Steering Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 748 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 2013 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 03/07/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle lost steering control and the traction control warning indicator illuminated. The contact pulled the vehicle over to regain control of the vehicle. Courtesy motor sales, inc (3100 pleasant valley blvd, altoona, PA 16602, (814) 942-9000) diagnosed that the rear passenger side control arm needed to be repaired. The contact scheduled a repair appointment with the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 02/28/2019

While driving at high speeds 55mph a clunk was heard while in a turn, and the lower right end of the car sank down. The steering went completely crazy and out of control. I had to slow down to 20mph for the entire 30 mile trip home. This was the second time this happened in the last 2 months. The first time was back in January 2019 when the left one broke and almost caused me to wreck again! and now I see there is a federal investigation about this exact thing.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 02/27/2019

My car would not start at lunch today. I had it towed to the dealership. Faulty steering lock. The car won't start/drive at all due to this. It costs a small fortune to have replaced. There is no recall on this but there should be. Dealership sees this a lot.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 02/27/2019

My clutch in stuck in "park". This has been dangerous for my family and I bc if we are stuck in traffic I would put my car in park, and when traffic starts moving again my car is now holding up traffic behind me bc my car is stuck in park. This car is only 6 years old and I've already had to get the transmission replaced. Nissan needs to know they can't sell cars that cause a danger to families!!!!!!!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 02/20/2019

Tl the contact owns a 2015 Nissan Altima. While driving 15 mph, the plastic clasp that held the steering wheel became loose. The clasp fractured the floorboard and water leaked into the driver's side of the vehicle due to the rain. The contact's legs and feet became soaked. The contact dried off the inside of the vehicle at a nearby fuel station and drove home. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2018 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 02/16/2019

Tl the contact rented a 2018 Nissan Altima. While driving 70 mph, between a guard rail and a tractor trailer, the vehicle became uncontrollable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. Hertz rental car (located at 2200 rental car center pkwy, atlanta, GA 30337, (404) 530-2925) was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 33,876. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 02/07/2019

While driving on the highway I heard a "pop" and the steering became unstable on my 2013 Nissan Altima with the car veering left and right. I took my foot off the gas and was able to guide the car off to the side of the highway without incident. I thought I had a blow out but the tires were fine. If it had been rush hour I probably would have collided with another car. I was able to slowly drive the car off the highway and to a local Nissan dealer where they indicated I had a rear control arm failure. The left rear tire was clearly leaning outward and the steering wheel was way out of alignment. Nissan replaced (see attached receipt) the link compl rear, link complete, r; two rod connecting and adsorber kit. They also aligned the car. I had them repair both the broken left suspension items as well as the right as I didn't want this to happen again. I do believe this failure is a serious safety issue and really could have caused a crash in heavy traffic. This incident occurred on the highway when I was travelling in a straight line.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 01/22/2019

I was driving the freeway and lost power engine and shut offs I'm not sure how I didn't have the accident yet. Take it to mechanic find out it was a throttle body position sensor and the throttle body camshaft position sensor crankshaft position sensor replaced all that still giving the same problem how to replace it again. So the speed limit was 70 I was going 65 so lost lost in the entire engine at speed of 65 is really difficult to maneuver.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 01/21/2019

While going about 40 mph driving on a city street my car randomly started to fish tail and I lost control of the rear tires. I took it straight to Nissan and found that the rear control arms had broken. The tech said he "had never seen a break like this. " I had not hit any potholes or curbs I was simply driving down the road and it just broke. The vehicle only has 60k miles on it and is in great condition. Luckily I was not on the highway or in a position that I could not pull over as I lost complete control of my tail end and had to drive 45 mins (usually a 15 min ride) to my closest dealership. I have seen similar complaints about the control arms on the 2013 alitma's with low miles and beginning to think this is faulty part.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 01/21/2019

Had the electronic steering control lock replaced January of 2019 for the second time. Replace in 2013 also. Servuce campaign has been issued for this problem but told not my specific model Altima. All modes use the same part. Car wont start when it fails and can occur any time. Worried it will fail in a dangerous part of town. When part failed I was out of state and luckily in a parking lot. Why is tis part covered by a service campaign but only certain models that use the same part?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 12/26/2018

"steering lock" which causes me to be unable to start their vehicles. This defect happened without warning and without cause.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 12
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 12/01/2018

Steering lock module keeps lock and I am unable to drive my car.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 14
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 2011 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2018

Takata recall , my 2011 Nissan Altima 2. 5s started having problems with the steering, and it makes a weird noise when I start up the car.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 16
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 17
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 2018 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 09/01/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2018 Nissan Altima. The contact purchased a lemon (2017 Nissan vehicle) and swapped it out for a 2018 Altima. The contact stated that the steering wheel in the 2018 Altima made clicking and popping noises when turned, which possibly were caused by the linkage in the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to several unknown Nissan dealers, but they claimed that there was nothing to repair. The contact believed that the original dealer (don davis Nissan, 1320 I-20 frontage road, arlington, TX 76018, (877) 415-3218) was conducting unethical business practices with her vehicle transactions. The contact had been in touch with several agencies, including the better business bureau, to plead her case. The failure mileage was 3,400.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Nissan Altima 19
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 20
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 .

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Nissan Altima 21
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 22
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 23
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 24
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 25
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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