Steering Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 734 problems related to steering (under the steering category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Altima based on all problems reported for the Altima.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 12/03/2018

The 2009 Nissan Altima has a defective "steering lock" which causes owners to be unable to start their vehicles. This defect can affect owners of the 2009 Nissan Altima without warning and without cause. When this issue occurs the only way to resolve the issue is to have the car towed to a Nissan dealership to have the faulty steering lock replaced. The car cannot be started at all. Thus, owners of the 2009 Nissan Altima continuously find themselves stuck in very inconveniant circumstances with no ability to drive their car. This can be very dangerous for drivers who are in remote or dangerous areas. This same occurance happen to follow me this week when at work. My car would not start and after swapping remote keys plus looking at online forums, I realized this is something that happened to other owners of this year/make/model. The streering lock was swapped in 2010 by Nissan. Hopefully this can help a large group because I'm about to spend money on repariing my vehicle and this could cost approx more than 500. 00 in parts alone. My car is still not starting after 4 days of not being able to turn it on.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 11/29/2018

On December 2, 2013 steering wheel locked and car wouldn't start it was stationary. Vehicle towed to dealership and was told that an internal failure was found in the steering lock control unit. They replaced the steering lock control unit and reprogrammed keys no charge due to a recall and under warranty. 5 years later, Nov 30, 2018 steering wheel locked again and car wouldn't start also stationary, again towed to dealership and was told it was battery issues, once battery was replaced I was then told that it was same situation as before(steering lock control unit) and I would be charged for repair. I feel this is a manufacturer issue and should be reviewed for an extended recall in the steering system because this can be dangerous and cause vehicle to someday shut down in traffic at a light or on the road causing an accident. Don't understand that if it was replaced due to recall, then it should have been corrected with no further issues. Also don't think I should be charged for something that was originally repaired and to happen again a few years later. Called Nissan manufacturer office on Friday November 30, 2018 and was told there is nothing they can do. I feel there is a defect in the steering system for my make/model vehicle. I have a copy of my invoice repairs and will submit if needed.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 09/16/2018

Car will not start because of steering lock system will not come unlock no warning nothing.

car image   Steering problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 09/05/2018

Purchased my Nissan on February 23, 2017. . . Unfortunately I never test drove it and the next day took delivery. . . Two minutes on the road I heard an awful noise. . . Turned out it needed a new wheel bearing. . . Since then they also replaced ball joints on the drivers side. . . . Now when I turn the wheel I hear and feel a clunking noise with what seems like a lot of play. . . Clunking is very apparent when backing up and steering into a parking spot. . . Dealership has actually gone out of there way to assure me that it's normal for Nissan's. . I honestly believe I purchased a car with left front wheel damage and never listed on a car fax. . . I enjoy driving the car and hope you can help getting this resolved/steering rack replaced. . If you do follow up with this complaint, I'm sure there are records of what they have replaced on the left front wheel. . . . This has been an ongoing issue, so there's no specific date I noticed this. . . If you can secure those records you will see my comments when going to the dealership. This dealership has given me great service and hope you can help.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 08/28/2018

I was about to take my daughter (a 10 yr old child) suffering from an allergic reaction to the children's hospital, when the vehicle did not turn on. My Nissan Altima 2009 (sedan) had been used without issues just the day before and I had parked it at home. It was parked and when I tried turning it on, it did not read the key, the ignition did not even notice there was a key, the steering was locked. We were left stranded unable to turn on the vehicle and go to the hospital and get treated ASAP. I had to get a cab with the sick child and come back from the hospital the same way. The days that followed, I also had to see her doctor and the car still did not turn on. Finally, the vehicle was towed to the dealership and they told me it has a steering lock problem and they see this often in that model(!). I looked online and was amazed to find several similar complaints! I saw Nissan is aware of this issue on this model and had a campaign but my VIN was not among the supposed vehicles under the coverage this is a major safety issue, being a woman (and even worse, a woman with a minor) I was unable to use a vehicle that is otherwise mechanically completely sound (it had just been serviced not even 2 weeks before!), this car has very few miles, it was the last thing I was expecting in a stressful situation that could have gone majorly wrong. Luckily my daughter's allergic reaction was tended to at the hospital in time because I took a car service and I don't live in a rural area, but I don't want to think about what could happen to other people or even to myself if I were to be in a remote location or in a perilous situation and not able to turn on my car and use it. I am now very wary and worried that (once corrected) this issue will again take place. This is a hazardous situation, though it does not happen while driving, it does put the owner's safety at plausible risk.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 08/21/2018

Went to start my car. In the dashboard was a key light. Car wouldn't start look up things that could be the problem saying something about steering lock. The car was sitting at my house .

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 08/13/2018

My vehicle was parked inside a garage. Upon attempting to move the vehicle it would not start. My key light was/is illuminated on the dash, car goes into the on position but does not start vehicle. Unable to turn off after pushing the "start button".

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 07/29/2018

While backing out of my driveway, I notice the steering wheel was stiff. I could not steer the car properly. I had to keep a tight grip on the steering wheel while exiting onto the street. I put the car in park turning the steering wheel in various directions, the stiffness in the steering wheel could be felt with each turning of the wheel. While driving and preparing to stop, the steering while would almost lock causing the car to drift. I applied the brake and held tightly on the steering wheel.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 07/20/2018

Nissan has recalled my car under recall campaign # 3213-3192, for rotted rear subframe due to north eastern north american winter climate and use of salt. Nissan replaced the subframe . The recall should and must include the front subframe also. The exact problem with rotted subframe occurred with the front subframe that supports the front wheels, steering & braking. Please investigate into Nissan reason for not extending the recall campaign for the both subframes not one for identical conditions. At the minimum , Nissan should have provided undercoating to protect the rest of the frame & submembers to this vehicle. I have already paid for the passenger side floor replacement & undercoating. It is obvious the car was not prepared for use in new england states at time of purchase.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 07/17/2018

My wife and two young daughters were stranded for a time due to a sudden issue with the steering lock mechanism. This suddenly made the car inoperable and left them out in 102� texas summer heat. After much research this seems to be a fairly common and known issue. We bought our car from a dealership in 2014 and we not made aware of this issue or any potential warranty extension. This is a $500 part (excluding labor and towing fees) that can and has stranded people with little to no notice. How is this acceptable?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2017 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 07/06/2018

First day of major heat wave. Fire on side of traveled road as traffic starts to move the 2017 Altima 3. 5 engine car with anout 9500 miles on it suddenly without any warning looses power and gas peddle has no response. Car felt heavy rolls backwards towards edge as it seemed it had shut down automatically. Try to restart and won't start until 4th try. Still heavy with loss of power. Managed to drive pass the danger area not knowing why a new veichle would shut down without notice. Doing some research now and getting scared. It sounds similar to other Nissan veichle problems. Worried this is a dangerous car to drive.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 06/13/2018

Takata recall my car keeps dying out of no where. The battery light is on, the oil light is on, the service engine light is on. I went to oreillys and said it was the crankshaft position sensor:.

car image   Steering problem of the 2017 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 05/06/2018

My son was practicing driving. He was turning and the car would not turn. Ps warning light came on and stayed on. Once I was in the driver seat, I had a hard time turning the steering wheel. The 2017 Nissan Altima sr only have around 8k miles. I put on flashers to get to nearest auto store. Autozone check the fluids, it was some in there but it could be topped off they said. I didn't purchase fluid. I was told to turned the vehicle back on. The wheel was moving very loose now. I then slowly drive it to the dealership. The manual advise to have it inspected and diagnosed. The vehicle was left at the dealership. Pending inspection.

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 04/23/2018

About a month ago my steering started acting up. It is very stiff when turning a corner, but during the turn it also goes back to "normal", then stiff again. Also when turning the wheel it won't return back to the straight position. �.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 04/20/2018

Steering wheel lock. The only way to start my car at this point is to bang on it with a hammer to get started.

car image   Steering problem of the 2017 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 03/05/2018

My car is running very hard it's not smooth anymore I feel the pressure coming from the wheel and the steering wheel is not straight as supposed to.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 02/22/2018

Steering wheel lock won't allow me to turn car on.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 02/08/2018

Steering lock mechainism. Car wont start.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 02/05/2018

Car stopped, would not start, yellow key light on the left dashboard stays on. Car will not start at all.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 01/29/2018

Steering wheel locked.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 01/26/2018

My car wouldn't start. The escl box locked up for 3 days! now I have to pay $150 to have it fixed per my warranty company. I haven't had the car 60 whole days, and it's been in the shop 4 times with very little success and a lot of frustration and time lost! please call me. Will you pay for the $150 warranty fee? I had it towed to carmax norcross Monday morning. It's Wednesday. I've been without a car for 5 days now!!! staci taylor 770-695-2295 sincerelystaci@yahoo. Com.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 01/16/2018

Nissan was a car I really trust, but from now my opinion changed. I bought my new Nissan in 2009 from a Nissan dealer. After four years of use (2013) the Nissan release an extended warranty for a en electronic piece that should never fail (the famous escl). My car stop working due to this issue, it couldn't turn on because was locked by the faulty electronic piece. I use the extended warranty to fix the problem, ok everybody happy, four years later 2017, same problem, same piece, same issue (faulty escl) cost: $1,100. 00 called Nissan, I submitted all the necessary documentation (insurance card, bill to replace the defective, ) I contacted Nissan about this they don't to take any responsibility because piece has already been changed by another defective (that should never fail) escl piece that last 4 years. I really think very dissapointed how Nissan treat its customers. This is my third car I buy through Nissan, I am really reconsidering my next car to get a different car brand. Nissan faulty pieces should not be re-used to fix issues momentarily.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 01/11/2018

The car steering locks up and you can�t start the car.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 12/31/2017

The key fob for the 2009 Nissan Altima works to lock and unlock the car doors, but it the dashboard lights up with the key symbol indicating an error. I went to go start my vehicle maybe an hour after I had just used it to get home and the vehicle will not start at all. When the push to start button is pushed, nothing happens. It is essentially like the car does not sense the key. The problem has to do with the steering lock on the vehicles and is a costly repair that appears to be fairly common.

car image   Steering problem of the 2016 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 12/21/2017

Car dangerous hard to steer on free way very dangerous when between 2 car you in the middle, car dip and swerve with light touch of steer wheel, it act as if is have no wheel alignment, and the car front end drag the groung when turning into a drive way very noisy. Wipers at night in a heavy rain you have to stop can not see the road at all . Lucky I am a good driver .

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