Acura RL. Instruction — page 367

BASIC MANUAL STEERING GEAR TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART

Trouble Shooting information is to provide a list of common causes to
problem symptoms. For model-specific Trouble Shooting, refer to SUBJECT,
DIAGNOSTIC, or TESTING articles available in the section(s) you are
accessing.

CONDITION & POSSIBLE CAUSE

CORRECTION

Rattle or Chucking Noise in Rack and Pinion

Rack and pinion mounting bracket loose

Tighten all mounting bolts

Lack of/or incorrect lubricant

Correct as necessary

Steering gear mounting bolts loose

Tighten all mounting bolts

Excessive Play

Front wheel bearing improperly adjusted

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Loose or worn steering linkage

See STEERING LINKAGE

article

Loose or worn steering gear shift

See MANUAL STEERING

GEAR article

Steering arm loose on gear shaft

See MANUAL STEERING

GEAR article

Steering gear housing bolts loose

Tighten all mounting bolts

Steering gear adjustment too loose

See MANUAL STEERING

GEAR article

Steering arms loose on knuckles

Tighten and check steering

linkage

Rack and pinion mounting loose

Tighten all mounting bolts

Rack and pinion out of adjustment

See adjustment in STEERING

article

Tie rod end loose

Tighten and check steering

linkage

Excessive Pitman shaft-to-ball nut lash

Repair as necessary

Poor Returnability

Lack of lubricant in ball joint or linkage

Lubricate and service systems

Binding in linkage or ball joints

See STEERING LINKAGE

and SUSPENSION article

Improper front end alignment

See WHEEL ALIGNMENT

article

Improper tire pressure

Inflate to proper pressure

Tie rod binding

Inflate to proper pressure

Shaft seal rubbing shaft

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Excessive Vertical Motion

Improper tire pressure

Inflate to proper pressure

Tires, wheels or rotors out of balance

Balance tires then check

wheels and rotors

Worn or faulty shock absorbers

Check and replace if necessary

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POWER STEERING TROUBLE SHOOTING

BASIC POWER STEERING TROUBLE SHOOTING CHART

Loose tie rod ends or steering

Tighten or replace if necessary

Loose or worn wheel bearings

See SUSPENSION article

Steering Pulls to One Side

Improper tire pressure

Inflate to proper pressure

Front tires are different sizes

Rotate or replace if necessary

Wheel bearings not adjusted properly

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Bent or broken suspension components

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Improper wheel alignment

See WHEEL ALIGNMENT

article

Brakes dragging

See BRAKES article

Instability

Low or uneven tire pressure

Inflate to proper pressure

Loose or worn wheel bearings

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Loose or worn idler arm bushing

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Loose or worn strut bushings

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Incorrect front wheel alignment

See WHEEL ALIGNMENT

article

Steering gear not centered

See MANUAL STEERING

GEARS article

Springs or shock

Check and replace if necessary

Improper cross shaft

See MANUAL STEERING

GEARS article

NOTE:

This is GENERAL information. This article is not intended to be specific to
any unique situation or individual vehicle configuration. The purpose of this
Trouble Shooting information is to provide a list of common causes to
problem symptoms. For model-specific Trouble Shooting, refer to SUBJECT,
DIAGNOSTIC, or TESTING articles available in the section(s) you are
accessing.

CONDITION & POSSIBLE CAUSE

CORRECTION

Rattle or Chucking Noise

Pressure hoses touching engine parts

Adjust to proper clearance

Loose Pitman shaft

Adjust or replace if necessary

Tie rods ends or Pitman arm loose

Tighten and check system

Rack and pinion mounts loose

Tighten all mounting bolts

Free play in worm gear

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

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Loose sector shaft or thrust bearing adjustment

See POWER STEERING

GEAR

Free play in pot coupling

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Worn shaft serrations

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Growl in Steering Pump

Excessive pressure in hoses

Restricted hoses, see POWER

STEERING GEAR article

Scored pressure plates

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Scored thrust plates or rotor

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Extreme wear of cam ring

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Rattle in Steering Pump

Vanes not installed

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Vanes sticking in rotor

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Swish noise in Pump

Defective flow control valve

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Groan in Steering Pump

Air in fluid

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Poor pressure hose connection

Tighten and check, replace if

necessary

Squawk When Turning

Damper «O» ring on valve spool cut

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Moan or Whine in Pump

Pump shaft bearing scored

Replace bearing and fluid

Air in fluid or fluid level low

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Hose or column grounded

Check and replace if

necessary

Cover «O» ring missing or damaged

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Valve cover baffle missing or damaged

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Interference of components in pump

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Loose or poor bracket alignment

Correct or replace if necessary

Hissing When Parking

Internal leakage in steering gear

Check valved assembly first

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Chirp in Steering Pump

Loose or worn power steering belt

Adjust or replace if necessary

Buzzing When Not Steering

Noisy pump

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Free play in steering shaft bearing

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Bearing loose on shaft serrations

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Clicking Noise in Pump

Pump slippers too long

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Broken slipper springs

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Excessive wear or nicked rotors

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Damaged cam contour

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Poor Return of Wheel

Wheel rubbing against turn signal

See STEERING COLUMN

SWITCHES article

Flange rubbing steering gear adjuster

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Tight or frozen steering shaft bearing

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Steering gear out of adjustment

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Sticking or plugged spool valve

See POWER STEERING

PUMP article

Improper front end alignment

See WHEEL ALIGNMENT

article

Wheel bearings worn or loose

See FRONT SUSPENSION

article

Ties rods or ball joints binding

Check and replace if

necessary

Intermediate shaft joints binding

See STEERING COLUMN

article

Kinked pressure hoses

Correct or replace if necessary

Loose housing head spanner nut

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Damaged valve lever

See POWER STEERING

GEAR article

Sector shaft adjusted too tight

See ADJUSTMENTS in

POWER STEERING GEAR

article

Worm thrust bearing adjusted too tight

See ADJUSTMENTS in

POWER STEERING GEAR

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