Nissan Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Nissan as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

This engine may burn engine oil faster than similar models. Frequent oil checks are important.

There was a service bulletin addressing a problem with front tire wear and tire noise. The tires would "growl" or "roar" at speeds under 30 mph or under moderate braking on smooth roads. The repair first involved resetting the front alignment and then either replacing or rotating (side-to-side) the front tires. This fixed the concern for some, though others still reported a recurring issue.

The AC system may blow warm air due to refrigerant loss caused by a leaking low pressure AC hose. These hoses commonly develop a leak at the hose crimp connection.

The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective canister vent control valve in the emissions control system.

Software/programming updates to the Engine Control Module (ECM) are available to help solve some issues with Check Engine light illumination.

The ground inside mass air flow (MAF) sensor can corrode and possibly cause drivability problems. The corrosion is enough to affect the sensor data but not enough to create a trouble code. Diagnosing this can be difficult because it won't always illuminate the Check Engine light.

One or more wires in the engine wiring harness may break at the harness bend near the right strut tower. Symptoms include: Check Engine Light illumination, rough idle, drivability problems, and/or an inoperative air conditioner. Any broken wires will need to be repaired.

If the drain tube for the AC evaporator housing becomes clogged, water can accumulate inside the case and drip onto the electronic control module (ECM). This damages the ECM causing drivability problems and possibly the engine will not start.

A coolant leak can develop from the front of the cylinder head that can appear to be a head gasket leak. There is a threaded plug just below the camshaft that may leak if there is corrosion present on the threads. Cleaning any residue, re-installing the plug with pipe thread (Teflon) tape, and torquing the plug to the specification typically repairs the leak.

Regular maintenance is recommended to avoid timing chain failure. Rattles may develop in higher mileage vehicles. Regular oil changes will help reduce the incidence of this problem.

The fuel injectors can fail and cause drivability problems. Often there is no Check Engine light and the failures can be caused by corrosion of the connector, clogging beyond the point of cleaning, and/or internal failures.

If the vehicle fails the “State Smog Test” due to high emission readings, components in the pollution control system (air injection components) may have failed due to moisture and may need to be replaced.

If the car is emitting blue smoke from the tail pipe, from burned oil, be sure both PCV valves are functioning properly prior to replacing the turbocharger.

The exhaust manifold often warps, breaking off the studs between the cylinder head and the exhaust manifold. The noise may be most noticeable when the engine is cold.