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Nissan Frontier Noise From the Front of the Engine

Nissan Frontier Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Engines Affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.3L V6, 4.0L V6, V6

Average Mileage: 85,855 mi (3,000 mi - 225,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 4.0L V6, 52,450 mi

    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

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  • willywillhym, , 4.0L V6, 60,000 mi

    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!

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  • Visitor, , V6, 68,000 mi

    Somewhat high-pitched whine from engine - also - distinct knocking during acceleration when cold

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  • Visitor, , 4.0L V6, 80,000 mi

    not fixed out of a low warranty , 1500.00 bucks to fix, not buying another Nissan

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 63,500 mi

    Whining/rattling sound from the engine on start up and while in idle. Noise is not present while driving.

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  • batillog, , 4.0L V6, 123,765 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 167,000 mi

    Rattling, thrashing noise from front of engine, mostly at idle but got progressively worse. Replaced all cam chains and guides.

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  • Visitor, , 4.0L V6, 65,000 mi

    Timing chain fail.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 198,000 mi

    I'm taking it to the dealership to address my concerns.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 150,000 mi

    replace all gears and chains

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