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I have a 2004 Honda Accord. It is foaming orange stuff. The fluid should be clear?? Took it to a shop, they flushed the system, said they had to do it 3 times, said there were no leaks in the lines and the pump was working fine. Said they got most of the orange stuff out, but theres still a tinge of it, but its mostly clear again. Felt better driving it after the flush. Started it up this morning, made the same whining noise as before, worse when you move wheel back and forth. Looked in the reservior, orange and foaming again. Sigh. Any ideas??

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The 'foaming' you describe is almost certainly air getting into the system. The power steering pump will cause a suction effect in the pump and then pressurise the system. Look for loose hose clips, damaged piping, and leaking seals on the pump body between the pump and its fluid reservoir.

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I just had the system flushed and checked, shop said they didn't detect any leaks, cracks, etc any where in the system. Why did the fluid turn orange? – leesa Nov 18 '13 at 0:19
@leesa You have a leak, no question. A hose can suck air in and not leak fluid out. Take it back to the shop that inspected it before. – Move More Comments Link To Top Nov 18 '13 at 1:50

What usually gets overlooked is the Rack and pinion as they are notorious for failing and allowing air to come in through worn seals.

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Is this a comment regarding rack-and-pinion setups in general or is this specific to this model of Accord? Worth clarifying... – Zaid Jan 6 at 12:54

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