Abnormal Noise From Front of Engine on Nissan Pathfinder

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 92,123 (4,000–190,188)
Engines affected: 4.0L V6, 4.4L V8, V8
9 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
130 people reported this problem
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My wife's 06 with roughly 84-85K just started this noise two days ago, only on cold starts though...
Almost sounds like gravel being thrown onto a piece of aluminum (like the heat sheild). Does that sound about right?
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A whining or buzzing type noise
From the front of the engine. Found out there was a recall and had it repair at the local dealer. Just today the engine make a noice similar to air flowing through the engine almost like an air conditioner running in the engine department.
Knocking noise coming from from engine, and it sloping and idling night when it accelerates.. Noise is extremely high.
Noise sounds like a motorcycle is following you at a distance but no motorcycle present. Noise does not vary with a push on the accelerator it seems linked to the speed starting around 10
Whining noise ,converter, electrical, fuel sensor,oil sensor, this is the worse car, Nissan will not get my business again and I will tell others not to buy any Nissan.
I just recently had my '07 Frontier in for regular service and was told by the dealership service rep that I needed to have the timing chain replaced to the tune of $1800. I have had the truck serviced regularly at all appropriate intervals by this same dealership. Now they tell me this needs to be fixed. I'm very disappointed and frustrated at Nissan for not generating a recall/repair on such a major problem with their vehicles. From what I've been able to read this is way too common a problem for them to ignore and not resolve for their customers. Until this happened, I had a very good impression of Nissan vehicles; now I'm not so sure. They cut corners and are capable of building junk just like all the others.
Overall I've been very pleased with the truck and it's been nearly bullet proof (except for having to put two batteries in it over the last 3 years and this dealer replacing the rear breaks when they should have replaced the front brakes). Really angry and frustrated about this situation - it's not like you can't leave the issue unaddressed but I hate the fact that I'm supposed to pay $1800 to have this fixed, a basic engine component that should be covered under warranty.
I have an 08 Pathfinder that made a lot of noise when it turned on. Found out it would be the timing chain and cost me $1800 to repair. I do also find it ridiculous that this is a common problem, and Nissan has done little to nothing to resolve this problem. They did fix the transmission problem without charge and this should also be included. I shouldn't have to pay over $1800 for a car with a little over 80,000 miles. Nissan need to do the right thing... ASAP.
same problem. Had timing chains and tensioners replaced 5 months ago and now its doing it again!!!!
Just bought a used 2013 Pathfinder. A loud noise sort of a hum or grinding can be heard while driving, at a complete stop, or just after turning off the car. Service personnel at local Nissan dealership claims he has never heard that noise before.
Noise started 2014, still trying to get it fixed. Loud noise coming from front. 3 Mechanics including dealership says timing chain
the engine stopped running going down the highway at 55 MPH had towed to shop were they told me the timming had jumped and destroyed the engine. There is no recall so I have to save money to get it fixed and rely on trying to borrow a freinds car to go to work. No more Nissians for me. Jim
Two years ago, dealer recommended replacing the timing chain for about 2 grand (they have to basically take the entire front end apart to get to it). Engine has a higher pitched whine than it did originally. Timing chain is not a service item so obviously this is a vehicle defect and the company isn't standing behind its car.
Another costly Nissan defect in Pathfinder: Separate from transmission failure, and catalytic converter failures, and exhaust leaks, whining/whirl sound coming from front of engine - more pronounced at cold startup. Local Nissan dealer does not acknowledge issue, says nothing is wrong beyond a "loose heat shield." Same owner's other local dealership immediately identified problem.
Thought it was the transmission starting to go out, but after doing research online found out it's the timing chain.
Car made a ratteling noise best I can explain I replaced the serpentine belt and did an oil change and the noise lessened but was still there began getting louder the last month took it in for oil change and diagnostics they said the timing chain is "stretched" which is causing the noise. Car is currently at 134,000