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#1248 of 8984 1998 Nissan Maxima steering problems
Feb 12, 2001 (1:24 pm)
Ever since I bought my Maxima new in Aug. of '98, it has never seemed to drive right. It has always pulled to one side or the other when I take my hands off the wheel. I've had the alignment done several times and the tires rotated but nothing seems to get it just right. Recently, I rotated the tires as specified in the owners manual. This caused it to pull in the opposite direction. So instead of pulling to the right when the wheel is released, it now pulls slightly to the left. My dealer says that it is a "Radial Pull" and that there's not much that can be done about it. Their alignment machine shows it to be w/in specs but it still doesn't drive right. This isn't just due to the crowning of the road because I've tested it in both lanes.
Could one or more wheels/tires be setting up some form of gyroscopic pull that would force the car one way or the other?
Feb 12, 2001 (2:32 pm)
Joenissan, thanks for the update on the auto show, the people I talked to seemed much more knowledgeable but sometimes it can be just the way we talk to people in general.
Feb 12, 2001 (3:26 pm)
If it's "radial pull"...It's NOT normal. It means one or more of your tires may have a shifted belt. The only way to fix that is to replace the tire(s). Have the dealer again, check the tires, find which one is bad, and insist they replace it...at the very least...the tire company should replace it.
Cab....Most of those people you're talking to are not Nissan people...at least not in a sense that they'll have any more info than you can find out yourself in a magazine.
If the new TL is getting 260HP, you can bet the I30 will be right on it's heels with the new 3.5
2001...You really do keep me laughing...keep up the good work !
#1252 of 8984 Shaking in the steering wheel??
Feb 12, 2001 (5:36 pm)
I have been getting this shaking in the steering wheel at speeds of 70 mph. The tires were balanced, could it be from the suspension, or the performance tires. Or could it be from the rotors being warped, I noticed that the when i brake from highway speed, i feel a little shaking in the steering wheel, but when I get slower the steering wheel does not shake. I heard about getting the nuts torqued, I will get that done soon. One thing I noticed is that when the gas tank is 3/4 to 1/4, the shaking seems to diminish a little. Does anyone have any in put about this problem? If anyone has any solutions please email me at rchtradaol.com. It gets quite annoying after drivin with a shake everyday.
Feb 12, 2001 (5:55 pm)
You don't tell us what year, model car you have. Regardless...the amount of fuel in the tank is just coincidence. Again....it's either a bad tire or, an improper balance or one or more tires. A warped rotor won't shake your steering wheel without you braking. If that were the case, and the rotor was that badly damaged...it wouldn't go away at all...at any speed. If were talking about a new Maxima with the 17" wheels....they have no outter lip weights, and are tricky to get right with a good, calibrated balancer.
#1254 of 8984 Shaking in the steering wheel??
Feb 12, 2001 (6:17 pm)
I have a 2000 Maxima GLE and the wheels are 16" and TOYO tires.
#1255 of 8984 New Engine for Maxima
Feb 12, 2001 (7:56 pm)
How was the car show Joe. I clearly recall how a short time ago you firmly said that the Max/I30 would not and in your strong opinion did not need to go up in HP. So what happen did your opinion change with the season change. Because boy were you strong minded about how it was not necessary to increase the HP in the Max/I30. What a change of opinion you have had. In fact their were some heated disagreements between you and other members. So why have you changed your opinion so much now?