1988 Honda Accord Loss of Power Steering

Tiny
CHARMEDLIFE
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  • 1988 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,244 MILES
Hi, my son's 88 Accord has gradually lost most of it's power steering function. He says it is most noticeable when he's slowing down, parking etc. (Kind of makes sense I guess.) Could this just be a lack of ps fluid, or something worse? Break it to me gently:)
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Friday, February 19th, 2010 AT 3:51 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi charmedlife,

Thank you for the donation.

If power steering assist is poor, possible causes are :

1. Faulty or weak pump. ( Rebuilding or replacement required)

2. Faulty Vehicle Speed sensor ( it is hydraulically operated) Testing required and does not have service parts, however the seals can be purchased from oil seal shops. ( Replacement required if faulty.)

3. Loose power steering belt. There should be squealling noise when at full turn. (Adjustment or replacement of belt required.)

4. Low fluid level. Abnormal gargling noise should be present when turning the steering.

5. Faulty control valve at steering rack. If water had gotten into the steering rack pinion, it could seize the mechanism inside and prevent the valve to operate correctly. ( Rebuilding or replacement of steering rack required.)

6, Faulty steering rack. It could be leaking internally between the left and right side cylinders due to worn sealing ring. ( Rebuilding or replacement of rack required)
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Saturday, February 20th, 2010 AT 10:33 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply. Sounds like this one's going to cost me:(
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Saturday, February 20th, 2010 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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Yes, leaks in the power steering sysem cannot be ignored if you wish to continue using the car. It would get from bad to worse over time.

Sorry for the bad news.

Have a nice day.
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 AT 11:43 AM

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