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NHTSA — Steering Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,059 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Acura TSX steering problems

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2004 Acura TSX Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 062014

TSX 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


Steering rack is popping loudly and rapidly going out. Car is barely 100K. I've seen several reported cases where the steering rack requires replacing in this model vehicle and all cases were at or below 100K. This is certainly a safety issue and several Acura have this issue and there are a few related tsbs for power steering, but no recall or further action has been taken to date. This is an expensive issue that requires attention. No vehicle's steering or related parts should fail so soon. It's unrealistic to hope for a vehicle that lasts forever, but a recall warranty to 150K should be issued.

- Raleigh , NC, USA

problem #3

Nov 182010


  • 59,000 miles
While driving I notice that the power steering started to get stiff. While driving further there was no power steering at all. Turning was extremely hard. The hose was just replaced due to a recall, 3 months later power steering pump was sealed due to a leak, a month later power steering went out. This was least expected especially when having those services done which poses a safety issue. I took it to the Acura dealership and told me that steering rack is leaking from seals and need to be replaced. I don't think this type of malfunction should happen to a car of this age and mileage.

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #2

Dec 012009


  • miles
On November 28, 2009 I noticed there was a burning smell coming from the motor of my 2004 Acura Tsx. When I raised the hood, I found liquid leaking on the top left corner of my motor. I have a 4 cylinder Tsx. I immediately checked my oil and found I was low so I thought the hose was part of my oil delivery system (because I am not familiar with the motor area of my vehicle). I immediately made an appointment with my service garage (not an Acura dealer but worked for Acura for many years) and he told me my oil was not a problem, that it was the power steering hose that was leaking fluid on my motor. He also told me that there had been a recall on the tls for the same problem upon his recommendation, I called my local Acura dealer and talked to the service representative jimmy thomas on December 1 and he told me there was nothing he could do for me other than order the part and replace it charging full price of labor and parts. My Acura is one of higher mileage than usual (126,000) because it was used by a pharmaceutical representative before I owned it but anyhow I still believe my hose was probably made from the same defective material that the tls were. I called the customer service representative for Acura and talked with andrea (who also told me she was the manager on duty) and she kept repeating to me that since my model was not part of the recall, I was fully responsible for all costs related to this repair especially since my car was out of warranty and it was a "high mileage" car. I owned a 1997 Acura 2.5tl before this one and traded it in on this one when it had 230,000 miles on it and I never had one day trouble out of it so I didn't not take that as a correct response. I asked her wouldn't it be better for Acura to pay a small fee now instead of larger fee if something should happen because of this defect and she kept repeating to me that my model had not been recalled and it would be my responsibility. So I am registering this complaint.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 072009


  • 68,237 miles
The power steering hose has a leak. The power steering fluid is dripping all over the place. I can smell burning oil everytime I stop. Last time I saw smoke. The smoke was from the power steering fluid dripping onto the exhaust manifold.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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