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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair

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  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm not sure how the Denali's worked but I know that you can turn the rear off in the from the front controls or put it on "rear control" or control the setting for the rear from the front. It can be confusing. In 08 they allow the rear to actually direct hot air out of the top and cold air out the bottom if you wish, similar to the traditional controls found on the front.

    -mike
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    the front's control of the rear is set to "off"?
  • mom15mom15 Posts: 3
    My 2004 Nissan Armada has had the recall problems on the brakes repaired. I have since been experiencing problems with the emergency brake suddenly being engaged without me touching the brake. It may happen when you start the car or while driving down the road. I must stop the car and pull over, turn the car off, and when I restart the car it will usually be gone. It happens about once a month. The dealer said they could not find anything wrong and had not heard of this problem. Has anyone else had this problem or a possible solution?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Emergency Brake? How could it be "activated" there is no such thing, the E-brake is the pedal on the far left, and can only be manually set. There is no physical way for the brake to be set or unset without hitting the pedal on the far left under the dash!

    -mike
  • I'm having the same problem. 2004 Armada, it was stalling after a back up and shifting into drive. yesterday my wife, 2 yo and 125# mastiff had the truck stall on the causeway bridge while going 60 mph and no break down lane. She was pushed to a crossover and when I got there I was able to start it with no CEL. That usually happens. Everyone is saying "it's the fuel filters". I'm sure if I drive it in to a mech. they are going to say "ughh can't find anythng wrong." If it were the alternator wouldn't we be having trouble statrting it up? I have plenty of juice in the battery. Any other ideas? We have a regular key and not much hanging off of it.(regarding he ignition replies) thanks
  • mom15mom15 Posts: 3
    I guess I assumed it was the emergency(parking)brake. While driving, the "brake" light comes on the indicator area. The brake is what the manual says indicates the parking brake is set or the fluid level is low. It behaves like some brake in engaged, hard to drive, burning smell and grinding noise. It will allow you to use the normal brake pedal to stop the vehichle. You have to turn and off and restart to get the brake light to go off. The dealer has checked the fluid level and this complaint several times. It only happens occasionally and we can find no correlation between anything else and when it happens.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    there is a direct correlation from pad wear to brake fluid level. In other words as the pads wear down so does the level of brake fluid in the reservoir as more fluid goes into the line to keep pressure on the calipers.

    Not sure if this helps you but figured you might want to know.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm having the same problem. 2004 Armada, it was stalling after a back up and shifting into drive. yesterday my wife, 2 yo and 125# mastiff had the truck stall on the causeway bridge while going 60 mph and no break down lane. She was pushed to a crossover and when I got there I was able to start it with no CEL. That usually happens. Everyone is saying "it's the fuel filters". I'm sure if I drive it in to a mech. they are going to say "ughh can't find anythng wrong." If it were the alternator wouldn't we be having trouble statrting it up? I have plenty of juice in the battery. Any other ideas? We have a regular key and not much hanging off of it.(regarding he ignition replies) thanks

    I would lean toward a faulty ignition module or a faulty key-code. This is common on some early anti-theft coded keys on Subarus in the '04-05 model years and guess what? Nissan and Subaru source a lot of their components from the same place so I'd start there.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I guess I assumed it was the emergency(parking)brake. While driving, the "brake" light comes on the indicator area. The brake is what the manual says indicates the parking brake is set or the fluid level is low. It behaves like some brake in engaged, hard to drive, burning smell and grinding noise. It will allow you to use the normal brake pedal to stop the vehichle. You have to turn and off and restart to get the brake light to go off. The dealer has checked the fluid level and this complaint several times. It only happens occasionally and we can find no correlation between anything else and when it happens.

    Did you notice if it was the front or rear brakes that were burning? It seems that perhaps you left the parking brake on or depressed it inadvertently?

    -mike
  • mom15mom15 Posts: 3
    That is what the dealer said. I have never used the parking brake. It happens either when I start the car or while driving down the road. The brake light appears and it behaves like the parking brake is engaged. I can not tell if it is the front or rear brakes that appear to smell like they are burning.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Next time it happens, see if you can pull over and see if it's front or rears. I'm leaning toward you in-advertently hitting the parking/emergency brake on the car.

    -mike
  • rshershe Posts: 236
    Does the car shudder when you apply the brakes and make a sound like the abs is kicking in? What you are describing vaguely resembles what happened to me. It requred an ABS reprogramming by the dealer and took about an hour or so. Like you, mine reset when I would turn the vehicle off and back on. There is a TSB out on it. I had the TSB performed and it has not happened again.
  • dehalldehall Posts: 10
    Hi! My 2005 Armada does the same thing. Did you ever find out what was causing the stopping? I haven't taken mine to the dealer yet because I have the warranty still in effect but it will cost me $100.00 to have it checked and as you and others have said it shows no engine ckeck lights at all. It appears to stop when and where it wants to, unless it stops and not move the maintenance man can't fix what ain't broken. My vehicle will start right up and run great until it stops again. Sometime mine will sputter and not stop and sometime it will stop after the sputted. I can tell the mechanic anything but until he can see it happen he can't attempt to fix a thing. Keep in touch, dehall762!
  • cja1cja1 Posts: 1
    Hi, I have an 04 Armada and two days ago I was driving, hit the brakes and the brakes shuddered and I heard this high pitch sound from the engine area. :confuse: Problem was that it kept doing as I drove home. Late evening so I continued home tapping the brake long before reaching red lights (other drivers upset with me) as the brakes were not stoping at the regular distance and the sound was disturbing. Brake light was staying on. Next norning went to the dealer and of course when I started the truck to leave no brake light and no braking problem. Yep, dealer found nothing wrong since could not duplicate. They suspected the ABS but Nissan would not authorize replacing the ABS actuator? Could my incident be the same as yours? What is a TSB?
    Uh..I bought the extended warranty.
  • That it's basically the smae problem i'm having and none of the delaers I've taken it to seem to know how dangerous it can be. It stalled 4 times before the dealer said that it was the fuel pump. Supposedly they installed a new fuel pump and it has only stalled once since. So it must have helped something, however, now the car jerks all of a sudden or won't accelarate. Good luck with your problem, please let me know what you figure out.
  • Please let me know if they figure anything out because my cars been doing the smae thing now for almost two months and none of the dealers have really helped. I got my fuel pump replaced and it helped but it still sputters some.
  • Hello, for those that answered my rear AC problem, the dealer had to replace the rear AC assembly because it fried. Now that works. On the way home from the dealership, the door ajar light came on and stays on and the rear wipers don't work (it was raining). Anyone have a clue on this? (More fried electronics? Fuse?) I need ideas!
    So far, not happy with the 2005 Armada.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,065
    Sounds like you should take it back to the dealer as it seems they forgot to plug in a few wires.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yeah my guess is they may have forgotten something when they did the rear AC replacement.

    -mike
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    my '04 armada's compass and weather temp (located in the mirror) indicator is busted. Do they have a separate lithium battery or a fuse? THANKS
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    maybe you turned it off? There is a switch on the mirror itself that turns it off and on.

    -mike
  • dehalldehall Posts: 10
    Oddyssey, my fuel pump, computer both were replaced but the dealer didn't check the vehicle and it stopped again. When the car was finally checked the IPDM (Intergrated Power Distributor Module) was replaced, it was kept a day to see if it would continue to operate normally so far, it is corrected. If you haven't had it checked on your vehicle , do it. FORD has a recall for the same problem, but they knew the problem, and how to correct it.
  • dehalldehall Posts: 10
    The IPDM (intergrated Power Distributou Module) caused my ARMADA to stop while driving. The fuel pump and Computer both were replaced but until the IPDM was replaced the problem existed. Now it is working as it did when I purhased it. FORD Motors has a recall for the same probled but the knew the problem and inititated their recall, not NISSAN.
  • dehalldehall Posts: 10
    change the IPDM (Intergrated Power Distributor Module) and your problem should be corrected. It corrected my stopping problem.
  • dehalldehall Posts: 10
    Have the IPDM (iIntergrated Power Distributor Module) replaced and your problem should be corrected, it corrected the stopping problem that I had with my 2005 ARMADA. FORD has a recall on their vehicles for the same problem but they knew how to correct the problem, NISSAN didn't. Hope this correct your stopping problem as it did mine.
  • I had this exact same problem occur repeatedly with my 2005 Infiniti QX56 (it's the same as the Armada). The dealer couldn't duplicate the problem and refused to fix anything after 3 visits (about a week total in the shop). The next time it happened (visit #4), I parked the truck on their lot and refused to drive it until they fixed it. The repeated words "This vehicle isn't safe and shouldn't be driven" finally seemed to get through to them. I wasn't about to risk my life and lives of others in this vehicle.

    I guess it took being persnickity to get them to budge because guess what?... There was a problem with the ABS. And they knew about it. It took 4 visits to the dealer for Infiniti to authorize the warranty repair!

    To be fair, I may not have explained things correctly to the dealer. At first, I too thought it was a problem with the emergency brake. If the emergency brake light comes on, isn't it reasonable for the lay person to assume there's a problem with the emergency brake? How the heck would I know what all the error codes are and what all the flashy blinky lights mean? I'm not a mechanic.

    But I do find it really hard to believe the dealer doesn't know about this problem now. I did my kicking and screaming to Nissan about a year ago, and it seems that other people in this forum have been through similar things. Your dealer should look at his tech bulletins again.

    I wouldn't go quite so far to say the Armada/QX56 is a lemon, but it really has had more than it's share of problems. Am I too demanding to want my brakes to work, or not have the car suddenly grind to a stop on the freeway?

    On the bright side, I'm really happy with my new 2008 Land Rover I traded for the Infiniti. Just hope I'm not going from the frying pan into the fire.
  • I had the same problem when I bought my truck two yrs ago . It was brand new at the time. Dealer in Belleville, Il told me it is a common problem and had the whole sensor changed. it has been fine since.
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    I just came back from the dealer and told them that the other day my brake light was on and my brakes are grinding while sitting on the traffic. It happen 3 times in less than 10 minutes and I have to turn off the engine to restart the computer and other gizmos on these %#@*^%#* truck. The dealer cant find anything wrong and told me to bring the truck while the brake light is on so they can see it with their computer reader. How can you drive a vehicle in that condition, can anybody give me an intelligent suggestion to my problem? thanks
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    While standing in traffic, does the grinding noise go away if you apply more force to the brake pedal?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    no it doesnt go away even if you push the pedal a little more or pump it, this sounds like the ABS is engaging for no reason. The only time it will stop from grinding & turning off the brake light on my dashboard is when I turn off the engine completeley and start it again....what do you think I have here pal.
    thanks :cry: :cry: :cry:
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