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Old 23 Mar 2012, 08:31 am
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Default If the power steering fluid is dirty, can it make the steering wheel to get lock or stiff for a

second or two? I have some squealing noise sometimes when I start and turn the wheel to get out from a parking space, also a couple of times when the car is cold the steering wheel has been stiff for a second or two. The power steering fluid seems to be dirty with burnt smell, evidently I have to replace the PS fluid, do I also have to replace the PS pump?
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Old 23 Mar 2012, 08:46 am
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Yes you do, I have the same problem with my civic. the pump needs to be replaced, apparently the rubber seals inside the pump wear out and the pump starts to suck a little air, making the oil dirty.
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Old 23 Mar 2012, 09:02 am
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is nothing wrong with you car is just the bell slipping when is cold and then stops later if continues to do it , tide the BELT or replace it. dirty fluit will not make sreering to lock at all is you steering belt,
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Old 23 Mar 2012, 09:16 am
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Start with a new belt - it should not squeal when you turn. If the noise is more of a squall than a squeak, that is the pump itself. Pump trouble doesn't make the steering intermittently stiff, just noisy. It is normal for the fluid to become gray. Replacing the fluid is not a bad thing to do but it rarely helps anything, can be messy, and if you get air in the system it can be tough to get out. I gave up on doing it with the engine running and did it by turning the pump by hand - the engine just kept recirculating the foam.































The momentary steering stiffness is known as "morning sickness" and is caused by a combination of wear in the rack and stiffening seals. Lucas power steering additive may help for a while but a rack replacement is the only real fix. It is not just a Honda thing - all hydraulic power steering does it sometimes.































One that is a Honda thing is the power steering fluid. Use only Honda compatible power steering fluid - transmission fluid (like Dexron) will destroy the seals.
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