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Old 12-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I have a 2008 MDX and live in Canada. I am not experiencing any problems with the hard steering for now. Is it a good idea to have the power steering pump replaced now? Is the dealer under any obligation to replace it even if the steering is fine now? Thank you all for your input.
just complain about it. did you get the letter for that or the software update?
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Power Steering TSB attached, going to the dealer to look at this in the morning.
thanks. do you or anyone else have the same thing for software update for tranny that just got released recently? thnaks
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:35 PM   #48 (permalink)
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I did get the letters regarding the stiff power steering issue and the software update for the torque converter. I called the dealer about the power steering issue but he told me as I am not experiencing any problem now, there is no need to do anything. The software update has been done.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I did get the letters regarding the stiff power steering issue and the software update for the torque converter. I called the dealer about the power steering issue but he told me as I am not experiencing any problem now, there is no need to do anything. The software update has been done.
Get them to test drive it. I didn't notice it, but my wife did. After a test drive the mechanic suggested getting the work done.

Remember, Acura dealers make no money when they do warranty work, so yes, he will tell you not to bring your truck in.
When my buddy worked for an Acura dealership, he found out that the dealership will get "rewards" for doing the least amount of warranty work compared to other Acura dealerships.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:26 AM   #50 (permalink)
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hello friends, I own a 2008 Sport MDX. Got my power steering pump replaced as a part of the new extended warranty. but i still feel/hear the grumbling of the steering wheel when stationary and the steering is hard at low speeds. honestly, do you think it improved the steering situation in your cases?
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Fix Worked Well

Had the PS pump replaced Friday. Had a loud resonant whine when turning, driving and turning wheel while stationary. Pump was replaced under warranty and the difference is like night and day. Annoying sound is gone, steering is much better. Power steering no longer cuts out when parking as well.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:25 AM   #52 (permalink)
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OK. so the power steering pump replacing fixed the hard/stiff steering problem in almost every 2007-2009 MDXer? I guess, I am the only unlucky guy who is still experiencing the hard steering even after the fix. I like the feel of the steering at high speeds, but not at slow speeds. Can anyone tell me if I can get my ease my steering wheel a little bit, like at low speed/rpm? If I can, what options/fixes I need to look at? can the stealer suggest/fix anything?
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:25 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Had mine replaced yesterday....not much of a difference, but the nice thing is they are extending that warranty out til 160,000kms....
Still haven't resolved my torque converter issue though after my software update..they say its fine....
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:34 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Sorry to revive an old thread.

I'm at 99.5k on my '08 and just found this. Set an appointment to have it checked tomorrow. Planning to bring the print out with me.

I do feel I have these symptoms but am pretty prepared for them to try and blow me off or suggest fluid changes etc. All else fails I'll be changing the O-rings I have seen mentioned a few times.

Before I go to Acura tomorrow I am getting my alternator changed, think it would be worth having them change the fluid so I can tell Acura it has been changed? Concerned my symptoms would go away and I wouldn't have much to show them.

Thanks for sharing! Exactly why I love forums!
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:55 PM   #55 (permalink)
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The test is quick and simple. Standing still on dry pavement with the engine idling turn full left and right. If you need much increased exertion to turn as you go off center to hard left and right then you have a steering pump problem. The next part of the test is to rev the engine to 1500 to 1800 and repeat the test, if it steers freely left and right then the problem is a weak pump which will be replaced under warranty.

I went through this last week with a 2008 bought mid Nov. 2007. The dealer said yes there is a problem and it meets the criteria for the warranty fix. The problem is Acura says you are outside the warranty period which is seven years. They quoted me $408 to do the fix. I found the steering pump repair kit quoted in Acura's instructions to dealers for $125 OEM online. I will get an independent garage to install it.

By the way I phoned the dealer for assurance that it was covered before making an appointment and repeated it again when the said a $68 dollar diagnostic charge applied. I was lied to two times. Which is why I will not touch them with a barge pole.
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:17 PM   #56 (permalink)
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So I rolled in with 99,420 on the clock and they took care of it free of charge. Never even made mention that I knew of the TSB. Kept it in the back pocket to see what they had to say first.

With no haggling, nothing, fixed within 2 hours free of charge. And it is noticeably better!

Now I am going to look into this Torque converter warranty extension!
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