Thanks again for all your help, Juan Never mind, I now know my question regarding the boot is completely irrelevant to the whining noise and bubbling fluid given that the boot only protects gear and joins inside. After a few more hours of driving the noise was back. Make sure yoiu are getting the most out of it! This failure occurred a few days after the car was serviced for replacement of timing belt and water pump, which required removal and reinstallation of the tensioner pulley. Hoping that Honda will re-extend the said warranties for it did not work properly on the said occurrence since 2007 and it might cause significant damage to vehicle and is a safety issue. I am really thinking about getting another car because of it. Another symptom of faulty steering occurs when your wheels and tires are hard to turn. The power steering pump is designed to make turning easier.
There did not seem to be a loss of power in the power steering at any other time, but I became concerned that the power steering was going bad and may go out on my wife and kids at a critical time other than when going slowly while parallel parking. If you hear a whining or growling noise when you turn the wheel, you might only need to add hydraulic fluid, but you might also have a leak. After you have done this, and you have made sure that the fluid is replaced completely and up to the level that is correct for your car if you're not sure, remember that the correct fluid amount can be found in user manual or online then go ahead and start up the car and move the steering wheel back and forth. A red or red-brown puddle beneath your car points toward the power steering pump. They did mention the bulletin and said they would take care of it and they paid for a rental car for me for the day.
The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle became difficult to steer. We bought it used with 55,000 miles but got one hell of a deal. The power steering pump is driven by the belt drive system to pressurize fluid for power assisted steering. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the power steering assist exhibited a loud noise. It requires a real effort just to turn the wheels. He leaves us and we watched him approach the tech at our vehicle and after a short discussion the tech appeared not to be draining the power steering pump. I asked a technician at the dealer what the potential cause was and he said that there is a filter in the fluid reservoir that can get clogged.
Took the vehicle to the Honda dealer where we were told the power steering pump was bad. . Update from Feb 21, 2011 : Had the power steering pump changed by Honda. As if the power steering fluid was empty, but it is full. I feel that at a minimum, Honda should pay for the parts, and I can pay for the labor. I had a heck of a time with this one. They just said they fixed the problem.
They said they had to lubricate the entire system, I said it's not even a year old, it should not happen. The pumps are all lemons and just continue to fail one after another. If that is the case, the system is leaking and another part may be at fault. Severe steering wheel vibrations are signs that the belt is defective, wobbly or needs to be changed. In the end the fix was to just replace it. Now, the vehicle is no longer under warranty, but the sound has gotten worse. Have used this site to show that others have had 100% paid getting their power steering pump replaced by Honda.
Took vehicle to Honda dealer knowing other 2006 Honda Odysseys had power steering problems and that the warranty on just the power steering pump had been extended to 7 years and 100,000 miles. Check individual product pages for the warranty length applicable to each product. Obviously there is something more to this then a steering pump. I was told there was a warranty extension for our vehicle for the power steering, but that it only went up to 100,000. We finally went inside and started up a conversation with our salesman Pat. Research online to do the O ring repair before letting the Dealer Rip You Off. The whine should be instantly gone and you should be good as new.
Thanks anyway, Juan Please or to join the conversation. I hoped the issue was just the power steering pump and that the warranty would cover it. With only 55,000-56,000 miles on the van, this is not the kind of safety or quality I would have expected from Honda. This article is packed full in useful information on how to find and solve automotive electrical problems. Terms and length vary by product.
I have been noticing this issue when coming into round-abouts at various speeds. I prefer Lucas oil brand power steering fluid because it has worked well for this same issue I had on my 4Runner and civic. To change the fluid, go ahead and grab a disposable turkey baster or something similar that will allow you to put it in the power steering fluid reservoir and pump it out. I have had this problem for over a year. The power steering was still operated but not a full capacity. I do wonder if it should be a recall however, because it is safety-related.