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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

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

Average Mileage: 83,334 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.

  • 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, , 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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  • Visitor, , V6, 68,000 mi

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

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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, , 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, , 4.0L V6, 175,000 mi

    Loud clicking noises in front of engine. First, the passenger side and now both sides.

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  • Visitor, , 4.0L V6, 144,000 mi

    I am told that the timing chain guides are wearing down and thus allowing metal to metal contact. Repair shop recommended replacement of three timing chains, tensioners, guides, removal of the oil pain to clean out the residue and possibly replace the oil pump. Approximate cost = $3000!!

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  • gusg180094, , 4.0L V6, 54,000 mi

    I also had the whirring noise. Not sure how long because I had become used to it the noise;and only when someone else told me that my truck never made that noise before; took it in. Same issue described; and they knew exactly what it was at Nissan when they heard it. The defective chain tensioners. Its going to cost me $1600!! Ouch!! Not acceptable to have a design defect and make the customers pay for it. I am the original owner and only have 54k on this vehicle. Whats going to happen at 100k? Its been a nice truck but these design flaws to fix are killing me! Its like owning a Harley Davidson which I also had to pay to fix their design flaws as well.

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  • Visitor, , 4.0L V6, 100,000 mi

    I have the same whinning noise when I start my truck .and it gets quiter but dosent go away as the truck warms up needs to make this a recall .I will never buy anouther nissan .it is clearly a bad design by the enginiers and nissan should fix this problem at no cost .I dont recomend nissan s to anybody anymorr.

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