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Differential Unit Problems of Nissan Titan - part 1



Nissan Titan owners have reported 318 problems related to differential unit (under the power train category).

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2008 Nissan Titan 1
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

Last week, I drove 6 hours to start vacation with my family, August 2014, when I noticed that my Nissan truck would intermittently start to shake slightly and also made a noise like a "jake brake" does on a tractor trailer truck. This occurred when I was either driving 20 mph up to 65 mph. I arrived at my vacation location 6 hours from my home and took my Nissan Titan to a Nissan dealership first thing the next morning. After the mechanic diagnosed my problem, the service advisor called me and said my rear end differential was going out and needed to be replaced. As I was driving down, I knew I had a problem and could not drive my truck back home until this was repaired. Since car dealerships do not repair car parts anymore these days, they told me that the rear end differential would cost $3,200. 00 plus labor. The total repair came to $3900. 00. Ouch! it took the dealership 5 days to get the new rear end differential delivered from a Nissan parts house in the northeastern us and replaced since they did not have it locally. My issue is this. . . . . I have never owned a vehicle that had to have the rear end differential replaced at 79,000 miles, nor have any of my friends had this happen to them either! I even called Nissan corporate and they did not offer me any financial assistance either which tells me they don't really stand by their product!!! I understand if it were a water pump, radiator, brakes, tires, etc. But not a major component that should not go bad at 79,000 miles. One more thing in closing, I have never used a trailer to haul anything either with my Nissan Titan pick up truck.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 2
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

Rear axle seals leaking differential fluid behind wheels . Can be a saftey issue fluid gets on brakes therefore making the brakes unable to stop properly . Please fix issue this is a very dangerous situation.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 3
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

Rear axle seal has a leak. This leak is caused to incredibly poor ventilation of the rear differential. The check valve allows water into the case and does not allow for proper ventilation. This, in turn, causes overheating and seals to fail. This repair has happened on this truck for the second time now, with no acknowledgement form the manufacturer.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2008 Nissan Titan 4
Failure Date: 04/04/2014

The 4 wheel drive system on the Nissan Titan is inadequate or poorly designed. My truck has had the front differential replaced twice in the last 3 months, with minimal usage of the 4 wheel drive system, and under appropriate conditions. Grinding noises has been felt and heard from the front differential when engaging into 4hi, which is capabale of being shifted on the fly. When engaging into 4hi and experiencing noises such as this while already moving at speed- 20-30mph, it is rather unsettling. To the average consumer who is not a mechanic (which I am) this is probably even more frightening to experience. The differential installed in April of this year was a revised version, to have supposedly correct issues which many Titans have faced in earlier production years. This differential failed within 3 months. The truck was just fixed last week with another revised differential, we'll see how long this one lasts. Aftermarket warranty and dealer parts warranty have covered all repairs aside from a deducatable, however someone not with this warranty would have faced repairs in the thousands of dollars range. With miss-use I can understand pats failing, however this was not the case.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 5
Failure Date: 03/22/2014

I first felt and heard a loud clanking noise coming from the rear end while accelerating from a stop light. Approximately 30 seconds later I felt it again while entering the on ramp to a freeway going approximately 25 mph. I pulled over and inspected the rear end of my truck and found no visible damage or leaking of fluids. I got back in my truck and started to accelerate and immediately felt and heard the clanking noise again. I then drove straight to the Nissan dealership which fortunately was only two miles away. The Nissan service department did an inspection and determine the gears in differential were binding. The Nissan technicians were unable to determine why a differential with only 53,000 miles that was maintained as well as mine was would fail. The Nissan dealership has performed all the maintenance on my truck and are well aware of how well its maintained. They suggested its a defect and recommended I speak with Nissan USA directly in hopes of them covering the replacement of the defective differential on my truck. I spoke with a representative from Nissan USA and they informed me that because my truck is out of warranty, the defective differential its not going to be covered. The worst part is that there is no replacement parts for the differential. I have to replace the whole rear axle. This is a cost of (axle) $3500. 00 +( labor) $1000. 00. Lets not forget taxes also. Nissan is aware of the defective differentials and is counting on people to not make the effort to bring this issue to light. Please help make a change before someone gets seriously hurt by this defect.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 6
Failure Date: 03/07/2014

Rear axle seals leaking differential fluid behind wheels . Can be a saftey issue fluid gets on brakes therefore making the brakes unable to stop properly . Please fix issue this is a very dangerous situation.


car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 7
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

I was driving up an icy incline on a side road with the 4 wheel drive engaged and the front differential failed. The vehicle lost traction and almost hit other cars and pedestrians. This is the second failure to occur on the front differential on this vehicle.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2009 Nissan Titan 8
Failure Date: 01/22/2014

Weather conditions rapidly changed from dry pavement to snow covered roads. Doing about 20 mph I tried to engage my 4wd hi. All I heard was a slight grinding noise coming from under the rear cab of my truck. The 4wd system would not engage. So I pulled over then tried to turn on the 4wd. No noises and the 4wd indicator light turned on as usual. Go to drive off thinking the problem was fixed and realized that not all wheels were engaged. (rear of truck spun out) pulled over once again and looked under the truck to see if there was anything loose. Noticed the front driver half shaft to be disengaged from the differential. This is a major issue it could have caused my front wheel to lock up and loose control of the vehicle. This also could have caused a severe accident. No warning light turned on. The only light that turned on was the 4wd illumination showing the 4wd was engaged and working. If I was to continue thinking that the 4wd was working it could have caused serious injuries to myself and others. Took to dealership and they stated that I needed to replace the front differential. After doing some research online. I found this to be a common problem with the front differential in the Nissan Titan. My vehicle has 65400 miles on it. Only 5400 miles out of warranty the parts that fail in this case is called a c clip (holds the half shaft in differential). The part numbers for the new differential are different than the ones currently installed. This leads me to believe that Nissan is aware of the issue and should resolve any cost that this repair will cause.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 9
Failure Date: 12/09/2013

Driving the truck on snow covered road, four wheel drive system failed to work. Only rear tires were driving, causing unsafe condition on a road that required four wheel drive. Investigation found the front differential failed, which is a common problem with Nissan four wheel drive vehicles of this vintage. Nissan has refused to fix the problem, citing 'out of warranty'.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 10
Failure Date: 12/04/2013

Rear differential axle seals are bad and leaking rear differential fluid on emergency and rear brake pads.


 
car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 11
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the rear differential failed. The contact shifted the vehicle into neutral and the vehicle rolled away in reverse and into the street. The vehicle was then shifted into 4x4 mode in order for the contact to be able to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was later taken to an authorized dealer where it was diagnosed that the rear differential had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure was 83,200.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 12
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Rear differential failure while driving 25 mph. Had to have complete replacement of rear end at cost of $3000. I have seen multiple complaints of same issue. Appears to be a manufacture defect. Nissan does not allow replacement of parts only replacement of whole rear end unit.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 13
Failure Date: 08/28/2013

I own a 2006 Nissan Titan with 47000 miles. Partial VIN "1n6ba07a0" while taking it to the local midas shop for an oil change. The mechanic pointed out a leak on left rear axle seal. They quoted me with $350. 00 to replace the seal. However they also suggested to have the dealership attempt to replace under a recall/ warranty. . . The dealership quoted $1900. 00 to replace the whole rear axle under the guidance from their technicians and it being over the manufactures warranty and/or no recall. This sounds like a ripoff. Here is a quote I found on the club Titan forum site. . Read more...

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 14
Failure Date: 07/03/2013

I took my truck to an oil change and they notice that the rear differential was leaking oil on the right side they told me that the seals are broken so I took it to the dealer to be fixed. When I got home look it up in the internet and it I find out that this happens quite often and I think that Nissan should do something to correct this problem because differential fluid can get into the breakes and this is a safety issue.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 15
Failure Date: 04/23/2013

Left rear axle seal blew out and leaked differenital fluid. Differential fluid leaking on rear brake rotor which could cause brake failure. This is a major safety concern to me. The leaking differential fluid will caused the rear differential to fail. This seems to be a very common problem with the Nissan Titan, Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent fix so Titan owners would not have to deal with this safety issue in the future.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 16
Failure Date: 03/28/2013

Rear differential failure, leaking transmission cooler line, left rear shock failure. Dealer cost to perform repairs quoted at $ 4,100. 00. Chose not to repair, dealer accepted vehicle as part of trade-in for 2013 Nissan Titan. I would have driven this vehicle much longer if repair costs had not been so high.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 17
Failure Date: 03/04/2013

Nissan Titan le 2005 4x4. The rear differential failed. The rear seal failed and caused damage to the ring & pinion gears. The rear end smells burned and leaked fluid all over the undercarriage. Upon doing research of the Nissan Titan truck, this is a common problem of the rear ends failing. It is a very expensive repair. Nissan is aware of the failures. They have been selective regarding repairs. They sometimes fix out of warranty failures though there are many trucks both under warranty and out of warranty with failing rear ends.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 18
Failure Date: 02/22/2013

The rear differential has been whining since 63,000 miles and last weekend the whining became howling and then clunking. My mechanic says something inside the differential is broken.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 19
Failure Date: 02/07/2013

Driving about 40 mph, I heard a loud pop coming from the rear end of the truck. Now whenever I decelerate, a whining noise is heard from the differential. Took the truck to the Nissan dealer in irvine, CA and they want to replace the rear differential at a cost of $2500. 00.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 20
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

I am an a. S. E. Certified technician, and have discovered the rear axle seals on both sides of the vehicle are leaking , in which can cause fluid to be slung on to brake linings , also if too much leaks can lead to differential lock up .

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 21
Failure Date: 12/14/2012

I engaged my front differential (4x4) and proceeded to put drivetrain in reverse and while backing up the passenger side front axle popped out of the differential, I was not pulling anything so I was not under any load whatsoever.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 22
Failure Date: 11/30/2012

While driving the truck in 2wd I heard a very loud clunking (metal on metal) noise coming form the front of the truck. After reaching home, I realized that the front axle was falling out of the front differential. I jacked the truck up and dropped the front diff pan. This is where I realized that the clips hold in the front axle have failed and broke in two. This is a huge safety concern, had I been traveling down the highway I could have been killed if the wheel came off. I researched online and discovered this a common problem.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 23
Failure Date: 11/24/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, he heard a thumping sound followed by grinding noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that there were metal flakes in the rear differential compartment causing the noise. The mechanic stated the rear differential would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 24
Failure Date: 10/30/2012

Originally heard a light noise on deceleration. Was unsure of origin or severity but suspected brake wear. Noise changed over the course of a month and on final trip into nearby shop for diagnostics it had grown much louder while decelerating. Shop suspected rear axle seal leak and differential failure. Had truck flatbed towed to nearby Nissan dealership and they found little evidence of leak and plenty of fluid. Yet the differential had failed entirely. They suspected a ring and pinion failure though they didn't crack open the case as parts/labor make repair prohibitively costly. After checking salvage prices they recommended a full replacement with a new Nissan axle. I was lucky because apparently this kind of differential failure can lock up the rear wheels while driving at speed causing a very dangerous situation. This truck is primarily driven around town. It's never driven off-road and never towed anything nor carried large loads - it's been babied. Seals and differentials should not prematurely fail in a lightly driven, well-maintained vehicle which was designed and promoted for heavy duty use.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 25
Failure Date: 08/28/2012

Rear differential spider gears broke apart, leaving me with no power to drive train or ability to accelerate.

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