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Old 11-17-2009, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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vibration when turning wheel at stand-still

I've got an 04 MDX with about 55K miles. I notice that if you turn the steering wheel when the vehicle is at stand-still, it feels like the steering is sticky - the wheel jumps back and forth a little in your hand while you're turning it. If you rev the engine, the vibration subsides and it feels fine turning the wheel while the vehicle is moving. I asked the dealership about it and got the old "it's a normal characteristic of the vehicle" line. They said they've replaced racks and power steering pumps on other MDXs and it hasn't solved the problem. Anybody here have similar issues? The vehicle is about to go off of warranty and I wanna try to get this resolved before then.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah my MDX only does it when the climate control is on, sorry i dont know wats going on i have about 79k on a 06
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Re: vibration when turning wheel at stand-still

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I've got an 04 MDX with about 55K miles. I notice that if you turn the steering wheel when the vehicle is at stand-still, it feels like the steering is sticky - the wheel jumps back and forth a little in your hand while you're turning it. If you rev the engine, the vibration subsides and it feels fine turning the wheel while the vehicle is moving. I asked the dealership about it and got the old "it's a normal characteristic of the vehicle" line. They said they've replaced racks and power steering pumps on other MDXs and it hasn't solved the problem. Anybody here have similar issues? The vehicle is about to go off of warranty and I wanna try to get this resolved before then.
I can't answer whether it is common, but make sure the problem is well documented now so that you can push for coverage if something fails out of warranty. In fact, I would request that an appointment be made with the local Acura rep so that you can demonstrate the problem to them.

You can also ask if there are any similiar year/mileage used MDX's on the lot so that you can experience them all exhibiting this "characteristic".

My guess is that they are reluctant to do anything because they don't wind up getting fully reimbursed by Acura for all their troubleshooting/part replacement time. It sounds like they have been burned by this before. Otherwise they would be very happy to earn easy warranty money.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Re: vibration when turning wheel at stand-still

Get a turkey baster, suction the power steering fluid out of your system and refill with new. The pulsing will be gone immediately. 10 dollar fix in under 10 minutes


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I can't answer whether it is common, but make sure the problem is well documented now so that you can push for coverage if something fails out of warranty. In fact, I would request that an appointment be made with the local Acura rep so that you can demonstrate the problem to them.

You can also ask if there are any similiar year/mileage used MDX's on the lot so that you can experience them all exhibiting this "characteristic".

My guess is that they are reluctant to do anything because they don't wind up getting fully reimbursed by Acura for all their troubleshooting/part replacement time. It sounds like they have been burned by this before. Otherwise they would be very happy to earn easy warranty money.
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Old 11-18-2009, 12:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Re: Re: vibration when turning wheel at stand-still

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Get a turkey baster, suction the power steering fluid out of your system and refill with new. The pulsing will be gone immediately. 10 dollar fix in under 10 minutes


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Outstanding - I will give that a try ASAP. Thanx very much for the info!!
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Re: Re: vibration when turning wheel at stand-still

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Get a turkey baster, suction the power steering fluid out of your system and refill with new. The pulsing will be gone immediately. 10 dollar fix in under 10 minutes


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Mine does it too, looks like it's time to change the fluid out. Is OE fluid best to use? Got a part # for the fluid by chance?
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This is very easy to do
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Thanks for posting that Marcos!

I think you said it in another post, but what reference are you using?
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Great info guys. Thanx very much.
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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what reference are you using?

From this post:

jacking up the mdx

I believe Marcos12 was using this:

http://www.eautorepair.net/Marketing...p?VID=&Count=Y

Looks like an on line Mitchell Manual.
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Re: what reference are you using?

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jacking up the mdx

I believe Marcos12 was using this:

http://www.eautorepair.net/Marketing...p?VID=&Count=Y

Looks like an on line Mitchell Manual.
Thanks! Looks like $29.99 for a year subscription.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I use Alldata DIY.

They have a 5 year option for around $40 and the manuals are top-notch.

In fact, my independent mechanic is the one that turned me onto the service. I believe they have a professional option that allows them access to any car.

This service has paid for itself 100x over...no question about it.
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Noise after fluid change - normal?

After I changed the fluid (carefully followed the steps). There's screeching noise coming from the steering pump area. Did you also experience the noise? I did not do the turn lock to lock after refilling. The noise scared me away. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.
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You have to do the the turn to lock thing back and forth to bleed out the air (probably what is making the noise).
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