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Nissan Murano Maintenance and Repair

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  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    I have attached a copy of recall to replace the fuel tank on our Murano. I hope you'll find this useful.

    FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
    Units Affected 14,268
    Defect ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, A FITTING FOR VAPOR RECIRCULATION, WHICH IS WELDED ON THE FUEL TANK, MAY COME OFF THE FUEL TANK BECAUSE INCORRECT MATERIAL WAS USED.
    Consequences THIS COULD RESULT IN THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT IN THE INSTRUMENT PANEL COMING ON AND MAY RESULT IN SOME FUEL LEAKAGE. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
    Corrective Action DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK WITH A NEW ONE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON MARCH 21, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
    Notes Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact the Manufacturer.

    This recall clearly states that the fuel tank needs to be replaced.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    The blank post has been deleted; in future, you can click on the edit button and continue (you have 30 minutes to edit your posts here). Hope this helps. :shades:

    Steve, Host
  • chucho79chucho79 Posts: 11
    Thanks! I don't think that the transmission needs to be replaced either. We wanted a second opinion so we had it towed to a transmission specialist (it still drives without a problem, but the dealership scared us into not driving it). The transmission specialist called and said there is nothing wrong with the transmission...no metal on the pan, no codes, nothing. THANKS NISSAN! So, they are doing a transmission service, not flush....draining the transmission completely for a couple hours, replacing the gasket and filter with new ones and refilling it with the "special" Nissan CVT fluid. Plus, they will replace the TPS, which is covered under our extended warranty, just as a precaution. All in all, including the tow, $350...it just might pay to NOT listen to the dealership.

    If these two things don't fix the problem, the transmission guy will replace the transmission under our extended warranty because "as far as he's concerned, he can't prove that bad transmission fluid was put in it, so who is he to rule out our extended warranty". I'm going to call them and tell them about your excess oil situation and see if they could drain a little of it out....just in case. Thanks for your help!

    Also...Silver Murano. :)
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    I sincerely hope your murano is not at an AAMCO, they are notorious for telling you one thing, and once the work is started, "oh, we found more trouble the tranny has to be rebuilt." If its at an AAMCO, get everything in writing, MAKE SURE TO ASK TO SEE THE OLD PARTS!!!! Get that in writing as well... They regularly agree to it, and then say it got accidently put in the trash.

    Good Luck!
  • I've heard that "one in a million" bit before and sure enough it was me. Recalls are
    not made just for fun. They cost Nissan a lot of money and they push tooth and nail
    to avoid them until the NHTSA pushes them to do a recall. I have a baby car seat in
    my car and the fact that the seat belts can rip apart at a quick stop does concern me. I
    have no choice but to fix it, at least for the safety of my family. I live in SoCal
    and there is so much junk on the streets that it is more than likely that something
    can fling up and hit the gas tank. It would be unsafe to wait . You have no control
    on certain incidents in life and you must be proactive in protecting yourself
  • chucho79chucho79 Posts: 11
    Man! That's scary about AAMCO...it's not there. It is at a transmission specialist that used to be a certified technician with Infiniti and Nissan and has gone out on his own with a couple buddies, who were also certified through Infiniti (very similar to Nissan). They seem to do great work and came very highly recommended. Plus, they are pretty knowledgeable on the dealership run around...they know these cars inside and out, they're honest, and they seem to be saving me a ton of money....I've had a similar AAMCO experience with Firestone....I think everyone has had one of those experiences.

    I'll let you all know how it turns out and what the REAL problem ended up being. They are checking on the excess oil idea as mentioned before.

    Thanks!
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    Steve, I will repeat my note: Re. how many complaints can cause a recall? A note in the Virginian-Pilot in mid Jan,read that four gas tanks had been punctured by ordinary trash in the road. If gas is leaking out it does not need to be very many happenings. Homeouner
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    The NHTSA site says "Your complaint information will be entered into NHTSA's vehicle owner's complaint database and used with other complaints to determine if a safety-related defect trend exists."

    and

    "We do not have to receive a specific number of complaints before we look into a problem. We gather all available information on a problem. Your complaint is important to us."

    So there's no set number; one complaint to the NHTSA could start a recall in theory. Or a manufacturer could initiate a campaign based on reports from their dealer network or other sources.

    Steve, Host
  • jmaxejmaxe Posts: 197
    There are two separate recalls that effect the gas tank. In addition to the one you displayed here there is the one for the puncture shield.
    What is not clear to me is can Nissan identify the 14,268 units affected by the vapor recirculation fitting defect by VIN number and only issue recall notices to specific owners??
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Here's an additional info on recall. About 76% are Voluntary according to NHTSA.
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Thanks imaxe, we are quite aware of that. I was simply adding info on this added recall because one of our friend spoke to the dealer and was advised that the fuel tank will not be replaced and that is contrary to the current recall. This is just to show that most of us are ahead of the game.

    I just currently received my recall but did not include the fuel tank replacement. I probably will wait a bit longer so that mine can be done in one shot. Also, by waiting, we can allow the dealerships to familiarize themselves on how this recall will be done properly. We don't want them to use our car as guienea pigs.
  • andytommoandytommo Posts: 33
    They've sold just over 200k Muranos? An average of 20,000miles on each one, thats over 4 billion miles driven, and I think someone mentioned 4 incidents of a tank being punctured, not exploding even. I wouldnt worry so much to the extent i feel i have to drive around to empty my tank.
    Someone also mentioned the gas tank is way too far forward?? My other car is an '04 Envoy. The two side by side, the Envoy's tank sits a good foot and a half further forward.
  • nordsnords Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2006 Murano SL AWD in December. The first time I attempted to refill the gas tank with fuel, the pump nozzle would click off (as though the tank was full) each time I tried to squeeze the trigger. This has continued to happen a number of times. The dealership has gotten the problem to duplicate with my vehicle and with two new Murano's on the dealer lot. I have filed a lemon law claim with the Better Business Bureau. The vehicle was most recently inspected by a manufacturer technician who reported the vehicle to be performing within factory specs. I have been told my Nissan that the problem is related to how fast the gas flows from certain gas pumps. Unfortunatley as the consumer, it is a mystery which gas stations will work and which will not. I am looking to see if anyone else has experienced what I have described and what Nissan has done to take care of your situation.
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    With my 2004 MO I have has premature fuel nozzle shot off W/ some pumps. If I reposition the nozzle it will fill. Seems to be a function of the pressure of the pump causing more splash going down the filler pipe??
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    I have the same problem with my minivan. I solved it by simply easing up on the trigger.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    well, it could be due to crimping in the filler tube going from the gas cap to the tank.

    it is also possible that the ventilation for the tank is not working properly. this could be due to the design of the tank itself, but i believe it's often a piping or ventillation system issue.

    as you fill, the fuel displaces air in the tank. that air must go somewhere. if it isn't vented, the pressure buildup should force the pump to shutoff.

    you should not have to partially squeeze the handle, hold the pump handle at a wierd angle or pull it part of the way out of the filler tube.
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    My Audi would do that on a few occasions, and each time pulling the nozzle back a little bit, to allow for some room around the oraface would allow the gas to go down much smoother, preventing the pressure turn off device from activating. I hope that works, and my uncle that owns a gas station has gotten complaints from numerous vehicles doing that- they received new more sensitive nozzles from BP and have noticed complaints go up from there....

    Good Luck
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i presume this happens regardless of the station and pump. there were a number of new Mustang owners complaining of the same thing.
  • I had this problem with my 2002 VW Passat V6. It took them almost a year to figure out what the problem was and they had to replace some parts. Is this a problem with 2006 Muranos now?

    With regard to the other recall, regarding the possible tank puncture, does anyone know if all of the dealers were advised. We were about to buy a 2006 Murano when we read about these two problems and decided to let them work these issues out before buying. When I mentioned this to the salesperson at our local dealer (Cherry Hill Nissan), he claimed he knew nothing about it. I was very surprised that he made that comment. :lemon:
  • This has nothing to do with the cars but just with bad pumps. Next time wait and see someone else use the same pump and you will see the same problem. The springs on the pumps start to wear down and they cannot maintain the squeeze and give in.
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