hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,055 miles

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2009 Nissan Sentra steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Nissan Sentra Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 282016


  • 145,694 miles


This is a 2009 Nissan Sentra purchased new from reed Nissan in 2009. In January 2016 the horn failed completely. For some time before that the horn was working only intermittently, and for approximately 6 months before that the car would make a clacking sound when turning. On January 28, 2016 we brought it in to reed Nissan to investigate. The technician diagnosed the condition as "technician finds that the steering column assembly is faulty causing noise and binding." We were concerned that since this is an electronic column not replacing it might lead to steering failure, and the lack of a horn made the car unsafe. Reed Nissan indicated the entire steering column had to be replaced. The cost of this service was: Parts$1,956.48 labor$ $289.88 freight $ 80.00(to replace steering column).

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 252014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 55,500 miles
While crossing the street from one parking lot to another the steering wheel locked up on my 09 Nissan Sentra. Was going less that 5mph. The steering wheel could not be turned at all. The engine was still running and was in drive. After about 30 or 40 seconds attempting to turn steering wheel either way it finally went back to normal. Drove car about 50 miles back home with no further problems.. took car to dealer the next day and after looking at it most of the day the said they could not duplicate the problem. I am afraid to drive this car any distance or speed.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #6

Feb 012013

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
Brakes make loud squealing and grinding noise starting as little as 8 to 10 thousand miles even when pads and rotors are fine. The steering column pops and jolts slightly when turning starting at 27 thousand miles. The car makes a clunking noise when taking moderate to hard right or left turns at any speed. One tire sensor has already gone bad at 20 thousand miles.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 212014

Sentra 4-cyl

  • 64,599 miles


Several months of intermittent power steering loss and steering would not return until the engine was turned off then back on. Car almost impossible to steer when happens. Finally lost steering on 2-21-14 and did not come back after turning car on and off. Needed total replacement of steering column part no 48810-zt50A part cost $1,944.83 labor $439.75. Took to garage and they were unable to diagnose until steering was finally lost for good. This problem could have easily led to an accident if happened during turns.

- Adams, MA, USA

problem #4

Dec 032012


  • 33,000 miles
My girl friend was driving are, 2009 Nissan Sentra at about 40 mph, she attempted to make a left hand turn, the car would not turn, so she had to go straight, and try to turn into a parking lot. The problem is the electric motor (servo) shorting out in the steering column. To fix the problem you have to replace the hole steering column. The servo and power steering computer are attached. Factory part cost 1600.00$ &600.00$ labor to install.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 062012


  • 16,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Sentra. The contact stated that while traveling 2 mph making a sharp left turn, a clunking noise emitted from the driver side of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 16,800 and the current mileage was 17,620.

- Wells, ME, USA

problem #2

Sep 032010


  • 9,500 miles
My car swerves too much on the freeway. Since purchasing the car in 2009, I have been having issues with the car. Even after taking it to several dealerships, I am still scared I am going to die due to the car. The several dealerships I am taken the car to have claimed there is no problem even though thousands of other people have experienced it too.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072010


  • 47,350 miles
When starting the car you hear relay clicking in and out and power steering fail shows up. Had to restart car several times to get power steering to work. Car was put in the shop and dealer told me had to replace steering colunm. Contact Nissan to file a complaint. File # 6901381 to see if they where going to pay for it, car has 47395 miles and not even 1 1/2 year old yet. I see no recall on car as of yet but had to pay the dealership $880.02 to get car repair. Still haven't hear from Nissan what if they are going to do anything. I car in my mind has a safety issue and needs to be recall for the power steering lost.

- Winchester, VA, USA

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