Have an 02' Honda CRV. Whenever I drive thru a puddle of water the steering goes "dead". Engine is still running, but the problem is disconcerting since one cannot just slow down completely for every puddle of water - especially at highway speed. Local Honda mechanics are stumped. Any ideas? Aloha from Hawaii... "mike"
The belt is slipping. You need a new belt and tensioner. We have come across this problem many times over here on the mainland. When the water hits the belt it slips until dry again, usually only lasts a few seconds... The belt tension is weak but good enough usually until it gets wet. You can test this out by having a helper pour water on the power steering belt while you turn the wheels inside the vehicle. I have seen this a few times this season.
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Honda Dealer Tech, ASE Master Auto Tech
Are there any splash sheilds missing from the bottom?