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Infiniti M35 All Wheel Drive Vehicles May Develop a Groaning Type Noise From the Steering Rack

Infiniti M35 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 77,269 mi (25,000 mi - 136,000 mi)


All wheel drive vehicles may develop a groaning type noise from the steering rack when centering the steering wheel after turning right at slow speeds, most noticeable when driven from a cold start. Our technicians tell us a revised steering rack is available to correct this concern.

  •  Enthusiast

    While making a tight turn to the right you will hear a groaning coming from the front of car and feel the vibration in the wheel. Especially when cold and worse in cold weather. Replace with upgraded steering rack $1785 plus $99 for alignment.

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  • Visitor, , 25,000 mi

    Groaning noise when coming back to center from a slow right hand turn. Dealer said nothing was wrong and said it was just from the new tires. I insisted it was doing this before the new tires were put on. They again said, nothing we can find. I informed them to call me when they find/fix the issue, becuase I would only pick it up then. I know there is something wrong. Cars do not make that noise for no apparent reason.

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  • R Todd, , 121,000 mi

    Rubbing sound heard from fron right wheel particularly when turning right also groan sound is heard when car is cold

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  • Visitor, , 97,500 mi

    I have the same steering problem in front

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  • Visitor, , 35,000 mi

    Dealer replace steering rack and it helped for a short time but the grunting noise returned and apparently the dealer either can hear it or do not want to hear it.

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  • Visitor, , 38,000 mi

    Groaning noise when turning right heard as the steering center back straight. Dealer replaced the steering rack and it helped for a short time but the noise has returned. The dealer says they can never hear the noise when I leave the car with them.

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  • Visitor, , 108,000 mi

    When I make a right turn and come out of the turn I hear a groaning or rubbing sound coming from the right wheel well.

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  • Visitor, , 95,000 mi

    2009 M35x. Same groaning noise when turning right esp when cold. Related: New Pirelli P7 all seasons helped but did not eliminate tramlining (constant steering correction and reacting to bumps/ridges in road surface).
    5k ago dealer said to replace tires.
    Appointment with dealer for groaning noise in 2 days. When I called and reported similar issues reported by others, his first comment was to marginalize feedback from the web. We'll see what he says. I had the PS flushed at 85K so he can't come back with that. car has in impeccable maintenance. Car now has 103k, but I'm not sure I want to sepnd approx $2k for a new rack that may/may not be a long-term solution. I'll se what the dealer says.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    samwe noise

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  • Visitor, , 136,000 mi

    My 2007 Infiniti M35X has a harsh groaning sound coming from the front end while driving. At first I thought it may be that the snow button was stuck in the on position but after checking things over it's not the issue. I need some help before I send this car to the shop and get violated.

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