pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
13,750 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace steering rack (2 reports)
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problem #5

Jan 162019

Accord LX 1.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 16,400 miles

I had the same problem reported by others - the steering wheel would "snag" or "catch" or "bind" at dead center position and take a significant force to overcome which usually resulted in oversteering the vehicle as the steering wheel was pushed through the "sticky" spot and overshot the mark. I got used to steering with two hands, one to push it past the "binding" spot and using the other to pull back in the other direction and "catch" it from over-shooting too much. It was super annoying and would wax and wane over a period of time becoming really "binding" at times and then totally fine at other times. I could not find any reason for the difference (it didn't seem related to temperature or the road or the length of the trip.

Thankfully Honda replaced the steering rack under warranty which totally fixed the problem.

- John C., Newmarket, NH, US

problem #4

Oct 272019

Accord LX 1.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 39,000 miles

At over 35,0000 miles I again started having the "binding" issue where the steering stuck at dead center position while driving. I had already experienced the same problem at about 16,000 miles and the steering rack was replaced to fix the problem. That did solve the problem for >10,0000 miles but then the problem came back much to my horror. I could not believe it. And neither could the dealer. I can't blame them -- who would believe a Honda would need a second steering rack at only about 35k miles!!! Because the problem was intermittent it took a while for them to reproduce it. Eventually they did and after working with HondaTech line eventually they did decide to replace the steering rack ($2,100 list price for the part and 5 hours labor) a second time. Although I first noticed the problem slightly before the warranty ran out, I didn't have it in the shop until after the warranty had technically expired at about 39k miles. However, Honda did make the repair as a goodwill gesture (I believe because it had started happening before the warranty expired -- although I couldn't prove that -- and/or because it wasn't too far over warranty). However, obviously they weren't in any way obligated to do that and I was very grateful.

The new steering rack completely eliminated the issue. This happened some time ago and I am now at almost 60k miles and the second steering rack is still working perfectly!!!

Although it was really surprising to me that a Honda could have a repeated problem of this magnitude, I have to say Honda went above and beyond to make things right beyond what I had any right to expect.

- John C., Newmarket, NH, US

problem #3

May 292018

Accord Sport 1.5L Turbo

  • CVT transmission
  • 4,233 miles

At only 4,200 miles my 2018 Honda Accord Sport 1.5L Turbo began having an extremely annoying steering issue. It is noticeable at all speeds, but is truly significant at highway speeds. The steering needs to be corrected about every 10 seconds, moving it slightly to the right, then 10 seconds later, slightly to the left, over and over again for the entire trip. On long trips the issue is almost unbearable as I spend the whole time correcting the steering.

I've had many cars in the past that have needed wheel alignments, but this is a totally different feel. The steering wheel (or wheels) seem to actually stick slightly when slightly moving it to the right or left. After putting enough pressure on the the steering wheel, it will all of a sudden move but never in a smooth manner, again it seems slightly stuck and then jerks to the side that I'm trying to correct to. I've now had two tire rotations (thinking maybe it was a tire problem) and even paid for a wheel alignment, but the problem remains the same.

I really hope there is an eventual solution to this problem as it is extremely annoying.

- geebee67, North Ridgeville, US

problem #2

Jan 142019

Accord Sport 2.0t

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,000 miles

Ok, so I didn't notice this problem previously, but this was my first long road trip in the vehicle and on the return trip I noticed that at highway speeds, when initially turning the steering wheel left or right from neutral, it would stick and require more force to initially get the steering wheel out of it's neutral position. The biggest problem is that the force required to do so causes the car to jerk in that direction once the steering wheel has been freed from it's neutral position. It doesn't seem to stick in any other steering position and it doesn't seem to happen at low speeds. The jerking can be significant, especially when traveling at highway speeds. I haven't taken this to the dealer yet, but I will soon.

- aviat443, Carnegie, US

problem #1

Oct 012018

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

Steering was fine for a few months after purchase, but then it started to stick and release with a jerk from the left over and over and over while driving 40 mph and above. It is especially difficult to drive long distances at 65-70 mph. Have had it looked at twice leaving car overnight both times. First time the mechanic was able to duplicate my concern and car was returned to me as repaired, but it was not. The second time the mechanic was unable to duplicate my concern and car was returned with no repair made. I am seriously considering trading in this brand new car with only 13,000 mi as it seems this problem cannot be fixed and the steering feels unsafe.

- Edie Y., Boiling Springs, PA, US