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#1724 of 4184 Popping noise in front end
Jan 18, 2004 (12:30 pm)
I'm experiencing the exact same problem as the one described in post item #1691.
I recently purchased a 2003 Maxima SE with 15,000 miles also and I noticed the same sort of "popping" noise when I go over bumps. I am having problems with a vibration around 60-65 mph which according to the NISSAN dealer is not related to bad tires, balancing or bad rims. Would it be possible that a defect in the CV joints or shafts are the cause of both problems (popping noise and vibration)?
#1725 of 4184 popping noise in front end
Jan 18, 2004 (9:31 pm)
Bad outer CV joints will cause a clicking noise when you make a slow turn. Bad inner CV joints can cause a vibration problem, but it will be noticeable mainly upon hard acceleration and also be felt primarily in the vehicle floorboards and the seat(I had this problem with a 99 Mazda 626 and replacing the axles/joints cured the problem). Maximas have rather stout CV joints so I doubt that your vibration problems are related to defective CV joints (There is possibility that you could have a bent axle shaft but this can be easily checked by any competent mechanic). I bet that vibration is related to the tires if you still have the original Bridgestones. These tires are the reason why I did not buy a new 03 Maxima SE. It too had a vibration in the steering wheel around 60 MPH when I took it for a test drive. Solution: get yourself a good set of Michelin tires and find somebody who can properly balance them. As far as the popping noise goes, it could be caused by loose or defective suspension bushings or defective front struts. Check with your Nissan dealer if there is a service bulletin on this issue.
#1726 of 4184 Exhaust manifold studs broken off
Jan 20, 2004 (11:45 am)
A buddy of mine runs a car repair shop, they run into this problem a LOT. They use a product called Heli-coil I think, you drill out the stud (he had a small air powered drill) - just don't drill to far into the water jacket of the block. Then, insert the product and it should solve your problem. But this is a difficult (access) and tricky job for a DIY guy, you need to find a good shop I'd guess, or if you have all the tools and some skill, go for it. I have not personally needed to do this, btw.
#1727 of 4184 Window didn't roll
Jan 20, 2004 (2:05 pm)
I bought a Max 2002 few months ago with 18k mi, overall, I love it!
Howver, the only 2 problems I have so far were my driver window suddenly stuck, it couldn't roll up or down... Just want to know if anyone has same problem? will it come more? (hope not) Not good in winter with icy road! It couldn't move when the road was very icy because its head is too heavy! Now only slight snow, I am ok with it
Jan 21, 2004 (6:48 am)
A friend had the same problem on a Pathfinder. The solution was to replace the lift motor. On my Accord, I had windows that would also stick, but I solved the problem by applying silicone spray to the seals and window tracks.
#1729 of 4184 Window cleaner fluid dispenser nozzle
Jan 22, 2004 (11:42 am)
OK, this is really ticking me off. I just bought a new '04 Maxima. To even remotely have a chance at cleaning the windshield, I have to turn the wipers on high and continuously flood my window with fluid hoping that some cleaning fluid will be splashed to the middle and top of the windshield. I’ve taken this into the dealer and they’ve informed me that there is no solution, “must be a design flaw”, they said. Does anyone know of a solution (fix) to how I can get the angle of spray adjusted to reach higher onto my windshield?
#1730 of 4184 windshield sprayer
Jan 23, 2004 (8:09 am)
I have a 2000 Maxima and mine sucks also. Same thing, shoots one wussy little stream up about half way. Heard this complaint from other Max owners as well. Would've thought they'd fixed that by now. Not sure on a fix, may have to look for an aftermarket system or something, if there is such a thing.
#1731 of 4184 As an '02 owner...
Jan 23, 2004 (8:14 am)
fwiw my wiper fluid nozzels shoot fine...
#1732 of 4184 windshield wahser nozzles
Jan 23, 2004 (4:11 pm)
The nozzles can be adjusted by inserting a stiff piece of thin wire or a needle into each nozle and moving it into a desired position to achieve adequate spray height. I assume that 2002 and later models still have the nozzles on the hood.
#1733 of 4184 creaking sounds
Jan 24, 2004 (5:21 am)
I have a '03 MAX SE with 11500 trouble-free miles. This winter, however, there is a creaking sound coming from the dashboard on the passenger side. The sound seems to be originating from along the line where the dash and the bottom of the winshield meet. I'm not sure if the sound comes from the dash or the winshield, or both. It only happens when the car goes over bumps and the outside temp is below freezing.
I wonder if anyone has the same problem, and what is the solution.
Since it doesn't happen all the times, I really don't want to bring this up to the dealer. I'm afraid they gonna tear up the dash, and only to create more creakings and rattlings later on.