2009 Nissan Murano Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Nissan Murano
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2009 Nissan Murano ProblemsLiftgate Rattles and Cannot Latch
The screws that secure the striker (or latch) for the liftgate on the Nissan Murano commonly come out leaving the latch free to move. This movement prevents the liftgate from properly latching, and a light rattle is heard while driving over bumps.
The screws are normally attached to a metal (backing) plate inside the frame, but when they come out the backing plate falls away leaving no way to resecure the latch.
To install the latch, the backing plate must be retrieved through a bolt hole, and the screws must be replaced with a thread locking compound. There is no access to the plate except through the bolt holes.
To prevent this from occurring, the screws must be removed and reinstalled with a thread locking compound one at a time.
A thumping heard and felt in the floor is often caused by failing engine mounts. A failing mount allows too much movement of the engine, and will require replacement.
Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2003-2016 Nissan Murano is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure.
The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan.
To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly.
Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation.
2009 Nissan Murano QuestionsWhat is a fair price for replacement door locks? (1 answer)
Both rear door locks on my Murano have failed. One lock button on the door just flip-flops back and forth without affecting the lock at all, while the other is still lockable by reaching inside the back seat and locking and unlocking it. If we lock this door from the inside and then get out of t...
My car is making a sound like a throaty rumble when I drive. I brought my car to a local meineke and the guy told me that the front exhaust pipe needs to be replaced. Because of 1 leak that is not near the manifold. The estimate is for $980, not including labor because he said the pipe is curv...
Received a diagnosis that the catalyst in Bank 1 on the Bulkhead side failed.
2009 Nissan Murano RecallsNissan Recalls Certain 2008–2010 Vehicles for Tire Pressure Monitoring System Sensor Issue
Nissan is recalling certain 2008–2010 model year vehicles in areas of the country with heavy concentrations of road salt usage. The fastener used to secure the sensor of the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may corrode and crack. If this occurs, the fastener may detach from the sensor and the TPMS light will illuminate. Dealers will replace the fastener with a more robust fastener.
This recall affects certain vehicles equipped Occupant Classification System (OCS) control units manufactured by Continental Automotive Systems. A varistor in the OCS control unit may have been manufactured out of specification. Under certain conditions, this could interupt the signal between the OCS and the air bag control unit (ACU), causing the passenger air bag to be suppressed in an accident. If the air bag does not deploy when needed in a crash, the risk of injury is increased. Dealers will test the signal between the OCS and ACU with a special tool to verify proper function. The seat cushion containing the OCS hardware will be replaced as necessary. The recall began November 4, 2008.
The air bag control unit (ACU) may not deploy the passenger side air bag in a collision if the battery voltage is too low. This may cause injury or death in a collision. Dealers will reprogram the ACU. The Nissan recall number is P8201. The recall began on February 19, 2008.