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May 16, 2001 (10:20 am)
I have a 1990 Nissan Maxima GXE. When I drive it thorugh a bumpy alley it makes a clunking noise from the suspension area. At first I thought it was a motor mount, and then I thought it was the struts but I had a mechanic check both of them and neither appears to be the problem. If anybody could give me some ideas on this it would be greatly apperciated. The car has the Nissan Sonar Suspension. Thanks.
#219 of 4184 Suspension noise
May 16, 2001 (10:40 am)
There are numerous rubber bushings used in the suspension, and they deteriorate over time. If the noise is from the front, first check the sway bar bushings in the lower control arm then the control arm bushings. If the clunk is felt in the steering wheel, I would also check the ball joints and strut mount bearing. Make sure all nuts and bolts are properly tightened.
May 21, 2001 (8:59 am)
The info at the link you sent me was exactly what I needed.
#221 of 4184 Steering Wheel Vibration
May 25, 2001 (6:51 am)
I got 6K miles on my 2001 GLE, and I noticed the other day that after not having driven the car for a week and when applying the breaks hard I got a vibration in the steering wheel. I heard there was a problem with the lug nuts being put too tight by the factory and I asked my dealer to re-torque them to specification. I don't know if they actually did this.
Now does anyone know what the cause of the vibration might be? If it is the lug nuts, and if I correct the problem now, is there a possibility that I have already damaged the rotors?
Any response will be appreciated.
#222 of 4184 Manual Transmission Oil Change
May 26, 2001 (9:14 am)
I have a 1988 Maxima, 5 speed. Replaced clutch, throw out bearing, etc. What type of oil is used in the manual transmission. I don't know if it's 85-90 or dexron II.
#223 of 4184 to lfd440
May 27, 2001 (7:10 am)
The Max should use premium unleaded. You will not get the performance from the car that you should if you use regular. And do the math - it will cost you maybe $2-$3 bucks a fill-up more with premium. If that's a deal breaker for you than look for a different car, but if you like the Maxima, then use what the manufacturer recommends.
About color - I have the frost interior, and have to admit the lower part of it does show shoe scuffs and so on probably more than the black would. I live further south though and can't stand the idea of a black interior in the summer. In Massachusetts you might want the exact opposite! Surely the dealer would have enough cars on the lot that he could show you what both interiors look like, even if it's not the exterior color that you want?
Whatever you buy, I think you'll enoy the Maxima. Good bargains to be had on price right now too.
#224 of 4184 starting to get bumpy
May 28, 2001 (7:56 pm)
after 190,000kms on a 1995 GXE the ride is now very bumpy (not bouncy). it seems to be mostly from the back end of the car.
i heard that they could be the bushings in the suspension joints and so on.
i'm debating if i should keep the car or get rid of it. its still very reliable and drives good except the bumpy ride lately.
car still running on original battery since july 1994 as a 95model and the above indicated kms.
#225 of 4184 Aftermarket 6-CD changer for 01 Maxima GLE ??
May 30, 2001 (7:15 pm)
What aftermarket 6-CD changer works with the factory head unit for a 01 Maxima GLE?
Does any one know which aftermarket 6-CD changer works with the 01 Maxima GLE? I know Honda head units work with Alpine, but I don't know which brand matches Nissan.
It would be very helpful if you could tell me the brand and model number.
#226 of 4184 Does your Maxima pull to the right?
May 31, 2001 (6:01 am)
My 99 Maxima pulls to the right. Does it even when tires have been rotated twice.
Dealer has aligned it twice, and gives me a Factory handout about road crown causing pulling to the right. All the other cars I drive also pull to the right but not nearly as much, the Hondas seem to go where you point them, same for my camry and most rental cars.
Dealer says only "toe" is adjustable - is this true I though camber caused pulling?
- do maximas have caster and camber adjustments?
Seemed odd the dealer had a handout on road crown - like maybe they get a lot of complaints.
Anyone else had this problem/
#227 of 4184 Pull to the right
May 31, 2001 (9:53 am)
Mine pulls to the right too. A wheel alignment helped a little, but the problem is definitely still there. Initially I was more eager to pursue this, but now I sort of got used to it. I need to find a good wheel alignment specialist in order to see if anything can be done.
I think the problem is in the rear alignment. Basically, I have a fairly large negative thrust angle, and I believe the main reason for this is that I have a toe in on the right rear wheel, and a toe out on the left rear wheel. Both values are just within the specification limits – but only just. However I’d rather have toe out on both rear wheels or better still – a toe in on both of them. The pull to the right is particularly exaggerated under acceleration, when both rear wheels experience more load.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way of adjusting the rear toe.
Right now all camber, caster and toe settings are within their limits, and this is as far as most dealerships will go to adjust the alignment. The car still pulls to the right, though. I believe a good alignment specialist may be able to fix this by adjusting the toe on the front wheels, even if that means setting the front toe out of specification.
I am mostly speculating here – I am not a mechanic.