Axle Shaft Problems of Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan owners have reported 18 problems related to axle shaft (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Titan based on all problems reported for the Titan.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 1
Failure Date: 01/31/2018

The axle shaft on the front differential came out causing failure to the front differential.

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car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 2
Failure Date: 08/18/2016

Rear axle seal leaks are a recurring problem on this vehicle. I have had mine replaced 4 times at various points over the past 12 years and they are leaking again. It has been 12 months since the last repair, at which time I also replaced the rear axle shafts in an attempt to resolve the issue once and for all. Fluid leaking from the rear axles directly onto the wheel hub, tires, brake pads and discs and all surrounding areas, saturating them completely, is a significant safety concern, in my opinion, and I believe is grounds for a safety recall. I believe both braking ability compromise and fire hazard are potential results of this issue. As leaks develop, they become both static and dynamic, which is to say that fluid leaks while driving and while parked. Large puddles of diff fluid form under rear wheels after being parked for any significant amount of time. Nearly all of my driving is done on-road so I don't see this issue being related to off-road driving damage possibility. Regardless, this safety issue needs to be addressed and rectified by Nissan.

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car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 3
Failure Date: 05/22/2014

Driving down a main road when I felt an odd vibration coming from under my feet. Pulled over immediately to see that my axle shaft has pulled out of the differential. After getting the vehicle home I researched online to find hundreds of the same problem. The front differential on these trucks is and will always be a safety issue until they decide to recall the problem. Nissan definitely knows this diffential is not strong enough for the engine. Needs to be recalled before more people get injured!.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 4
Failure Date: 03/20/2014

My 2007 Nissan Titan le 4x4 has experienced (3) rear axle shaft seal failures in addition to (3) front axle shaft seal failures all within about 20,000 miles of each other. The rear axle seal failures are a safety concern to me. The differential fluid leaks directly onto the rear brake rotors which causes a reduction in braking ability. It is clear after some research that this is a very common issue with multiple model year Nissan Titan trucks. Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent solution so we would not be faced with this safety issue in the future. My first rear axle shaft seal failure occurred at 56,672 miles on 6/9/14. I had another fail at 62,930 on 11/4/14. The third on 8/23/15 at 75,000 miles. The front axle shaft seal failures occurred at 53,139 on 3/20/14, again in October 2014 (mileage not available), and then at 65,105 miles on 1/21/15. Btw, I have tried submitting this twice before and gotten errors so I apologize if this has actually worked all 3 times.

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car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2008 Nissan Titan 5
Failure Date: 08/10/2013

Took my Titan in for routine maintenance and the service person noticed that the right and left rear axle seals are leaking. The service person found a technical service bulletin (ntb-10-032) for this problem and bulletin says to replace the axle shaft assembly with a newly designed assembly. The leaking gear oil can easily get on the rear brakes and make them fail. This is truly a safety issue, not just a minor defect.

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car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 6
Failure Date: 07/27/2013

This is the second time in over several months that my driver side drive axle for my 4x4 has pulled its self out. It was fixed once on my dime and is now going to be fixed on my dime again it is a dangerous failure that could cause my suspension to lock up an rip my wheel off then leading to a serious accident. It needs to be addressed and the NHTSA has done nothing to pursue this. Another problem that Nissan will not cover is the rear axle seals that blow out due to a faulty design which may also lead to a serious accident, they will not address any of these issues under a recall an there are thousands of people that are suffering from these issues from 04-010 for the axle seals and model years 04-08 for the axle shaft pulling out from the 4x4 causing serious damage to internal and external parts. This needs to be addressed an the NHTSA is doing nothing about it.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 7
Failure Date: 02/17/2012

Driver side bearing failure seal failure causing axle oil to pour out and axle shaft to fall out. Emergency brakes failed due to being covered in oil.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 8
Failure Date: 01/13/2012

In 2005 4 months after I purchased the Titan, I was involved in a minor rear end accident that dented the rear bumper. 2 months after the accident and the bumper was replaced I noticed seepage coming from the rear axle. I thought it was due to the accident and did not have the seals replaced. It was not. The leak has entered into my emergency brake system and it has never performed properly. On January 13, 2012 a loud noise from the rear end prompted me to exit the interstate where I noticed smoke and a burning oil smell coming from the axle. The bearings were replaced and I drove the truck for 20 miles and the truck broke down again. I reseached the problem on the internet and found many complaints regarding seal leaks and replacement of the axle shaft. I also found a 2010 service bulletin from Nissan instructing replacement of the axle shaft and associated components. I have 200,000 miles on my truck and it has performed relatively well, but I have an issue with Nissan for not addressing the issue and risking my familys' safety for 5 years before issuing a safety bulletin.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 9
Failure Date: 12/05/2011

My 2006 Nissan Titan has an axel seal failure on the drivers side rear, differential fluid is leaking onto the rear brakes causing reduced braking and also the potential for axle/differential failure. Nissan refuses to address this design flaw. They have a re-engineered replacement axle shaft and seal at a cost of about $800 per side. This should be a recall not $1600 out of my pocket to fix. Will Nissan and ntsb wait until there are fatalities before they address this common issue with the Nissan Titans?.

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car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 10
Failure Date: 11/08/2011

Discovered the driver's side rear axle oil seal leaking. Vehicle maintenance has been accomplished in accordance with Nissan maintenance schedules. Discovered Nissan technical service bulletin (TSB)ntb10-032 stating entire axle shaft assembly (axle, new retainer, axle bearing, oil seal, bearing cage, and abs rotor) be replaced on 2004-2008 models when oil leaks are discovered to correct the problem. The TSB did not elaborate why the entire assembly is to be replaced. It can only be assumed that all parts of the assembly are considred defective and require replacement. I presented the TSB to my Nissan service department and they said they only need to replace the oil seal, axle bearing, and spacer contrary to the prescibed service procedure in the TSB. Within 200 miles of replacement, the new oil seal leaks indicating the cause of the seal failure has not been resolved. Unresolved axle seal leaks will result in axle failure and brake failures when pads are soaked by gear oil leaks.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 11
Failure Date: 04/25/2011

I have now only owned this truck for one year. I am only the second owner. I have had multiple drive train issues now with this truck and it is only currently at 75,000 miles as of 11/20/2011. 04/22/11 turned a corner from a four way stop to hear a light grinding noise that turned to a heavy clunk and tire hop. Took it to a local trusted auto repair tech to find that my e-locker deteriorated and literally grenaded my whole carrier assembly. The only fix according to Nissan is to replace the whole rear differential as in new case fully assembled w/ rotors and all. Local shop did research and said this is a common issue they have a lot and Nissan does not sell individual parts to replace. Local shop had to build whole new custom rear end from seals in w/ a detroit true trac mechanical locker. At the same time shortly after found gear oil in driveway from front pumpkin to find drivers side c-clip broke and axle shaft is not engaging (in other words no dependable 4wd) had that all fixed in 05/2011 and seemed okay never had used the 4wd. Now 11/19/11 went to go find a christmas tree and turned on the 4wd again just in case. Once again a broken c-clip out of nowhere. I have now had two broken c-clips within about 6 months of each other w/o 4wd being used. Bought the truck for $16k and have now put in almost another $4k in front and rear end repairs. Nissan is losing a lot of customers by not owning up to their mistakes and design flaws.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 12
Failure Date: 08/06/2010

Noticed black grease/oil on right rear rim. Dealer diagnosed as right rear axel seal leaking. Dealer replaced right rear axle shaft, bearing and seal, covered under power train warranty. 2007 Titan se 4x4 with off road package. 29,500 miles.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 13
Failure Date: 08/05/2010

Rear axle seals on Nissan Titan pickup trucks leaking and require replacement of entire axle shafts.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 14
Failure Date: 07/25/2010

The events leading up to my front end axle failure was due to slight use of the 4wd in mild snow conditions the first time. I had it repaired by a factory Nissan authorized dealer and had the same problem occur less than 30,000 miles later. Nissan is saying its not their fault but I was not abusing the 4wd simply just using it. Basically the front left axle breaks a clip and the axle shaft going into the differential slides down. Over time unnoticed I'm sure this could be detrimental to the front end components until a catastrophic steering/wheel failure. I will be trying to contact Nissan to get their story of why this keeps occurring.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 15
Failure Date: 09/13/2009

Nissan Titan '07 power train:axle assembly:axle shaft:seal.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 16
Failure Date: 01/16/2009

Power train:axle assembly:axle shaft:seal.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 17
Failure Date: 09/15/2008

Rear axles seals leaking profusely, power train:axle assembly:axle shaft:seal.

car image   Axle Shaft problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 18
Failure Date: 10/19/2007

After approx 38,000 miles the driver side rear seal required replacement due to excessive leakage. At 43,600 miles the rear axle has failed, one mechanic thought it was as simple as the clutch plates sticking which caused the rear tires to turn the same speed when turning causing the inside tire to spin out. Loud banging started to occur about 60 miles before total failure, in 40 mile before, when leaving a gas station the truck had shaken violently on take off then subsided as acceleration increased. With any small turn, the loud banging returned. On sharp turns the truck seemed to pull in both directions, even at speeds as low as 20 mph. I decided to put the truck in 4 wheel drive, which helped somewhat, probably taking some of the loading off the rear axle, but the drive wasn't easy. I had a mechanic look at my Titan and after raising the rear end and spinning the tires he said the spider gear was shot and the vehicle was not safe to drive. Towed to a Nissan dealer 50 miles away, dropped the truck off because they were closed but did have the chance to speak with the service department earlier. The service rep guessed the rear of my truck before I could say anything other than that I thought something was wrong with my rear axle. The following Monday the service rep called me and said the rear axle needs to be replaced. Also, when the first mechanic looked at the problem, I noticed both seals on the axle were leaking, the driver side excessively. I use my Titan for everyday commute and often tow my 4,000 pound travel trailer. When towing and turning sharply, sometimes the inside wheel would spin out, I thought this may be normal but I guess when under load the differential does not release properly causing the spin. When final failure occurred, the rear end would slip or skip as if gears were missing. When I parked the truck for the last time it had moved several inches back until another gear engaged.

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