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Old 05-13-2011, 09:18 PM
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Hi, I have an 87 2.0 SI lude and have had serious issues with my suspension but had found the cause and thought it was all fixed. Now, about 4 months after all replacements, new problems surfaced...

About six months ago, I had a mechanic replace my drivers front axle. car drove amazing for 3 days. I was getting off the freeway when I realized my drivers brake was dragging majorly. I imediately pulled over to find out that my driveaxle nut was GONE!!! The mechanic obviously didnt torque it down. I replaced it of course only to find out that the damage had already been done. I had to make a ton of replacements...
...new tie rods
...new ball joints
...new brake pads and rotor
...new wheel bearings on both front wheels

all replacements were done by a certified honda mechanic. He said there was no more damage to the car and that everything was fixed. About a week later, my brake started dragging intermitently. Maybe a couple times every other week, no big deal. But now my brake is dragging off and on about every other 5 or so drives i make. And now my steering wheel is turned inbetween 12 and 3 oclock at dead straight wheels. Also when I am parked with the car running, i can turn my wheel past three oclock or 9oclock with very minimal tire movement. My alignment is not the problem, I can let go of the steering wheel on the freeway and it will drive immaculately straight. how do i get the steering wheel straight again and remove the excess play??? Any help would be appreciated!
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Re: 1987 2.0 SI severly loose steering wheel

First of all, an 87 Prelude is a 2nd gen and this is the 3rd gen section.

I'm not sure that a missing axle nut would have taken out everything you had to replace. I suspect it might damage the wheel bearing on the side that was missing, but not the other things. And certainly not the wheel bearing on the other side.

You should take it right back to the Honda tech who did the work. Hopefully you got a warranty on the work he performed. He obviously missed something. You should not have that kind of play in the wheel. I wouldn't drive it any more. Check to see that both outer tie rod ends look right, and the cotter pins are both in place. Pull the front wheels off and make sure that all the fasteners for the brake calipers are in place, and tight.

You should always take the car right back if you notice something is wrong after having repairs done.
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Re: 1987 2.0 SI severly loose steering wheel

I understand that it would not ruin anything about the passenger side wheel bearing. I just figured ,why not, it has 220,000 miles on the body and suspension and id rather know theyre both new.Its kind of like how you dont just replace one headlight when it goes bad because then your other one will burn out. I just figured I would say I replaced both so that someone on this forum wouldnt try to help me by saying I should replace the other bearing. This is a trustworthy mechanic, my car is a crazy different problem than it was before. I dont blame the mechanic for the other mechanics mistake. When i took my tire off after realizing the nut was gone, my rotor was moved in a diagonal slant. My brake pad was completely shredded. But, my steering wheel never felt that way, it had to be held tightly, a slight bit off center to counteract the dragging brake. But after all the work done to my car, it felt amazing, almost better than before the incident ever happened. From my opinion, I think that all of the excess force on my steering caused it to losen something in the column. And now that it got an alingment and its all tight like factory, it allowed something to work its way completely loose. To me that explains why its a progressive problem. I am going back to the mechanic next week, but i dont believe he was at fault for not knowing a problem that was unnoticable and undetectable at the time. Maybe if I could find a diagram about the steering components and
removal and installation, I could take a look and fix it without it costing me like 2000. I have checked everything but the steering itself. Thanks :)
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Re: 1987 2.0 SI severly loose steering wheel

OK, fair enough. The way you worded it sounded like the both bearings were damaged when the axle nut came off.

FYI, the reason you change both headlights is because over time, headlights loose some of their brightness. The older they are the dimmer they become. So if you were to replace just one of them, not only is the other likely to burn out soon, the more important thing is that you would have one bright headlight and one dim one.

I see that you're in Spokane. That's only an hour from where I am (Colfax). I could probably swing by and help you out sometime if you get in a bind with your car.
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Thank you! That would be awesome. This is my first honda. Im actually a volkswagen lover. But now I like my honda so much that I dont want it to fall apart!
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