1991 Honda Accord EX (4 dr, auto)
There is a whining noise when you turn the steering wheel that sounds like
it is coming from the column. (We joke that it sounds like a whiny puppy.) I
think it might sound like the steel part of the column rubbing against a
dried rubber or plastic part. After the car warms up, it goes away, or is
quite a bit less noticeable. (I can't say if it's the warming up as in heat,
or just driving it a little.)
Just a suggestion for where to start:
It may be the contacts for the electrical connections to the steering
wheel need lubrication or replacement. I am not familiar with this
car, but some have a spring loaded contact that presses against a
contact ring. You may have to remove the cover to lubricate or
replace one or more contacts.
I don't remember the details, but I think there is a Honda service
bulletin about 'Steering Groan', on 4Gee Accords. I remember
driving a 4 month old 4Gee in 1993 briefly, and noticed a groan
when spinning the steering wheel, whilst doing parking manoeuvres.
Sorry it took me so long to respond, but it would be ruder to not
respond at all.
When I read your question, I had a bad moment. Had I even checked the
fluid? I was so convinced the whining was on the inside of the
firewall that I had not really looked.
I am not sure what kind of fluid is in there. I just buy 'fluid'. I
noticed that what I did have (it was not that low, but on the low
side) was bubbly & brown.
I put some more of my fluid in, and I think the whining has gone away.
What kind of fluid does my Accord need? (And please don't blame me for
not reading the manual, I bought the car used it is long gone. :)
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