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Differential Unit Problems of Nissan Titan - part 1



Nissan Titan owners have reported 326 problems related to differential unit (under the power train category).

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 1
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

This is a common issue which it documented on many online Nissan Titan / armada forums. The front axle has separated from the differential housing causing loss of gear fluid and lack of driveability.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 2
Failure Date: 11/07/2014

Front differential has failed, sever cracking in the housing. Loud whine/grumble is heard when in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive. All lubricants have been serviced under manufacture recommendations. After reviewing online, I see this has been a common problem for Nissan Titans.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2014

Front differential failed. Many reports online suggest a common failure. Cost over $2100 to fix. Parts have been redesigned so manufacturer is aware of the problem and will only guarantee a full differential replacement.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 4
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

Rear differential seals leaked on brake assemblies. Gear oil was present on brake assemblies, wheels and tires. I replaced left and right side differential seals and bearings. An allignment was necessary and was performed.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 5
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

Defective rear axle/differential. I noticed that oil was leaking at both hubs of the rear axle. Dealer said that entire rear axle needs to be replaced. The differential has been maintained according to manufacturer recommendations. I believe this is a serious safety concern as the axle could lock up while driving.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 6
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Rear axel seals leak causing rear differential oil on wheels, rotors and brake pads. Could lead to a complete brake failure on rear two wheels due to oil.


car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2008 Nissan Titan 7
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 8
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.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2007 Nissan Titan 9
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 10
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 11
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.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2006 Nissan Titan 12
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 13
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.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2009 Nissan Titan 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
Failure Date: 11/23/2013

While using 4wd my front axle popped out of the front differential. Luckily I was offroad and going slow. After researching the issue I see it is a common complaint and can lead to catastrophic front differential failure ( if retaining clip is ejected and gets between gears) causing the front end to temporarily lock up. Again luckily I was going slow. But this is to common an issue and something that can cause a lapse in control of the vehicle, this needs to be adressed.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2004 Nissan Titan 18
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 19
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

When taking off from a stop light and accelerating from 0-30mph my rear end made a terrible banging noise and I lost power to the drivetrain. I spent $4500 to replace the rear end. The entire rear differential exploded. I have never misused this truck and only tow my boat about 30 miles 5-6 times a year. All fluids are properly maintained and were at appropriate levels when the shop repaired. In researching online it appears that the Nissan Titan has an issue with the rear differential in a 2005 having high failure rates.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Nissan Titan 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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.

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