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Honda steering feels heavy, 32-09, 61-04 code

Honda Civic Steering feels heavy, Honda Fit steering feels heavy

Honda issues service bulletin and warranty extension for steering feels heavy issue

Honda has issued a service bulletin #14-058 to address a power steering feels heavy issue. The symptom appears as power steering feels heavy, steering feels heavier than normal, steering hard to turn, especially when car isn’t moving. The bulletin also covers trouble code 61-04 (open/short in the EPS motor harness [steering diagnosis]) or 32-09 (current sensor [initial diagnosis]) stored 4 (open/short in the EPS motor harness [steering diagnosis]) or 32-09 (current sensor [initial diagnosis]).

The service bulletin applies to the following vehicles:

2006–08 Civic Hybrid ALL

2006–09 Civic Si 2-door

2007–09 Civic Si 4-door

2007–08 Fit ALL Check the

Replace electronic power steering (EPS) control unit is the fix

Here are the steps to replace the EPS control unit on a Civic

1. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. Then remove the negative battery cable.

2. Remove the front passenger’s dashboard undercover:

a) Gently pull out the rear edge to detach the clips.

b) Pull the undercover away to release the pins from the holders.

c) For some models: Disconnect the footwell light connector.

3. Detach the hooks and tabs from the front kick panel on the passenger’s side and the B-pillar lower trim. Then remove the door sill trim by pulling it up to detach its clips.

4. Next pull the passenger’s kick panel back slightly to detach its clips. Remove the kick panel. Then pull the front door opening seal off.

5. Locate and disconnect the electronic power steering control unit electrical connectors. Then remove the 3 mounting nuts and pull out the EPS control unit.

6. Install the new EPS control unit. See part number listings below.

7. Attach scan tool and perform a Torque sensor learn procedure. This procedure is temperature sensitive and must be done in temps ABOVE 68°F. If done at colder temperatures, steering effort will be different in either direction.

8. Replace the removed panels.

Honda steering feels heavy

Honda Civic EPC Control Unit

Here are the steps to replace the EPS control unit on a Honda Fit

1. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK (0) position. Then remove the negative battery cable.

2. Remove the dash undercover from the driver’s side by turning the lock knob. Then pull down on the rear edge of the undercover to detach the clip. Then pull away to release the clip on the body.

3. Remove the fuse/relay box from under the dash

4. Disconnect the EPC control unit electrical connectors. Then remove the three retaining nuts.

5. Swap in the new EPC control unit and secure.

6. Attach scan tool and perform a Torque sensor learn procedure. This procedure is temperature sensitive and must be done in temps ABOVE 68°F. If done at colder temperatures, steering effort will be different in either direction.

honda steering feels heavy

How to replace EPC control unit Honda Fit

EPC control unit part numbers

2006 Civic Hybrid 39980-SNC-A01

2007–08 Civic Hybrid 39980-SNC-A02

2006 Civic Si 2-door 39980-SVB-A01

2007–09 Civic Si 2-door 39980-SVB-A02

2007–09 Civic Si 4-door 39980-SVJ-A01

2007 Fit Base with A/T 39980-SLN-A11

2007 Fit Base with M/T 39980-SLN-A01

2007 Fit Sport with A/T 39980-SLN-A31

2007 Fit Sport with M/T 39980-SLN-A21

2008 Fit Base with A/T 39980-SLN-A12

2008 Fit Base with M/T 39980-SLN-A02

2008 Fit Sport with A/T 39980-SLN-A32

2008 Fit Sport with M/T 39980-SLN-A22

Extended warranty on EPC control unit

Honda is offering to cover this repair for free under the terms of a warranty extension for 10 years from the original date of purchase or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first. The warranty extension covers the symptoms of :

Steering feels heavy

Steering hard to turn, especially when the vehicle is not moving

The EPS indicator comes on with trouble codes 61-04 (open/short in the EPS motor harness [steering diagnosis]) or 32-09 (current sensor [initial diagnosis]) stored.

The Honda warranty extension will not apply to vehicles that have been declared a total loss or sold for salvage

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