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Nissan Armada Maintenance and Repair



  • They still havent found the problem. I dont drive it everyday now so dont think about it as much. One person told me the next time it does it to try taking off the gas cap and then replace it and make sure it clicks, sd maybe pressure building up in tank. I guess lexus wont run if gas cap isnt tight till click so maybe same with Armada...????? I havent tried it, but do make sure I click it now which is something I never did before.....who knows! Usually it stops doing it if we turn truck off and restart so I guess we will just live with it now.... waranty has finally expired and no problem was found.... Hope you find problem while under waranty~!
  • black2black2 Posts: 1
    i wanted to tell you thank you for posting your problem and how it was resolved. i bought my armada used a year ago. it had no problems prior to our purchase. just before it reached 80,000 miles it started to die and sputter as i started it again. my extended warranty ran out at 75,000 miles so the dealership was no help. i recently replace the ipdm (a $125part) and it fired up with no problems. my o2 sensor is now out but at least one problem is fixed. thanks for the posting.
  • momof4nowmomof4now Posts: 7
    Update. We drove our Armada on a 1400 mile trip to Florida last week. It acted up the whole entire way with spitting and sputtering. We tried the gas cap trick and the turn off and then back on trick and nothing helped for very long. We took it to the Nissan dealer in Ft Lauderdale and were able to drive it around until it was doing it again and they pressure tested the fuel pump and were able to let us know that it was bad. They replaced it. The total cost was $800 parts and labor. Drove it the 1400 miles home with no problems at all! So I do hope that was it. They told us that in order for them to tell it was the fuel pump in this case that it did have to be pressure tested.... I dont really know anything about that but the truck now seems to be fixed and I am thrilled. We love our Armada again!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The recent Armada Tire thread has been given its own discussion:

    finnatic, "Nissan Armada Tires and Wheels" #2, 24 Jul 2008 4:54 pm

    Please report on your tire replacement choices and ask any other tire or wheel questions you may have in there. Thanks!
  • qinorqinor Posts: 1
    Our 2005 Armada has been acting up over the past several months sputtering and cutting out. It would die always at the worst times like on the freeway in rush hour traffic but up to this point always restarted right away. It progressively got worse and more frequently to the point that it finally wouldn't restart, fortunately in my driveway. We're on a tight budget so I couldn't take it to a mechanic and I'm fairly inclined so figured I might be able to at least trouble shoot the problem. I went to a Schucks and rented an OBDII code reader but it wouldn't work which I still don't get. Their answer was that it doesn't work on some cars but oddly enough I tried it on our Subaru as well and it wouldn't work on it either. After referring to this sight and consulting others I decided it fit the description of a bad IPDM (Integrated Power Distribution Module) I checked a couple of parts places where they looked at me like I was speaking greek when I asked about an IPDM. I ended up ordering from a local dealership . It took the parts guy a while to look it up. He'd never heard of an IPDM either but after about a half hour and a consult with a technician he called me back with the info. Nissan calls it a Controller, cost $128 (part number 284B6-ZC00A) It wasn't in stock so after waiting for 3 days I received it. The IPDM / Controller is a fuse panel that controls the fuel injectors and fuel pump among many other vital systems. I found instructions at - ipdm-install-ipdm.jpg?d=1215504792 Be sure to disconnect the battery first. You'll need a 10mm wrench for the neg battery cable and small flat screwdriver to release the clips on the wire connectors. It was a little tricky getting at the panel. It sits aft of the battery and half under the body. The wires were tightly coiled so I carefully worked the panel out enough to see and reach everything. Overall it was simple and quick and doing it myself probably saved hundreds of dollars.
  • I have a 2006 Armada and have had no problems until this one. 4 months ago I changed the tires to the Michelin Cross Terrain SUV's. It was smooth as a baby before and smooth as a baby afterwards. Fast forward 3 months. It develops a shake in the front end. I would describe it as an excessive bounce when I hit a bump but on generally non perfect surfaces it seems to amplify the bumps. Also it has a consistent shake at any speed above 30 mph. At 4 months and 5k miles I took it to the tire store and they rotated and balanced the tires. They stated that the tires were 'grossly unbalanced' - their words. It made the shake/bounce worse. I took it to the dealer twice and they stated they drove it and they said they detected nothing wrong that needed service and recommended changing back to the Conti's it had at delivery. The shake is so irritating I don't want the car anymore - it is unpleasant to drive.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Sounds like the tires may be bad. Could be bad belts in the tires, or out of round tires.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Just ordered up a set of Bilstien front struts for my 05 with 52k miles. Also ordered the Stillen front sway bar, supposedly will firm it up a bit.

    Will keep you posted.

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  • hi, I have a 2004 armada with 39000 miles. Each time I run 60 mph or higher the vehicle moves left or right depending on the surface. Sometimes the wind makes the truck sway. Also, each time i hit a pot hole (not a big pothole) at 40 mph my truck will pull to the left. Can anybody help??? :sick: :sick: :sick:
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Do you have the stock tires? When were they last rotated?
  • I just bought a brand new bf goodrich touring (same size) with 500 miles. I had it alligned and balance on the same day. Do I have to change the struts? I only have 39000 h-way miles on it (4 yrs old)... please help.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Did this problem start after you had the new tires installed?

    While it could be the struts, it could also be several other things which without being there would be difficult to check. You would need to put the truck up on a lift and check the front end for excessive play. It could be anything from the struts, to a bent rod or a worn bushing.

    If it started after the new tires were installed I'd take it back to the shop that did the alignment and have them check it out.

    If it is an ongoing symptom, the alignment shop would be a good place to go to have them go over your front end and see if they can find the problem. You could also check the struts and see if there are any leaks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    At 40k my front struts were toast. Luckily Bilstien makes replacement front struts for our trucks. They are about $90/each I bought mine at

    I haven't put em in yet but Bilstiens are very high quality products.

  • paisan, I have auto levelling suspension in my truck can an ordinary struts or your bilstien will be an ok substitute?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have the auto-leveling also. That is only in the rear. You would only be replacing the front struts which won't effect the auto-leveling system.

  • how do you open the dipstick to the tranmission oil on the armada? how many quart to refill it? and how many quart of differentail oil do i need?
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    The answers are in your owner's manual. If you don't have one you can get one here. In fact there are a ton of things that may be of interest.

    Armada owners manual
  • I was not aware that when i got my wonderful suv that i had a recall the first month! until my brakes went out and i have spent up until now having changed including the rotors at least 5 times.. and in that time period i kept telling them when i go over a speed pump it grinds like a bad shock or something, my car has now 41,000 miles and im taking it back to them even after the warranty is up because i have the documentaion showing it was there and was a problem they didnt fix when it was under warranty. Is there a law suit i can be a part of reguarding my car? I heard there was one. I dont get involved in law suits but this is crazy! I love this car and wouldnt trade it for another kind but im not going to get stuck with this grinding front end or any other thing that comes up that seems to be the norm for these suvs. I need to know who to talk too!
  • Yes i have too! Everytime i take it in they say they cant duplicate the sound... i have an o5 and its been doing it since i got it along with the brake and rotor problem.. at first it was only in the morning then after it warmed up i would go over a pump and it would not make the noise.. now after my warranty is up since i have 41,000 miles it is gettingso bad it sounds like something is broken and it is load so im taking it back this week. I will keep you posted as to what it is and if they fix it! I will bring this message along with the one the other person reponded to you about the sway bar but it sounds like a bad shock or strut and i have told them!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Actually it's your dealers fault that they didn't repair it for you under warranty, Nissan issued the tsb on the brakes and it's up to your individual dealer to apply the TSB when the car is brought in for the issues effected by the TSB.


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  • My 06 Armada is 40K mile and out of warranty. I use mobil one synthetic motor oil since new with no problem. I'm a bit hesitant to use synthetic automatic transmission oil and gear oil in the differential because nissan has stated that using any other than the matic j fluid will cause damage to the transmission. any inputs. thanks.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I run the Nissan fluid in the transmission, just cause it's expensive to replace it!

    For my Front and Rear Diffy's I use Amsoil Synthetic and for the transfer case I use Amsoil Synthetic Allison ATF. So far in 50k miles, no issues.

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  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Nissan stated that any other fluid will cause damage to the transmission? Where did they state that?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    IIRC it requires Matic-J, which is only available from Nissan.... Maybe a few other car makers use it as well.

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  • This problem does not occur with all suv's. I had a toyota 4-runner before
    I purchased my 2004 armada, and never had a problem.. I feel your pain
    with the brake/rotor issue. And to top if off with only 70,000 miles on
    mine, the 4th gear and overdrive gave out in mine. Just to rebuild it,
    it is costing 2500.00. And a new one over 5000.00. Believe me, I will
    never own another, and I'll be sticking with a honda or toyota.

    good luck to you
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How often have you flushed your coolant? How often have you flushed your Transmission fluid? What kind of towing have you done with it?

    I've towed for 40,000 of my 55,000 miles on my truck. Everything from my 6,000lb car trailer to my 11,500lb cigarette boat w/triple axles.

    Trans is smooth as silk. Only issues I've had are the initial brake problem which was addressed in late 2005, and just recently my exhaust manifold started to leak.

    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • my 2004 armada is all over the highway if the wind blows left or right especially if i am running at 60 mph or over. there was no hurricane or tornado just a regular wind...i have to fight with the wind each time i am on freeway and it really make a lot of movement....i had my tires replace again to michelin cross terrain had it aligned 2x and had the sway bar check, there is no extra play on the wheel........can anybody give me a suggestion what to do? thank you very much...your suggestion is greatly appreciated
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I'm curious. Do you have a cargo basket or luggage rack on the roof of your Armada?

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How many miles? Perhaps you need new front shocks. I know that the Bilstiens that I put in (you have to put in the ones specified for the titan) have made a big difference. Then again my Armada is usually fairly stable up to about 110mph.

    Subaru Guru and Track Instructor
  • yes i do have a luggage rack, this problem occured 3 months ago when i made a 720 on the grass after my armada hydroplane on the freeway. before i am hitting more than 100 mph without a problem. i have new tires and i have it aligned and balanced two months ago and the problem is still there. i am now afraid to take my whole family on this vehicle because i feel it is unsafe...please advice...thanks
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