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Infiniti I35, Sedan
#1 of 599 Bad TCS/VDC and ABS sensor causes 'alert'
Nov 28, 2001 (8:52 pm)
(I figured I'd post this here as well...)
It appears as though there's a pretty common problem in the first few thousand I35s off the line that involves one of the Traction Control or ABS sensors, as far as I can tell (I haven't gotten a definitive answer from my dealer whether or not there is actually anything really wrong other than one of the sensor modules - and it seems to be common enough that it's a problem getting a good unit to replace them, since they're already on back-order).
Anyone else seen this problem? (the "TCS" or "VDC" light and the "ABS" lights stay on, and as soon as you put it in a forward gear, the sensor 'sees' slip, so that comes on, too)
>Mike< (the RatMan)
#2 of 599 I guess there just aren't enough people yet...
Nov 29, 2001 (5:36 pm)
Well, since I still see only three or four people posting so far, I guess my odds are long that anyone else has had the problem I've had since I seem to have had mine the longest of anyone posting so far - a month - 30 days - tomorrow. After having it three days, the sad fact is today my dealer's service department told me it would be 15 days to get another sensor because the one they had in-stock failed the QC pre-install check (i.e. it, too was defective) as well and that they're on back-order that far out (15 days?!). He also told me I _had_ been driving it 7-800 miles in less-than-safe condition, no ABS or traction control at all. I previously believed it was just a sensor problem (obvious, now, since triggering the sensor shuts down the Traction Control and ABS systems). I'm not all that pleased... Mine happened at about 3 weeks into it or 1200 miles or so (I have a 70-mile commute daily). Obviously they can't be all that astounded if they've already had that many calls for this specific part. Hopefully, I'm just that darn lucky, but it doesn't look like it.
Please let me know if you run into similar problems - it involves a centrifugal sensor on the driver's side front wheel from what I understand. Once that happens it thinks it 'sees' the two front wheels out of sync and being technically impossible to recover it shuts down the whole shooting match.
#3 of 599 Unique Tires
Dec 13, 2001 (10:30 pm)
The hard way I learned about the uniqueness of the the tires that we have on I-35.
Being on a business trip (about 150 miles from home) I blew a tire (beyond repair) and checked the nearest tire shop. After 2.5 hours of hard work I learned that the tire of this size is made only by Bridgestone and is not available at this time. This was confirmed by the local Infiniti dealer as well as the dealer in my city. They do not have these tires either. Now it has to be ordered directly from Bridgestone with the waiting period of over 30 days.
So,... be careful when you drive. You may get stuck big time.
#4 of 599 Unique tires
Dec 15, 2001 (11:42 am)
Do you get a loaner while the car is out or did you get the full size spare? You could be in quite a predicament for just having bought a new car.
Dec 16, 2001 (1:15 am)
America's Tire found a Pirelly that is slightly smaller but worked for me to get home and I still use it to get around. Interestingly enough, the dealership did not want to deal with this issue (I guess that answers your question about the loaner). So I am ordering a new tire directly from Bridgestone (the Firesstone/Bridgestone store did not have the tire either). This whole thing sucks.
So, watch your driving and perhaps it would be a good idea to buy a car with a full size spare.
Dec 16, 2001 (8:21 pm)
You may want to check www.tirerack.com as they Bridgestones in stock for an I35 Luxury. Looks like there are more options for the I35 Sport.
#7 of 599 Follow-up for message #1
Dec 18, 2001 (9:57 am)
By the time I got back home (ten days), the dealer had obtained and replaced the sensor - which he said was on the right-rear tire (??). Not that this makes much sense to me (I suppose it's there for completeness, although those don't make the vehicle go forward), but I've had no problems since, and now have about 2500+ miles on the vehicle, since I live quite a way from my office.
Jan 09, 2002 (7:07 pm)
What package do you have? In Canada there would be a full size spare on the sport model. I can't beleive the dealer could not loan you one out of new car inventory. Our store has done it on the 02 QX4 tires until they came in. Infiniti Service!
Jan 10, 2002 (7:43 pm)
You guys will have to believe that the tire was not available anywhere (including the dealership and the Bridgestone tire store). Unfortunately I had no full size spare.
I guess it had nothing to do with the "Infiniti Service" issue. I find it outstanding. And by the way, they were very apologetic and surprised by this issue.
Good luck and watch your tires.
#10 of 599 Anyone want an extra tire?
Jan 16, 2002 (8:42 pm)
Just looked at this board, and saw the complaints about the odd tire size. I have a brand new Bridgestone Turanza EL42 in size 215/55R17. This came as a full-sized spare on my new I35, but I have taken it off and replaced it with a slightly smaller 215/50 X17 from Tire Rack. I did this to get back the extra 5 inches of trunk space that the full-sized spare in the non-sports package soaks up. This problem is presumably caused by Infiniti's changing the tire and wheel size for 2002 without enlarging the tire well in the trunk. I've trimmed down the original thin trunk floor cover, remounted the CD changer with an I30 vertical mounting kit, and will have finished rebuilding the trunk when I get an auto upholstery shop to make me a new carpet for the trunk.
Anyway, the tire is brand new, never used, and I would be happy to ship it off to anyone that can use it. (I'm located in San Jose, CA area). Not sure what it should cost, but presumably $10 or so below the Tire Rack price.
Please let me know if anyone is interested. Other than the trunk problem and the invisible analog clock at night, I love the car.