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Nissan Armada Brake Problems



  • I finally found a dealer that knows what the hell is wrong with this car. Champion Nissan didn't know anything or they just wanted to get rid of me. My mechanic told me to go to Mossy Nissan and when I arrived these guys told me they have seen this problem a thousand times. :mad: They told me that its a computer problem and needed to be updated in the cars computer. Champion Nissan told me that the booster needed to be changed even after I had a new one installed by my local mechanic. So to get rid of me they suggested that my local mechanic did not replaced the booster but just clean the old one up so I left thinking that my local mechanic pulled a fast one on me. So when I made it to my local mechanic furious I told him what Champion Nissan told me and he got mad and said thats [non-permissible content removed] I have your old booster right here which he showed me. So he called the service manager at Champion and gave them a piece of his mind. So he buys all his nissan parts from Mossy and this is where I went this morning and the guy knew about this problem on this model Armada and it should be fixed this evening . I'm going back to Champion today to try to get all my money back for the times I went there and they misdiagnosed my problem. I'm so glad I didn't let them change my Booster, I going to try to get reimbursed for the new booster that I had replaced.
  • shopinfulshopinful Posts: 47
    Glad you found someone that can fix it. As soon as they reprogrammed our computer, we have not had a problem. I thought Nissan had put out information on this to all dealers. I would complain as well for it seems they were just trying to take your money. :)
  • I want to add that the brake power booster is defective as well. I just got back from the Dealer and they are charging me $833 to repair the brake booster. It’s not the fee, Im disappointed with the fact that this happened to me several times and was not addressed properly. The first time it happened was in 2006. This was months after I had my brake rotors/pads fixed (part of their recall) I own a 2005 Nissan Armada. Yesterday, I almost got into an accident when my brakes failed to engage. Fortunately, I was driving on the fast lane and was able to merge to the emergency lane. It all started when I stepped on the brake pedal, there was this grinding sound, shook the vehicle and the brake light went on, I slowed down and eventually stopped. Have your brake booster checked! In addition to the recall fix from 2005, have this inspected before you get into an accident.
  • Come to Find out after I got my Brake Booster replaced I still had the lights on the dash coming on and the brake were still malfunctioning so I took it to another Nissan dealership and they found out that the problem is in the Master Cylinder. The sensors were bad and they charged me 384.00 to fix this and we haven't had any problems since I got this fixed 2 weeks ago.
  • uskrumsuskrums Posts: 1
    We have been having these problems since about 30K, at 33K, under warranty, the dealer said they couldn't duplicate the problem (brakes lose 75% effectiveness, loud noises, brake light comes on, shaking, vibrations, etc...) My wife drives the vehicle the most. It was sporadic, but she knew the "fix" was to pull over asap and turn the truck off then on. (To me this says ELECTRICAL). Whenever it happened, she couldn't get it to the dealer without turning it off and we knew they would say "Can't duplicate". Then last year I started doing some research. Lo and behold others have same problem and there are service bulletins out! Why weren't we informed?

    So we take it in to have VDC reprogrammed and promised this would fix the issue. (Why didn't they do this when we had 33K, the bulletin was out then). So we thought everything was good until 2 days ago. Same problem. Now they say brake booster and we have to pay. I have heard brake booster doesn't solve it. Replacing Master cylinder doesn't solve it. Does anyone have the details of any ELECTRICAL fix besides the TSB?? Currently truck is at the shop and I am on the phone with Nissan 1.

    Any help much appreciated.
  • On ours the problem was bad sensors in the Master Cylinder 2004 Nissan Armada with 60000 and it cost 384.00 to get it repaired at the dealer
  • yup my friend,replace by nissan patrol(toyota lndcruiser rival) w/ 400plus hp..cant wait to get 1..
  • i just braught my 2010 nissan armada to my dealer(baker n jackson) for the brakepin hey recall (d's is my frst time 2 b a recall victim)when its recall do they need to replace the dffective parts?cuz mine,they didnt replace my brakepin they just check it n told me that my vehicle is ok n my brkepin is intact that theres no need to replace it..but im still worried. :( :mad: :cry: :confuse:
  • wmay33wmay33 Posts: 1
    I've had the brakes go out twice and am taking it to the dealer today hopefully to get the electrical upgraded, ABS software upgrade along with the VDC upgrade. Thats what I've gathered from all the previous threads about this. I've only ready of one person actually having the problem fixed and that was user name (shopinful). I'm not expecting much to get fixed from the dealer to be honest.
  • drcurbelodrcurbelo Posts: 3
    I had amy brake booster replaced at my expense of course and haven't had any furhter problems. That was just a few months ago so knock on wood it doesn't start again. From what I've gathered it depends if your dealer bothers to research your complaints. When these problems 1st started the engineers had to wait until enough people brought their cars in to figure out the issue, Supposedly they either reboot the brake booster and if that doesn't work then replace it. But this all is out of your pocket and will run about $800-1000. Hope this helps a bit.
  • mzswannmzswann Posts: 5
    i actually did end up getting my ABS system replaced for free by NISSAN. Its been about 1 year and I havent been having any issues at all. YES, I did have to go thru a few channels to get it done. But, when they decided to handle it, they came thru. Once again,. I went thru CARMAX and NISSAN and called them until they knew my number on their caller I.D. if it is truly as important as it SHOULD BE to you.. You'll say on them until they take care of it. I wish you all the best. :shades:
  • hi steve,im done w/ my brake issues(hope it keeps me safe my my fam) prob ryt now is my steering it shakes n gtters when driving through bump,hump,roads w/ lots of cracks..mine is armada titanium evrything is stck..any ideas my frnd?tnx..
  • adr77adr77 Posts: 1
    I too along with hundreds of other people are having serious brake issues. I bought my 04 Armada in January 2010 and I fell in love with it. Till about three weeks after I had it the ABS went out on it but at the time I had no idea what went on. All I knew was it felt like I had no brakes and I had my child in the car. I live in a town with a lot of people where the streets are always congested and sometimes you have to make quick stops. I immediately took my car to a local mechanic but made the mistake of turning off the vehicle. Everyone thought I was so idiotic woman we had no clue what she was talking about. The very next day it happened again so I took it back and this time didn't turn off the car just to prove I was not an idiot!! They confirmed it was the ABS and to take it to Nissan so that is what I did. I drove straight over there. They reprogrammed the VDC code ($200) and all was well for about a week. This time I had my car full of family that had came to visit so I just turned off the car and turned it back on. It was fine and once I got the opportunity I took it back to Nissan where they proceeded to tell me that the reprogram didn't work and I needed a brake booster ($775). It has been one month and what do you know It happened again. So I filed a complaint with Nissan and it was referred to a regional specialist who proceeded to tell me that Nissan is not in a position to help me becuase my car is out of warrenty. Are you serious?? They can't fix their own problem?? I have been researching this and there is a service bullentin out , several law suits and hundreds of complaints. So my suggestion to you all is don't stop complaining. I am going to hire a lawyer, call the local tv station, newspaper, file a complaint with the attorney general's office. Do WHATEVER I have to do to keep my family safe and to make them own up to there mistake!! :mad:
  • shopinfulshopinful Posts: 47
    almost the same thing happened to me and after a few tries at the dealership years ago a company rep came out and said it was an electrical problem. They had one more chance to fix or we got a new car. They got serious and fixed it and have not had a problem with it since. You may want to try and get a rep to personally come and see the problem.
  • jim8606jim8606 Posts: 4
    i was driving my armada to pick up my boys and was in traffic and trying to stop the brake light (only) came on and the brake pedal started to bounce back and shudder as i pushed it down. Felt like i had very little stopping power. I pulled over and stopped at a gas station to check the brake fluid and it was fine. I started the truck and the light was off and the brakes seemed to be fine the rest of the way home. I see some posts related here, but not clear to what exact the problem was, and i dont want to spend big money at the dealership if they are just guessing. Has anyone that has had this problem identified the long term fix?
  • shopinfulshopinful Posts: 47
    Same thing for us years ago. Nissan tried to fix 3 times and we gave them one more try and they had a rep come to dealership. It was an electrical problem that once fixed, we haven't had the problem. Has been running great ever since. :)
  • jomorg2jomorg2 Posts: 1
    Do you know exactly what the electrical problem was that the dealership fixed? My fiance has experienced severe brake failure twice (thankfully at low speeds). One of these failures occurred after Nissan claimed to correct the problem after updating and resting the computer. I would really appreciate some help before we are stuck dishing out piles of money.
  • biggripatlbiggripatl Posts: 5
    edited July 2010
    On my Nissan armada the problem was a faulty sensor in the master cylinder the dealer charged me 384.00 to fix the problem. Haven't had no problems since.
  • kayjay2kayjay2 Posts: 1
    I have the same exact problem with my '06 Armada.About a year ago I took it in to the Nissan dealer and because I turned the car off they couldnt find anything wrong. I was finally close enough to the dealership the next time it happened and I insisted someone drive the car and see what I was talking about. I was told it was a software issue and they are supose to be fixing it. We will see...
    What was the outcome of your situation?
    I have small kids also and it is scary when it feels like the car wont stop!
  • I have lost my brakes like this 5 times and the dealership has given me a run around. There are youtube videos on this occurrences THANK GOD as my husband thought I was making it up.
    There is also a bracket holding up the ER cable near the rear differential that is rusting out and snapping off. When this happens the ER cable wraps around the differential and pulls the drive train out of the rear axle creating an instant stop no matter what speed you are going. Nissan will not address or even check this part when the vehicle is in for repair or safety inspection. The State Troopers and Local Sheriff responding to the resulting accident said it was a miracle I kept the Armada from rolling.
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