2008 Honda Accord steering problems: power steering pump and rack failed

Power Steering Pump And Rack Failed

2008 Honda Accord

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Honda Accord has several serious defects: poor brakes, excessive oil consumption, & uncomfortable seats.

BRAKES: There was a class action lawsuit against Honda in 2010 for premature & excessive brake wear. See our page on Honda's brake problems for more info.

OIL CONSUMPTION: Honda issued a TSB about this in late 2011, claiming it could be fixed through a software update to the VCM (variable cylinder management). There are class action lawsuits pending. See our page about the Accord oil consumption.

UNCOMFORTABLE SEATS: Owners have consistently reported uncomfortable seats with the entire 8th generation (2008-2012) of Honda Accords. Complaints range from back pain to leg circulation problems due to bad lumbar support, cushioning, & seat angle. Complaints aren't limited to only a certain body type -- the seat comfort problems are from a wide spectrum of owner height & weight. The common theme we hear is "we never noticed this during the test drive." Unfortunately for unwary buyers, the seat pain is noticeable after 15-20 minutes.


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
26,150 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the pump and rack (3 reports)
2008 Honda Accord steering problems

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2008 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 212012

Accord LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,851 miles


Dealer just gave us the bad news after bringing the car to them because of noise - humming and screeching at low RPMs and idling, especially when turning the steering wheel. We were told there are metal shavings and steering fluid all over the bottom of the car even. Before bringing it to the dealer I did check the steering fluid level and it looked full.

I am familiar with the symptoms since I had a similar issue with the steering system on 2 other vehicles but both were at least 8 years old. This is only year 4 on my Accord! It has been a good car thus far but hope this is not the beginning of problems.

- Steve C., Hackettstown, NJ, US

problem #2

Oct 062008

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles

this problem was more annoying than anything. whining and humming at low rpms while driving. Only had 13000 mi or so on the car when I had to have the power steering rack mount replaced. The dealer kept the car three days without offering a rental.I thought this is unheard of for a new car but the longer I drive it the more I learn about the #1 Selling Car in America. I will never by another Honda again

- cltn, Cleveland, TN, US

problem #1

Mar 252009

Accord EX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles

I started getting weird grinding noise. It was more loud at 2000 rpm. I took the car to dealer first time and they thought it is standard noise from Timing Chain. After few days of driving I was sure there was some issue. So I went back to dealer and this time they saw the car from under and found that Power Steering Pump was leaking which has cause problem to Steering Rack which was making so much noise. Dealer replaced power steering pump and rack under warranty. I was surprised that this could failed so early. But under warranty it saved me lot of money for repair.

- devang, Osseo, MN, US

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