The first time I had a problem I took my car into the shop and got a whole new power steering pump, a tune up, and new tires (spent a lot of money). I recently encountered the same problem when I turn and it has now happened when I go from park to reverse. When I turn, occasionally the steering locks up and it feels like my power steering is gone, all my warning lights on my dash come on and I put the car in park, shut it off and it works fine. The last two times it's happened has been when I was in park and then tried to put it into reverse, the car is on and the engine is on but something locks up to where I can't steer my car. I called my mechanic and asked him what he thinks and I'm bringing it in, but I don't want to spend anymore money than I have to. Does anyone know what my problem could be?
I have a 2003 Nissan Altima, I have had problems with the steering when turning. on 2003 Nissan Altima
by hgraham in Overland Park, KS on January 18, 2013
ANSWER by goodguy on January 18, 2013
could be a bad steering rack
ANSWER by gmc4me on January 18, 2013
Since you say all the dash lights come on it sounds as if you may have an electrical issue.