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I have a 2002 Nissan Altima 3.5, the steering has become harder to turn in the last few months. The fluid level is good, is my power steering pump gone? Or could it be steering rack? Is it easy to check if its one or the other?

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You may need the lower steering shaft. pretty common issue with those. they are starting to pop up more and more now that those cars are getting older (2002 - 2006) models. there is a u-jiont built into the lower steering shaft. those get tight and cause hard steering. have it checked. its the piece that connects to the steering rack and the upper steering column.

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