Leaking power steering pump can cause noise/steering problems on Nissan Maxima

If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.

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Average mileage: 120,940 (11,000–298,888)
15 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
46 people reported this problem
22 people shared problem details
Makes noise when I turn the wheel. And the steering wheel kind of shakes from time to time
car knocks over small bumps. sounds like motor mount broken. then issue with power steering fluid leaking. steering was getting difficult. heard a whirring sound. reservoir looked ok but I drained it and added new ATF. works fine now. no whirring but leaking still and still knocking over bumps.
steering is extremely difficult at startup
2012 Nissan Maxima11,000
Bought my Nissan Maxima new on 8/25/2012. In the last week, had a steering problem. Took it to the dealer, diagnosed it as a malfunction power steering pump. The pumps are BACK ORDERED at Nissan. This is a disgrace for a car with very little milage. I would expect a better product for Nissan and a Maxima. Very disappointed with Nissan.
2000 Nissan Maxima198,000
Power steering pump, pressure hose, and return hose are all leaking onto serpentine belt and power steering belt, causing rattling/motor noise and requiring replacement of all these parts. PepBoys initially estimated approx. $1250.
2008 Nissan Maxima140,000
Power steering fluid leaks drastically... Wheel extremely hard to turn with loud rattling noise while driving... It's the worst... Never knew this vehicle would turn into my nightmare!!! Terrible
1999 Nissan Maxima140,000
leaking fluid, was told it was power steering pump. Parts and labor to replace $575
1998 Nissan Maxima210,000
power steering has been leaking for a long time now.
2004 Nissan Maxima119,000
Noticed a sound from the front end when I started the car. Increased in volume over time and became very noticeable at low speeds. A very loud "whirring" sound that could be heard by people near the vehicle and the driver/passenger(s) in the vehicle. Then I noticed fluid in the driveway. Took the car to Nissan dealership and was told I needed a power steering line and control arm. Will be picking up the car today. With diagnostics and inspection, bill came to $832.
2004 Nissan Maxima124,560
Cranking noise , power steering leak instantly
2005 Nissan Maxima100,000
Power steering fluid leaks
Leak in power steering pressure line, going to attempt to fix it ourselves.
2009 Nissan Maxima107,000
After just spending 1000 for steering lock fix I find out power steering leak ruined bushings and has effected steering and makes a lot of noise over bumps. Stay away from Nissan !!!!!
2006 Nissan Maxima126,000
High pressure power steering hose sprung a leak at the bushing. Replaced hose, bushings and O rings.
Making noise and hard to turn
2013 Nissan Maxima36,300
Steering becomes difficult when backing up and turning at slow speeds as in parking. Previous to this(in warranty period)radiator hose was replaced for a leak and a few weeks later the radiator needed to be replaced as it was also leaking and a couple months after that the fan motor for the heating/cooling inside car. Took the car in when needing fan replacement and told them about the difficulty steering at random times when parking and backing up and dealer said could fine nothing wrong. Now occurs with a groaning type noise on a pretty constant basis and of course is out of warranty. I now call it the Nissan Less-ima.
1997 Nissan Maxima198,000
Leaking oil. Might be a tumler or something else.Replaced upper intake gasket valve cover gaskets and its leaking again. Dont know why. The steering is loud and knocks hitting bumps or turning the wheel. Headlights are light not matter what. Replaced them several times. My name is Rickie and i would like to get it fixed or find solutions on fixing the issues
2004 Nissan Maxima76,000
It's not fixed cause along with the bad transmission and engine oil leak, the used car dealer weasels out of fixing it and i can't afford to have it all fixed as my car payments are rolling in. B&D auto sales ripped me off really bad!!!
2005 Nissan Maxima163,870
Power steering is leaking
2006 Nissan Maxima70,000
Power steering leak bad bushigs
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