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#108 of 117 2007 Nissan Quest
May 03, 2011 (6:28 pm)
Hi... just bought a 2007 Nissan Quest from the dealer, just off lease with 35K. Took the car to my mechanic and was told that the car had the following problems... engine mount loose, twisted brake hose, belt well worn out, brake pads less than 50%, with brakes pulsating when applied. The dealer said all these things were checked prior to the sale and deemed ok and it's just wear/tear... my question is... ENGINE mount worn out at less than 36K?! I've had cars with over 100K and never had engine mount problems. Twisted brake hose is normal wear/tear? this doesn't make sense to me.
What are your thoughts please?
#109 of 117 Re: 2007 Nissan Quest [jack_t]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 03, 2011 (7:11 pm)
Not sure what a "loose" engine mount means, nor a twisted brake hose.
If the mount is broken/torn, that would be unusual for 35K but if a bolt is loose, that could have come like that from the factory for all we know.
A "twisted brake hose" would disable your brakes entirely, so I kinda doubt that's for real.
A worn belt, 50% brakes, possibly warped rotors, those could all be the result of either normal wear or bad driving habits from the previous owner.
All in all, I'd say your only really legit gripe here is with the mount and the warping of the rotors, if they are "out of true". Warped rotors should be part of a safety check.
#110 of 117 Door problem...again
May 03, 2011 (7:32 pm)
I have a 2006 quest with auto side doors...car has 60K mi...last year, the passenger door motor jammed..the dealer said it was not repairable, and the only fix was to cut the cable...I complained to Nissan and they had the dealer fix it under warrenty ...very nice of them...now, the drivers side door motor has jammed...does anyone know how to get to the sliding door motors...is this a common problem? any help would be appreciated.
#111 of 117 lower control arm bushing / steering wheel vibration / spark plugs
Jun 09, 2011 (8:30 pm)
1. When I brake, the steering wheel vibrates severely but only when going over 40 mph. I was told by the dealer that front lower control arm bushings are cracked and controls arms are loose and need to be replaced. I know about the Quest brake issue. Is this vibration due to the control arm or brakes or both?
2. How serious should I treat the control arm issue? It's $700+ replacement job due to 4+ hour labour the dealer says.
3. (Not exactly brake question) The dealer recommended and replaced spark plugs at around 105K miles. How can I tell if they really changed the plugs? Engine was running fine before and after the change, so I have no way of telling. Any simple way to verify?
#113 of 117 Re: lower control arm bushing / steering wheel vibration / spark plugs [sopecreek]
Jun 16, 2011 (12:57 pm)
The lower control arms is a bad design. The bushings are not serviceable and you need to buy the entire control arm. That's the bad news. The good news is replacing the lower control arms can be done by anyone. I had mine done about 2 years ago. I purchased them online through a Nissan dealership and had my mechanic install them. There is no aftermarket for these parts and they can only be purchased through a dealership. Mine cost under $250 for each arm and about $100 for labor. I think the control arms may be cheaper now. Do a search for Nissan parts.
You can probably go a little bit with bad bushings (few months). You'll here some noise when you go over a bump but the control arm itself is fine. It took me several months before replacing mine.
The only way to check the spark plugs is get under the hood and pull one to see if it's new.
If you feel/see the steering wheel vibrate and shake, it's likely the front rotors. If you simply feel the van vibrating and it appears to be coming from back, it's the rear brakes warping. I don't remember the control arms causing vibration.
#114 of 117 Re: lower control arm bushing / steering wheel vibration / spark plugs [dtownfb]
Jun 16, 2011 (7:23 pm)
Thank you so much. I have spent enough money fixing stuff on this van. The most expensive one being the catalytic converter replacement. Others include engine mount (covered by extended warranty), one wheel bearing hub (it's a sealed design, cannot repack the ball bearings), front and rear brake rotors. I'm just thankful that engine and transmission are troublefree and the sliding door and rear lift gate never had any problem. Tons of squeaks now, but I still really like the way it drives.
#115 of 117 Re: Ceramic Pads on '04+ ?? [exploder750]
Oct 29, 2011 (9:30 am)
So far so good on the drilled & slotted rotors with ceramic pads on the wife's 2004 Quest...no warpage in 15,000 miles. Just now replaced the left rear wheel bearing...an easy fix. The van now has 184,000 miles.
#116 of 117 Re: Ceramic Pads on '04+ ?? [exploder750]
Nov 16, 2011 (1:12 pm)
Just had to replace the front brakes. Each year it's the front or back.
Anyway.....how did you know the rear wheel bearing needed replacing? I have this deep rumbling sound coming from the rear of the vehicle after 20 mph. It gets louder with speed and levels off at 55-60 mph. I think it's a wheel bearing; mechanic can't find anything wrong but admits it could be in the early stages.
#117 of 117 Re: Ceramic Pads on '04+ ?? [dtownfb]
Apr 19, 2012 (7:16 pm)
I had the same issue...rumbling in the back. If you can narrow down which side the noise is coming from, it's worth the effort to replace the bearing, plus very easy to do for a do it yourselfer.