Good afternoon all. I did a search of the archives, and read through
Teggers FAQ, but wasn't able to find any details for this specific issue.
Thanks for your time.
My wife has a '99 Honda Accord sedan, 4-cylinder 5 speed with 115K miles.
About once every few months for a year or more, she has complained that it
"loses power." This has now escalated to three times in a week, and is a
pretty significant issue for us - if we can't figure it out we're going to
have to sell the car for safety reasons. Unfortunately I haven't
experienced this yet as it's not my daily driver, so some of the details
that she offers aren't exactly complete and I recognize that. Nonetheless,
here are the symptoms, and I'm hoping these ring a bell with someone.
Yesterday when making a left turn into a parking lot at about 20MPH, she
states the steering wheel "locked up" while making the turn, and she nearly
ran into a telephone pole. Sounds to me based on her explanation that she
lost power steering as she said it was incredibly difficult to turn. She
said that when it happened, all the lights on the dash came on, but the
radio was still on and the engine was still running. She stopped/restarted
the car, problem resolved. I'm not 100% sure why the power steering would
be affected if the engine was still running, but my job is in IT not fixing
Hondas unfortunately. :-)
When this has happened in the past it was just the dash-lights turning on
and a loss of power briefly so this wasn't an urgent of a problem. It's
only happened before while sitting at an intersection stopped (dash lights
turn on/car may or may not stop running) or driving straight (loss of power,
dash lights on), so in the past she just restarted the car and off she went.
I didn't know about the loss of power steering until recently. Besides this
little hiccup, the car is flawless (and paid for), so we'd love to resolve
it if possible. If it's relevant, we live in NC and the weather has been
VERY hot as of late, but previous problems have been throughout the year.
I had the alternator checked this morning at an Advance Auto for grins, it
tested out fine. Any other ideas regarding things to check/repairs/tests?