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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,654 miles

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2013 Honda Accord steering problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 5 of 7)

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problem #45

Jan 132015

Accord 6-cyl

  • 38,750 miles


While driving straight I lost power steering. After pulling off road I shut the car off and restarted it and the steering re-set itself.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #44

May 252014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 323 miles
05/25/14 while backing the vehicle out of my drive way I noticed the a thumping sound and a jerking from the vehicle which caused great alarm from me. I called the dealer and they told me to bring it in. When I took the vehicle in the kept it for about a day and told me that they could not find anything wrong with it and that the inspector said that the same thing was happening to a new vehicle, that the noise and jerking was just the way it was. They called it a hard shift. My car is not a daily driven vehicle being I have two other cars that I primarily use. At the time of the incident my car had aprox. 303 miles on it. Now several months later on 01/01/15 when I went to start my vehicle I noticed the same problem, and being that I had already taken it once to the dealer and them telling me nothing was wrong with it, I had no second thought of taking it out on the road. I proceeded to drive down my residential street and realized I had forgot something at home. So on the residential intersection I started to make a U turn when all of a sudden steering cut out on me in the middle of my turn. I narrowly missed oncoming traffic and stopped right before I hit the curb and a parked car. When I did stop and got my composure back I looked down and there was a steering wheel light on and a buzzing noise. All this while going no more then 6 miles and hour. At this current moment my car is less then 2 years old and has less then 400 miles on it and I cannot believe that this would happen to such a new car with so little miles on it. Following this incident I googled my car to see if I was the only one having this problem and lord behold I was not. There are numerous accounts of this happening to other people some resulting in serious accidents. But most of the cars in those incidents that I could see had about 20K to 30K miles on them and mine does not even have 1K on it yet.

- Montebello, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 052014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
I was driving and suddenly lost control over the steering of the car. It became almost impossible to steer and almost ran into another car. Was able to forcefully turn the wheel with all my might. Pulled over safely and turned the car off and when I turned it back on the problem was gone. Brought by car into the bode shop for unrelated issues and they experienced the problem while moving the car to another location. They will be bringing the car to Honda service for review. I am uncomfortable driving this vehicle especially with my wife and daughters in the car.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #42

Dec 112014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles


So scary when all of a sudden you can't move the steering wheel of your car. I couldn't get the car steering to move, it was worse than driving a mac truck. I had a real hard time getting around corners but what do you do when you have this happen at night with no one around but drive it to a safe place.

- Amawalk, NY, USA

problem #41

Dec 072014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
I turned my vehicle on and had no power steering. The power steering light was on, indicating that there was a problem. I was able to drive it to the dealer where they told me the power steering torque had gone bad. To repair the vehicle, I would need to have the power steering rack replaced - over $2K! although my vehicle is less than 2 years old, I have passed the 35K mile warranty. This is a pretty painful bill to be forced to pay with such a new car!! why is this not recalled if so many are having issues with this?!!

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #40

Nov 222014


  • 23,000 miles
On 11/22/14 I was driving on a small residential street going under 15mph approximately 5 feet from the turn I was going to be making. A right hand turn. I heard a bang and my steering completely locked up. I hit the curb causing my right front passenger tire to blow. The steering was completely locked up and the vsa light was on. I followed the instructions in the owners manual and turned the car off and then on again which shut the vsa light off and the tow truck driver was able to turn the wheel slightly but made a terrible clunking noise. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where it was determined the steering rack was broken. Now I am 2 weeks into this the dealership is struggling to get the car fixed, Honda has not yet returned my call so not sure they will warranty the car, I'm paying for insurance on a rental and wonder if my Honda is even a safe car to drive at this point. Why isn't anything being done" is this going to take someone dying before it's dealt with"

- Colchester, VT, USA

problem #39

Nov 202013

Accord 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Low volume...clicking/rubbing noise when making turns. Honda knows of problem.. said there is no fix and it is a characteristic of this car. Their words not mine.... safety issue?

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #38

Nov 282014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
We had just pulled off of a major highway in bluffton South Carolina. Stopped at guard house and proceeded approx. 1/2 mile to stop sign when we tried to turn left without warning the (eps) power steering stopped working. We did not get a warning light until after the steering stopped working. You could not control the steering, but lucky for us we were turning into a parking area and stopped the car. We got out the owners manual and turned the car off as suggested, we restarted the car and the steering was still out and the warning light came on. We had the car towed to the closest Honda dealer. This is the second time we had this happen. The first time was in August, 2014. The first time the system did reset after we turned the car off and restarted it.

- Hilton Head Island, SC, USA

problem #37

Nov 122014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 19,980 miles
While driving the steering system turn off and the steering wheel became hard to turn.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #36

Nov 152014


  • 16,000 miles
The vehicle's steering got very hard to turn while pulling into a parking spot. It became extremely difficult to steer all the way to the kingwood Honda service dept. This problem happened immediate and without warning. As I drove the vehicle to the dealer it normalized and then without warning got very stiff. Thus far the dealer does not know what is wrong with the vehicle and advised me today that they are going to call Honda in the morning for guidance.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #35

Aug 212014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,000 miles


I was driving and was about to turn on to my street and my power steering failed. It became really hard to turn. If there was a car parked I would have hit that car. I parked shut off the car and restarted the car and it seem fine till I turned the steering and as soon as I did it did the same exact things. Honda replaced the part. But its really dangerous and I worry if or when it will go out again.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #34

Nov 122014


  • 47,852 miles
As I was making a left turn at low speed from a stop sign, my car lost stability and steering felt unusual. Traffic was light and I was able to recover. The two subsequent turns (right and then left) on the same drive yielded similar feelings. When I looked into this, I found reports of an investigation by the NHTSA regarding loss of power steering on these vehicles. I believe this incident was related and felt it best to file a report.

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #33

Nov 102014


  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2013 Honda Accord V6 coupe. When making a left turn the power steering went out I was able to just miss a curb and pulled into a parking lot wheel was very hard to turn. After shutting the car down and restarting the problem cleared. Will be taking it to the dealer today.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 102014


  • 13,585 miles
The power steering failed light illuminated and wasn't able to steer. Was able to park and restart car and everything was fine. Took it to the dealers they replaced the steering rack. Car was at dealers for 6 days.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #31

Oct 132014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 11,740 miles
The power steering just stopped working as the car was being driven. It also stalled out and was hard to start back up. Had it towed to dealer where the fix was the repair of the "torque angle sensor and harness."

- Havertown, PA, USA

problem #30

Oct 072014

Accord 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
In two incident that steering wheel stop working: Last week while the car was parked and tried to drive it and today (Oct 7, 2014) while I was driving between 35-40 mph the steering wheel was not working and I had to stop and switch the engine off and after 2 minutes start the car and it was fine.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #29

Sep 292014


  • 26,000 miles
While driving down farris rd at ~40 mph the eps light came on and the power steering failed. This happened on the way back from my pregnant wife's doctor appointment. We pulled over to the nearest empty parking lot and read the manual. We hadn't been doing any of the things the manual said would cause this. Over the next 10 miles this happened 3 more times. Once while sitting still in a drive through line. We called our Honda dealership and the offered to let us schedule an appointment and receive a shuttleride home. My wife got us slightly better service with a facebook post and they offered to look at our car that day and comped us a rental car under warranty. Several hours later we received a call that after speaking with their tech support they will need to replace the rack.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #28

Aug 212014


  • 13,000 miles
While driving home on the highway power steering suddenly froze, and light came on. Was able with great force, to make it home. Very frightening experience! this has happened several more times at slower speeds. The dealer was not able to find a problem. Luckily no accident but I feel unsafe driving with this intermittent yet scary situation.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #27

Sep 022014

Accord 6-cyl

  • 34,450 miles
The vehicle steering simply 'shut-down', or locked-up out of nowhere. It appears the power steering system simply failed. I was only able to regain control of the steering by bringing the vehicle to a full stop in order to turn it off and then restart it... as though I were rebooting a crashed computer! the issue repeated itself three times the next day, once while driving at full speed on a public street. We resolved to stop driving it, but by reflex I took it out the third consecutive day only to have the issue recur twice, thankfully none of these failures occurred while we were executing a turn, otherwise we may have crashed into something or someone, as some of the other complaints describe. I have now put the vehicle into storage until Honda addresses the issue definitively, as others describe dealership diagnoses across the board, with virtually all admitting the issue was unresolved, even after repair or replacement of the diagnosed component(s). Whether I simply have a lemon, or this is a recall issue in the making, I do not yet know, but what I do know is that this appears to be a very serious safety issue rendering the vehicle too dangerous to drive.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 252014


  • 15,000 miles
While driving on highway at 50 mph, the power steering failed and the steering light came on. Luckily, I was able to slow the car down and get off of the highway. I pulled into a neighborhood and put the car in park. After several minutes, I put the car back in gear and the power steering was still out, but I was able to make it home. The next day, I started the car and the power steering was working. The steer wheel has jerked to the left/right on several occasions, but this was the first time that the power steering when completely out. I've brought the car to the dealer and am waiting for an explanation.

- Greenwell Springs, LA, USA

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