Last post on Sep 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM
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#3 of 5 Re: 2007 Acura TL Power Steering Stiff [asingh80]
Aug 10, 2011 (4:46 pm)
I have a 2001 Acura TL Type S and have the same problem. Power steering on the case sucks. It's a nightmare to park the car and I hate driving it. I've also taken my car to the dealer and they tell me the same thing. Very frustrating.
#4 of 5 Re: 2007 Acura TL Power Steering Stiff [asingh80]
Aug 16, 2011 (8:11 am)
I bought a 2007 TL and I also noticed power steering issues from day one. In my case the issue is at idle, which makes parking a 2 hand job at times. I did some investigation by comparing it to my friend's 2006 TL and to other 2007 TLs at the dealership, and by talking to the maintenance team at Sunnyvale Acura. The 2006 model felt normal. The steering was easy to turn no matter what RPM the engine is revving at. My 2007 model if it's at idle in Park or Drive the steering is very stiff. Now the minute I step on the gas the stiffness goes away. Well in a parking situation pressing on the gas to increase the RPM is not much of an option. You can also test this while in Park. Simply press on the gas until the RPM goes to 2000 or so and you will notice that the stiffness had gone away. This behavior was explained by the dealer as 'normal'. On the 2007 models they added a traction control feature that does two things 1) apply on breaks independently when the car is out of control, 2) limit the steering fluid pressure when appropriate (make the steering stiffer) to help regain control. The second case may not make sense to a lot of people, but trust me it does. If you've ever seen a person on freeway making a sudden correction to help avoid an object. After clearing the object the driver ends steering from side to side with increasing swings and in some cases losing control all together. At that instant if the steering stiffness is increased then the driver won't be able to make these large swing corrections that are escalating the problem.
In any case, the second condition above is casing the stiffness at idle. Maybe the steering is stiff on the freeway to others, but I don't notice that. Stiff steering on the freeway is what one needs for stability. It can be extremely unstable to have the ability to apply large swings with ease at high speed.
I hope this helps. The only test I suggest is at Park. Press the gas a little and confirm that the steering stiffness goes away. If it does then I bet that your 2007 TL is functioning as designed. I do agree this is pain at times, and this is one thing I'm looking forward to losing when I move on to my next car in 4 years or so.
#5 of 5 Re: 2007 Acura TL Power Steering Stiff [ferdorski]
Sep 29, 2012 (12:42 pm)
I have a 2007 Acura TL, Original Owner, on 80k miles with an extended warranty. I've had to have steering work done 4 times. First was the recall on the power steering hose, then steering hose again when it was defective and leaked, after that the steering pump went out a year ago. All were replaced under warranty. Just recently noticed my steering was stiff at low speeds again, so brought my TL back to dealer for steering issues, this time to a different dealer, they told me my steering pump went out again, because when the other dealer replaced it last year they didn't flush out the system, so the contaminated fluid and metal bits remained and ruined it again. Also they told me the rack and pinion should have been replaced last year too, also due to contamination. All were replaced under warranty, $1200 worth. Steering at low speeds is back to normal. Bottom line, some dealers are on it more than others. Also, expect to replace your engine mount, that was done last year as well, under warranty, $700. Extended warranty had been well worth it. Runs out at 100k though, but the new work on pump is warranty at 3 years and 36k.