hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,847 miles

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2008 Honda CR-V steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Honda CR-V Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Dec 062016


  • 59,000 miles


I took my Honda CR-V 2008 to local Honda dealer for air bag recalls. I asked them to check the sound coming from engine, sort of engine racing at a high speed while the vehicle was stationary. Also, I was hearing noises when turning left or right. It felt like I had to apply force to turn the steering. After running diagnostics, the dealer came back with $1800 quote for replacement of rack and pinion, and the power steering pump. Doing a simple google search, I came across postings from multiple Honda CR-V 2008 owners, who were having the exact same problem. I called Honda customer support number, who talked nicely, but said that they could not do anything as that was not part of the recall, and that I will have to get that fixed on my own. Since so many people seem to have the exact same problem, Honda should assist with repair, which otherwise is so very expensive. We did not buy Honda to get surprises like these. Hope they are listening!!!

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #48

Nov 282016


  • 106,500 miles
I was driving my vehicle and suddenly I heard a very high noise from my car. While taking the turn. I take it to the dealer and they diagnose the problem in power steering rack. They told power steering pressure horse is broken at power steering rack so need to replace both. Many time when I accelerate the car, there is some shakes in the power steering also which is due to issue in the power steering. They have told it cost me around $1800 approximately to fix it. Then I check over the internet and found same issue is going on in so many Honda CRV. Honda should recall it.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #47

Oct 182016

CR-V 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall, finally got call from dealership for the repair long due since June 2016. Was told power steering fluid is leaking, repair cost $1584.17, oil pressure switch leaking, repair cost $187.45. Could not afford the repair with living depend on social security income. Was not notice any abnormal while driving. Only drove 69,746 miles.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #46

Oct 072016


  • 73,077 miles


Took my 2008 Honda CRV in for "takata recall" and was told that my car with 73027 odometer reading, steering rack has oil fluid leaks / seepage and will cost $1916.12 to fix. A/C compressor is also out $1200 to fix which would have been covered if it had gone out before June 2015. Read on line that it was not if this compressor would go out but when, because Honda knew their was a problem with the compressor. The compressor and this steering oil leak should have been a recalled. These are dangerous problems and I can't afford to get this fix, I called Honda's head office and they refused to help me.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #45

Sep 102016


  • 77,000 miles
Power steering fluid leaking badly in many 08 Honda crvs. It is clearly a fire hazard. Needs to replace the power steering rack as a whole. The vehicle veers to certain direction despite if the new tire and alignment. Potential accident down the line.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #44

Sep 022016


  • 90,037 miles
Steering wheel "gave-in" multiple times while accelerating through turns at 15mph or sharp curves at 50-60mph. For example, when turning left, wheel gave-in to the left and grabbed, but wheels did not move with extra movement of the steering wheel, like steering was moving on its own. I took it back to the dealership within a few days of buying it, telling them I had no control of steering around curves or turns. They diagnosed it as a faulty steering rack. After rack replacement, steering is normal. This vehicle only had 90,037 miles.

- Havre, MT, USA

problem #43

Aug 022016


  • 160,000 miles


After noticing a whining noise coming from the engine compartment I began to experience difficulty controlling the steering wheel during turns at any speed. After a day or two it became worse and much louder. A straining noise could be heard every time the wheel was turned whether in motion or at rest. I topped off the power steering fluid until I could get to the dealership, but the leak is so bad it only stays full for 24 hours. There were several times that week where turning was difficult and erratic as if the wheel was not wanting to steer in the direction I was pointing it. Brought to rick hendrick Honda of charleston South Carolina and was told the same as the other 50 complaints reported to the NHTSA. The power steering fluid is leaking onto engine belts that now need to be replaced.that the power steering hose, pump, switch, and various steering parts need replacement. Total cost? 1200 dollars parts and labor. This is a safety concern. Hazards are loss of control of steering while driving. Leaking flammable power steering fluid on to high temp surfaces (catalytic converter). This is not normal wear and tear this is a manufacturer defect that should be addressed and resolved by Honda or their dealerships at no cost to the owner.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #42

Aug 012016


  • 190,000 miles
Front passenger lock jamming. Power steering reservoir bubbling and making a whirring noise.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #41

May 272015

CR-V 4-cyl

  • 102,864 miles
Power steering rack leaks Honda CR-V 2008. I bought Honda with 92,000 miles in Jan 2015 from a ed morse Honda in Florida in May 2015 this same dealer told me that power steering rack leaks and need to be replaced at the cost of $ $1,426.37. No any evidence of leaking fluid on the ground. Now I live in Maine and my Honda did not pass inspection test - one of the reason is power steering rack leaks. Thank you..

- Yarmouth, ME, USA

problem #40

Jul 292016


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. while driving 30 mph, the power steering made a loud whining noise and became difficult to steer. In addition, power steering fluid sprayed onto the back of the engine compartment. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #39

Nov 012015


  • 90,000 miles


I noticed a loud sound when I would turn my car to the left or right. When I took it into the Honda service center, I was told I needed to have my power steering rack replaced because of a crack in it. I was told power steering fluid was leaking out.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #38

Apr 302016


  • miles
We were told by a Honda dealer that the steering rack was leaking and quoted ~ $1280 for the repair. I searched the internet and found this is a wide spread problem with Cr-vs

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #37

Feb 102016


  • 90,000 miles
Rack and pinion had to be replaced and I have had to get several new tires due to the issue. Strange noise and of coarse dealership responded like they would really have to take a look at it even though it seems to be an ongoing problem with this car. They knew immediately what the problem was.....

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #36

Mar 212016


  • 0 miles
Took car to Honda for routine service. We were told that the steering rack was leaking and "the fluid is highly combustible". we were quoted ~ $1280 for the repair. I searched the internet and found this is a wide spread problem with Cr-vs.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #35

Jan 062016


  • 71,406 miles
Boots and inner bellow boot clamps and inner tie rod lock washer needed to be replaced.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #34

Dec 122015


  • 120,000 miles
Brought my CR-V in for routine service and tires was told by mechanic stated that power steering rack N pinion was leaking and had to be replaced. I purchased a Honda for durability but apparently this particular year model has had problems with steering from several consumers and should be recalled.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #33

Oct 302015


  • 57,000 miles
Power steering rack and pinion reportedly need replacement, and realignment, due to fluid link. This appears to be very common for this vehicle, year and make. There should be a recall notice for this.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #32

Jan 012015


  • miles
Power steering rack and pinion reportedly need replacement, and realignment, due to fluid link. This appears to be very common for this vehicle, year and make. There should be a recall notice for this.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #31

Aug 012015


  • 71,103 miles
Whine in power steering which dealer wants to charge one hour to replace O-ring in power steering line. Many reports of the same problem in Honda cars found online, a tech bulletin issues on some models but not on mine.

- Paradise, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 202015


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Honda CR-V. while driving at approximately 40 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise and a vibration coming from the steering wheel. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering rack needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000.

- Maitland, FL, USA

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