Only happends when braking


I have a 1992 Nissan Maxima SE Automatic 200,458 Miles.

Yes I know lots of miles. I have this problem every time I brake. When I bought the car it 198,000 miles. When I brake the car for some reason pulls really really really hard like a huge thump to the left. I got the car aligned 55 bucks. They told me they couldnt perfectly align it because the front left shock was bad so they said We will try to put it in place 35 bucks more. The car was slightly driving more straight but when I brake the car still pulls to the left really hard and you hear a noise coming out of it. The other day I blew the other shock so now when I turn the steering wheel wont you know go back like it wont return and when I brake its even worse like seriously I dont drive for that reason. I dont know what to do The car is not safe I need help I love this car because its nice and its preety quick but thats not the point I want to save this car. Help.

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2006 AT 4:03 AM

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I'm not sure I followed everything you mentioned, but some opinion.
I would have held on to the thirty five bucks and got some front struts (shocks). They are the cheapest at 50-60 bucks a piece, so a little bit of an investment. If they are that bad, they were probably never replaced during the life of the car (along with the fact due to the mileage). Another thing that I learned recently with (I have a '91) front struts is that you probably won't be able to replace them your self unless you know a shop that will fit them into the coil, since struts are 2 or more pieces (the strut, and the coil that fits around it). I'm not sure how all of it went, so I had a shop do it instead. Either way, it sounds like some front end work. With the mileage thats on the car, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone look at the other suspension and steering parts such as tie rod ends, sway bar connections, etc. Either way, Maximas are worth it and they are fast :).

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