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Power steering nissan altima 3.5 SER , steering goes soft stiff soft stiff as i turn the wheel , no leaks fluid level is fine , whats wrong?

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Sounds like a bad steering rack & pinion assembly... is it only bad in one direction or both...?
If both then it's the rack assembly... Hope this helps...;-)

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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