2002 Nissan Maxima Intermittant engine noise

Tiny
WEGOODWIN
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  • 2002 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 162,000 MILES
At completely random times my engine will make a machine gun like noise. It sounds as if something may be scraping against something else. When this noise occurs I don't notice any difference in performance. It does seem to occur more when I am moving the steering wheel from dead center.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 9:09 AM

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Tiny
ZACKMAN
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Locate your power steering reservoir. Is the level good? With the engine running, you should be able to see the fluid moving. Make sure you add with ATF Dexron III fluid, not your regular power steering fluid.
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 AT 2:58 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for responding. Yesterday I got my oil changed and the engine stopped making the noise. I wonder if maybe the oil pump went out.
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 AT 11:22 AM

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