Nissan Frontier owners have reported 13 problems related to differential unit (under the power train category).
Drivers side rear axle seal leak. Differential vent leak. Both started about 100,000 miles.
See all problems of the 2008 Nissan Frontier.
Vehicle is well maintained with 115,000 miles odometer reading. This is the 2nd time the rear axle seas have failed, resulting in gear oil soaking rear brakes, resulting in oil contamination of brake pads and rendering the parking brake ineffective. The reason was explained by Nissan as a rusted $14 breather tube in the differential housing causing pressure build up to ruin the $7 dollar seals. The result is a repair any where fro $1500 for a difficult axle pull to get to the seals or up to$6500 to replace the entire rear assembly. The problem with seal replacement is it is difficult and time consuming and must be performed perfectly or the seals will leak again. The root cause is a poor breather system,. Nissan is aware of this problem and refuses to acknowledge the defective design and application. Continued use will cause premature rear brake failure and too much stress on the front brakes to stop the vehicle.
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Noticed oil / grease on rear tires sidewall. Taken to Nissan dealer for inspection. Mechanic found a failure of both rear axle seals causing fluid to cover rear axle, differential, rear brakes, and tires. I was advised to not drive the truck due to possible axle and wheel separation from the rear end. If I had not found this I could easily be dead due to wheel axle separation from the vehicle in motion. This is a major safety issue and the vehicle recalled for this problem. After repair was performed the mechanic told me the rear axle housing vent tube clogged causing pressure to build up blowing out the rear seals. Nissan corp. Usa was notified but declined to assist customer with extensive repairs stating that although being under the 60,000 mile power train limit the vehicle was 5 months over the 5 year age limit. Nissan corp. Usa did not view this as a safety issue.
The rear axle seals are leaking. There is a service bulletin at Nissan for this issue. So this is a known issue. Rear differential fluid is leaking on the rear brakes. This will cause rear brake failure. I think there has been numerous cases of this problem. Nissan best to my knowledge will only take care of this issue if the vehicle is under warranty.
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The vent for the rear differential clogged and a back up of pressure pushed the seals on the axle causing extensive damage to the axle and brakes. I do not drive off road or submerge the drive train.
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The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the vehicle was being repaired for routine maintenance when he was informed that the rear differential axle seals failed. As a result, fluid leaked and the brakes were damaged. The dealer stated the brakes, rear axle, and seals needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 78,889 and the current mileage was 79,300.
Nissan's rear axle design for the Frontier is faulty, utilizing a bleeder valve that clogs causing seals to fail. Failed seals cause differential oil to leak leading to axle wear, among other issues. Oil leak also spreads all over breaks leading to possible break failure. My axles were replaced in 2012 (along with breaks due to oil damage), now I'm being told (2015) that axles need to be replaced again. I believe Nissan is aware of the problem but this part failure generates revenue, as the work is costly, and leads to the need for break replacement. There needs to be a recall.
See all problems of the 2005 Nissan Frontier.
Rear differential pinion seal and rear axle seal leaks causing gear oil to leak on brakes causing loss of rear brakes. First and last Nissan!.
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The right side rear axle seal failed in June 2008 causing differential fluid to coat the entire rear brake assembly leading to my emergency brake not working correctly. It cost me about $600 in 2008. In January 2009, the left side rear axle seal failed in causing differential fluid to coat the entire rear brake assembly leading to my emergency brake not working correctly. It cost me about $600 in 2009.
Purchased a 05 Frontier cc 4x4 truck from a local dealership. 2 weeks I had the truck roughly the 15 of July, I had put a 30 to 40 pound stone in the back of my truck which has the rhino bed liner, rock dent in the ribs of the box and chipped the rhino bed lining. Took it to the dealership, explained in detail but nothing done as of yet. Yet another person had the same problem I was told by the service department and got a new box. Problems with the drivers side window rattling, the rear end squeaking, and the rear. I took the truck in again, they took it in said they fixed the problems with the window and the rear end squeaking. Took truck home and was doing the same thing. Took back again for same problem plus rear differential and engine brake. Said they fixed window (not true again), had to replace the bushings in the rear(were bad), and needed a new rear differential engine brake they said they had to contact someone else about to find out problem(not fixed to date) took truck in again had it 3 days said was fixed. I took the truck home rear differential was doing exact same thing but now rear was getting hot. Called Monday morning to tell them it was doing exact same thing and the rear was getting hot and service department manger got pissed off was yelling. Now having trouble with the steering in the front , not right. Tried to get problem worked out with dealership. Had to finally call Nissan complaint center. Waited a week for response and finally had call from consumer affairs with no resolution. Told me they could not do nothing except send to general manager plus file complaint with bbb auto which, cost $200, no guarantee. Dealership service department also did not give me copies of service work done and refuses to do so. Consumer affairs only told me they can get them and it will help their case. Called another dealership had them pull up work done on truck and none was filed. I was sold a lemon Nissan don't want to deal with. I smell a lawsuit!.
The "differential lock" (dif lock) dash light goes on after a period of driving. After awhile, the dif lock light turns off & the abs & slip dash lights come on. At first, the dealer could not reproduce the problem. After additional driving by the dealership, the lights came on. The dealership replaced a control module which controls all of these features.
On chrismas day, my father and I were driving my Nissan pu on route 29 in virginia at about 55 mph. A sudden and severe jerk was felt twice and we pulled off and checked the truck for dammage. No obvious external damage was noted at that time but there was a grinding noise noted when truck was put in 4 wheel drive low. Normal function noted in 4 high and 3 high. On 1/2/2001 at dealership . . . The left front 4x4 hub cover was noted to be missing and the hub had spiral cracks all around it. The dealership refused to confirm this as a torque fracture and refused to entertain any thought that the truck they had sold had malfunctioned. Not only was this incident scary but I am just thankful that my father and I were not in a high speed accident due to this failure.
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While driving 60 mph differential locked up. This caused the vehicle to veer off into a field and hit a fence. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for analysis, and mechanic noticed that the differential was worn out and needed to be replaced. The bearing(s) were burnt and there was a fluid like sludge as a result of the heat.
See all problems of the 1998 Nissan Frontier.
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|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Automatic Transmission Cooler problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Power Train Driveline problems||
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