Honda FIT owners have reported 21 problems related to power steering light on (under the steering category).
Power steering turns off and on randomly, steering trouble light comes on within a few seconds. When this happens, steering becomes very difficult. If it happens while turning, steering wheel can jerk out of your hands. Happens much more often when outside temperature is hot. Occurs randomly, while moving or not.
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I started the car and noticed the power steering light was on. I tried to turn the wheel and it was very difficult to turn. I turned off the car, looked under the hood and then read online that I should try restarting the car. I restarted the car and the power steering light was still on. I turned off the car and turned it back on again and the light went off. Steering was normal and I drove to work. I am afraid this may fail again while driving and I have seen that this is a common problem on internet websites.
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Was in the left turn lane to enter freeway on-ramp. Once signal turned green, it was extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. The power steering warning light appeared on the dashboard. Was somehow able to make it back home. Turned off the ignition per car manual, restart car and trouble cleared (no more warning lite, steering ok). Did some research on web, found out that Honda has issued service bulletin 09-043 to correct this defect (ie. Replace eps control module). Went to independent Honda repair shop, no trouble codes found on their scope (clears out after restart). Called Honda cust service (800-999-1009), but was told that since it's out of the 3 year warranty period, and nothing they can do. I just took my car to the Honda dealer to have the eps module replaced ($700 + labor), since I do not want to risk driving knowing that the steering can go out at any moment. I'm hoping that NHTSA can put pressure on Honda to issue a recall as this problem can be life threatening, especially if the eps went out on a curve or mountain road. Once again, when the eps unit goes out, it is extremely hard to steer!!!.
Stopped at red light power steering light came on steering went stiff. 2nd incident.
Power steering suddenly froze up in the middle of a left turn. Steering warning light came on , but I was nearly hit by a car that assumed I would be able to turn faster. Steering seemed to reset after turning the car off then on again, but did notice some sluggishness with acceleration after restarting. This is a really dangerous problem and I notice other published reports of this, so I think this warrants an investigation and a recall!.
While driving down a steep hill, the power steering warning light came on and the steering became very heavy an pulled to one side. The warning ligth was on for under 5 seconds and later disappeared and steering became normal again. This problem would again happen intermittently over the course of a week. We took the car to the Honda dealer to check on the problem. They said the battery was low and replace the battery. The problem returned again and the dealer could not offer a solution.
I was travel ling at approx 45mph on a secondary road, and the power steering unit suddenly malfunctioned without any prior warning. The steering became extremely heavy, and I almost veered into oncoming traffic. The power steering warning indicator light did illuminate, however it was of no use, as the steering had already failed. Turning off the ignition, and restarting the car cleared the problem. I wonder when/if this will happen again, and if an accident will result next time.
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Power steering warning light came on immediately after car was started, and steering wheel was very difficult to turn. Car was impossible to drive for even a short distance. Turned car off and back on 15 minutes later and problem was gone. Problem, has not returned since. Weather was 60 degrees, had rained earlier in the day, high humidity. I am concerned that this may represent a safety issue, but am unclear what action to take: 1) immediate dealer repair, -or- 2) wait and see if the problem returns. I want a statement from Honda corp explaining to owners what to do in various cases and clearly stating when it is safety issue and when it is not. Example: 1 occurrence. . . Do this. Multiple occurrences. . . Do this. Specifically, when is it safe, and when has it not safe to continue driving the car ?.
I have a 2007 Honda Fit sport. The steering light in the dash came on and I lost powering steering and had to drive my car home in snowy hazardous conditions. It was very difficult to manuver my car home I was affraid I was going to have an accident. I drove very slow and cautious but I got home safely. I got home and told my husband and son to look at my car. I turned the car off and when they turned it back on, the steering light turned off and I had power steering again. The next day I started my car and the light was on again and I turned the ignition off and turned it back on and the light went away and power steering came back. I was fortuante this time I didn't have to drive it without power steering. We did some research and found that Honda bullitin 09-043 and found multiple people have had this problem. The bullitin said that all 2007 Fits were effected and that it is the eps (electronic power steering) unit. I am afraid that I will be driving on the highway and this may happen again and this may cause an accident. I am afraid to drive my car and I think Honda should have a voluntery recall on this part as it is very expensive. I was quoted by the dealer for the part only was $734. 00 not including labor. I believe this is a high priority safety issue and should be acted upon immediately by the nhsta.
A few times over the past several months, the steering light light up on the column but we were able to turn the car off and back on again with the issue resolved. However, this time we were driving across the country and the light turned on and never turned off again. Power steering was completely gone. It was difficult to turn the wheel and drive the car at all.
Around June 30, 2011, shortly after starting the car, the power steering caution light came on, and the power steering failed leaving the car with no steering capabilities. After turning the car off and then back on, the power steering returned to its normal operation. This same thing happened again around July 4, 2011, on July 19, 2011, July 22, 2011, and July 25, 2011, all shortly after starting the car. The car was diagnosed by appletree Honda and they reported that the electronic powering steering unit was defective and needed to be replaced at a cost of nearly $900. 00 at our expense due to the expired warranty. They based this diagnosed partially on a Honda service bulletin #09-043. When the powering steering fails, all vehicle operations remain active, the car is impossible to steer, thus causing a safety hazard not only to the passengers of the Fit, but also to other motorists on the road. After contacting Honda, they said there was nothing they could do except replace it at our cost.
Whenever I leave my house to drive my car to work early in the morning when it is around 5 or 6 degrees. The power steering warning light turns on, the power steering becomes very tought and hard to move. I would have to retart the car to have the warning light go off. Some times the light takes a few tries before the light goes off.
I was driving and without warning the power steering failed. At the same time the power steering warning light lit up on the dashboard. Luckily I was able to maneuver to safety into a parking lot. I shut off and restarted the engine and the power steering functioned normally. Someone with less arm strength may not have been able to maneuver to safety. This problem has reoccurred twice since then.
I've had this issue numerous times over the past few years. When the ambient temperature is below approximately 45 degrees f, the electronic power steering module relay makes a strange clicking buzzing sound immediately after the engine starts. The power steering warning indicator light stays illuminated on the dash and the steering wheel is very stiff and difficult to move. The condition can be remedied by turning the key to the off position, waiting a few seconds and trying again, although this cycle may have to be repeated a dozen times before the power steering comes back on. Driving the vehicle without the electronic power steering active is dangerous as it's obvious the system was designed to be highly assisted. You could find yourself in a situation where you are stranded by this issue. Apparently it's a common one, so much so that Honda has issued a service bulletin for it which calls for replacing the eps module at a cost of $700+. Luckily I haven't had it fail while driving but I'm afraid it could as it has for others. It's obvious with the frequency of this issue that there was a manufacturing defect in the eps module which should warrant a recall.
Eps powersteering system on vehicle failed during cold start of vehicle. During a cold start the vehicle starts up normally until you turn the wheel. The eps turns off and a powersteering light turns on. Turning the vehicle off then back on again resets the system. This problem occurs at least once a week. Eps can be replaced by dealership but costs about $1000 total.
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that when turning the vehicle on the power steering light would illuminate and then it would shut off. The failure also occurred when the vehicle was idle which made it hard to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer for the identical failure; however, they were unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35000. The current mileage was 56000.
My eps unit on my Honda Fit has failed at random, various points in vehicle operation. . Read more...
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that in cold weather when turning the vehicle on, the electrical power steering warning light would illuminate on the instrumental panel. While driving at various speeds, the power steering would fail when making a turn causing it to be difficult to manuever. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that there was a TSB related to the failure and they are aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 27,000. The VIN was unavailable.
Problem has occurred multiple time over the past 2+ years: situation 1: while driving, without warning, total loss of power steering, steering warning light and other lights on dash light situation goes away by turning off the car and re-starting it. Situation 2: starting the car, car starts, power steering and other lights remain on, no power steering. Situation goes away by turning off car and re-starting. Situation 1 potentially deadly - happened to my wife while driving, very difficult for her to make a necessary turn on winding road.
The contact owns a 2007 Honda Fit. The contact stated that while in reverse, the power steering failed with the illumination of the power steering warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 75,000.
After having purchased my Fit, one morning at about 10,000 miles, I started my car a power steering indicator light came on, the orange steering wheel light on my dash. My power steering wouldn't work. I turned the car off and back on then the power steering reengaged. This happened only once and I thought it was just from being cold. As I continued driving the vehicle it started happening more and more frequently, usually when the car was cold in the morning and not very often in the summer. I had my dealership look at it and give me an estimate on the charges since it was now out of warranty. The cost was very expensive and since it was intermittent I thought I would wait until it failed completely. Honda refused to cover the issue, eventhough I was told this was a very rare incident and shouldn't be happening. I am submitting this review because I understand it is not so uncommon on this vehicle and for some it occurs while driving. I will now have the issue fixed because it would be very dangerous for the power steering to disengage while driving. I hope this issue is considered important because Honda should be responsible to fix this failure weather in or out of warranty. There is obviously a defect in the part and due to the possible potential for fatalities if this should fail while driving a recall should be considered. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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