Having problems with your 2007 Nissan Versa 1.8 Sl Hatchback ?

My 2007 Nissan Versa SL (Steering Wheel 'Shimmies' while turning

\015 I recently purchased a 2007 Nissan Versa SL with 33K miles. The car has developed a worrisome trait. While taking slow turns, especially 'right' turns, the steering wheel shakes and starts to wobble as though there is something loose down the end of it's column near the steering rack. The car seems fine when going straight and at any speed. This shaking. or wobbling of the steering wheel, is only when making slow turns and especially when going over a bump at the same time. Such as turning into a driveway. I've taken it to our local mechanic who states he doesn't see anything wrong and that it is "probably normal". But to me it feels as though the steering column and the adjoining rack are not meshing properly. It make sme really nervous that something is about to break.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 10-12-2018

Answers :

Definately not "NORMAL". Nissan makes an excellent car and would not allow such a design flaw. The good news is, an 07 with 33K will probably be covered under warranty for steering and suspension parts and labor at your local Nissan dealer. The problem seems to me to be geometric in nature, given the fact that when you turn sonething is "distensioned" allowing this to happen. When you turn right, you apply force to the outside of the drivers side front contact with the road, and the inside of the passenger side. If it is suspension related, you may be able to check with the front elevated an the wheels turned to the right, consistant with when you notice the problem. Try this and see if you can shake either front tire and find any play. First try a vertical shake, by grasping the tire at the bottom and top and see if you can create any movement. Then try a horizontal shake by grabbing on the front and rear of each front wheel and repeating the experiment. For the steering aspect, check all rack mounting points for tightness, also look for areas where the rack itself may have moved slightly. Check all steering joints and connections and see of you can find play in any. It is necessary to have the wheels elevated when checking these connections and suspension points so the weight of the car doesn't impede movement of the offending part. Good luck, I hope this is helpful. But check on the warranty. If it is a safety related problem, I think your dealer will intervene regardless of warranty restrictions. Also a factory service rep will have the "Power" to override the limitations of the warranty at his descretion. (I used to work for Nissan), the squeaky wheel will get the grease in this case, be nice and don't be afraid to ask for help. They will likely accomadate.
I had a nissan in the shop the other day with a very similar problem at low speed or stop. was hard to find the problem at first but with a pressure check of the power steering pump it turned out to be the pressure regulating valve in the pump itself and causing a shake , jog or wobble feel to it.

the fix was replacing with a factory oem pump from dealer and a complete flush of the fluid. i have had problems with many remanufactured pump from aftermarket store.

if your shop can't figure it out you may want to try a fluid change first but i would take it to someone more quolfied to do this diagnosis and repair.

if you have more question or issue. please ask. good luck
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