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

Nissan Maxima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012

Average Mileage: 111,097 mi (11,000 mi - 298,888 mi)


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.

  •  Rookie

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    leaking fluid, was told it was power steering pump. Parts and labor to replace $575

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  • Visitor, , 198,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 11,000 mi

    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.

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  • steering is extremely difficult at startup

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  • Visitor, , 119,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Power steering fluid leaks

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  • Visitor, , 76,000 mi

    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!!!

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  • Visitor, , 163,870 mi

    Power steering is leaking

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    Power steering leak bad bushigs

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