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Nissan Versa Brake Questions

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    I stick to the regular maintenance schedule and have been dealing with the same dealership with 9 different Nissan vehicles since 1980. I've never had them tell me that my brakes needed to be checked and lubed for a fee. I've been informed that I'd probably need brakes for next inspection or that my brakes need to be replaced NOW, but that's to be expected now and then.

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  • In July, 2006 I bought the first 2007 Versa my dealer ever sold. It was still on a truck from Mexico. They say not to buy the first year model of any car and it couldn't have applied to any car more than this one. I must say that Nissan and the dealer provided excellent warranty service and rental vehicles but for the first year the problems were never-ending. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System required 5 trips to the dealer to re-set until the defective Body Control Module was replaced. In a process that took over ten days, EVERY component of the A/C system was replaced at the direction of the factory mechanics because they could not determine the source of a high-pitched whine in the A/C system. We also experienced several major oil seal failures including the replaicement of the clutch due to the failure of the rear main oil seal. That is a failure that should not happen until 100,000 miles!
    This car now has 57,000+ miles on it and has not had a problem for the last 20,000 miles. It gets great gas mileage and has surprising performance with the 6 speed manual transmission.
    Would I recommend this car? Absolutely!! I have several friends that bought later models of this vehicle and experienced none of my problems and love their cars. The only common complaint seems to be the cheap hubcaps. Look at any Nissan Versa and you will see at least one missing hubcap because the plastic retainers broke off when the hubcap was removed to change a flat tire. Quality look-alike hubcaps are available on-line for $55.00
  • Having the same problem with my brakes. Embarassingly loud screeching noise whenever I touch the brakes. Mentioned it to tech when I got the oil changed and they inspected everything and told me nothing was wrong with them visually. His suggestion was that they could "hook it up to the diagnostics and recreate the driving conditions" but it would take several hours. (wth!!!) My suggestion was that he could drive it up the block and back, but apparently this isn't done anymore.
  • flavifeflavife Posts: 20
    There is a 2-2-09 service bulletin regarding squealing rear brakes NTB09-008 that you might want to look at if the noise is coming from the rear.

    Frank
    09 Versa Sedan S 6-speed with 2900 mi
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    I have a 2007 hatch 6-speed with just over 52,000 miles still on the original brakes and I've never run into this. But reading the service bulletin tells me why:

    2007-2009 NISSAN VERSA; REAR BRAKE SQUEAL NOISE
    The rear brakes squeal when you:
    • Warm up the brakes by driving the vehicle under normal conditions for 10 minutes.
    • Let the vehicle sit for 15-20 minutes.
    • Drive the vehicle again and apply the brakes to check for the noise.

    That seems to be a really specific set of conditions to get the noise. Kinda reminds me of the old joke where the guy goes to the doctor and says, "It hurts when I do this." And the doc says, "Well, don't do that" ;)

    I've had a bit of rotor warping, but everyone makes rotors so light now that I haven't had a vehicle that hasn't had rotors warp at some point.

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  • I test-drove a Versa from a dealership that had under 200mi on it and the rotors were warped badly as well. Steering wheel pulsated when moderately braking. The TPMS warning light was on as well.

    I figured it was an exception, but from reading here, I am getting worried it will happen on my Versa any time now. :(
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    When I went to pick up our Versa, the TPMS light was on as well. Dealer just had to adjust the tire pressure, which they had not done :mad: :mad: It's been fine ever since.

    The pulsating braking is a problem that the dealership should fix before going out he door with a new rotor. Weird that you would have that, but a simple fix.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    Rotors simply aren't what they used to be. With all the weight saving (cost cutting) manufacturers try to do, rotors on pretty much every vehicle warp. I have 57,000 miles on my Versa and have a bit of warping, but nothing that I didn't expect or surprises me. Still on the original brakes so I'm pretty happy about that.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    I'm due for a tire rotation in about 2,500 miles and I'll be checking the brakes then to see how they've held up. I'll be at 60,000 miles at that point on the original rotors and pads, so even if it's time to replace some things I'm not going to be upset at all. :shades:

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  • I just had my actuator replaced in my 2010 Versa and I can hear a second series of cluncking noises comming from the actuator, I am not sure the actuator is supposed to make a second series of noises during the same trip. The second series of noises coming from the actuator is not loud, but I can hear a second series of clunking.
  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Does anyone know how to gain access to the brake light? Does anyone have any advice to give to someone who would like to change the disc pads on the front brakes of an 08 versa for the first time? I have changed pads on a toyota, a volvo and a Subaru.

    Thanks,
    tyou08
  • busman357busman357 Posts: 1
    edited July 2010
    '08 versa sl. no brake lights. running lights work, back up lights & four ways work. where would fuse be located. could it also be brake switch or light bulbs itself. any help, thanks in advance
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    My 2010 Versa is (believe it or not) the first vehicle I've ever owned with ABS brakes. I have a 2007 Versa as well, and I know how it behaves in winter driving. Anyone have any feedback or advice on what differences I might expect to feel in the snow this winter? (Which is coming sooner than we think)

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  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Does anyone knows where to get information/repair procedure, particularly on replacing disc pads, on a Versa 08 hatchback?

    Thanks,
    tyou 08
  • crown5crown5 Posts: 24
    edited October 2010
    Have not had to replace or take mine apart yet but they are pretty much the same as other vehicles. I see the brake line connections seem quite user friendly with a screw and o ring seal I beleive.
  • cmarcus0cmarcus0 Posts: 1
    I have the same problem. What did it end up being for you?
  • We have a 2009 Versa Hatchback and a 2010 Versa Sedan. The 2009 has a horrible problem with the brakes squeaking/squealing when applied. I've had it in numerous times, they've replaced the pads, the shoes, whatever, and we still get some horrible noises when the brake is pressed. Does anyone else have this problem? Our dealer claims that it's 'extra metal' in the pads, but the 2010 doesn't do this. We've finally just accepted it, as the brakes never show any undue wear. Just noisy.
  • Yes my 2008 hatchback does it also. Pulled into the dealer the other day and without even looking at my car the service tech told me I had metal on metal and needed new brake pads. I told them they were wrong its just my noisy car brakes and when he looked at it he told me I was right!!
  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    I have a 08 versa hatchback. When I back up and apply the brakes, it (the brake?) makes a "voming" sound, like a metal resonating at certain frequency. It only makes this kind of sound when backing up. Moving forward while brakes are applied has no problem at all. I recently had the front pads changed so that should not be the problem. I wonder if it is the rear shoe brake that is the cause of the problem. I have about 67,000 miles on the car and the rear brakes are still the originals. Any help will be appreciated.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    Can you localize the noise? Is it coming from the rear? It MIGHT be time for rear brakes. A lot depends on your driving conditions though. My 2007 Versa is over 90,000 miles on the original rear brakes at the moment, but replacing the rear pads can't be far off now

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  • This has been happening in the car since we bought it, maybe about 5000 miles in to it. And, of course, each time I take it to the dealer, it's not doing it. I think they think I'm making it up. It does seem to happen more often once the car has been driven for a while from cold. And I had the wrong date on the car, it is a 2008 model. It's got under 60,000 miles on it now. And if I had to say, the noise appears to be coming from the front of the car. We've taken it in a few times over the past few years, and had the brakes checked, but nothing conclusive comes from it.
  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Thanks fro replying. The noise is coming from the rear shoe brakes. I think it is time to have them replaced too. I was reluctant to blame on the rear brakes becuause they usually last much longer than 67,000 miles. I am also wondering why it squeaks only when backing up but not when the car is moving forward.
    tyou08
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    A noise (from wherever) that only happens when backing up isn't all that unusual if you think about it. Not a hard figure, but I'd bet our cars spend at LEAST 99.99% of the time they are moving going forward. And the vast majority of the times the brakes are applied is in the forward direction as well. Only makes sense that the way the rear pads wear "favor" the forward motion and that when you are backing up and apply the brakes, things might not be meshing as smooth as they do in the other direction

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  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Thank you again. Come to think of it, this happened to me before in my other car sometime ago. Anyway, the problem should be solved if the rear brakes are replaced. On the other hand, if you are right, which I tend to agree with you, no real damage should be done if I can just ignore the noise.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    Some automotive problems are like that... not particularly "unsafe" (although I'm careful about thinking like this about brakes), but a matter of how long can you live with the annoyance

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  • peezhopeezho Posts: 1
    Replace all rear bulbs with heavy duty filament ones or replace them like I did with LED bulbs. They are less heat and voltage demanding. I had the same original problem. I now have 50,000 miles on my hatchback no problems incurred yet from the replacement LED's.
  • I have the new 2012 Versa Hatchback 1.8S and the brakes gave out on me and almost felt liked they locked. Has there been any recall or defects on this models?
  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    On a 08 versa, can someone give me some advice as to how to reach the brake light bulb for replacement. It seems pretty difficult to get to it.
    Thanks,
    tyou08
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    It's a little more complicated than most bulb replacements, but not impossible. It involves opening those little service lids to dismount the whole taillight assembly so you can get at the bulbs to replace them.

    Google "versa brake light replacement procedure" and the first link (it will be obvious) in the search result will give you detailed instructions that you can print out and have at hand when the time comes. We've got 3 Versas in the family and once I noticed that those tail lights didn't look readily accessible without a "procedure", I set out to find DIY instructions. I'm really not keen of having to pay labor charges for changing a light bulb :shades:

    I've been lucky so far with no bulb burnouts yet... but I'm ready when they finally do.

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  • tyou08tyou08 Posts: 16
    Thanks for pointing me to the right direction. I got the bulb already but haven't done it yet. Will try this weekend. Will also let you know how it turns out. Thanks,
    tyou08
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