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#44 of 49 2007 Nissan Frontier Nismo 4x4 Crew
Dec 12, 2007 (12:17 pm)
My wife and I just returned from a month long trip into the American Southwest. It was our first long road trip with the new truck, enjoyed it immensely. We had no issues, changed the oil/filter once, and had a good time exploring the back roads.
While we were driving on some rough single track primitive roads, I noticed a sound
(like a castanet) coming from the rear. I swear it was coming from the box (not the interior of the box) and all our gear was secure. I'm wondering if this should be considered normal, or is there something that can remedy this. I checked under the carriage and all appears to be tight. Anyone?
#45 of 49 Re: 2007 Nissan Frontier Nismo 4x4 Crew [driver56]
Dec 12, 2007 (2:47 pm)
I had a mysterious metallic rattle (not a castanet sound) coming from behind the rear seat in my '06 SE Crew that I could not diagnose, but through the help of a friend finally fixed it. If yours is a Crew, check the alignment of the rear door striker with the slot in the door where the striker enters. In my case the alignment was terrible and when I'd hit a heavy bump, the rattle would be created. I aligned the striker and the noise is 90% gone.
Not sure if this is the source of your noise (usually it's the jack, tools, spare tire or the seat belt), but maybe this suggestion might help.
Glad you enjoyed your trip.
#46 of 49 Re: 2007 Nissan Frontier Nismo 4x4 Crew [asa]
Dec 13, 2007 (10:40 am)
Thanks for the reply asa. I will check the rear doors. The jack was tight, also the tools, spare tire, and seat belts. I even hopped onto the top of my tonneau cover while my wife drove (don't try this kids) on a particularly rough (wash board) trail, and that sound really seemed to be emanating from the cargo box (adjacent to the cab). This is something I could live with, but I'd rather remedy it. This is one solid truck otherwise.
#47 of 49 Castanets
Dec 13, 2007 (3:28 pm)
You might try too to be sure the licsense plate is tight (yep, one guy found his rattle was his rear plate), that any Utili-Track accessories and rails are snug and that pebbles haven't landed in the suspension or brakes. Also if you look underneath the truck under the leading edge of the bed, you'll see a piece of C-Channel running across the width of the bed along the headwall. The first time I hauled a load of landscaping pinestraw, sand sifted out into the C-Channel below. It's a cinch to wash out or blow out. This is a log shot, but I'm trying to think of what might cause a castanet sound. (You may want to be sure there's not a small Calypso band under your tonneau. )
Yes, with the exception of the rattle (fixed), my Frontier has been very solid. My wife is amazed at how quiet and comfortable it is at speed, plus she handles my 6-Speed stick like a pro. I have only 10,000 Miles on mine. It's become our preferred family vacation vehicle because it's a cinch to load and an easy ride.
#48 of 49 Re: Castanets [asa]
Dec 14, 2007 (8:57 am)
Thanks again asa! I'm going in January for a regular service to my local Nissan dealer, they're very good, so I'll get them to take a boo (or a listen) and see what they think. Again, this is one fine truck, and I could live with it regardless. Everything I've been able to check is aligned and/or taut. The tonneau is as well, so we'll see. I'll post again in the future.
Oct 17, 2008 (11:39 am)
hello everyone, my name is jeffw, i am the proud owner of a 2009 titan crew-cab pro4x model, what a truck, have not had a chance to off road too much but i did find a few large deep mud holes to test out the 4 wheel drive switches, i look forward to sharing some stories in this forum-thanks