1996 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 161000 miles
Twice in the last few months have replaced the ignition switch in the steering column because the key would not turn. After determing that if enough turning pressure is put on steering wheel, then key will turn. Mechanic has decided problem is not with ignition switch but with steering system and the position the steering wheel is in when the ignition is turned off. Car seems to be losing its power steering gradually in the last few months. Fluid in reservoir is adequate. Mechanic believes there must be a blockage somewhere, either in the in power steering pump and/or hoses, or in the power steering rack. He wants to replace both the power steering pump and the power steering rack, to the tune of $1,800. Does this seem reasonable?
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 5:27 PM