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#766 of 799 2002 Nissan Frontier S/C V6 Alignment Issue
Oct 26, 2003 (10:11 am)
I am trying to locate any information from other 2002 Frontier S/C V6 owners regarding any alignment problems. My truck has barely 10,000 km (I'm Canadian) and earlier this year developed a serious pull/wander issue. I have no dealer in town, but an authorized warranty service centre. They did all they could and I have had 8 alignments done. Nissan Canada said I had to ship the truck to a dealer. The nearest dealer is in fact where I bought it and it is over 500 km away.
The delaer has now informed me that this is only an alignment problem and that they have fixed it by performing two alignments. Remember, I had 8 done before I shipped it to them. The dealer has informed me that this is no longer a warranty issue and that I have to pay the bill for everything.
One of the local alignment shops is pretty upset. They did 7 of the 8 alignments, reviewed the alignmetns numbers from the dealer and have said that they did the same adjustment and that the problem was still there. As well, they have indicated that the alignment numbers change by simply having one person sit in the vehicle and that they have never seen a problem like this before.
I will be picking the truck up later this week (after I take the bus all night to get it) and I am not confident that this problem has is resolved. However, it is the dealer's position that it is.
Has anyone else experienced any front end alignmnet problems?
#767 of 799 alignment issue
Oct 27, 2003 (4:01 pm)
I assume that the new Frontier truck has front torsion bar suspension, just like older hardbody models. The first thing you do when you do wheel alignment on these trucks, is to adjust the riding height. This is done by adjusting the preload on the torsion bars. If this preload is uneven, one side of the truck may be lower than the other side and this can cause problems. Did they check and adjust the riding height first?
Second, I have experienced slight pull to the right in a passenger car due to a defective tire - the alignmnet was perfect and replacing the tire cured the problem. This is worth checking. Rotate your tires from the rear to front and give it a try.
There is a possibility of other suspension problems here,e.g. defective ball joints.
#768 of 799 Info on 2004 Frontier
Oct 28, 2003 (1:45 pm)
Has anyone heard or read about Nissan putting the 3.5 liter V6 in the Frontier? They have put that marvelous engine into just about everything else, its a matter of time before they replace the old 3.3.
#769 of 799 jjpeter
Oct 28, 2003 (7:09 pm)
Some time ago I read that there is simply not enough room to install a 3.5 liter engine in the Frontier pickup. Whether this is a fact or opinion I cannot state. I agree that 3.5 liter engine in the pickup would be a big improvement over the 3.3 liter, even its supercharged version. Are these engines different or do they use the same block?
#770 of 799 Different Engines
Oct 30, 2003 (5:27 am)
The 3.5 liter engine is wonderful, but Nissan already has an engine that would be a great option -- the 3 liter turbodiesel that is available in the rest of the world. More torque than the 3.3 and good fuel economy. But with the long involved certification process for new engines and our poor diesel fuel, don't expect it anytime soon.
Nov 30, 2003 (6:25 am)
I have an '03 Crew Cab-right before the 3,750 oil change i started getting a slight right hand pull.Dealer checked it and said it was slightly out and reset it-it felt fine for 300-400 miles then started to pull again. Took it back and was told front end was within specs and it was probably the tire. Now I have to get with a local Bridgestone dealer and try to get the tire replaced! With less then 5,000 miles on the truck I can't see why Nissan can't get it replaced for me. They sold the vehicle to me not Bridgestone!
#772 of 799 Jerry..............
Nov 30, 2003 (8:26 am)
Tires are almost always warranteed separately by the tire manufacturer. Nissan's response is the industry standard.
#773 of 799 Nissan tires
Nov 30, 2003 (11:20 am)
The one tire probably wore out a little because of the allignment being off. This can be a big problem in 4x4 models. If you have a 4x4 make sure you change both tires. because the difference in diameter even though small can put a stress on your powertrain.
#774 of 799 response to # 772 - tires
Dec 14, 2003 (6:27 am)
No, this is not standard industry response by Nissan. Nissan replaced thousands of defective Bridgestone Potenza tires on 02 and 03 Maximas and they were ordered and replaced by Nissan dealers. I had Mazda dealer replace a right front tire on my Mazda 626 under warranty becuase it caused the vehicle to pull to the right. Even though the tires are warrantied separately by the tire manufacturer, Nissan has obligation to honor this warranty, order the tire for you and mount and balance it free of charge. This is the way it is commonly done. So my advice is go to another Nissan dealer. It is not your job to convince the tire manufacturer that the tire is defective. Nissan has trained technicians who should make that determination.