really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,186 miles

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2013 Honda Accord steering problems

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2013 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #90

Aug 032015


  • 27,614 miles


While driving on I-95, I experienced a sudden loss of power steering. A caution light appeared on the instrument panel. I was within a few miles of a Honda dealership, so I drove there. After the car sat for a few minutes, the indicator light was no longer on; and, the power steering appeared to be normal. I was told the problem was transitory and I resumed traveling on I-95. Less than 20 miles later, the same problem happened again. I pulled to the side of the road, and once again shut the vehicle off for a few minutes. I then drove approximately 250 miles without incident. Later that same day, while driving on another highway at 60 mph, the power steering suddenly failed. At the same time, the caution indicator light appeared on the instrument panel. I made an appointment for two days later at another Honda dealership. On the day of the appointment, while driving in city traffic at 25 mph, the power steering failed three times before I arrived at the dealer. That day, the service department was unable to find the source of the problem. They cleared the fault indicator from the computer's memory; and, told me to return if the problem occurred again. Several days later, while traveling on an expressway at 55 mph, the power steering failed one more time, along with the indicator light again appearing on the instrument panel at the same time. The following day, I brought the vehicle back to the dealership. They informed me, that after talking with Honda advisors via telephone, Honda was aware of the problem; and, instructed them on a fix. After performing that fix, they said Honda informed them, that if the power steering didn't fail within 500 miles, it wouldn't recur in the lifetime of the car. After driving approximately 400 miles since the fix, the power steering again failed. The car is going back to Honda, again.

- Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

problem #89

Aug 132015


  • 40,650 miles
The car has lost power steering on three occasions over the past one and one half weeks. The first time, 8/19/2015, after waiting at a red light to make a left turn, I could barely turn the steering wheel to make the turn. I forced the turn and could smell a burning smell. I turned the car off, read the manual, then turned the car on and drove the less than a mile to my home with no problem. On 8/26/2015, after driving less than a half mile from home at not more than 20-30 miles an hour, the car lost steering power again. I pulled over, turned the car off, then turned it back on. I returned home and drove the car less than 20 miles to the Honda dealership in wesley chapel Florida. They kept the car. When I picked it up on 8/27/2015, I was told that a software update had been done. On 8/28/2015, I drove the car approximately 50 miles around town doing errands. When I started the car to back out of a store parking lot, I noticed the steering symbol was lighted and found that the car would not steer. I turned the ignition off, then right back on and returned home. I am now going to take the car back to the Honda dealer in wesley chapel.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #88

Aug 032015


  • 51,278 miles
While changing lanes on the highway the steering wheel stiffened, that caused me to go to the shoulder with breaking hard to stop from going into the guard rail.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #87

Aug 142015


  • 28,800 miles


At a stop sign, made a right turn. Right after I made the turn, at approximately 15-20 mph the power steering abruptly failed. Power steering failure light then came on. Pulled over and after turning off the car and then back on, the steering worked again, though it failed in a similar manner after driving for about another 5 minutes.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #86

Aug 062015


  • 23,015 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated, the steering wheel then became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,015.

- Agoura Hills , CA, USA

problem #85

Jul 092015


  • 54,000 miles
Steering wheel locks up while driving. Eps is the problem

- West Hemp, NY, USA

problem #84

Aug 012015


  • 40,000 miles


While driving down the road at approximately 30-40 mph, the eps (electronic power steering) light on the dashboard came on. Seconds later, the steering wheel stiffen up and was nearly impossible to turn the wheel. I immediately turn on my hazard warning lights and started to decrease my speed. Eventually, with much physical force and effort I was able to make it "safely" off the main road into an entrance to a construction site. I put the car in park and turned it off. After about 15 second, I turn the car back on and the power steering return to normal and the eps dashboard light went off. Call the dealership to make an appointment. However, this issue should be a recall as it can cause great harm to vehicle occupants and other drives in the case of an accident.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #83

Aug 102015


  • 52,000 miles
I was maneuvering into a parking spot in a 6 tiered parking lot and cutting my wheel to navigate into the spot and the power steering went out all of a sudden. Then the error light popped on. With all my might I had to try and back into a spot but could not hardly turn the wheel. When I did back up taking up 2 spots I turned off the car and restarted and it seems to allow me easier to steer (too easy actually) I then maneuvered to go into another single spot and when turning the wheel it locked on me again but I was able to turn the wheel enough to get into the spot. I am afraid to drive it and thank god that it was not last night as I was on the expressway at midnight. This should not be happening to a 2013 at all. I am seeing other complaints and Honda is just turning their heads and having us pay for this manufacturers error with our money and possible our lives?

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #82

Jun 182015


  • 38,000 miles
When moving approximately 15 mph or making a routine turn, the power system failure light appears. All power assist is lost. I have taken vehicle to authorized Honda dealership at least three time. Problem not corrected. Dealership suggest turn ignition off and restart. This works sometimes but not always. I fear for my safety due to this unpredictable ongoing problem!!! update 9/15/15

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #81

Jul 282015


  • 36,000 miles
Driving down houston freeway when out of nowhere my steering wheel became too hard to move. Immediately after the light on dash for steering wheel came on. I was able to safely make my way to far right lane where I was able to exit. Once I exited I turned off vehicle restarted and both steering and light were back to normal. I drove down maybe 4-5 miles going 30 (I didn't get back on freeway) and it happened again! once again I stopped car and restarted with same results. I had already contacted dealer since it happened to me once before but at night in a back country road. They informed me they could do a diagnostics test for a fee. (they have done this test before but for 2 other problems with vehicle the key light came on the dash for no apparent reason and the rear camera screen kept going black) I remember then they couldn't do anything for me since they were unable to replicate the problem. I am so glad my little ones were not in the car when this has happened. I don't feel safe driving this car anymore its unbelievable that with all of these complaints nothing has been done to remedy situation.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #80

Jul 262015


  • 36,000 miles


While traveling down a country road I stopped to make a right turn, as soon as I made the right turn the steering light came on and my steering wheel stiffened up tot he point where I could not turn properly. As soon as I tried turning in either direction the steering wheel would feel like it wanted to turn the opposite direction. Was able to safely drive to a gas station and turned off car. Once it was shut down we checked the power steering fluid and it was full. Checked for any leaks could not find any. Left vehicle turned off for at least 10 minutes then restarted. The light did not stay on and the steering wheel became manageable. Will contact dealer to see if there is anything they can do. I doubt it though, not unless they can replicate the incident themselves.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #79

Jul 242015


  • 58,000 miles
When driving the 2013 Honda Accord this morning at 60 mph for several miles, the power steering problem light lit on the dash and immediately lost all power to turn the steering. After another mile or so, and barely being able to turn the vehicle, the car was turned off and then back on. This must have reset the component as the light was off and steering was back to normal. Fortunately, the car was not in a turn when this occurred as it may have caused a serious accident. 2 hours later, I was at the dealer and was advised that they would change out the rack for $1700. This part has a 3 year / 36K warranty. My car is 2 years old but with 58K miles (highway). A rack should last far longer than 2 years, plus with the new technology, Honda should be willing to fix it to learn to keep it from happening on future models.

- Terry, MS, USA

problem #78

Jul 242015


  • 41,800 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was started, the steering wheel was difficult to turn after the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,800.

- Marietta, OK, USA

problem #77

Jul 072015


  • 55,000 miles
While driving the car suddenly loses power steering. Once the car is turned off and back on the problem normally resloves. There was one instance that took turning the car off several times to get it to reset. I have had this problem occur atleast 6 -8 times over the past month. When I called the Honda dealership they said they had never heard of this problem occuring. I have scheudled an appointment for them to take a look.

- Theodore, AL, USA

problem #76

Jul 192015


  • 36,600 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Accord. When the vehicle was started, the steering warning light indicator illuminated and the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the electronic gear box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was ot repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,600.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #75

Jul 162015


  • 107,000 miles
I was traveling on the interstate when a warning light came on stating that there was an issue with my power steering. The vehicle became very hard to steer. Luckily, I wasn't far from the nearest dealer and pulled into have it checked out. I turned my car off while waiting for a technician. When the technician started the car the warning light was off and the power steering was working. They still took the care back to check it out, but said they could not find anything. They said that if it happened again I may need to replace the torque sensor(dtc 53-01), which would cost $674.88.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #74

Jul 162015


  • 47,000 miles
Drove the car on Wednesday, with no issues. On Thursday, my daughter went to use the car. Car started, eps warning light was on, on dash. There was no steering. I had the car towed to the dealer, and am waiting to hear back.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #73

Jun 232014


  • 19,788 miles
I was starting to drive after paying a toll on a bridge, when the car started jerking and the power steering went out. I could not control the car. Car turned 45 degrees and was hit by a peterbuilt truck. There was $7000 worth of damage to the car. Honda says there is nothing wrong with the car.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #72

May 082015


  • 35,989 miles
The vehicle has an electronic power steering problem. The car was being driven and the car eps light came on while I was driving at about 30 mph and coming of the highway ramp. I lost control of all steering and almost caused an accident. This car cannot be considered safe at all. I was not able to drive my car afterwards and was forced too without power steering because I have to drive to work. If this is not a safety hazard I dont know what would be considered then.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #71

Jul 012015


  • 40,000 miles
As I was driving down the highway my eps failed causing me to be unable to steer my vehicle. I pulled over to the side of the highway, turned the car off and back on, the eps system reset itself. This has happened 10-15 times. I have taken it to the dealership and they have had my car 2 weeks now trying to figure it out. So far, no luck!

- Mcalester, OK, USA

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