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Hi,
I'm new to the forum and 3 weeks ago I bought a Honda Civic 2006 1.8L (and I am loving it). Today something weird happened - I drove around town all day, left the car for 3 hours and when I started it up the check power steering light was on and on the dashboard it said "Check System". Anyway I panicked and stopped the engine then started it up again and there were no problems. Power steering is working fine and this has never happened before. I've noticed that the check power steering light stays on a little longer than the other lights but always turns off. Can anyone advise? Should I change the power steering fluid? I don't have much experience with cars so any help is appreciated!
 

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Your car doesn't have fluid, it has Electronic Power Steering (EPS), which the dash light symbolises. If there's a problem, the steering wheel symbol with a "!" after it would be displayed. The EPC can fail on any make of car, but maybe more so if the engine under tray is missing thus allowing detritus from the road to spray up onto the EPC steering box.

Sometimes, you know you have EPC issues when the steering feels notchy, or stiff around the straight ahead position.
 

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Your car doesn't have fluid, it has Electronic Power Steering (EPS), which the dash light symbolises. If there's a problem, the steering wheel symbol with a "!" after it would be displayed. The EPC can fail on any make of car, but maybe more so if the engine under tray is missing thus allowing detritus from the road to spray up onto the EPC steering box.

Sometimes, you know you have EPC issues when the steering feels notchy, or stiff around the straight ahead position.
My under tray is there and the steering feels great. Should I be worried?
 

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My under tray is there and the steering feels great. Should I be worried?
No, if it feels ok then it is ok, plus as you say the light goes out, so happy days! A few weeks ago I had a general check engine light come up, but it went out on its own in a few miles and hasn't come back, sometimes these sensors can be a little fickle.
 

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One to keep an eye on but from your comments then I wouldn't worry too much.

How old is your cars battery? - dodgy terminals or a weak battery can cause all sorts of odd issues to the onboard 'puter(s).

Meanwhile, fingers crossed you don't get any other alerts.
 

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One to keep an eye on but from your comments then I wouldn't worry too much.

How old is your cars battery? - dodgy terminals or a weak battery can cause all sorts of odd issues to the onboard 'puter(s).

Meanwhile, fingers crossed you don't get any other alerts.
I agree. Low voltage from a failing battery can cause all sorts of problems.
 
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