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Acura steering problem

Hi Ed,

I have a friend that asked me about this. Said I wasn't sure, but I know this guy...

She has an Acura, I think it's a 98 and don't know the model either (no answer on her phone right now). The steering got stiff. She had the pump replaced and the guy who did the job told her there was no difference. It had to be the rack. $890.00 to do the job.

In asking her a few questions, she said it was nearly impossible to drive.

I asked if the steering was easier with the engine off? Yes. While running, it is very difficult to steer.

It's not that I suspect the guy of scamming her, he removed the new pump, replaced the old one and charged zero.

I'm asking you in case her guy missed something or if this was something you heard of. Basically trying to save a friend some money she can't afford to spend.

Let me know the right questions to ask. Thanks bud.

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  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Jan 24, 2009

    Thanks Ed,

    It does help. Getting a second opinion is the sensible thing to do before spending that much cash. Sometimes the news just isn't good.

    Thanks again



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Hey. What I would do first is to raise the front end up, and check to see if the wheels turn left and right manually; engine off.
Wheels turn free, prob the rack

Second, start it up and feel the P/S hoses. Feel for pressure flow when the wheels are being turned. if there is no obvious feeling of pressure change, then I would think that the rack was bypassing thru the spool valve. Replace the rack.

Actually, $890.00 ain't bad...make sure they do an alignment when they are done.

Hope this helps you out.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

  • Toyota Ed Jan 24, 2009

    Let me know how it turns out.



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