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Interesting thing happenned with my power steering

So, an interesting thing happened with my 2016 sedan last week.

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I really like this car but there was one thing I didn't like. The electric power steering seemed waaaaay over boosted. It took ridiculously little effort to move the wheel and i did not like that as it just didn't feel right. It also made dealing with windy highways a white-knuckle affair.

So last week I brought it in for state inspection, which of course includes hooking the car up to diagnostics for OBD-II emissions testing. I also got my summer tires put back on, not that I think it matters as to what comes next.

So I get my car back, an head on my merry way. Pulled out of the lot..... hmmm somethings a bit different, I wright it off as the tire-change. Then I get on the interstate and it hits me, the over-boosted steering is gone! Steering effort feels normal, as in "right".

This makes me very happy of course, but also leaves me wondering what happened? Could it be that there was some kind of update from Nissan out there about this? ... and since my car was there, that they just went ahead and did it? Or perhaps the tech noticed it when he drove the car into the bay and made an adjustment?

I plan to ask them next time I go there, as I'd like to know, but regardless, I'm very happy with the way the car drives now.

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Nobody else has ever heard of this huh? Weird.
Still very happy that there is some heft to it now.

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So I went in for an oil change and asked about this while I was there. They said they didn't update anything and it was most likely just the tires making it feel different. I guess that's the only thing that makes sense, as it's the only thing that changed. Weird tho... I figured the wider beefier snows would handle better than the skinny stock tires.

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I can't say why your steering feels less boosted once you put the stock tires back on. I personally do not know of any update from Nissan regarding the steering. Are your tires properly inflated? I'm thinking that there might be more resistance in steering if the tires are underinflated.

On another topic, I have heard others comment that the steering is over-boosted and that it is difficult to keep the car straight at highway speeds. I wonder if it is possible to reduce the steering boost and if it would improve gas mileage. Actually, personally, I love the steering feel. It's so easy to turn the steering wheel when parking.

While we're on the subject of steering, I had the steering column replaced a week or two ago because a piece of rubber was getting caught when I turned the wheel. I would feel and hear a "click" as I turned the wheel a sufficient amount, such as turning at an intersection or when parking in a parking spot. The dealer replaced the entire steering column, including the steering wheel, under warranty; the car is barely under warranty as it has ~35,200 miles on it.

Unfortunately, the steering wheel now doesn't feel like it's "straight". It seems as if I need to turn the wheel slightly to the left, like 20 degrees, to keep the car straight. Also, when I turn the wheel all the way to the left, it turns slightly more (about 1.5 turns) to the lock than when I turn it to the right (maybe 1.4 turns to lock). Before the replacement, I recall that the wheel would turn the same amount in both directions, about 1.45 turns in each direction. When you turn your steering wheel all the way to the left or right, does it turn the exact amount in both directions?

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I switch over from summer to winter tires (and vice versa) and do not notice any difference in steering effort on my 2014 Note.

You may want to check your tire pressures.

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Sounds like an installation problem, I'd take it back in to have it checked, asap esp. if you are near end of warranty.
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I can't say why your steering feels less boosted once you put the stock tires back on. I personally do not know of any update from Nissan regarding the steering. Are your tires properly inflated? I'm thinking that there might be more resistance in steering if the tires are underinflated.

On another topic, I have heard others comment that the steering is over-boosted and that it is difficult to keep the car straight at highway speeds. I wonder if it is possible to reduce the steering boost and if it would improve gas mileage. Actually, personally, I love the steering feel. It's so easy to turn the steering wheel when parking.

While we're on the subject of steering, I had the steering column replaced a week or two ago because a piece of rubber was getting caught when I turned the wheel. I would feel and hear a "click" as I turned the wheel a sufficient amount, such as turning at an intersection or when parking in a parking spot. The dealer replaced the entire steering column, including the steering wheel, under warranty; the car is barely under warranty as it has ~35,200 miles on it.

Unfortunately, the steering wheel now doesn't feel like it's "straight". It seems as if I need to turn the wheel slightly to the left, like 20 degrees, to keep the car straight. Also, when I turn the wheel all the way to the left, it turns slightly more (about 1.5 turns) to the lock than when I turn it to the right (maybe 1.4 turns to lock). Before the replacement, I recall that the wheel would turn the same amount in both directions, about 1.45 turns in each direction. When you turn your steering wheel all the way to the left or right, does it turn the exact amount in both directions?
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I can't say why your steering feels less boosted once you put the stock tires back on. I personally do not know of any update from Nissan regarding the steering. Are your tires properly inflated? I'm thinking that there might be more resistance in steering if the tires are underinflated.
I've not checked the tires pressure yet, but I will. I would like to think the Nissan dealer would get that right, but I do know sometimes mistakes happen. I don't usually trust very easily, but this place seems to be a "good" one.

I bought the car straight off the car-hauler, it hit the lot already mine. I test-drove it (10 miles), accepted delivery, and then they put the snow tires on it. So I basically spent the first 4k-ish miles on the snow tires.

I remember pulling into to park it the first time (at home) and boy did the power steering feel boosted.... like luxury-car old-man's car boosted. I've owned a few of those by the way... a 78' Mercury full-size (last of the luxury-liners) and a 91' Crown Victoria LX. The Mercury inparticular was very light steering effort.... you could just about take 1 finger and spin the wheel. My Versa was like this up till the inspection+tire change.

Prior to that, going over 50-55 was not fun, especially if windy out. When going to look over my shoulder while getting on the interstate (and often shifting as well), just that little movement to look would have the wheel move as it was so effortless to have the steering wheel move. Now, with the resistance (heavier steering feel) that is no longer an issue. This car is not super-agile (nor is it meant to be), and it has a higher center of gravity and narrower track than the Dodge Neon that it replaces, BUT... I had expected it could get me from point "A" to point "B" with little drama if I had realistic expectations. Having to counter-steer into a gust of wind, while heading along a straight section of highway is not something I expected to have to deal with (fortunately, that gust of wind was seen due to the leaves it was blowing).

Anyways, since the tire change, the highway drives are a "breeze" (pun-intended). I still deal with the gusty cross winds that I-89 is known for, but now I just hold my lines and the car goes where it's pointed.

In regards to my steering wheel, I don't go lock-to-lock much, but I can say that it is pretty dead-on centered when going straight.

Oh and gas mileage has been steadily increasing since I got the car. It didn't go down after the tire change. I would think if under-inflated that it would. Currently getting 41.8mpg according to the computer, more like just under 40 when calculated by hand.

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I just got one too and came here because my steering seems strange . Maybe I'll take mine in.
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Been a little while but I just wanted to update this. I hadn't been getting around to checking my tire pressure.... so the car did.... lol

Over the course of the summer a little pressure was lost and it finally was enough to set the tire monitors off. It wasn't much, the tires were down to like 30-31 and one was just dipping under 30, which must be the cut-off point for the tire pressure warning. Anyways, car had been handling fine, but I topped the tires off, 35 up front, and 33 out back. I decided I wanted a little extra up front since there's more weight there. This was right before a long highway trip. The car handled great (for what it is) with the stock tires and those pressures.

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When I went from the stock 14" wheel with skinny tires to the 195/60/15's I noticed exactly what you speak of. The steering was a bit heavier and the car felt much more planted on the highway.


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