Nissan Frontier Recall 02V316000
Size of the Spare Wheel May Be Incorrect
Drive Train, January 13, 2003
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
On certain vehicles with a V6 engine, the spare tire wheel is the incorrect size.
What Should You Do?
Nissan will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning January 13, 2003. There are no symptoms related to this recall. If don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
Vehicles equipped with a V6 engine may have been equipped with a spare wheel of the incorrect size. When installed on the front of the vehicle, the rim will contact the brake caliper, causing a rubbing noise while driving. Continued driving could result in wear to the brake caliper and/or wheel. Braking performance could be reduced and/or the wheel could separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the spare wheel and remount the spare tire to correct this concern.
Original Recall from the NHTSA
Model Year(s): 2003
Manufacturer's Report Date: January 13, 2003
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V316000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,500
Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A V6 ENGINE, AN INCORRECT SIZE WHEEL RIM FOR THE SPARE TIRE WAS PROVIDED IN THESE VEHICLES. THE WHEEL RIM DOES NOT FIT PROPERLY AS A REPLACEMENT FOR A FRONT WHEEL.
Consequence: WHEN INSTALLED ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE, THE WHEEL RIM WILL CONTACT THE BRAKE CALIPER CAUSING A LOUD RUBBING NOISE AND COULD RESULT IN WEAR ON THE CALIPER AND/OR WHEEL RIM IF DRIVING CONTINUES. CONTINUED USAGE OF THE SPARE TIRE WHEEL AT THE FRONT LOCATION CAN ALSO RESULT IN LOOSENING OF THE LUG NUTS AND DETERIORATION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE. THIS COULD EVENTUALLY CAUSE THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY TO SEPARATE FORM THE VEHICLE AND RESULT IN LOSS OF CONTROL AND A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SPARE TIRE WHEEL RIM WITH A NEW ONE, AND REMOUNT THE SPARE TIRE ON IT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 13, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Notes: ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration