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?

Regards,

-🚗🥔

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Techsus
Techsus

Okay. I see Honda power steering rebuild kits for c. $20. Yes, I'd fix it now, not later. I'd do the $20 kit-- seals, O-ring(s), bearings-- and rebuild it DIY. See if that fixes the problem. Also-- while you're in there, double-check your hose connections and check your PS reservoir-- most of them now are plastic-- for checks or cracks.

UberTuber
UberTuber

My question was whether I absolutely need a new pump.

Techsus
Techsus

Scotty has several videos on power steering problems. Follow steps in this one: