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Nissan Altima, Lights, Brakes, Sedan
#67 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Sep 12, 2009 (12:32 am)
Yes....I hear the thumping noise....and it sounds like it comes from more than one place. I also have my car at the dealership right now with 34000 miles on it (2009)..commuter...but not in traffic. 95% of that mileage is on the freeway, not using the brakes. I have noise...squeeking that I have had for awhile now. When you really lay on the brakes, it sounds like the car is "groaning". When I took it in today, they brought up the TSB's, and the tech used the term "groaning". Obviously something is wrong, as there is no way I should have brake probs yet. I had an '03 & '06. Altima. '03 had 99000 miles...i brake job around 75000. '06...75000...no brake job. not even a noise.
The problem with these brakes is the CVT transmission. IMO, the transmission does nothing to help slow the car down, and therefore the brakes are doing all of the work. That is what I think is causing the problem. I am glad I found this forum...if they try and hose me tomorrow, I will mention this, and then call Nissan and demand they do something.
#68 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [smarty666]
Dec 17, 2009 (3:51 pm)
I just had my 09 in today...new brake pads and rotor work...appears problem is not fixed although I got all kinds of BS as to why I should not be "concerned". Seriously?
#69 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Dec 17, 2009 (5:46 pm)
I was wondering if you have ever been told what that "thumping" noise was in the Altima. I have the same noise....only mine did not start until after I had about 20 - 25K miles on it.
it almost sounds like metal moving from heat expansion. It's not always in the same place either.
#70 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [maddypsu]
Dec 18, 2009 (3:44 pm)
that is simply and absolutely outrageous that you had to have brake and rotor work done on a 2009 altima; how many miles do you have on her?
anyway, that kind of BS is getting typical with dealerships and is really poor customer service when you think about it; everything that goes wrong with the car is "oh, there really isn't anything wrong or oh, I wouldn't be concerned" - you think what you had wrong was bad, my 08 TL had a power steering fluid leak and the dealership kept refilling the fluid and sent me on my way and the second time I was in after I lost fluid again the service advisor said the same BS you got, " don't be too concerned because we didn't find a leak!"
can you believe that BS from him, I'm losing power steering fluid and they can't tell me why and just kept sending me on my way; suffice it to say that after getting Acura HQ involved the leak was finally found and the proper parts replaced and no problems so far but the dealerships whole attitude was piss poor to say the least
Back to Nissan though, I have a 2010 Maxima right now on a 3 year lease and I'm going to be using it as a test guide for Nissan in regards to seeing if they have gotten their brake and rotor issues solved because if not this will be it with me with Nissan and Infiniti because I had just come off a 2005 FX35 lease before this max and had terrible brake and rotor problems the entire time I had it, every 10k miles the brakes and rotors had to be done and it was the main reason why I didn't keep it when the lease was over
You would have thought by now that Nissan and Infiniti would have gotten these brake and rotor issues corrected by now since during the early and middle part of this decade they had terrible brake and rotor problems
If you don't believe me just check consumer reports reliability history for the Nissan's and Infiniti's and you'll see all the worse than avg and much worse than avg for brakes/rotors for the 2000-2007 model years!
#71 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [smarty666]
Dec 21, 2009 (8:52 am)
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima that has been at the dealership 5 times and they "SAY" they can't find anything. They changed my brake pads twice, my calibers, rotated my rotors and there is still a HORRIBLE noise when i brake. It sounds like the brakes on the end of a roller coaster. I was told by another mechanic that this is a recall Nissan is avoiding since it will cost them millions of dollars!! It is sad how money is always the important case here other than peoples safety.
All i have to say i CAN'T wait for my lease to be over and this is the first time and last time i EVER get a nissan.
#72 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [eyzbleu]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:12 am)
My situation is pretty much the same as yours except sadly enough I own my Nissan-wish I didnt purchase it! Within the first year I had my brakes changed twice. I kept complaining about the noise and they would write me off and say its brake dust. When I showed them these posts, they said they dont pay attention to blogs. The nerve! Nissan has the worst customer service and I would like to make an official complaint and mail these posts to them-hopefully that will get me somewhere. If I hear anything I will be sure to inform you all!
#73 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [bluealtima08]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:40 am)
Well, I rather listen the squeeky brakes than replace the brakes. My friend needs to replace the pad on his '08 Accord w/ only ~16k miles and Honda didn't even cover it under warranty.
#74 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [gooddeal2]
Dec 21, 2009 (2:29 pm)
Honda is just as bad as Nissan when it comes to brake pads and rotors; the 08 and 09 Accord are known for their premature brake wear and rotor resurfacing; there are discussions on the accord forum on edmunds about this issue if you want to check it out
I remember reading two long term road test updates in motortrend earlier this year on a 2008 accord and they mentioned as well having to have their pads replaced at like 12k miles
for some reason, Honda, Nissan, Infiniti, Acura, even Toyota etc all seem to think that having to have brake pads replaced and rotors resurfaced at between 8-15k miles the first time is normal wear and tear - they all are sorely mistaken!!
way back when I had GM vehicles, despite dealing with a whole sort of mechanical problems, I used to not have to have brake pads replaced until 40-50k miles, what the he'll ever happen to getting between 40-60k miles out of your brakes???
#75 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [smarty666]
Dec 21, 2009 (4:22 pm)
Yeb, I need to resurface the G's rotors at around 12k miles. I had the inspection done on the '07 Altima w/ around 17k miles a couple months back and they said the brake should be good at least another year...except the sqeeky noise.
#76 of 135 my brakes failed while driving on the freeway yesterday!
Dec 22, 2009 (7:59 am)
I have a 2007 Altima with 45000 miles on it. I bought it from a friend 5000 miles ago, who bought it from a dealership as a used car.
I was driving 65mph when I saw traffic stopped up ahead. I got one good brake in, which slowed me down to 30-35, then braked again. My foot went to the floor!
I was able to pump and get slowed down enough not to hit the cars or go off road and have something else stop me.
No warning whatsoever! Anybody hear of brake failures like this on 2007 models?