Last post on Nov 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM
You are in the Infiniti FX35 FX45 FX50
What is this discussion about?
Infiniti FX45, Infiniti FX35, Hatchback, Wagon, SUV
#1439 of 3411 Recall:SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Dec 02, 2003 (11:10 am)
Taken from NHTSA.gov:
Make : INFINITI Model : FX35/45 Year : 2003
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03V476000 Recall Date : NOV 07, 2003
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 24300
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER MOUNTING BOLTS MAY NOT BE ADEQUATELY TIGHTENED. THIS COULD RESULT IN THE UPPER MOUNTING BOLT COMING LOOSE AND FALLING OUT.
IF THIS OCCURS, IT WOULD ALLOW THE CALIPER TO ROTATE ON THE LOWER MOUNTING BOLT AND CONTACT THE INSIDE OF THE ROAD WHEEL, RESULTING IN NOTICEABLE NOISE AND VIBRATION. IF THE VEHICLE CONTINUES TO BE DRIVEN IN THIS CONDITION, THE LOWER MOUNTING BOLT COULD ALSO COME LOOSE AND FALL OUT, RESULTING IN SEPARATION OF THE BRAKE CALIPER FROM THE MOUNTING BRACKET. THIS COULD DAMAGE THE BRAKE HOSE TO THE CALIPER OR DAMAGE THE ROAD WHEEL, CAUSING AN AIR LEAK FROM THE TIRE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL TIGHTEN THE FRONT BRAKE CALIPER MOUNTING BOLTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SECURE. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200.
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATIONS AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
I think that the units affected have a build date of November 2002 to July 2003. Darn, those Infiniti assemblers don't tighten bolts very well. First, loose bolts in the tranny and now, loose bolts in the brakes. Oh yeah, the airbag ECM recall also due to the IIHS crash test.
Dec 02, 2003 (12:39 pm)
has anyone experienced the 45 in snow?....it is the auto i picked to buy and want to make sure it has "snow-ability"....this is all that is stopping me....thanks!
#1441 of 3411 More on brake recall
Dec 02, 2003 (1:43 pm)
Called to schedule appointment for this and dealership says that mine is unaffected (?). Not sure how to check which vehicles are affected.
Dec 02, 2003 (3:48 pm)
It depends on how much snow you get. There are many owners in canada and minnesota and upper newyork that have put snow tires on and says it is as capable as any other suv. If you are getting the 20" tires you may want to consider snow tires if you get major snow fall. Others who get snow every once in a while have said they have done ok on the stock tires. I live in houston now so I can't comment from personal experience
Dec 02, 2003 (8:23 pm)
As clpurnell says, for maximum traction in tough winter conditions dedicated winter tires make a huge difference. This applies to any vehicle of course but I can personally attest to how great the FX is when driving in a snowstorm with winter tires. I also noticed that engaging the AWD lock button (snow mode in the 2004) enhances traction even further.
While I have not driven the stock 20 inch tires in snow, I have heard from others that they manage OK but are not great. This is typical of any "all season" tread but when you combine it with a lower profile, more performance-oriented tire it will always be a compromise over what a dedicated winter tire will provide.
One other bonus of the taller, 18 inch winter tire is that they really help smooth out the bumps better especially in winter when the roads become a little rougher and the car's components become stiffer. Plus your more expensive summer tires will last that much longer if they are not being used 4 months a year.
#1444 of 3411 Snow tires
Dec 03, 2003 (7:04 am)
Whcih snow tires do you use on your FX and how much did you pay for them.
#1445 of 3411 type and size for snow
Dec 03, 2003 (9:09 am)
jbaumgart..thanks for the info...did you go to 18's for the snow? thanks...
Dec 04, 2003 (6:56 am)
bobbio & all- I just returned from a 2000 mi trip during which I got caught in a snow storm that quickly deposited about 3 inches on the freeway with no road treatment at all. It was in the mountains and the road was curvy and hilly. Cars and some SUV's were spinning out and stopping to the side but the FX did fine with the standard 20 inchers. I'm anxious to see how it does with more snow depth but this was a good response in slick conditions.
#1447 of 3411 petewat3 & snow
Dec 04, 2003 (7:48 am)
that's great to hear! I am in Philly and last year it snowed here a bunch. we may get 2 to 3 in. tonight..so tomorrow i may get a first hand try..thanks for the info, sounds like you had confidence when in the snow....
#1448 of 3411 aas5 and bobbio56
Dec 04, 2003 (3:51 pm)
I went with a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-Z3's in a 265/60-18 inch size. They came mounted on AT Italia Inox wheels, 18 x 8 inches. I'm sure the stock all seasons would manage OK, but for ultimate winter traction and peace of mind true winter tires cannot be beat! Whether you "need" them or not depends on where you live (length and severity of winters), the condition of the roads you must travel on, and to what extent you "must" drive no matter what the conditions may be.
For peace of mind and safety reasons I also purchased a set for my wife's car, an RX330. Same brand but due to sizing/availability her's are WS-50's in a 235/55-18.