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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair

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  • Have you tried using 409 cleaner. It worked on my gray cloth seats.
  • Is anyone having problems with the suspension on the Armada. I have a 2004 Armada and the rear suspension is terrible. It rides like a dump truck in the rear and i feel every bump that i hit whether it's small or big. I took it to the dealer and they told me that it's a large truck so that's the way it's supposed to ride. I have driven other SUV's and never had a ride like that. Is anyone else having this problem?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It's due to the weight of the Armada. Any heavy vehicle will roll back when in gear since the weight is greater than the holding force at idle of the transmission.

    -mike
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Check your tire pressures. If the TP is too high you'll have it riding like a dump truck. Also if it's loaded up with a lot of stuff or a trailer I generally get a hard ride, as expected.

    -mike
  • ddssjskddssjsk Posts: 26
    You have to realise the vehicle is going to roll back on any incline reguardless of angle unless enough throttle pressure is applied by the driver to overcome the force of gravity. I don't know of any vehicle that will not. :D :)
  • ddssjskddssjsk Posts: 26
    What produces a smooth ride is a coil spring that is long in length or has a large overall diamater. It needs the length and size to provide sufficient travel for a smooth ride. The Armada seems to be a little short in that area. The springs seem to be small for the vehicle size and probibaly quite stiff to support the vehicle payload. Resulting in a firm choppy ride. Smoothness in ride is sacrificed for handling and payload capacity. This would also help prevent vehicle rollover and aid in stability control. It's a trade off.
  • rafarafa Posts: 35
    HI everyone just wanted to ask if someone can help me we have 2005 nissan armada se. Today while going to work I got a big nail in the front tire so I went to get it fix they took out the valve stem and the air so they can patch it up. Wanted to know where are the air sensors for the tires and if when you take out the valve stem do they have to put the same one back if anyone can help thanks
  • Hello Just brought 07 Armada. I notice something wrong with the R gear. Everything when I shift it to reverse I started to hear a clunk noise when I shift to R. The D gear seem fine and smooth. But the R is worst. I have other car that doesn't have a rough shift like the Armada. Look like the trans is getting bad with just over 300 miles!!!!!!! Any advise???? :mad:
  • In reference to Post #441. I forgot to say if you park your Armada up in the driveway or on the hill. I mean when you shift it to Reverse Gear it'll pop a clunk noise like it gonna breakdown. I just don't feel comfortable with it. Is that normal on the Armada? please help? :cry:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    When parking on a hill do you use the parking brake? The proper method of parking on a hill would be to put the car in Neutral, apply the parking brake, make sure it's set, then put it into park. This is a heavy truck, when parking on a hill it will jam the gears if not parked properly.

    As for the clicking, it could be a problem with the CV joints. I believe there was a TSB on them in 2004, perhaps it is the same issue.

    -mike
  • Mike-Thanks for the feedback but what I mean is that when the car was already parked in the driveway. By the way my driveway is pretty high compare to a normal driveway. When I want to reverse out so I need to shift the gear to R-(mine is Auto Trans). When I shift it to R-that's when I start to hear a clunk and rough noise. I even tried to apply the brake hard and the parking brake on too! Still give me that clunk noise. I have a Ford Explorer that doesn't give me a clunk noise like the Armada. I think it's a trans problem.Please advise?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Do you apply the parking brake when you turn the car off? Basically if you pull up your driveway put the car in park and then apply the parking brake, you essentially have put pressure on the parking pin, so when you put it into R afterward when you go to leave you are hearing a clunk from when you release the pressure on the parking pin.

    Best way would be to:
    1) Put the car in N when parking, and apply the parking brake.
    2) After you are sure the car is solidly stationary in N with the parking brake applied, put it in Park.
    3) when leaving, put your foot on the brake, release the parking brake, and put in R

    This should eliminate that clunk.

    -mike
  • Thanks Mike- I'll try that tommorrow morning. In a meantime when you hear that clunk noise. Will it damage your trans if you do it alots of time? So what you saod above will eliminate that clunk noise and should it shift smooth too? I know it won't shift as smooth as a flat gound level! As least it help eliminate that horrible clunk noise. I'll try that 1st thing in the morning. :surprise: :surprise:
  • haropharop Posts: 59
    First thing won't work, assuming you did not already parked as described by Mike :)

    Seriously, when I got mine, I noticed the same problem, but I had similar problem whith all my cars, except this one was a little lauder. Since then I started doing:
    "Neutral - Parking Brake - Release Brake Pedal - Park" combinations and it is OK. Still some time I just don't mind much and would park then apply PB. I don't think it will damage the trans in a short time.

    -haro
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Shouldn't damage it but if the parking pin snaps it's not fun. I noticed it on my truck when parking on snow mounds this weekend if I didn't apply the parking brake.

    -mike
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    I know where you guys are coming from but if you ask any good mechanic, they will tell you to not even use the parking brake if at all possible. The brake could eventually stick and ware out prematurely or even warp the rear drum/disk rotor. I'd say ask your dealer/mechanic if you have one you can trust. Also my 05 LE makes that noise. I've gotten used to it.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Maybe in the 1960s the parking brakes stuck! I only use it when on a hill but it has never stuck on any of my automatics in the past say 20 years worth of cars.

    Not to mention that these have disc-in drum parking brakes so the only thing that would wear out is the parking brake pad, not the actual brake pads as they aren't used when using the parking brake.

    -mike
  • Has anyone experienced a clicking sound coming from the front wheels? This seems to occur predominantly during turns at slow speeds. The service technician said it was too new a car to properly diagnose and that it needed to be further broken in (i.e. >1500 miles). I'm past 1500 miles now and still hear it. He thought it was some type of plastic cover inside the wheel that needed to seat properly and with more time (heat and pressure) it would do this. (2007 Armada LE)

    The sound is similar to the clicking you would hear if you taped a playing card partially between the spokes of your old bicycle back in the old days!

    Thanks! :confuse:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Sounds like either some kind of shipping material that wasn't removed properly or the front CV/Axle causing the issue.

    -mike
  • valntnvalntn Posts: 2
    I just bought a 2007 Armada LE. I can't figure out how to make the door locks lock automatically. On the navigation system, I was able to put in to lock in 1 minute, but it didn't work. Can anyone help me?
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