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Old 06-08-2011, 11:37 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Stiff Steering

Well, as the title says, my steering is stiff and hard to turn. Happens occasionally, seemingly at random.

It started doing this a couple weeks ago, and at first it was very random and went away after a little more driving. Lately, though, it's been happening more often, and has been getting worse. And by worse I mean harder and harder to turn the wheel.

Just this afternoon I did a power steering flush, turkey baster style. I emptied and refilled the reservoir 12 times, until it was clearer than it was at the beginning. When I started it was black, and you couldn't see through it. By the end it was a very light caramel color. At first it seemed pretty good, but then I felt it get slightly stiff. Then it went away. Then it got really stiff. So I went back home and parked it.

Is this a sign that the steering pump is bad? How can I find out? Are there any belts? I also know that my front suspension is screwed. Could anything with the suspension be causing the stiff steering?

My Maxima is a 2005 SE.

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Old 06-08-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

If you don't see any leaks, it sure seems like the pump is bad. Even if the fluid is bad, the lump should still have some effectiveness.
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Could it be the rack and pinion?
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

Well, the other thing is that I live on a very bumpy dirt road. My front suspension is completely ruined. Thumping and bumping and banging. A couple times I heard a loud crack. Could that have been something mechanical breaking in the steering? Would that cause "occasional" stiffness?
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

I would say the pump is bad. If it was the rack & pinion... then you must have really screwed it up for it to damage that... and if you did.... expect a lot of $ to be spent....

Id prob get the pump checkd though... take it to a shop and have them take a look at it to diagnose and find the issue.
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

I had a similar problem and had the U-Joint replaced within the steering shaft, it made it extremely hard to turn specifically at 3 pm and 9 pm.
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

my boy had the same problem with his 02 accord
he just put a bottle of lucas steering fluid thingy and 30 mintutes of driving it went back to normal lol
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I had a similar problem and had the U-Joint replaced within the steering shaft, it made it extremely hard to turn specifically at 3 pm and 9 pm.
I have to agree with this. My in-laws have an Altima that was in an accident and the front was messed up. They changed the steering shaft but not the U joint. When I drove the car I felt the steering was hard, with an occasional knocking at aprox 9 and 3. Have someone turn the steering wheel and look at the U joint, see if it moves.
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Default Re: Stiff Steering

When you did the flush and refill , did you have someone turn the steering wheel to furthest LEFT , then furthest RIGHT ? you need to keep doing this back and fourth for 10 mins.

If you are outside, watch the resevoir and see if theres any bubbles, ( not boiling ) if you see airpockets when your turning the wheel your basically pushing the air (bleeding it )

then you should see the fluids bubbling/moving then the power steering pump if fine.

assuming you have no leaks,

I assume the belts are fine , and no leaks .. if thats fine the next step is the rack and pinion
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