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Nissan Murano Maintenance and Repair



  • 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.
  • I brought my Murano in and they changed the gas tank and added a "sheild" aroudn the tank. It is not the nicest looking thing though. Stadning from the side you can see the shield hanging down. I did get a scare when I filled the tank with gas but the fuel gauge only went to half. After I parked and ran into a store and came back the gauge read full. I will see if this happens again the next time I fill up. maybe something is stuck on the tank gauge after they changed it.
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Many dealerships are either notorious for lying or we are just simply ahead of them. In most cases, they just simply want to sell you that car and they'll say anything to accomplish that.

    You're not the only one who thinks that some of those dealers are brain dead. With lots of years that I dealt with different dealers, I can honestly say that out of 10 questions you ask, 8 of them will be ' we never heard of that'!
  • chucho79chucho79 Posts: 11
    I also had the recall done that installed that big black thing in front of the gas tank....I wasn't even bending over to see the thing and it might as well have had a big red bullseye on it...not attractive.
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    I have been driven nuts by a shutting off gas pump at a station near us...on all of our cars.
    The "shield"..since my tank is 9.5 inches from the pavement now, how much hang-down is there? Looking at the problem they are trying to "fix", there would seem to be no need for it to do anything but neatly conform to the curve of the tank. I have a. deep snow b. speed bumps made of concrete berms and c. occasional "stuff" in this shield going to be smacked now and then? I found the 4 "holed" Murano article...the whole deal is proximte liability for a small, but yes, conceivably dangerous possibility. many inches left from shield bottom to the floor? Thanks. JB
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    I have not have my shield installed yet,no word from Nissan or Hall in Virginia Beach, VA. It would be nice if the shield could be located to hide the view of the middle muffler and the pipe behind it!!! instead of adding another unsightly object.
  • homeounerhomeouner Posts: 145
    I agree with you,about the shield matching the contour of the tank instead of hanging down in sight. There are already aluminum shields at the center of the tank near the exhaust pipe,to act as heat shields. Some thing like that could have been used.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    just a thought, the murano is a vehicle which typically has a good deal of clearance right? perhaps the concern was debris comming from the road or the front tires and a stike towards the middle or the back of the tank... in that case, it may be that the leading surface of the tank was not what they are trying to protect with an extra large shield, but rather, "hits" to the rest of the tank.

    in otherwords, if they conformed the shield to the leading edge, maybe this would still leave a good deal of the tank exposed. by having it extend down, the trajectory of debris will make it likely it will hit the shield and not the tank at all. (if I'm not making sense, consider throwing a tennis ball at the ground at different angles; the angle it leaves the ground with respect to vertical is equal to the angle it hit the ground when you tossed it - so extending a shield down protects for many potential angles debris might be kicked up from the ground by another vehicle or the front tires).

    the alternative might have been a shield protecting the leading surfaces but ALSO extending back towards the back of the tank, or a new tank.

    i agree with you on the snow and ice and going through a build-up of both...not having seen the shield, i could imagine how it might be damaged based on the description of how it hangs down.
  • Anyone know what the idle speed should be on an 04 SL? THe manual says "See the emission control label on the underside of the hood" (and i'm not near my car to go look there now). My idle seems low, and I saw a TSB related to this.
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    I've just got an answer from my dealership regarding the fuel tank replacement. He advised me that this is only on 2005 model.
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    The exhaust system on the Murano already hangs down low as it is- this shield is in most cases not going to interfere with everyday drivability. The Murano does not have any more than 8 inches of ground clearance (measured at the lowest point of the vehicle). It is terrible however that the shield is an eyesore.

    Good Luck!
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    The Murano spec chart which has length, height, width, etc. lists clearance as 7"...which looks about right because, as pointed out, the muffler is the lowest undercar item. (The tank is at about 9".) For comparison, Subaru Forester 8.4", BMW X3 8", Audi A-6 is 4.2" shield or not, we are in the ballpark off the road. JohnB
  • The shield is probably 8 inches off of the ground, maybe less. The thing looks like a piece of sheet metal is loose and hanging. It kind of looks like the hack job that my dad would do with a strip of metal and some nails. They could have used angled plates but this thing is unsightly and ruins the aesthetics of the Murano. It is a beautiful flowing vehicle and now there is this ugly piece of metal hanging from under it. Really bad job on this. I wish I could post photos on this site so that others know what we are talking about. :sick:
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  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    Murano_owner: why can't a person take a visegrip, get under the car and give it a backward bend to conform to the forward side of the tank...or is it a real thick deal.
    Then, tongue in cheek...isn't it great to feel so much safer now? JB
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    with all due respect, as i was trying to explain, i know unsuccessfully, you probably DO NOT WANT TO ALTER THE SHIELD in any manner as you may defeat it's ability to impede objects from hitting the tank...

    the further it extends downward, the greater range of angles that the debris (leaving the road surface from your front tires or kicked up by a vehicle in front of you) shall be stopped by the shield from hitting the tank.

    if you've ever skipped stones on a pond, or thrown a ball towards the ground, the angle or trajectory of the object hitting the surface (of the water or ground) is approximately equal to the angle that the same object will leave the surface (of the water or ground).
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    This situation is akin to buying a Ferrari for the beautiful lines and then having to strap a mattress on the hood to keep the hood from flying up and making it safer for pedestrian... Not exactly a correct comparison, but you get the point. You bought a Murano for its styling, VERSATILITY, and that included the aesthetics and minor off roading, no matter how low the ground clearance is... I'd contact Nissan HQ or Customer Service and voice your objection, its ridiculous to see that a company with such dynamic design get so lazy with a component for the people that have already invested money in their design...
  • How do I contact Nissan HQ?
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    I haven't got mine done yet and hope that I'll see how those shields are positioned and what the shape is. I hope Nissan won't put a shield just for the sake of putting one but also needs to consider the aerodynamic effect of the shield.

    If this shield causes drag in our car, we will end up cosuming more gasoline because the drag coefficient will surely result into lower MPG.

    If this is the case, we should all complain to Nissan. They can't modify our car and have detrimental effect on our MPG. Modification should only result in making our car better in all aspect.
  • I had my recall service done on my 04 SE AWD Murano 3-31-07. Gas tank shield and rear seatbelt web replacement. The shield is Plastic, not Metal. The shield appears to be two pieces, one on each side of the drive shaft for the rear axle. Does the Murano have two gas tanks? Yes, the shield is visible from 4 ft away from the side of the vehicle Not pretty but effective. Nissan should have designed a shield to cover the entire tank, 1/8th inch of plastic will deflect almost any angular shot by a rock. Many components on the undercarriage are shielded with plastic, especially those located behind the front bumper. Their are several more plastic shields located in various places underneigth the Murano. Nissan should have done better with this recall. If anyone wants to inniciate a petition to Nissan, I will gladly sign on. This will open a brand new can, no, truck load of worms. Has their ever been a recall of a recall?

    easym1 has the best point. Has this shield increased drag and reduced fuel economy and is that more important than, the shield is ugly?

    baldwin3, yes I understand exactly what you are saying.

  • Still no word as to how, if any way, to make the 06 LED taillights work on older Muranos?

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