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#624 of 687 Re: Armada troubles solved [black2]
Aug 14, 2008 (9:45 am)
Our 2005 Armada has been acting up over the past several months sputtering and cutting out. It would die always at the worst times like on the freeway in rush hour traffic but up to this point always restarted right away. It progressively got worse and more frequently to the point that it finally wouldn't restart, fortunately in my driveway. We're on a tight budget so I couldn't take it to a mechanic and I'm fairly inclined so figured I might be able to at least trouble shoot the problem. I went to a Schucks and rented an OBDII code reader but it wouldn't work which I still don't get. Their answer was that it doesn't work on some cars but oddly enough I tried it on our Subaru as well and it wouldn't work on it either. After referring to this sight and consulting others I decided it fit the description of a bad IPDM (Integrated Power Distribution Module) I checked a couple of parts places where they looked at me like I was speaking greek when I asked about an IPDM. I ended up ordering from a local dealership . It took the parts guy a while to look it up. He'd never heard of an IPDM either but after about a half hour and a consult with a technician he called me back with the info. Nissan calls it a Controller, cost $128 (part number 284B6-ZC00A) It wasn't in stock so after waiting for 3 days I received it. The IPDM / Controller is a fuse panel that controls the fuel injectors and fuel pump among many other vital systems. I found instructions at http://www.titantalk.com/forums/attachments/titan-problems-dealer-service/63025-- - ipdm-install-ipdm.jpg?d=1215504792 Be sure to disconnect the battery first. You'll need a 10mm wrench for the neg battery cable and small flat screwdriver to release the clips on the wire connectors. It was a little tricky getting at the panel. It sits aft of the battery and half under the body. The wires were tightly coiled so I carefully worked the panel out enough to see and reach everything. Overall it was simple and quick and doing it myself probably saved hundreds of dollars.
#625 of 687 2006 Armanda Excessive Shaking
Aug 19, 2008 (5:11 pm)
I have a 2006 Armada and have had no problems until this one. 4 months ago I changed the tires to the Michelin Cross Terrain SUV's. It was smooth as a baby before and smooth as a baby afterwards. Fast forward 3 months. It develops a shake in the front end. I would describe it as an excessive bounce when I hit a bump but on generally non perfect surfaces it seems to amplify the bumps. Also it has a consistent shake at any speed above 30 mph. At 4 months and 5k miles I took it to the tire store and they rotated and balanced the tires. They stated that the tires were 'grossly unbalanced' - their words. It made the shake/bounce worse. I took it to the dealer twice and they stated they drove it and they said they detected nothing wrong that needed service and recommended changing back to the Conti's it had at delivery. The shake is so irritating I don't want the car anymore - it is unpleasant to drive.
#626 of 687 Re: 2006 Armanda Excessive Shaking [towingdude]
Aug 19, 2008 (5:43 pm)
Sounds like the tires may be bad. Could be bad belts in the tires, or out of round tires.
#627 of 687 Shocks and Sway Bar
Aug 19, 2008 (5:44 pm)
Just ordered up a set of Bilstien front struts for my 05 with 52k miles. Also ordered the Stillen front sway bar, supposedly will firm it up a bit.
Will keep you posted.
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#629 of 687 hard to control in the highway
Sep 20, 2008 (9:47 pm)
hi, I have a 2004 armada with 39000 miles. Each time I run 60 mph or higher the vehicle moves left or right depending on the surface. Sometimes the wind makes the truck sway. Also, each time i hit a pot hole (not a big pothole) at 40 mph my truck will pull to the left. Can anybody help???
#630 of 687 Re: hard to control in the highway [gorio1]
Sep 21, 2008 (2:01 am)
Do you have the stock tires? When were they last rotated?
#631 of 687 Re: hard to control in the highway [obyone]
Sep 21, 2008 (5:20 pm)
I just bought a brand new bf goodrich touring (same size) with 500 miles. I had it alligned and balance on the same day. Do I have to change the struts? I only have 39000 h-way miles on it (4 yrs old)... please help.
#632 of 687 Re: hard to control in the highway [gorio1]
Sep 22, 2008 (12:31 am)
Did this problem start after you had the new tires installed?
While it could be the struts, it could also be several other things which without being there would be difficult to check. You would need to put the truck up on a lift and check the front end for excessive play. It could be anything from the struts, to a bent rod or a worn bushing.
If it started after the new tires were installed I'd take it back to the shop that did the alignment and have them check it out.
If it is an ongoing symptom, the alignment shop would be a good place to go to have them go over your front end and see if they can find the problem. You could also check the struts and see if there are any leaks.