We often take power steering for granted until an important part of the system fails and we're left to muscle the front wheels around on our own. Not to mention that manual steering has become more difficult as the section width and weight of the average passenger car tire has increased. The new generation of electronic power steering systems equipped on many Hondas alleviates many problems associated with older belt-driven power steering systems and provides easy and direct steering response. Many electronic power steering systems also allow the manufacturer to either increase the assist for low-speed maneuverability, or reduce it to improve driving feel and stability at speed. But the versatility of an electronic power steering system also increases the complexity of the system which can make repairs difficult when one part breaks down or stops functioning and eventually, the Honda Electronic Power Steering System developed a reputation for failure.
The usual point of failure is nearly always the pump, largely due to leaks in the supply lines or the pump itself which can overtax the pump with a low fluid level. When the power steering pump starts to fail, it often makes a groaning noise as the steering is turned, and you will notice some increased effort in turning the wheel. You might even be able to see the leak that is causing the problem by looking for wetness near the pump itself or on the ground where you park. When this happens, the pump must be replaced to avoid damage to the accessory belt and for proper steering response while driving.
When servicing your power steering system, you'll also need to address the cause of the pump failure. The most common reason is low fluid caused by a leak in one of the hoses or by a clogged filter in the bottom of the power steering fluid reservoir. When the pump runs dry, the friction inside causes abnormal wear to the bearings and interior surfaces that are left without lubrication from the fluid. Unfortunately, the filter that is often found inside of the power steering fluid reservoir is not serviceable and you'll likely need to replace the reservoir and filter as a unit. Likewise, the high-pressure hose that is a frequent source of leaks can't be repaired and must be replaced to prevent the fluid level from dropping again. If the leak is coming from around the boot at the end of your power steering rack, you'll need to replace the rack as well.
Fortunately, at BKHondaParts.com, we stock new parts for your entire Honda Power Steering system that are direct-fit replacements from the factory at prices that won't leave your wallet empty. In addition to Honda Power Steering Pumps, BKHondaParts.com also stocks replacement Honda Power Steering Hoses, Honda Power Steering Fluid Reservoirs, and Honda Power Steering Racks for every Honda vehicle. We even have easy to read parts diagrams for every Honda model so you can easily find the part number you need. But if you have any questions or want to find out which part is better for your Honda vehicle, give one of our Honda Parts experts a call toil-free at 877-674-5525 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.