really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,084 miles

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2006 Honda Odyssey steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 232011

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • 111,418 miles


Driving on 2 lane highway with my 3 kids in the van. The battery light comes on and I hear a few brief clunks from engine area. Then I realize I have no power steering so I stop quickly at a safe spot. I look at the engine and see the accessory belt that drives power steering pump, alternator, and A/C is loose. I see that the outer ring on the crankshaft pulley is missing and only see rubber on its outside. It's over 100 deg.F outside and we're 10 miles from anything. I call a few towing companies and find one that can show up within an hour. We wait and also get a hold of a friend to pick us up after the tow truck shows up. They tow it to our local Honda dealer. The dealer replaces the crankshaft pulley and drive belt. Towing was $153.40 and repair at dealer was $349.56. Losing power steering on narrow two lane highway going 55 mph is unsafe and the crankshaft pulley should not fail even at 111K miles. I have owned the van since new and have all proper maintenance done (preventively replaced accessory belt before and timing belt and water pump).

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #4

May 012006


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Honda Odyssey. While driving approximately 15 mph, the contact heard a loud noise when the power steering failed and the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer in May 2006 and the power steering pump was replaced. In October 2010, the vehicle was taken to the dealer again because the contact heard a rattling noise under the hood. The dealer flushed the power steering system and replaced the filter and reservoir. The contact will take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was approximately 64,000. The failure mileage was approximately 15,000.

- Georgetown, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 012008

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Power steering pump noise. Led to harder steering during cold temperatures. Two instances: 1) outside temp 20F degrees trying to make a U-turn in front of my house, had to use more force and effort than normal to stay in the U-turn. Would have been a dangerous situation if there were cars on either side of the street. 2) outside temp below 30F degrees. Drove to the mall 20 minutes away on the highway. When entering the parking lot the power steering pump noise was loud. As I tried to park in between two cars, encountered a slight increase in effort to direct the van properly and without hitting the cars on either side into the parking space. Would have been a dangerous situation if there was someone standing to get into the car on either side. These incidents occurred sometime in Dec and Jan not sure of dates, but when it was cold outside.

- Chevy Chase , MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 222007

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
While traveling at 35-40 mph I rear-ended a Honda Accord with my Honda Odyssey. The Accord stopped at a red light.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152006

Odyssey 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Any time when ouside temp drops below 40 deg farenheight and I drive my 06 Honda Odyssey I get a loud whining at idle and accerleration but more predominantly when turning left to right. After many visits to the dealer because which they could not reproduce the noise, I finally took it in first thing in the morning when the outside temp was below 40 deg for them to verify the noise. They concluded that it was the power stering pump and ordered a new one and installed it. Three days later it was still making the noise and again the dealer could not reproduce the noise. So I again took it first thing in the am and they again confirmed the problem. They have since received a tsp bulletin on the problem and are going to try to order the necessary parts to fix my problem. This has been an ongoing problem for me for months and I will be sure to comment if this problem gets corrected.

- Southington, CT, USA

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