Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,190 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

steering problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2006 Honda Odyssey:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #56

Mar 092010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Since early 2010, the steering pump in my 2006 Odyssey has been making an intermittent whining noise. When it makes this noise, the steering wheel becomes difficult to turn. A few days ago it became bad enough to take in to the dealer for service. Prior to taking it in, I noted that Honda has 2 tech service bulletins for this issue, one to the replace the pump (Dec 2010) and one to replace the steering fluid reservoir (2009). The bulletin for the pump specifically stated that the pump design was insufficient to provide enough power for the steering system, and needed to be replaced by a higher power pump with a new part number. I called american Honda to try to get this covered by Honda as a safety issue and a known design defect (bad steering), they offered to pay for $250 out of a $750 total repair bill. My car is approximately 1 1/2 years out of warranty time limit, but under warranty mileage (35000). I feel this is definitely a safety issue (steering) and should be subject to a recall before a steering failure and someone gets injured or worse.

- Arlington Heights, IL, USA

problem #55

Dec 122010


  • 54,632 miles
Power steering pump noises. Hard to turn in cold weather.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #54

Jan 012011


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and as the steering wheel was turned, it exhibited an abnormal whining and became difficult to turn. The failure progressed and would occur whether the vehicle was parked or in motion. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that there was a rack and pinion leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 37,000 and the current mileage was 42,000.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #53

Jun 142008


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. The power steering malfunctioned sporadically. The power steer pump and reservoir were replaced by the dealer. Two years after the vehicle was repaired the power steering malfunctioned again. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer who replaced the identical parts. The contact noticed complaints regarding the power steering issue and stated that the manufacturer should issue a recall because of the safety issue. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Scotch Plains, NJ, USA

problem #52

Nov 012010


  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While the vehicle was in the park position, the contact heard a loud buzzing noise intermittently thirty minutes after the vehicle was started. When attempting to turn the steering wheel in any direction, the noise became louder. The dealer was notified a diagnostic test was scheduled. The contact did not inform the manufacturer. The current mileage was approximately 42,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 41,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #51

Dec 012009


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While parked, the contact heard a loud buzzing noise coming from the steering and the steering wheel became slightly stiff. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for repair but was informed by the dealer of a technical service bulletin. The technical service bulletin number was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Milford, VA, USA

problem #50

Sep 152010

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 33,700 miles


2006 Honda Odyssey. Power steering pump causing humming sound when turning the steering to the left or right. There is a tsb 07-005 for this. It's a known issue (defective part) and there are numerous owners who have reported the same on the internet, but Honda has not recalled the vehicles.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #49

Dec 162007


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact noticed that when the steering pump became hot the wheel made a loud winding noise similar to a siren, causing the front end of the vehicle to lunge forward. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that it was normal and there were no recalls. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was approximately 52,000. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #48

Nov 242010


  • 50,000 miles
Steering wheel in Honda Odyssey 2006 malfunction. Steering wheel locks and gets very tight at low speeds and cause van to get stuck in a position and one has to turn the wheel real hard or accelerate to change position. Especially difficult when maneuvering the van in parking lots or making sharp turns at traffic lights. At low speeds the power steering pump does not pump enough fluid according to dealer. The failure occurs always a low speeds and it leads to steering wheel getting stuck or becoming very tight to turn thereby causing the car to get stuck in one place. I reported the problem to Honda and said this is manufacturing defect and a huge safety issue which needs to be addressed. All they did was state it is a manufacturing defect. I almost could not turn at the traffic signal and could have got hit by the car behind me a few days back and also could not turn into a street in traffic and almost got hit by another car behind me since I could not move. Honda usa tells its consumers that they do not cover manufacturing defects leading to safety issues if vehicle is out of warranty. Soon enough this is going to lead to a lot of steering issues and you can check the web with the search term "Honda Odyssey 2006 steering issues" and you will find many incidents as related to the power steering pump. Steering is the crucial part of any vehicle and such callousness on part of Honda definitely calls for a investigation before we see a lot of accidents due a steering wheel getting stuck. The dealers diagnosis after check up was to replace the steering pump so that the pump will push enough fluid at low speeds and not cause the steering wheel to get stuck. There is a potential that this can also occur at high speeds but for me it happens a low speeds. Honda also does not allow consumers to talk to senior persons for resolution and stated consumer has reached end of line once it hits their phone system.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #47

Nov 012009

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Whining noise coming from the power steering after driving more than 40miles in cold temperature (below 45deg F). Also experience steering stiffness causing decreased ability to steer. Had the ps fluid and reservoir replaced dec12 2009 and the problem was temporally solved. Noise and stiffness solved but problem returned Nov 21 2010.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #46

Oct 222006


  • 69,888 miles


Power steering assist fails when turning quickly (ie: Low speed, turning into parking slot). Most noticeable when engine is warm. Vehicle is 2006 Honda Odyssey exl minivan with approx 70K miles. Honda dealer has replaced the power steering pump 3X with no explanation for the failure other than poor design. Latest replacement performed 10/22/10.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #45

Aug 222010


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The contact was driving 20 mph and attempting a left turn when the steering wheel became abnormally resistant. Two days prior to the failure, the ESC warning light had illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where the steering rack bolts were replaced. The dealer advised that the steering bolts had fractured from the vehicle. The current and failure mileage was 118,000.

- Sunol, CA, USA

problem #44

Jan 032010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey touring. The contact stated that the vehicle was difficult to steer at low speeds and when parking. He also heard a noise in the engine while driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the power steering pump was replaced. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer when the complaint was filed. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 50,000. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #43

Jun 052010


  • 83,000 miles
Loss of power steering at low speeds especially when trying to park. Was intermittent and progressed over two weeks. Brought to independent mechanic told nothing wrong with power steering fluid or components. One week later brought to Honda dealer told needs new power steering pump -car has 85,000 km. The pump should not give out so soon. $700 repair. Asked about technical bulletins about power steering and mechanic said it only concerns the reservoir and that is not my issue. Will have to have it fixed but feel there is a known problem and I should not bear all the cost.

- St. Lazare, 00, USA

problem #42

May 192010


  • 35,000 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey, whining noise coming from power steering pump, and there is tsb 07-005 for this case, since car is out of warranty dealer is asking me to pay for the inspection. I called Honda of America, and complained about this issue, but there is no guarantee Honda of America will reimbursed or pay for the repair.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #41

Nov 302008


  • miles
Power steering failure. Began during colder weather with whining noise from power steering when weather below 40 F. this occurred two years in a row. Currently at slow speeds < 30 steering input is more difficult and requires much more effort to strain against the steering wheel. Honda was contacted first year of whining and stated problem was due to cold weather. Since then I have learned that three service bulletins have been distributed for same complaint. Honda tsb 07-005 dated 01/26/07 then replaced by tsb 07-005 dated 06/17/08 then tsb 07-005 dated 08/21/09. This was a known complaint during my initial questions and now problem has gotten much worse. Now I am being told vehicle is out of basic warranty and they will not cover under powertrain warranty. The tsb state directly on the Honda bulletin this is caused by a defective power steering pump reservoir. My concern is the possibility at higher speed loosing steering input or control.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #40

Jan 152008


  • 20,000 miles
Van steering jerks when braking at high speed

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #39

Mar 222010


  • 78,188 miles
2006 Honda Odyssey with 78000 miles suffered broken engine mounts, seals. Also had power steering pump failure causing difficulty in steering while driving

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #38

Mar 202010


  • 78,122 miles
Power steering problem and pump failure.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #37

Dec 282009


  • 44,000 miles
Driving car and the steering started to whine and screech very loudly. Turned wheel in both directions and noise continued. Shut car off and started again and the noise continued. Went online and found out that a lot of 06' models have issues with the steering reservoir design choking the steering motor. Called the dealership, 50K on my van, and described the problem. The service tech new immediately what is was and suggested I replace the steering reservoir so has not damage the motor further at it was a $700 fix vs $85. Asked how come this was not under recall as the reservoir had three (3) tech bulletins issued and 3 redesigns to solve the steering problem. Said tech bulletins don't mean recalls and I was over the 36K warranty so I was on my own. I paid for the repair and the noise stopped.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?