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Steering issue, jumps from center

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Anyone else experiencing this? The steering wheel "sticks" at dead center when on a smooth straight road. When I try to make a micro adjustment due to road crown, wind, etc., the wheel won't move without considerable force, then will suddenly give way and jump off center the direction I'm pushing. Then I have to correct back.

I have turned off all steering assist, lane keeping, etc. and it doesn't change the problem at all. Alignment seems okay -- car is driving dead-straight and the dealer aligned it 3 times at delivery to get it right. I suppose their could be some alignment issue though that could make the wheels jump off center?? If not alignment, then there is something very wrong in the steering system.

Interestingly, if the road is rough and the suspension is active, the problem goes away and tiny adjustments in the steering wheel feel normal.

It feels like the opposite of Straight Drive Assist, which I think should make small adjustments easier on a crowned highway.
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Oh yeah, it a 2018 Hybrid Touring...
Dropped my 2018 off at the dealer this morning. They were familiar with this problem (had one in previously with the same). Will let me know what they determine, but they did say that the other one they had in with this issue required a replacement of the full steering system.

I'll keep you posted.
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Ha! Yes. I just got the call -- whole new steering system in 1 week. No complaints here -- that's wonderful that they're trying to take care of it. I think a lot of other dealers/manufacturers would try to push me off.
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My steering is 100% fixed! Here are the details...

BTW, I'm in Indiana. Someone asked about the build month -- I guess that would be August 2018 since I custom ordered my color/interior combination. I took delivery on 8/31 when the car arrived at the dealer straight from the factory.

The dealer had my car for a week and brought in Honda's field engineer since this was the second case of this steering issue they had seen recently. The tech's notes on my invoice state "STEERING GEAR BOX BINDING / REPLACED GEAR BOX".

It was a single part replacement -- 53620-TWA-A28. At $2,100 for the part, not including labor, I pity anyone that ends up with this problem out of warranty!

Honda and the dealer (Penske, Indianapolis) did right by me. The car is now handling the way I have always experienced my Honda cars.
I feel a little bad -- but I did just file this with NHTSA. I kinda think Honda should notify all dealers at a bare minimum.
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