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Stiff steering I have a 2005 nissan altima with 47k. About 2 weeks ago the steering became stiff when turning the wheel for corners. It does this spuratically, not the entire turn. What should we check before replacing the rack?

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    Shotta1, would you answer still ring true if the stiff steering happens only when starting first thing in the morning when parked overnight in freezing weather?

  • twistedjoker Mar 16, 2009

    same problem here with a 2002 altima. just had the pump changed along with the rack.....$800 later same problem!

  • realtormayor Mar 31, 2009

    Same as the others. And yes it's worse right away in the morning and then it gets better as I drive.....and worse when it's cold......I never hit anything so I'm thinking it's the pump....

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Check fluid and make sure it filled enough,(make sure that its actually power steering fluid in there and not something else added by mistake for ex. antifreeze etc) make sure there are no leaks. Check power steering belt and and make sure its tight NOT loose or slipping. From personal experience with these vehicle you MOST likely cause of this problem if all the items above are GOOD is a bad power steering pump.

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