2009 Nissan Xterra Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2009 Nissan Xterra
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2009 Nissan Xterra ProblemsErratic Fuel Gauge and/or Check Engine Light
The fuel level sensor can fail causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Nissan has recalled 2006 - 2008 vehicles only for this fuel gauge issue. For more information on the recall, please click here»
A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.
The 2005-2010 Nissan Xterra equipped with the automatic transmission may develop an issue which is commonly known as the "strawberry milkshake".
The name is based on the color and consistency of the fluid found in the coolant reservoir, transmission, and radiator.
The radiator on these models has an isolated portion for cooling automatic transmission fluid(ATF) that is pumped in and out by the transmission. This area of the radiator is known to rupture internally, and the following occurs:
- Transmission overheating warning light
- Transmission slipping (engine revs high and vehicle moves slowly)
- Jerking when accelerating
- Engine overheating
- ATF and engine coolant mix in the radiator, engine, and transmission
Engine coolant in the transmission can cause severe damage, and if not caught immediately may require replacement or rebuild of the automatic transmission.
To correct the situation, the radiator must be replaced, and the engine cooling system must be flushed thoroughly. Also, the transmission will need to be professionally flushed, inspected, and possibly repaired or replaced.
To prevent this from occurring, proactive replacement of the radiator is necessary and recommended.
2009 Nissan Xterra QuestionsDo you spend more for gas on an xterra than you would for most cars? (1 answer)
I have been looking for a new car and I am interested in a Nissan Xterra but I don't know if I am going to have to spend a lot of money on gas to fuel that type of car.
At first it would start but wouldn't accelerate
it was like it was stuck in neutral. Check engine light came on. Later was able to drive it a short distance .2 miles but then towed it to Nissan. They say it was bad front hub bearing - diagnosed by putting on rack and accelerating. Said it sounded like front end was going to fall off. My daught...
2009 Nissan Xterra RecallsNissan Recalls 2008–2010 Vehicles with Garmin Nuvi 750 Nav Systems Due to Overheating
Nissan is recalling 2008–2010 models equipped with Garmin Nuvi 750 navigation systems because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Nissan will notify owners and Garmin technicians will replace the unit's battery and insert a spacer to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.
Nissan is recalling certain 2004 - 2010 Titan, Armada, & QX56 vehicles. Also included are 2005 - 2010 Frontier, Xterra, and Pathfinder vehicles for faulty front and/or rear suspension lower control arms. The problem is the control arm's attaching point to the vehicle's chassis. During the manufacturing process, some control arms may contain welds that do not meet Nissan's strength specs, and if they break, it may result in loss of vehicle control, and a possible crash.
The air bag crash sensors located in the front zone may have corrosion buildup due to a high level of road salt exposure. If this happens, the sensor may become inoperative, and the air bag light will come on. If this happens, the air bags will not deploy in a collision. This recall began on January 26, 2009.