. I remember reading about that. If your Honda power steering feels either too tight or too loose then watch this video. My questions: Does it really cost that much? Rack leaking is mostly caused by messed up seals with non-genuine Honda fluid or not replacing rack boots and exposing the seal to contamination, anything that may rejuvenate the seals could've helped, not always a total replacement is necessary. Call up a few places who reco racks and see what they think and what it might cost to reco yours? Of course I don't expect Lucas stopleak to be the magic fix forever, the rack may still be replaced later due to age and wear, I simply would've appreciated it more if the mechanic had just even mentioned a much cheaper alternative and not offer the most expensive fix as a first option.
Much cheaper than replacing the rack. Instead of repairing, I just topped-up the fluid every 2 weeks, using off-the-shelf power steering fluid. I've sucessfully used it on my daughters Mazda 626 for 3 years until she traded the car. Thanks for all your replies and considerations! Prevent problems with fluid leakage from the front-end, or challenges with turning in one direction over the opposing way by buying a new Honda Prelude rack and pinion today. Deliberately not explaining enough as this adjustment needs some technical understanding and can be harmful if not done right.
Stay away from the Wynns product though, smells like it's just diff oil. Plus, if the rack is going to get replaced anyway, delaying it or stopping the leak at whatever cost to keep it running as long as possible is a pretty good solution at the moment. Units are supplied without electronic variable effort component. I am no expert but I would like some verification on that statement , the links of the possible matches I found are these: Thanks again! Plus, if the rack is going to get replaced anyway, delaying it or stopping the leak at whatever cost to keep it running as long as possible is a pretty good solution at the moment. On this model, it presented as grating in the steering.
Valvster I am aware I'm just delaying the inevitable. Only ratchet and an adjustable wrench needed. Perhaps I give it 2-4 weeks to see if the leaks have either improved or stopped? But I cannot cough up that amount of money at current stage. Of course I don't expect Lucas stopleak to be the magic fix forever You might be pleasantly surprised. I should definitely give that a shot! Thank you for showing interest in helping me! AutoZone has a great selection of steering components, plus a reputation for providing the right products at the right prices. Most will do a drive in, drive out job if you want.
I don't know any places nearby except by searching the part online, and even eBay returned results with ridiculous prices. Make sure the tie rod ends and lower ball joints are good. I assume it was a total rack replacement. After putting in Lucas Stopleak for 36-48 hours, the leak had completely stopped! But I cannot cough up that amount of money at current stage. It's the reason I even have a half decent tool room for replacing brakes and tyres, just can't do the more technically taxing repairs myself. Fluid was emptying out within 2 days and it reduced to using half a bottle of Lucas per year.
I did my first Prelude, and it was pretty expensive from memory. You might be pleasantly surprised. I've been using it for about 10 years in my '96 Volvo 850, wasn't leaking much to start with but I reckon I've put 2 bottles through in that time. I am aware I'm just delaying the inevitable. Keep driving it and pouring the shit in till it really starts making a mess and just toss a good used rack at it or get yours rebuilt.
After that, I realised the difference in the power steering fluid tank between too low and topped-up was about 30ml, and it would take about 2-3 weeks to lose that amount of fluid. Once happy with the adjustment, tighter the outer lock nut. I am all for supporting jobs, but sometimes businesses do treat customers too much like an idiot. This can be completed without jacking the vehicle or removing the wheel. In the first 24 hours after adding the Lucas in, there was still some drips and on one occasion, there was quite a bit that leaked out I think the per-existing fluid got pushed out by Lucas, as Lucas Stopleak is a much thicker fluid than normal Power steering fluid. No more little drops on the concrete ground at car parks neither! Good luck and work safe. Loosen the lock nut around the piston adjuster located at the center back of steering rack and pinion.
My only concern is the damage already done on the rack and I have no idea what it could be, the mechanic made it sound pretty scary when he described what's happening to my car. Turn the wheel right to gain access. Ordered some Genuine Honda Rack boots to put in to put this power steering rack journey to rest. I hope it wasn't anything of a huge concern. After talking to the local Honda people, they said it is usually caused by people putting in non-genuine fluid, which eats the seals. I will keep this in mind :.
Still, it's a bit excessive to not even suggest cheaper alternatives and just expect people to go with whatever they quote. Stay away from the Wynns product though, smells like it's just diff oil. Yep, I have no intention of paying that price unless I have absolutely no other options. My friends have recommended Heasman Steering and Suspension, which I will definitely check out, but I would like some prior clue to the part cost and other possible sources before forking out a chunk of cash. Thank you all for your input, I have definitely learned a lot in the last couple weeks since the mechanic's 'Highway Robbery' of a quote as 'mystery train' said.
The pump did complain for the first 2 seconds when it first got put in, the noise went away pretty quickly. Not mechanical like on the 3rd. Power steering rack was an item I failed to check because I was too much filled with joy, guess that's the price of being too excited. My power steering pump did complain for 2 seconds when I first started the car on first fill. Issues with unintentional side-to-side movement, difficulty steering or unusual tire wear are often symptoms of damage to this gear set. Also, my rack boots are torn and damaged, should I just use that product and replace the boots to see how it goes after said 2-4 weeks? Major repairs are usually the big bucks.