizz2 - 1999 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 4/14/2012
    TCS light pops off and on
    Lights comes on
    0 answer
  • Howeboy
    Howeboy - 1999 Acura CL - Steering & Suspension - 4/9/2012
    Does changing the CV joints help anything?
    Every time I turn my wheel it makes a ch ch ch sound that annoys me more than anything. So I've been considering getting them changed out. Is it worth the time and money spent to do it?
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/9/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Before you go changing anything, be sure of your diagnosis. Your diagnostic method does not sound foolproof. If the rubber CV boots are torn open and all greasy, then yes the CV joints are your noise. if the boots are not torn, then you need to keep looking.
      4/24/2012 Slim
      Most likely its a dried out CV Joint. Yes, remedy the joint ASAP, don't let the dirt/water get inside of the delicate friction parts where grease should be. Its cheaper than replacing the whole axle in the future.
  • Senegeser
    Senegeser - 2002 Acura MDX - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2012
    Rubbing noise while accelerating/turning from front tire after running over huge rock
    I live in Africa and have little access to good mechanics. Last weekend I idiotically ran my MDX over a chunk of rock that was about 2 inches taller than the clearance of the vehicle. It pretty much went right down the middle. I stopped a couple feet after ...
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/27/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Thats a big rock chief considering the MDX has decent clearance. ANyway, too bad i cant hear it in person because i know several rubbing sounds, one rubbing sound is from the wheel hitting the wheel well, rubbing sound from the axle (its more of like rumbling) as well as the bearing. Jack the car up again and try to simulate the even buy turning the wheels and moving each part back and forth for play. Im sorry but online has its limitations.

      Check this video
  • karina
    karina - 2002 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 3/13/2012
    Why is my car shaking at 50+ miles per hour?
    My sterring wheel shakes (or my car) when i go faster than 50 miles per hour.
    0 answer
  • Todd
    Todd - 2004 Acura TL - Steering & Suspension - 3/8/2012
    I changed the power steering pump on my 04 Acura TL. I also changed the power steering fluid and drive belt. Everything
    was fine for the first day. Now while driving I intermittently loose all power steering. Any ideas?
    • Spoon Sports
      3/8/2012 Spoon Sports
      I have been wracking my brain and there really is not to much to that system. If you have changed the pumps. Are you certain the lines and pump were installed correctly? Hows your rack? (I meant the steering rack hehe) Did you do the work or have someone else do it? Is there any power assist at all? Did you check the steering yoke at the end of the the steering column were it is attached at the power steering rack? This yoke is known to freeze up and make it difficult to turn the wheel and making it seem like the power steering pump is not doing its job.

      Spoon Sports
      3/8/2012 Todd
      The power steering will work fine for 5 to 10 minutes, then the power steering will stop and start while I'm driving. The strange part is I can be going any speed and the steering can become difficult. Before I changed the pump I would only have difficulty steering when making a turn at very low speed. The new serpentine belt seems to be slightly looser than the old one was, but I believe the belt is self tensioning. I did the work myself and have to admit I am only a novice at this.
    • yboy82
      3/8/2012 yboy82
      When you've replaced your power steering belt did you check the condition of your power steering hose? Check out the Recall below for your vehicle

      2004 Acura Tl Steering Recall 08V091000
      NHTSA: Action Number: N/A Service Bulletin Number: 08V091000

      Report Date:
      Feb 27, 2008 Component:
      Steering Potential Units Affected:
      273000 Manufacturer:
      Honda (american Honda Motor Co.)

      Summary: Honda is recalling 273,000 my 2004-2008 acura tl vehicles. Prolonged high under-hood temperatures may cause the power steering hose to deteriorate prematurely causing the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid.

      Consequence: Power steering fluid leaking onto a hot catalytic converter will generate smoke and possibly lead to an under-hood fire.

      Remedy: Dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose free of charge. The recall began on april 28, 2008. Owners may contact acura at 800-382-2238. This is an expansion of a previous recall (please see 07v551).

      Notes: Acura recall no. Q73. Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www./ Safercar. Gov.
      3/8/2012 yboy82
      Also check out the 112 TSB's and 4 Recalls for your vehicle on this link
      3/8/2012 Todd
      I called the Acura dealership and they said the recall (2) for my car were done- power steering hose and
      windshield wiper relay.
      3/9/2012 yboy82
      How about the recall for your power train and suspension Todd?