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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair

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  • rmsingrmsing Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2006 Nissan Armada about six months ago and have had very little problem at this time.
    But there is an issue that I need to bring to all Armada owners that are not aware of it and that could cause a fire in the cabin of the vehicle.

    problem: The glove compartment was constructed with no light switch to turn the light bulb off at night. The light is hardwired and turns on when the head lights are turned on. I recently took a night trip out of town and noticed that the glove light stayed on throughout my trip. My wife checked the glove compartment temperture and found it to be very hot and had to remove all of the contents inorder to prevent a fire.

    I have called Nissan and complained and asked them to recall and install a switch and they have declined. This problem involves all 2004-2007 Nissan Armadas and is an engineering oversight.

    This is a serious problem and most owners and dealers are unaware of this issue that could cause the contents in their glove compartment to catch on fire. If you are an owner are know someone that is, contact Nissan and a Nissan dealer about this problem as soon as possible.

    I nor any of the dealers nor anyoneelse that I have spoken to about this problem, have ever herd of a car that had no glove compartment turn off switch. Strange Problem, don't you think!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'll check mine but I'm fairly certain it does not stay on while the box is closed.

    -mike
  • haropharop Posts: 59
    I am sure mine stays on, but I noticed it right after changing in-cabin air filter, which requires removing
    glove-box. And so I thought something I did wrong while replacing air filters. After that I tried to figure-out what went wrong, but I could not find any switch. I also several times checked the temperature and touched actually the bulb, including sometime on very long trip, and to me it was not hot at all, so I thought it is OK.

    -haro
  • I have owned my 2006 Armada SE since 7/06. We are expecting a snowstorm tomorrow, and I thought I would switch over from 2WD to 4WD in preparation for bad weather in the morning. Since this is the first time I am using this feature, and have never driven a 4WD vehicle before, I was wondering if what I am feeling is normal. When I turn the wheels to the right or left, it almost feels like the truck is out of gear. I backed out of my driveway with my wheels sharply to the right, had my foot on the gas, and was not going anywhere, almost like a transmission problem. I put the truck in drive, and then reverse a few times back and forth, and was able to get going. I put the truck into "auto", and now it seems to be okay. Is this something that I should be concerned about? Does the "auto" work the same way as 4WD? The owner's manual does not give much information on this. Any help/advice appreciated.
    Cheryl
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Cheryl,

    Here is a brief synopsys of the systems. What you were experiencing if you were doing this on "dry" pavement was driveline bind and it's completely normal if you had it in 4-hi or 4-lo.

    2wd- Great for dry pavement, and gas savings. This mode can be activated in any conditions (wet, slippery, dirt road, snow, etc)

    Auto- This is the AWD mode, great for use in rain, snow, or any conditions that might throw a slippery condition at you but also includes dry roads. I use this during "spirited" dry driving, all rain situations, and snow situations. It will shift the torque Front to Back up to 50/50 split with it normally applyinga about 20/80 split.

    4-Hi- For use only in Snowy/Muddy/Off-road situations where the wheels will not have traction. This mode locks the front/rear torque split at 50/50 and thus on dry pavement can cause damage to the system when turning as it tries to turn all the wheels at the same speed, but on dry pavement turning the front wheels will want to turn faster than the rears when you enter the turn, and you will get binding, which is what you were experiencing. I use this mode when offroading, or in snowy conditions where I have to get through deep snow.

    4-Lo - Same as 4-hi, except that it effectively doubles your torque at any given engine RPM which means that the wheels will turn slower (about 1/2 as fast) for any given RPM than in 4-hi, this gives you power to break through let's say a snow-bank created by a snow plow or in extremely deep snow. In this mode VDC is turned off and you can effectively spin your wheels out of deep snow or mud. I rarely use this mode execpt offroading and on steep boat ramps pulling the boat out of the water where I need the extra power to pull it out of the water.

    I hope this helps!

    -Mike
  • Mike,

    Thanks for a very clear breakdown of the transmission system. I have an '06 Armada and am out here in the middle east..lots of desert to play in. I've been here a year and only just last week managed to get out and 'play'. Before here, I was in Dubai for 5 years so have had quite a lot of experience in the dunes...and actually rarley got stuck. I had a Pajero which had a rear differential lock..helped a lot. OK that's the background...now the question.

    In the desert I usually have the Armada in Auto, but something you said in your note may explain an observation I had a couple of times. When pulling away in relatively soft sand, the rear wheels would tend to dig in, and I'd almost get stuck. From your note, I'm now attributing this to the 20:80 split of torque to the back wheels when in 'auto'. Correct? If so, I should drive in 4 Hi/Lo to get the 50:50 split and prevent the digging in.

    I also got the chance to implement the suggestion of another 'poster' who told me to switch off the VDC that caused a grinding noise everytime I put a bit of stress on the front drive train when in the sand. Turned it off..grinding gone completely.

    That's it. Again, thanks for the clear breakdown, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,

    Pete Delaney (Doha, Qatar)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Yup, you are diggin in cause the majority of the power 20/80 split initially, is in the rear. In Auto it will vary for 0/100 to 50/50 based on slippage, however in general it's 20/80 for the most part. In the sand keep it in 4-hi or 4-low for 50/50 traction, in 4-lo it'll turn off VDC by default, however your ABLS will still work which is pretty kick butt effectively giving you a front and rear Limit Slip Diffy, not as good as a locker but decent.

    Got any jobs over there for me? I'm looking to bail on the Wall-street Comodity trading job and head back to Computer Support...

    -mike
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    I have a 2004 Armada, my tire sensor light keeps beeping and the Light for tire pressure on the dash board is also on each time I drive my car on the for about 30-40 minutes on the highway. The only time the light will turn off is when I turn off the engine for 10 minutes or if i got off the h-way and go local for 10 minutes. My tire pressure is at 35 psi(as recommended) and sometimes I put it to 38 or 40 psi just to check if it will go away. This problem occurs anytime of the day (winter or summer).I took a picture of the tire sensor light while it is on and brought it to the dealer (picture) and the dealer refuse to fix my truck's problem because by the time I reach their place the light is already off and they told me that when they hook up the diagnostic check tester they cannot found any problem. My warranty will end in 2 months please help..........
  • hello, do your self a solid one, dont even think of getting an armada. i've had problems with it sins the beginning

    1. window rattles when half way down
    2. all door panel squeak as well as the dash board
    3. banging noise when putting in gear
    4. past month chech engine light has been coming on vehicle runs rough , dealers cant fit
    5. paint is pealing off
    6. service manager dont return my call
    7. nissan n/a dont even want to hear it ,
    8. nav computer is lost half of the time
    9. when you you go over bums feels front end is loose and feels like is going to drop.
    10. brake problems , been replaced ones and tern 2 times.
    11. nave screen panel rattleling/ fix was to drill 2 washers and re install on holding screews .

    over all the truck sucks, the dealers suck , nissan na suck , well you get my point ,

    I almost bought an bmw x5, the only reason i bought the armada. is that it was bigger that x5, now i kick my self in the [non-permissible content removed]

    bmw has a better warranty, bumper to bumper for 4 years 50,000 miles. istead of geting the 545, get the 530, you dont need the v8 , good luck in getting the vehicle
  • please do your self a solid dont get a nissan armada
    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • try glass doctor araund you
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    To the folks downing the Armada. Any car you will have those who think it should be "perfect" they are mechanical devices and will have issues. You can buy a $100,000 Mercedes Benz and still have issues.

    -mike
  • gbajagbaja Posts: 13
    have a 2004 Armada, my tire sensor light keeps beeping and the Light for tire pressure on the dash board is also on each time I drive my car on the for about 30-40 minutes on the highway. The only time the light will turn off is when I turn off the engine for 10 minutes or if i got off the h-way and go local for 10 minutes. My tire pressure is at 35 psi(as recommended) and sometimes I put it to 38 or 40 psi just to check if it will go away. This problem occurs anytime of the day (winter or summer).I took a picture of the tire sensor light while it is on and brought it to the dealer (picture) and the dealer refuse to fix my truck's problem because by the time I reach their place the light is already off and they told me that when they hook up the diagnostic check tester they cannot found any problem. My warranty will end in 2 months please help..........
  • I had this problem with my tire sensor light (Armada 2006) I had it at the dealers shop at least 6 times FIANLLY they figured out that there are internal batteries in each tire sensor in each tire. One of the batteries they said was dead from the factory. They replaced the battery and it has been fine (KNOCK ON WOOD) for 8 months. The same thing was happening...they would reset it with the computer and it would come back on as soon as I left the lot! Good-Luck..
    DOug
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,661
    To amplify what Mike said...

    On the Armada, "4-Hi" is a part-time 4WD mode, meant for slippery surfaces—only! On dry pavement, in tight turns you will get that "crow-hopping" that you experienced. That's normal, and that's why it's a "part-time 4WD" mode.

    I would leave it in the "Auto" mode, as that will (automatically) kick in and out of 4WD as needed. Think of it as sort of a full-time 4WD, in that you can leave it in "Auto" year-round. You may use a bit more gas, but you won't risk damaging the vehicle.

    Bob
  • I purchased an 04 Armada and had a really bad experience that resulted in me hiring a lemon lawyer after being fed up with the service dept and Nissan of NA. The lawyer made out way better than we ever could have expected and after all was done we were without an Armada. I am looking at an 06 now. Any comments, words of encouragement or warnings?
    I'm hoping that since the first year Nissan has worked the bugs out.
  • I have read where some 2006 models are still having the brake juggle problem. I would stay away from everything except the 2007's. I filed lemon on my 2004 for the brake issue. The only problem I have actually had with the vehicle. Currently at 29,000 miles. Nissan sent an engineer to fix the brake after 4 attempts by the dealer. So far so good after 8,000 miles. I have no confidence it will last.
    Nissan said dealer had instaled some of the old design parts. Tall to the technician. He said BS. :lemon:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'll be picking up my 9,000lb boat trailer within a month, so I'll let you guys know how it tows on a regular basis.

    -mike
  • Do any of you hear a humming noise when the fan is turned on at level 1 or 2? For mine the noise originates from the motor blower beneath the glove box.

    I didn't know if it was just me being hyper-sensitive, but I was curious to hear if this is common to Armadas, or Nissans in general.
  • I have a 2004 Armada and it rolls back on any incline whether it's steep or just slightly inclined.
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