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

The front struts can wear prematurely and create a knocking noise when driving over bumps.

Overheating and/or lack of proper venting can cause the rear axle seals to leak. Excessive fluid loss can result in major damage to the rear differential assembly and/or axle bearings.

The engine mount on the right side can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement.

The screws that secure the striker (or latch) for the liftgate on the Nissan Murano commonly come out leaving the latch free to move. This movement prevents the liftgate from properly latching, and a light rattle is heard while driving over bumps. 

The screws are normally attached to a metal (backing) plate inside the frame, but when they come out the backing plate falls away leaving no way to resecure the latch. 

To install the latch, the backing plate must be retrieved through a bolt hole, and the screws must be replaced with a thread locking compound. There is no access to the plate except through the bolt holes.

To prevent this from occurring, the screws must be removed and reinstalled with a thread locking compound one at a time.  

Crankshaft and camshaft position sensors can leak oil into the connector causing Check Engine Light illumination. The engine may also stall as a result. Leaking sensors should be replaced. Certain 2002 models were recalled for a separate camshaft and crankshaft sensor issue. For more information on the recall please click here»

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.

The electronic throttle actuator (throttle body) can fail causing a loss of power and illumination of the Check Engine Light.

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.

The engine may not crank when the key is turned to "start" if the starter relay fails. This can be confused with a defective starter motor.

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the Nissan Pathfinder is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder V6 is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti  has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2002-2016 Nissan Altima V6 is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2002-2016 Nissan Maxima is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2003-2006 Nissan 350Z is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2003-2016 Nissan Murano is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation.