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#1 of 1257 Honda Civic Sedan 2006: Pulls to Right
Jul 01, 2006 (2:11 pm)
2006 Civic sedan has had a pull to right from first day we brought it home - most noticeable on straight sections of freeway at fwy speed. Salesman said bring it in for alignment so I assumed it was a minor issue. 1st service adventure: service rep identifies tech bulletin on right pull. Alignment helps somewhat but still noticeable pull to right. 2nd service trip: tires rotated, another alignment, still pulls to right. Service rep says because the way the roads are "crowned" (not flat) the car naturally steers toward the slope, which happens to be right. Doesn't explain why it still pulls right on a flat section of freeway, or even when the road is banked left on a left curve. Another poster noted here extreme pull to right on purchase.Still another post on #4835 describing electric power assist as being a contributor to the problem. A co-worker bought a 2006 Si with the same problem. Anyone else had this issue resolved? I like the car (mostly), but quite honestly I miss my 2002 Civic - less things to go wrong. The steering just feels squirrely and I feel like I am constantly over controlling, adding minor inputs - it doesn't track straight and true.
#2 of 1257 Same Problem
Jul 02, 2006 (8:04 am)
Picked up my LX 2 weeks ago and instead of re-aligning the car as I requested after the test drive, they just played with the tire locations...said it was a tire pull. Was back 2 days later for a full 4 wheel alignment. Helped a bit, but car still wants to pull to the right. Small corrections are always needed. I personally like my steering wheel dead on straight, but it's cocked about 2 degrees to the left.
Any help would be appreciated. I always buy an additional alighnment policy (3 year) for our cars and I'm looking now to see what Tires Plus has. My only real complaint with this car so far!
#3 of 1257 Mine too has issues
Jul 02, 2006 (12:29 pm)
My car went from near perfect to flawed.
My dealer and Honda have been nothing short of wonderful to work with.
All the parts are in to replace the power steering pump, drivers door window switch, drivers side rear spring and trunk liner side panels.
I have some tire wear on the rear tires. Honda is going to replace the rear tires and do a aligment on the car. I figure the sagging spring has more to do with the tire issue than alignment over all.
Funny thing. Ive owned many a car in the last 20 years or so. I havent had to get a car aligined since 1993 or so. And that car was a 1992 Tracer. Wife went curb hopping in it.
So Im going to let the dealer and Honda work there magic and continue to enjoy my Civic. We took it to my brothers wedding yesterday and over to a daughters home to pick up a grandchild of ours. Logged 250 miles or better in it yesterday. Used the Navi, got in many a near redline shift. Had the A/C on, did city and hwy driving and still turned in 39 mpg. We took the Civic over our 05 Accord EX Sedan. Yes it rivals our Accord in driving and rideing pleasure.
Even with its teething problems its a fine little auto.
#4 of 1257 Pulls To The Right
Jul 02, 2006 (2:49 pm)
Mine has this same problem also. A 4-wheel alignment corrected it about 75%, so I'll be hitting the service department when my 5k service comes due.
Other than that, really love the car.
#5 of 1257 whistle at 70 mph
Jul 03, 2006 (11:08 am)
My almost 2K Civic EX 5 sp has a subtle but distinct whistling or humming sound at 70 mph. The sound stops if I remove my foot from the gas pedal. Car runs great with or without the sound. It seems to come from somewhere under the right side of the hood. Any ideas? Should I be concerned?
#6 of 1257 Re: Pulls To The Right [sandman46]
Jul 04, 2006 (1:45 pm)
Ask them if caster can be adjusted on this car [probably not, but ask anyway]; if so, a slight change in the right side [dial in a bit more caster] might cure the problem.
Our last Mercedes had a persistent pull that was only cured when the tech went with slightly different caster settings for the left vs right front - this cured the problem, even though all of the original settings were theoretically within factory spec.
Caster is the amount of angle on the front strut as viewed from the side and measured from the top to bottom. More caster causes the car to resist changes in direction...less has the opposite effect.
On most front drive cars with struts, it can't be easily adjusted - but it is worth asking about, anyway.
#7 of 1257 Re: whistle at 70 mph [cmruff]
Jul 06, 2006 (4:07 pm)
I have read two things thus far for noise at highway speeds.
#1. if you have bridgestone tires, they are some problems with internal belts slipping
#2. It's could possible be the front black cover right under the front of the hood inbetween the two fron lights. Some people have mentioned they were not installed correctly.
#3 Possible alightment and incorrect worn tire due to the bad alignment.
My car even after a fixed alignment still pulls to the right but no noise yet at over 2000 miles.
Take it to the dealer and get on the highway if possible so they can't say you are imagining it.
#8 of 1257 New 2006 Civic Sedan-Headrests
Oct 03, 2005 (8:54 am)
I purchased my 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX this past Friday...and I'm sorry to say that I am feeling regrets! I traded in a 2004 Honda Accord LX after putting 24,000 miles on it in 14 months. Since it was leased...I felt pressure to either re-finance...or trade it in on a 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX which intrigued me because of the re-design and increased fuel economy. Overall, I find the 2006 Civic Sedan a good vehicle but after driving it this past weekend I noticed (more than I anticipated) that the vehicle is a LOT less comfortable than my Accord, the ride is a lot rougher, and there is a LOT more road noise. Additionally, I didn't realize until this weekend that there are no cup-holders in the back seat (which REALLY annoyed my daughter), and I miss the trunk release on the key fob. But...the BIGGEST annoyance that I have found is the HEADRESTS! I just CANNOT get comfortable driving this car because the headrest forces my head forward...what's up with that? I don't know what to do???
#10 of 1257 Re: New 2006 Civic Sedan-Headrests [rossetter]
Jul 07, 2006 (8:28 am)
Civic 2006 Headrest very uncomfortable. The foam padding is too rigid. If the seat is in the upright position, the headrest pushes my head forward. To correct, the manual says use the seat in a recline position and raise the height of the seat. I did this and it is marginally more comfortable. I am distressed about this, having driven Hondas for 20 years. I called Honda 800 Customer Service in Torrance and they said "NO ONE ELSE HAS COMPLAINED ABOUT THIS SO WE CAN DO NOTHING." I believe this is a recall matter. I am writing to Honda and encourage everyone with a back and neckache due to these seats to do the same. I do not find the seat itself to be too bad, it is the angle and the stiffness of the padding on the head rest. I am trying to make a custom fitted pillow to go over the seat rest. Please write to Honda if you are experiencing this problem. Otherwise I like the car. I drove an Accord for 14 years, but the new Accord is just too big.