2010 Nissan Sentra steering extreme pull to left, inconsistent "alignment" problem

Asked by Apr 22, 2018 at 02:26 PM about the 2010 Nissan Sentra

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2010 Nissan Sentra. It was in a front-end accident years ago, but was
repaired. About six months ago I was driving and felt the car jerk, like I hit a
pothole (but I hadn't). Immediately after that, the car turned to the left. The
steering wheel turned itself 90 degrees. Since then, the car will go through
phases several times a day where it's incredibly difficult to turn right and if I let
go of the wheel it turns on its own 90 degrees.

I've noticed that it goes into these phases whenever I turn sharply right (like at
an intersection). The weird thing is, sometimes the car drives just fine. I've
taken it in several times and they replaced struts/shock, rack and pinion, did
an alignment, checked tires, etc. but nothing has even slightly improved the
issue (though they were happy to charge me for it all lol)

Does anyone know what could cause this? I wonder if it's somehow a frame
issue? My current driveway is very rough, and I often back out with the wheels
turned while hitting the sidewalk bump pretty hard. Not sure if this could have
done anything.

Thanks!

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