Nissan Frontier Problem Report
Nissan Frontier Abnormal Noise From Front of Engine
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.
I also have the whining noise in the front of the engine. It does not occur when I initially start up the engine when its cold. After about 5-10 minutes the noise begins and gets louder and louder. I took it into 104th Nissan and they said it was the alternator. The cost to repair??? 605.00. I purchased a alternator and did it myself at a cost of 158.00. The very irritating noise is still there so 158 down the drain. I like many will never buy another Nissan vehicle. They do not stand behind their products. I have also changed the serpentine belt, the idler pulley and the other one. 52000 miles.....We all need to get together and file a class action lawsuit against them - Visitor
I first started noticing this whining/whirling noise at about 60,000 miles. It seems to have got worse over time. I recently visited a local Nissan dealer and they told me there was a service bulletin put out stating the problem is probably caused by a secondary timing chain/s. The dealer quoted me a cost of over a thousand dollars! From what I understand they are not over willing to help out those in need, we'll see. I'm going to try and get them to fix it, if not I will take other action. I'll be a horses ***, if I'm going to pay for another bad design flaw on Nissan's part, NO WAY NO HOW. It's time they started taking responsibility for their lack of quality in todays vehicles. I'm so disappointed in Nissan, almost to the point of disgusted. I don't think I will ever buy another Nissan product ever. What ever happened to this company! - willywillhym
Somewhat high-pitched whine from engine - also - distinct knocking during acceleration when cold - Visitor
not fixed out of a low warranty , 1500.00 bucks to fix, not buying another Nissan - Visitor
Whining/rattling sound from the engine on start up and while in idle. Noise is not present while driving. - Visitor
it only happen when the engine is hot,just a little whinning sound fronm the front and it will go away when i rev it. - batillog
Rattling, thrashing noise from front of engine, mostly at idle but got progressively worse. Replaced all cam chains and guides. - Visitor
Timing chain fail. - Visitor
Noise from front of engine was determined to be worn timing chain tensioner shoe. Replaced tensioner shoes and chains at a cost of $1,300. Requested old parts. Tensioner shoes are cheap micarta pieces that the chains slide on. Chain showed evidence of wear on sides.
I had to replace the radiator too due to a manufacturing defect. Out of warranty, so $600 for that.
I have never had a problem with a timing chain or radiator on any vehicle I have ever owned, and have driven several to and over 100,000 miles. This will be my last Nissan product - Visitor
Engine has a whining noise when it's first cranked. Gets quite after it runs a few minutes. - Visitor
Rattling as described in other posts - Visitor
I'm taking it to the dealership to address my concerns. - Visitor
replace all gears and chains - Visitor
when starting the engine from cold there is a nocking noise sounds like the timeing chain.Only for a few seconds then goes ok. The engine to me overevs goes to 2200 on the revcounter and that's whats causing the problem the revs are set to high so by the time the oil gets up there the damage is done the dealer said this is normall on all frontiers. So what do you do live with it? A 2015 vehicle $29000 I think Nissan need to get there act together.When you call Nissan America to complain you don't get any satisfaction either you get a female clerk who just tells you to take it to the dealer. But nobody cares they just pass the buck nobody cares. - jock BOY
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. - petmz
Whining noise at start up. Been present for about 60,000. Suspect the same timing chain issue. - Visitor
Paid $1300 to replace all the timing chain and components. - Zoot Horn
Vibrating noise like metal on metal. When giving gas it stops. Usually only does it when idling. - Visitor
Same here had the timing chains replaced lots of money. Sound never went away.Had the trans. redone, cant get rid of the sound. - Visitor
constant whining noise increases with speed. - Visitor
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