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Old 06-10-2015, 10:06 AM
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I have a 2012 Altima and it has stiff steering. One day it was fine and the next day it acted like there was no power steering. Everything else works. I looked on line and there seems to be two issues.

1. The pump or the hydraulic unit failed or belt failure.( it is not belt failure)

2. The universal joints are corroded on the steering column and are very hard to turn.

I sprayed the outside universal joint with a lubricant but it is very hard to get to. This helped a little bit but has not resolved the stiffness at low speeds. The universal joint seems to be sealed and will not accept the lubricant. Anybody have any ideas or similar problem that they have resolved. I hate to go to the dealer and they start replacing parts until they resolve the problem. This seams to be a problem that does not come up that often. Thanks for your help in advance.http://x.nissanhelp.com/forums/image...es/smile_1.gif
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If it is worse after the car sits for several hours it is usually the lower steering shaft. Make sure the power steering fluid is full. Leaks at the return line that runs by the oil filter area are common.
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Thanks. The Reservoir is full and I didn't see any leaks when I put it up on the lift. If I turn the steering wheel slowly the assist seams to work. If I turn it quickly it does not work. I am not familiar with the term lower steering shaft. Can you describe what your referring to? Is it the hydraulic unit that pushes and pulls the steering arms.

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The lower steering shaft is the part that connects the steering column in the car to the steering rack. It has a universal joint in it that binds and causes the steering to become stiff.
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Thanks for help. I have looked at it and it is in a bad location. Do you know how long it takes to repair it and the cost of the part?
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Thanks for help. I have looked at it and it is in a bad location. Do you know how long it takes to repair it and the cost of the part?

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Takes about an hour to replace with the car on a lift.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:37 AM
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thanks for your help
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I took the car to the dealer. It turned out that a Mouse ate part of the wiring and caused the problem. $600 dollars later the wiring was repaired and the fluid replaced.
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Hi .. i have exactly the same problem and i am suspecting it to be a cut wire .. can you please tell me where is this wire you fixed
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