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#2255 of 4184 Keyless remote/Bose system/Dash & clock lights
Jan 18, 2005 (12:01 pm)
1996 Nissan Maxima SE owner since 1999. No major problems until paid off 6 mo ago.
Brake light stays on- fluid ok, new brakes
Brakes squeal in any weather, especially loud in summer,
Bose system radio is fine, CD works when it wants to, usually when heater is on in car. No display lights on radio dial, must use psychic lady for correct scanning....
keyless remote stopped working, so I got battery replaced in both keys. Now nothing responds at all. Called dealership and they want me to "replace" system with new one, of course.
Was experiencing unknown phenomenon of windows rolling down on their own at night during thunderstorms, alarms sounding briefly and trunk popping-causing light to come on and drain battery overnight. Other than that, we've loved the darn car.
Checked with local dealer and BOSE wants entire system sent to them and $1500 to "look" at system, no repairs, no guarantees. The response made in 2001 of www.airmail.net/scutchen/max_faq/maintenance.htm this is NO LONGER IN SERVICE.
Q: regarding 2001 response: Which button do I press while turning the key in the ignition to reprogram the keyless remote? Do I do both keys this way?
#2256 of 4184 Re: Keyless remote/Bose system/Dash & clock lights [pepper3]
Jan 19, 2005 (8:08 am)
The reason for the brake light staying on could be a defective sensor or a loose wire to a sensor.
I believe that there is a brake fluid level sensor in the brake master cylinder.
Brake squealing: did they reinstall the original brake pad shims when the pads were replaced? If not, you need to reinstall them, or at least buy anti-squeal paste and smear it on the BACK of the brake pads. This will usually solve the problem. You can get brake pad anti-squeal paste at any auto parts store. Just do not apply any on the busineess end of the brake pads.
Bose stereo: forget the $ 1500 checkout/repair deal - this would be unacceptable even for a brand new Rolls Royce radio. With some luck, you can find a good Bose radio in a local junkyard for $ 100 and install it yourself. Usually they will give you some warranty on it, so if it does not work, they will exchange it or give you your money back. Not long ago, I saw a Nissan Maxima Bose stereo on E-bay for a very reasonable price. You may check there as well.
To get remote programming instructions, go to any Nissan dealer service department, and ask them to print you out a copy of remote programming instructions. They did this for me for free. it takes only few minutes to do this. If this does not work, you will have an issue with the remote actuator in the vehicle.
Windows operating on their own and other electrical malfunctions during thundrestorms: the only correlation i see here is potential water leak into electrical components, such as power window switches, thus completing the circuit. However, ignition must be on for the power windows to work. You could have a short in the wiring somewhere.
#2257 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [johnny2003]
Jan 19, 2005 (8:30 am)
I hate to repeat it, but the most probable reason for front end vibration is either improperly balanced tires, or bad quality tires.
I assume that they tried to rebalance your tires several times and it did not work. I would recommend finding a tire shop what has the new Hunter GSP 9700 balancer. This machine is not just a wheel balancer, but it has the ability to simulate on-the-road tire behavior. It has a roller which is forced against the tire while it is spun, and the machine measures the variations in the road force in the tire. The main reason for these road force variations is the fact that no tire is perfectly round, and if the tire is poorly made and egg shaped, these force variations will be excessive. Usually, a good tire will be in the 4-6 lbs road force variation range, a marginal tire somewhere around 10+ lbs. The machine will automatically diagnose a tire problem and display the results.
Low quality tires, especially in 18 inch size, are very difficult to balance. They must be mounted properly on the balancing machine and here is another problem. The best way to mount tires on a balancer is by using flange adapters with a centering cone on the back side of the wheel(e.g Haweka brand), which hold the wheel by the lug nut holes - same way they are mounted on the car. Usually, much better results are obtained this way. The worst and least reliable way to mount the wheel on a blalancer is by using a centering cone on the outside of the wheel, tightening the wheel against the balancer shaft flat flangen (unfortunately most places use this technique because it is the quickest way). If no lug hole adapters are available, a better way is to use a centering cone on the backside of the wheel, and a centering cup on the outside. Unfortunately, MOST places will use only a centering cone on the outside, and tighten the wheel too quickly, thus increasing potential for centering the wheel wrong, which will cause the wheel to be balanced totally wrong (the machine will still display all zeros when they tack the weights on, but the balance wil be wrong). One thing you can do in this case, if you suspect something, is to ask the technician to demount the wheel from the balancer, mount it again and spin it again to show you that it is still balanced. I tried this several times at the local tire shop and every time the results were unbelievable, usually .5 or even .75 of an ounce out on each side! This will cause terrible shimmy, believe me. In a passenger car, you will feel as little as .25 ounce imbalance on either side of tire at high speeds.
I would invest in a high quality set of Michelins and find a place that can properly balance them before starting lemon law proceedings. There are other reasons for front end vibration, such as loose or defective suspension bushings, bad struts, defective or damaged steering box, etc. It is possible that new Maximas have issues with some of these, but these should be well documented and identified problems by now. Check all tech bulletins to make sure they are not hiding something.
But tire quality and balancing are the principal reasons for shimmy/vibration. Front end vibration is usually perceived as shaking in the steering wheel, rear end vibration as vibration in the seat or floorboards. I have had very good luck with Michelin tires. Michelin LTX M/S is by far the best truck/SUV tire I have ever had, and Michelin Energy is the best passenger car tire in terms of smooth ride, even wear, and thread life. But even the best tire will cause an unpleasant ride when balanced wrong. An example: my coworker had Michelin LTX M/S tires on his Durango. He complained about vibration and had the tires balanced three times by the local Dodge dealer. They balanced them wrong three times! Rebalancing the tires on the Hunter GSP 9700 machine took care of the problem. When spun on that machine, all tires were ojut by as much as .75 ounce on each side! ?There was nothing wrong with the tires or with the vehicle. I must also mention that after the thrid unsuccssful try the Dodge dealer told my coworker that the vehicle needed new ball joints at the cost of something like $ 1000. He declined to have those replaced.
#2258 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [p100]
Jan 21, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I really appreciate your comments. Just picked up my car, still the same. They have put on three sets of tires. They even took the tires off the General Manager's SL (that didn't shimmy on his car), but my car still had the shimmy. They have balanced three different sets of tires on the Hunter Machine, plus three different sets of rims. Still the shimmy. I will take your reply to them tomorrow and show the tech that has been working on it. They are out of solutions. They were wondering if there is something wrong with the suspension. I have no idea since this is out of my league. Thanks again!
#2259 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [johnny2003]
Jan 21, 2005 (10:24 pm)
There are many types of Hunter wheel balancers. Did they have the 9700 model that I mentioned? Measuring the roadforce variation is the exclusive province of that balancer.
Let's assume that your vibration problem is not caused by faulty or imbalanced tires/wheels.
Other possible causes:
Defective inner CV axle joints can cause vibration upon accleration. I had this issue with my 99 Mazda. Replacing the inner CV joints and axle assemblies took care of the problem. I also had a problem with the left front hub assembly that was no pressed together properly and caused shaking of the hood and weird braking at times. The problem became obvious when I could not put the wheel on the hub without forcing it on because the lugs were not properly centered around the center of the hub.
Defective tierods, or defective steering rack- these are possibilities also. They should systematically check the front suspension. struts can definitely cuase a vibration. I remmeber reading posts about defective front struts that Nissan replaced on many Maximas.
#2260 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coils [maximadan]
Jan 22, 2005 (4:36 pm)
I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY, IT SHOULD BE PURSUED. I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM AT ABOUT 55,000 MILES. IT STARTED STUTTERING AND ACTING LIKE IT WANTED TO CUT OFF. IF ANY ONE OUT THERE IS INTERESTED IN JOINING ME AND HELPING ME GET SOMETHING GOING LET ME KNOW GLK677MSN.COM. I HOPE THAT THE COILS THEY PUT IN LAST LONGER THAN THE 1ST SET.
#2261 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [p100]
Jan 23, 2005 (7:19 pm)
Thanks again. The tech that has been working on my car was not in Saturday, so I am hoping to provide him with this additional information on Monday. The dealership, if I didn't mention this before, is now waiting on a "specialist" to come in and see the car.
I'm curious, since the vibration doesn't start until approximately 20 minutes or so after driving the car, will the items you noted still hold true??
I did speak to a Goodyear store manager who stated that the GY tires where created specfically for the 04/05 Maxima and he has seen nothing but trouble from them including cracks and was not surprized by my comments about the car's behaviour.
He said the only other tire he knows that will fit the car are Bridgestones, as the Continentals are worse than the GY's.
#2262 of 4184 Re: location of cigarette lighter [amorris]
Jan 23, 2005 (7:57 pm)
open the center console and remove the tray to access the area where cd's can be stored. At the bottom of this there is a black cap which can be removed....there is an outlet there, which does not have a lighter, but looks like one would fit.
#2263 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coils [klg677]
by karen p
Jan 25, 2005 (2:04 pm)
I have replaced 7 coils on my Nissan Maxima 2000. The first went at 30,000 miles, the next two went at 67,000 miles. The dealer persuaded us to replace the additional remaining four to avoid additional labor charges. I have filed a complaint with Nissan at 1-800-nissan1. I encourage all to do the same. This will help to get a recall, at which time I was assured by Nissan that all who have spent hundreds of dollars, as I have, will get reimbursed. The individual dealers should be held responsible as well. I was leaving the dealership when my third coil blew!!! What a coincidence. They wanted to charge me again for the labor on the additional coil, and I wasn't even out the door! They ended up only charging me for parts after some heated discussions. A complaint was file against them as well.
#2264 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy [johnny2003]
Jan 25, 2005 (5:24 pm)
We've had our 05 for 2 months, 600 miles. Vibration is bad, begins at about 70 mph and above. Contacted the dealer and one of the service personnel rode in the car and acknowledged the problem. The technician, whom we have known for several years and thru 4 Maximas, knows there is a problem. He called the Tech Line Specialist and got no help and called Nissan North America and was told since the problem happened above 70 mph, the posted speed limit, that he was not to do anything to fix the problem. So Nissan knows there is a problem but doesn't want to admit it. We had an 04 with the problem but thought it was fixed in the 05. Last Nissan we will buy and like you, we might be getting a Consumer Advocate attorney.