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Infiniti I35 Maintenance and Repair

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    Unfortunately my database doesn't show this. Hopefully someone else here will jump in on this one....sorry...I'll keep looking for you.

    OKAY I'm back.

    See if THIS HELPS

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  • My boyfriend replaced the light (he is gone now) but, if I remember correctly, I did some extensive searching for "how to" replace the light. Believe it was not that hard to find the information and it was very helpful. Seems there is a screw hidden kind of in the wheel well, behind or below the light assembly. Look up at the assembly, from under the car. Maybe he had to go in from the wheel opening to find it but access was from below the car.

    If you can't find the information I will look for it again.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    See post #581---shows how to do it.

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  • Hi there...I tried to search all of the boards before I posted, but it was almost impossible to find the problems that I was having..
    1) I started noticing a vibration noise when after I started my car and put it in gear....I could only hear it when I was sitting inside my car...if I put it in park and got out it wasn't like I could "hear" anything abnormal...I also started to notice a vibration in the steering wheel...I thought perhaps it was some sort of tire issue since I needed new tires..so $500 later and 4 new tires and alignment, I was hoping that the vibration noise and feeling would go away...it hasn't...Now it seems as if the vibration is stronger...I thought perhaps it was a motor mount that I was feeling...had it checked and they said the mounts were fine... Any clue? Now for issue #2.
    2) Battery and Brake lights have started flickering off and on during driving the car. The car momentarily loses power, RPM's go down and I coast briefly and then power resumes...I thought it was the alternator but I had a new alternator put on a year ago on New Years Day! I also had to put in a new battery at the same time, so these aren't more than a year old. I drove up to my local Advance and they hooked it up for me..Alternator, Battery, and charging system came up fine...I could reproduce what the car was doing for the guy helping me and he said to take it to my local garage...I took it and left it for 5 days. The drove it off and on, put it on diagnostic machine and NOTHING!! The mechanic said he couldn't find anything wrong..no codes besides an oxygen sensor.. I left and on my way home...yup, you guessed it...brake and battery lights flicker and car loses power...but it never completely goes out...Does anyone have any idea? I'm trying to avoid $$$ for all kinds of useless diagnostic tests that tell me my car is ok...has this happened to anyone else?? I hate to pay for another new alternator/battery if there is some underlying little problem that is hard to detect...Thanks so much...
    P.s... I am a 38 yr old woman that is by no means a car expert and I just hate the way the "guys" look at me when I walk into a shop...All help is GREATLY appreciated!
  • By the way...my car has @158K miles...
  • atma97atma97 Posts: 47
    My car had vibration before and it turned out that one of the ignition coils was going out. So, I would check all spark plugs tips for any misfire in the engine. Normally, all six of them should look closely the same. If there is a misfire, the spark plug tip would be covered by dark grey charcoal or oil. If this happens, a mechanic can tell what need to be done.
  • Chuck-
    Can you please tell me the outcome of your above problem?! I am having the exact same problem after a very similar bumper accident. Have already replaced a sensor and fuse, computer has had 3 relearns..... What happened with your car? We're you able to find a reason and fix?

    Many thanks
  • wilson16wilson16 Posts: 20
    I was wondering if anybody has ever replaced the chain on a I35 and would it be worth the money $$$ to do so. The car is lien free and still runs well. It's started having a noise when idling so I thought it might be the chain getting loose
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,547
    edited June 2012
    It's a big job and I'm not sure I'd jump into it just yet if I were you. If the noise goes away just off idle, then it might be a loose chain or a bad chain tensioner, but if you hear the noise off idle, it could be something else. It would be good to get ahold of a mechanic's stethoscope and see if you can isolate the noise.

    BTW, engines can run a long time with a slightly work chain but if it starts really making a racket, it's time to do it.

    Certainly with 300K miles, it's a distinct possibility that the chain is worn.

    Labor is over 12 hours, so it won't be easy or cheap. Depending on where you live, this is going to cost you north of $1500.

    That's not much of a used car if you tried to replace yours.

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  • atma97atma97 Posts: 47
    edited June 2012
    You have to be sure it's the chain noise. Watching Youtube under "Honda S2000 Engine Noise", the noise is louder when engine is warm and revved up.
  • 04i3504i35 Posts: 2
    Hi npriest, I just found this topic on the forum; my '04 I35 has been having this noise for two years, it's exactly as what you described, only right turn. Curious about if the front engine mount was truly the remedy to eliminate the noise since you had the dealer replaced it?
  • npriestnpriest Posts: 13
    edited January 2013
    Hi, 04i35. Sorry-- haven't been on the forum in a while and didn't notice your query. Yes, the noise did abate with replacing the front engine mount. Sorry again for the late reply. If I remember (been a while) it was about $500 P&L at dealer.
  • 04i3504i35 Posts: 2
    Hi npriest, appreciate your confirmation of the fix.
  • I hate to sound really ignorant but in the original posting there was a link to an "Official" Infiniti site and I look at the exploded diagrams but what is the "motor mount" called????
    If I were to ask at a parts store, do they resemble any old motor mounts from cars of the 60's era? (I doubt that !!)
    TIA
  • Good morning fellow Infiniti I owners... I have been working on this issue on and off for about a year now... this was my original post:
    ) Battery and Brake lights have started flickering off and on during driving the car. The car momentarily loses power, RPM's go down and I coast briefly and then power resumes...I thought it was the alternator but I had a new alternator put on a year ago- I also had to put in a new battery at the same time, so these aren't more than a year old. I drove up to Advance -hooked it up for me..Alternator, Battery, and charging system came up fine.....I took it to local garage and left it for 5 days. They drove it off and on, put it on diagnostic machine and NOTHING!! The mechanic said he couldn't find anything wrong..no codes besides an oxygen sensor.. I left -on my way home...yup, you guessed it...brake and battery lights flicker and car loses power...but it never completely goes out...Does anyone have any idea? I'm trying to avoid $$$ for all kinds of useless diagnostic tests that tell me my car is ok...has this happened to anyone else?? I hate to pay for another new alternator/battery if there is some underlying little problem that is hard to detect...Thanks so much...
    FFW to today (May 2013) I have had two new alternators put in since January 2011- 2 new batteries...took my car to an "electrical" guy and he said my alternator was putting out correct "amps" or whatever it is that alternators do...I drove it home from his shop and AGAIN :sick: :surprise: :cry: :( battery light/brake lights flash and then car dies..loses power as I am driving..It's been parked for about 6 months but I am in need of my car so...Anyone have any idea of what UNDERLYING electrical issue I could be having? Something has to be messing up my alternator...3 alternators in 2 years? HELP!!!
  • atma97atma97 Posts: 47
    It should be a short circuit somewhere in the wires before coming to the fuse box. If the short happens after the fuse box, it would blow the fuse. If there is a wire chafed to car body part at the time, it should create a short circuit and paralyze electrical system. The only thing to find out is thoroughly inspection the wires.
  • Check out the 2013 Engine Recall from Infiniti for older I35 models, sounds like the problem you're having...

    ENGINE RECALL: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE CRANK POSITION SENSOR OR CAM POSITION SENSOR MAY HAVE AN IMPROPER SOLDER JOINT DUE TO SOLDER DEFORMATION CAUSED BY HEAT STRESS ACCELERATED BY THE EXISTENCE OF FLUX RESIDUE DURING THE SOLDERING PROCESS. THIS COULD CAUSE THE "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" WARNING LIGHT TO COME ON, CREATE A NO START CONDITION, CAUSE REDUCED ENGINE POWER, OR CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STOP RUNNING WITHOUT WARNING DURING VEHICLE OPERATION, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
  • wilson16wilson16 Posts: 20
    What year's of Infiniti I-35 are they recalling? I have a 2003 model
  • Wow! Thanks! I will be calling my nearest Infiniti dealer. BTW, I had my alternator replaced AGAIN and the car is holding on...I am going to get this recall looked at though! I can't say thanks enough! :blush:
  • 2011m372011m37 Posts: 2

    Hi:

    I owned an Infiniti I35 for more than 10 years, the car had 200,000 miles before it was totaled in a highway accident by a hit and run driver.

    I had the car since new (2003), and throughout the life of the car, I have no serious problems with it, I followed the regular maintenance and change oil every 7,500 miles.

    The only issue I experienced was a sensor went out at engine port, it was able to limp home with oxygen sensor light on, it costs me about $350 to replace it, other than that, no problem at all.

    I changed the tires 4 times, replace the brake pads 5 times, change spark plugs one time, that is about it, the engine runs beautifully, and transmission shift as smoothly as the day I got it, everything hold up very well, and is still the original equipment came with the car.

    Very reliable car in my opinion.

  • xxaimsxxxxaimsxx Posts: 2

    Thanks for posting about the recall! My dad bought the 2002 off of a client of his about 4 years ago and he's had to fix a few things and tune it up since they never did take care of the vehicle.

    After reading about the recall, everything they listed under consequences has happened except the crash part thank goodness so I'm waiting for Infiniti to call me back so I can bring it in and have them look at the crank, camshaft and time variable sensor and hopefully they will replace them all.

    A question I have is, I've changed the windshield wiper numerous times and regardless if its new or old, when it rains, i can't see out the window at all. Using the wiper makes it that much more worse. The only way I can describe it is like water and oil mixed in. Has anyone had this issue before? Do you think replacing the window will make a difference?

  • xxaimsxxxxaimsxx Posts: 2

    Hi Ferdi-

    I know this is old but I usually dont believe everything my dealer tells me. For instance, I have a Honda Ridgeline (now driving a 2002 i35 cause someone tboned my truck). Anyways, I have a gel battery, and I always bring my oil changes to the dealer and the guy comes back and said, oh you need a new battery, its running low on life. Then I come back half a year later or more to get another oil change and the lady goes, we couldn't check your battery because it's gel. lol!!! And I've had my gel batter since 2008 and it's 2014 now.

    @ferdi1 said: Hi everyone,

    Today i went to car repair shop again. I had hope that the guys there will find something wrong with my Infiniti I35.

    I gave them the list with the problems which my car has according the Infiniti dealership. And it took them like 1 hour to do the inspection.

    The results ware that there is no problem with the tie rods, the front lower arms ware in good shape and that there is very slow steering oil leak which is not a big problem for now.

    I don't know who to believe. But one thing is for sure i will never ever go to the infiniti dealership again to change my oil or for whatever it is.

    I think that they ware not earnest to me and try to make some more money of me. I'm so sorry to say that but that is the way i feel.

  • rdu06rdu06 Posts: 1

    I'm VERY late to this thread (in search of something else) but can't read this comment without leaving a reply for anyone that is searching in the future. The reason the turning radius is the way that it is, is because of the engine torque. Anything less will leave idiots flipping their cars in aggressive, but common driving. Talk to any Infiniti service tech and they'll explain it better than I can. But I've been under both of my i35's over the years and have asked most questions ;) > @alfaber said:

    Marcus216: I think it's clear why the turning radius is so large -- Infiniti wanted to go to 17" wheels this year and was too cheap to redesign the front end to allow adequate clearance. It's the same reason the the full size spare tire (non-sport) doesn't fit in the tire well. I really like my I35, but these examples of cost-cutting don't speak well for Infiniti as a company. I've spent about $400 to rebuild my trunk to get the extra 4-5 inches lost to this design problem back (if anyone is interested, I'll post details). --Andy

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