Scotty, The other day the alternator on my manual 2006 Honda Accord suddenly died, along with my…
Scotty, The other day the alternator on my manual 2006 Honda Accord suddenly died, along with my battery. A test from AutoZone confirmed that the alternator was not charging the (one year old) battery, so I bought and installed a retooled alternator. I had to do quite a bit of maneuvering and jostling to get the old one out and the new one in. My car started right up but I immediately noticed a whining/whiring sound that became louder when turning the wheels, and the steering became a little stiffer.
After a long ride I looked under the hood and noticed that power steering fluid was all over the top of the reservoir container, down its sides and below it, but with the car running there didn't seem to be fluid leaking from the hoses. I looked inside the reservoir and the steering fluid looked frothy like a laté. After sitting for a few days the level of the fluid hadn't gone down, but more seems to spill out of the cap when I drive.
My question is, could replacing the seals with a kit fix the problem (and is it worth it), or does the pump have to go? Also how long can I drive it like this?