Excess Engine Oil Consumption
Engine, June 9, 2006
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Our Quick Take:
The engine may suffer from excessive oil consumption. If the engine is operated with the oil level low, engine damage can result.
What Should You Do?
This should be considered a high priority recall. Operating the engine with a low oil level can damage the engine. Please contact your Nissan dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engine may suffer from increased oil consumption as a result of improper performance of the piston rings. Severe engine damage can result if the engine is operated with the engine oil low. In extreme cases, an engine fire could result. Dealers will reprogram the engine control module (ECM). Vehicles will also be inspected for excess oil consumption. A small number of vehicles will require engine replacement. Nissan began notifying vehicle owners of the recall on June 9, 2006.
Mfr's Report Date:
June 9, 2006
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.5L ENGINES MAY EXPERIENCE EXCESSIVE ENGINE OIL CONSUMPTION AS A RESULT OF IMPROPER PERFORMANCE OF THE PISTON RINGS.
IF THE OIL IS NOT MAINTAINED AT LEAST AT THE MINIMUM LEVEL, ENGINE DAMAGE CAN OCCUR AND IN EXTREME CASES RESULT IN AN ENGINE FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM OR ENGINE COMPUTER). YOUR VEHICLE WILL ALSO BE INSPECTED TO DETERMINE IF IT HAS BEEN CONSUMING ENGINE OIL AT A HIGHER THAN NORMAL RATE. IN A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF VEHICLES, ENGINE REPLACEMENT WILL BE NEEDED. ON JUNE 9, 2006, NISSAN NOTIFIED OWNERS OF THE POSSIBILITY OF EXCESSIVE OIL CONSUMPTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING THE OIL AT A PROPER LEVEL. FOLLOW-UP LETTER TO OWNERS ADVISING THEM OF THE STATUS OF THE RECALL WAS SENT DURING AUGUST 2006. FOLLOWUP LETTER TO OWNERS WAS SENT ON NOVEMBER 15, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration