Parking Brake Problems of Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra owners have reported 2 parking brake related problems since 1996. Table 1 shows the 1 most common parking brake problems. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's parking brake (2 problems). For details of each of the problem category, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Parking Brake related problems of Nissan Xterra

Problem Category Number of Problems
Parking Brake problems
Parking Brake problem #1

My vehicle has degraded braking performance. I investigated and discovered gear-oil leaking from rear axle onto break rotors. Further investigation reveals this is an epidemic. Nhtsa item number 10033306 indicates that this is a recurring problem for 2007 Nissan Xterra. Increased stopping distance and degraded breaking performance has probably contributed to numerous accidents already. It may have already resulted in fatalities. As a registered professional engineer, I urge you to initiate a recall of all vehicles prone to this defect. It can be eliminated by simply replacing defective rear-axle seals.

Parking Brake problem #2

Parking brake failure and undetermined engine noise - on 2 occasions, the parking brake hold became loose and caused the vehicle to roll backward. It was repaired twice in less than 6 months, both times saying the some type of washer that holds a cable had become loose. The parking brake tension would become very loose before the failures. There is an additional engine noise issue that has not been resolved after 4 visits to the dealer while under warranty. The noise sounds like a loose belt squealing or a constant squeaky noise, especially when the engine is cold or the outside temps are lower than about 60 degrees. Dealer claims they hear the noise but are unable to locate the problem or repair it. It still squeaks and is no longer under warranty.

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