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Old 10-21-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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Powersteering pump whine when cold out

Hey guys. Having a little issue with my 02 type s. Whenever it is colder out (below 50) my car has a whining noise to it. It comes from the power steering pump, and gets louder as you turn the wheel and pick up speed. The car isnt hard at all to turn, but this noise is driving me crazy.

I checked the fluid level, and its right where its supposed to be. But there are some tiny air bubbles at the top, and it kind of smells like it was burning abit.

My friend seems to think it is the resevior and hose thing. He says they go bad alot. Do you think that could be the problem, or do I need a new powersteering pump?

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Old 10-21-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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hows the belt? i had the same problem, turns out the belt was just worn out, after changing it the whining went away and also cut down on vibrations
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #3
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hows the belt? i had the same problem, turns out the belt was just worn out, after changing it the whining went away and also cut down on vibrations
The belt looks fine, no chunks missing or stress cracks in it.

The noise actually went away. I drove the car to the grocery store, drove home and then parked it for about an hour. got back into the car and no more noise or anything. Idk what is going on
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Old 10-22-2011, 03:45 AM   #4
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Had the same problem wit my 6mt accord. I just replaced the O-ring from the pumps inlet joint and it worked. got the O-ring a the dealer for less than a dollar. The O-ring seals it so that you don't get air in the pump and stop the noise.
here use this as reference http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42915
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:01 PM   #5
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Had the same problem wit my 6mt accord. I just replaced the O-ring from the pumps inlet joint and it worked. got the O-ring a the dealer for less than a dollar. The O-ring seals it so that you don't get air in the pump and stop the noise.
here use this as reference http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=42915
Thanks! ill deffinently give that a try
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:28 PM   #6
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Changed o-ring and powersteering fluid. Problem is still there. Only happens for a few minutes when its cold out. Very hard to turn the car, almost like it has no power steering at all. I have noticed with the new fluid that the power steering pump has quieted down a bit. Once the car warms up and gets driven for like a mile, it is fine, no problems at all. Any idea what could be wrong?
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:52 PM   #7
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hey i have the same exact problem.... changing the pump asap.. ill let u know
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:58 AM   #8
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Did you use OEM PS fluid when you replaced it?
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:29 PM   #9
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hey i have the same exact problem.... changing the pump asap.. ill let u know
Ok Let me know if that makes a difference. I was told by a friend of mine that their is a filter in the resevior (not replaceable) that gets clogged, which starves the pump of fluid. In order to fix this, he said you have to change the whole resevior. I might try that next and see if that makes a difference before I by a new pump.

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Did you use OEM PS fluid when you replaced it?
Yep 100% oem acura stuff. The fluid was very dirty.



After changing the oring and the fluid I have noticed the steering is better. Doesnt make noise as long as it did, and the stiffness goes away quick.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #10
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Well this o-ring didnt solve the problem. Now the car is extremely hard to turn when cold out, and the resevior is leaking. Going to replace the resevior and the pump and see if it fixes the problem.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:58 PM   #11
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I have the same problem and it drives me crazy too! In for answers!
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #12
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I have the same problem and it drives me crazy too! In for answers!
I have a used powersteering pump and resevior on the way, ill let you know if that fixes the problem when I get it installed in about a week
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:32 PM   #13
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i just let my car warm up a little before i drive it, then it doesnt wine..... it gets real cold up here in NY
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:09 PM   #14
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Just incase anyone else has this problem, it wound up being a bad powersteering pump. I put a new pump in the car and a new resevior, and now its perfect.
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How difficult was the install? I'm not very car savvy and I don't want to pay the mechanic.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:37 AM   #16
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Just move the tensioner back, pull the belt off. Remove the hoses going to it and unscrew the two bolts keeping the pump in place, and it comes right off.
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i have an 04 type s and was wondering if i should replace my power steering pump because when i turn left it will vibrate and whine as well i replaced the belt 2 or 3 months ago. could some of the noise be from a bad pulley? and also all my fluid are fine.
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