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peter bovell, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Navara

Good day, I have a stalling problem when cold at idle only. I replaced the suction control valve but the problem persists. No dtc stored in memory. I do notice it runs rich on idle but then stalls, anything under the 1000rpm engine dies. I would appreciate any help in this matter. Thank you

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good morning,i found the problem with stalling condition.timing chain stretched,and it will not give cam crank corolation code or check light ,thank you nissan for the challange peter bovell from Trinidad and Tobago

Submitted: 17/07/2014 17:32:49 | ID: 99871

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willem, South Africa

Nissan Almera

Hi. I have a nissan almera 1600. When I drive at night my headlights looks like candle. I changed the globes and also the fuses. When I removed the globe it is very hot. What can be the problem

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Common problem with Nissan's of a certain year. New headlights I'm afraid. I experienced the same problem. The refectors get burned out, so the whole headlight needs replacing. Mick from Cork

Common problem with Nissan's of a certain year. New headlights I'm afraid. I experienced the same problem. The refectors get burned out, so the whole headlight needs replacing. Mick from Cork

Submitted: 21/07/2014 12:04:55 | ID: 100090

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ian, Lancashire

Nissan X-Trail

my 2005 x trail has delveloped a virbration on steering wheel. this happens between 55 mph and is worse at 80mph we have done the following: new tyres all round new disks and pads all round new caliper drivers side new caliper back passenger side new track rod ends new steering arms new drop links front and rear new anti roll bar bushes front and rear new rear diff mounting bracket and bushes the problem is still there and when you let go of steering wheel from 60mph onwards to pulls to the left. we have had the ball joints checked and the suspension seems ok. any ideas on what this could be only thing left is the driveshafts but there is no play or noise coming from them

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Ian, the only thing I can think of that it appears that you have not replaced, and which made all the difference in the 1997 to 2000 Terranos/Pathfinders especially in the US, where it was termed "the death wobble" was replacing the radius rod bushings..in the 4 steel arms( links) that locate the rear axle and that have a bush at each end. Worn bushes here also cause steering problems as under acceleration the rear axle moves one way, and on deceleration it moves the other..could be what causes the pull to the left..but only if it is on deceleration or acceleration, not steady speed. Have you had a 4 wheel alignment done by an expert, not a noddy at the local tyre shop..unless you really trust that noddy. An expert is a guy who makes his living from doing all the tricky alignment that requires expert work..and to whom dealers take their best customer cars as he is way more skilled than their own people. The expert I use has in the past, for example, dropped the front left suspension strut out of the turret and used a dremel tool to elongate slots so that the proper adjustment can be made (an adjustment not allowed for by the manufacturer, but still necessary in real life. That sort of expert. He will also be able to tell if at some stage the front has had a crunch....... John Smith from New Zealand

Do you have a picture of these and do you mean the ends of the propshaft? ian from Lancashire

Crawl under your vehicle and look at what holds the axle to the body. The propshaft goes down the centre of the vehicle and spins. The steel shafts with a bush at each end locate the rear axle to the body, and they run forward from the axle housing on both side of the differential to the body and attach underneath the rear seat. There is a longer shaft below a shorter shaft on each side.http://beergarage.com/PathBushTrack.aspxThis is a real man's way of dealing with the problem. You could probably just buy new bars complete with new bushings as it takes a 20 ton pressure to push the old bushes out unless you burn them and cut the metal sleeves out.....which could affect the temper of the steel.http://www.justanswer.com/nissan/2y2du-2000-pathfinder-swaying-uneven-roads-speeds.html John Smith from New Zealand

My guess is that your new tires are not mounted and or balanced properly, or that one tire or rim is defective and out of round. I have the same vehicle and I experienced the exact same thing last year. Turned out that all four tires were out of balance. 40$ later problem solved and no vibrating steering wheel at higher speeds. In so far as Pathy death wobble issue, I am not aware of it affecting X trails. Also given that you have changed a number of suspension parts maybe you need a proper 4 wheel alignment. Make sure that you find a place that can and will reset your steering angle sensor as part of the procedure. I hope you havent just been throwing parts at the vibration with hopes of it going away. Good news though is that you now have new rubber and brakes and steering components. Kind of surprised you haven't changed the front control arms, but maybe that is what you mean by new steering arms. However these would include your lower ball joint so maybe you havent changed those given the expense. More I think about it, your Exy should be driving like almost new, given the work you have had done. I am 99% sure one of your front tires is out of balance and possibly both. Go back to whomever sold you the tires and have them check the wheel balance. Mike Quinlan from Canada

My guess is that your new tires are not mounted and or balanced properly, or that one tire or rim is defective and out of round. I have the same vehicle and I experienced the exact same thing last year. Turned out that all four tires were out of balance. 40$ later problem solved and no vibrating steering wheel at higher speeds. In so far as Pathy death wobble issue, I am not aware of it affecting X trails. Also given that you have changed a number of suspension parts maybe you need a proper 4 wheel alignment. Make sure that you find a place that can and will reset your steering angle sensor as part of the procedure. I hope you havent just been throwing parts at the vibration with hopes of it going away. Good news though is that you now have new rubber and brakes and steering components. Kind of surprised you haven't changed the front control arms, but maybe that is what you mean by new steering arms. However these would include your lower ball joint so maybe you havent changed those given the expense. More I think about it, your Exy should be driving like almost new, given the work you have had done. I am 99% sure one of your front tires is out of balance and possibly both. Go back to whomever sold you the tires and have them check the wheel balance. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Hi I didn't do the front control arms as the bushes etc on them are all new I have also checked the bushes at the rear like you describe all look new no perishes etc. all components on This are new now and it is still doing it also I have had the u joints checked on prop shaft and thy are new and the propshaft centre bearing is also. So looks like Someone else changed propshaft before me. I have had all tyres checked and balance done and they are spot on but this was doing this before I had new tyres put on. So I am completely stuck now what it could be?? I also have started get this low grumble noise either when I rev car in neutral or if I am slowing down. It is not always there's and a slight rattle on cold not always noticeable. Wondered if it was linked to the vibration?? Any help be great as I love the car and it looks like a new car but the wobble is driving me mad ian from Lancashire

Maybe a front wheel bearing? But what you describe is classic with an improperly balanced tire. I have changed the front control arms on mine, and it tightens up steering and ride but I cannot see how vibration at speed would be linked to them. If you feel it in the steering wheel I say its happening at one of your two front wheels. I think its more likely that the tech who did it and insists they are balanced is incompetent, rather than anything else. I would bring it somewhere else that specializes in tires and alignments and have them rechecked. Maybe even to the point of having the tires removed from your rims and remounted. There are dots on the rims which indicate a specific way to mount the tires on them. If the dots are not aligned properly the tire cannot be properly balanced. Also if the roads in England are anything like those in Canada these days, its very possible to damage a rim. Maybe one of yours has suffered damage. If so use the one with your spare tire, and keep the damaged one for your spare. Let me know how it turns out, but do have another place and mechanic examine your car and test drive it. Re rattle could be timing belt tensioner in need of servicing, or maybe a motor mount going bad. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Hi I have had all wheels checked and front to back etc all okay, had tracking checked etc still all okay, yet this problem is still there. It does it in 2wd or auto and even if coasting in neutral and clutch down. What I have noticed is if I let go of the steering wheel it pulls to the left but only from 60 mph plus. The tracking is spot on, I was there when it was checked and took it to two different places to confirm. I am just short now of changing suspension wish bones and wheel bearings to rule out but don't want to spend just yet invade simple fix. The prop shaft has been checked and all joints look fine etc no play. Cv joints all look good. I'm stuck. What I have noticed is if you take it up to 60 mph plus in 4th gear it doesn't wobble as much but in 5th and 6th it wobbles. Can anyone help as I'm going bald with tearing my hair out? ian from Lancashire

Submitted: 28/06/2014 14:27:22 | ID: 98613

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Charles, South Africa

Nissan Almera 2004

When I decelerate and press my clutch on my Nissan Almera, the revs drop down to almost 0 and then only pick up to normal idling speed. Sometimes the car stalls as well. What can the problem be?

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You will find this to be the timing solenoid. Looking from the front of your car with the bonnet up, on the left hand rear of your rocker cover/camshaft cover you will see a small cylinder with a wiring connector. It looks like a C' cell battery. It is secured by 1 bolt in to the rocker cover. My car had all the same symptoms as yours and after 3 months waiting for Nissan to sort it out and failing, I bought the part myself and this cured the problem. A good test is to wait until the engine shows the fault and try hitting the valve with a spanner, obviously tapping it and not trying to damage it! Timing solenoid is the part and is fairly cheap from a breakers yard paul from Bedfordshire

Hi, my alarm and cental locking aren`t working. How do I reset this? Many thanks, Del derek72.dm@qmail.com from City of Glasgow

It sounds like one of two things. Either you need to replace the battery inside your key, or you may find that the small switch inside your fob has come off the circuit board. If this is the case (which it often is) you need to first open the key fob and see if there is a small square object loose inside it. If there is, you can take this to an electrical shop and ask them to solder it back on to your key fob. If you are good at soldering you can have a go yourself, but if not take it to a local computer shop or electrical repair shop near you and ask them to do it for you. It should only cost about fifteen pounds. Of course if it turns out not to be the key this could be a costly repair at a garage. Just a thought but have you checked all your fuses, as the alarm and central locking are fused together in most cases? You can forward me a number and I can call you if you need any further help with the key. Cheers and hope you get it sorted. paul from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 20/03/2014 12:49:15 | ID: 63035

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Parantapa Das, Berkshire

Nissan Qashqai+2 2012

Within a year of getting a new Nissan Qashqai+2 I have found that first gear is a problem. Many times I’m unable to set off in first gear, second gear is the only option. I checked with the dealer who claimed they fixed this in it`s first service, but I did not feel much difference. Has anyone else got into this? (1.6 Tdci nTech)

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Qashaqi 2013 63plate 1.6d with a first gear problem. Nissan have now replaced my gear box two weeks ago and I am still struggling to get it into first gear. Next week they are replacing a cable set(?), what next? I think they have a big problem. Andrew Morton from Norfolk

Hi, I have the same issue, i have a 63 plate 1.6dci and so far the dealer has replaced the gearbox and the car is currently back in the garage which the same issue. Nissan as asking the dealer to do a software update for the gearbox and if not replace it again!!! The dealer also mentioned they had never come across this issue before but looking online seems an inherant fault David from West Midlands

Hi, I have the same issue, i have a 63 plate 1.6dci and so far the dealer has replaced the gearbox and the car is currently back in the garage which the same issue. Nissan as asking the dealer to do a software update for the gearbox and if not replace it again!!! The dealer also mentioned they had never come across this issue before but looking online seems an inherant fault David from West Midlands

Submitted: 19/09/2013 16:06:42 | ID: 54640

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Jonathan Rolling, England

Nissan Qashqai 2007

Hi all, I have a 2007 Nissan Qashqai. When I try to lock the car I seem to get a series of beeps and it will not lock. I`m unsure what to do and would be grateful for some help?

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Has your boot not closed propely as mine beeps and wont lock if ive not clicked it down craig henry from Middlesbrough

Submitted: 24/03/2014 09:44:05 | ID: 62918

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wilson king, Zimbabwe

Nissan Micra

Please help, just tried replacing a back numberplate light and a short circuit occured, the back right park light wont work bt tested it its ok and the whole heater , aircon , harzards pannel wont turn lights on bt all working. All the fuses are ok frm 2 pannels whch are 1 under the steering and th other in the bonnet, cld there be any other hidden fuse box?

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check the relay which also control the park which is located in the bonet. Drey from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 17/04/2014 12:55:19 | ID: 94362

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Andrew, New Zealand

Nissan Navara

Hi, I have an Nissan Navara Double cab D22 3.0, When i bought it, it had a pioneer stereo in it and slowly the sound stopped going through each speaker then one day they all stopped. I thought it was the stereo so i put a new stereo in, but soon found out that the sound wasnt coming through this stereo either. Can anyone tell me if these came out with a AMP? Or any other suggestions that it could be? Cheers Andrew

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http://www.nissan-navara.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6530hey all, i'm pretty sure i found the problem.. i was running the constant power off the secondary battery. i rewired it to the primary batttery and so far its all good.. i think either my automatic battery switch to change between batteries or my secondary battery is shot.. have to take it to an auto elec to give it a load test! http://www.navara.asia/archive/index.php/f-74.htmlhttp://www.installdr.com/installdocs/Nissan/PDF/647009.aspFrom what I can see, no amp? Sp test each individual speaker as well, the little 9v battery "click" or some other method to make sure the wires from the plug at the back of the radio get to the speakers and that the speakers work! John Smith from New Zealand

Andrew, can you answer Dan from Australia's question 2 questions down re your fuel consumption and revs at 110kmh?? John Smith from New Zealand

I have a Nissan Navara 4.0 V6 2008. It`s started moving slowly even if I am accelerating, it suddenly stops and I can change gears but it won`t move and there was a smell of something burning. What could the problem be?JOSEPH from Botswana

Submitted: 19/06/2014 06:37:06 | ID: 98009

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Jagath, Sri Lanka

Nissan X-Trail

I have x trail t30 2001 98000km, it was driving perfectly until yesterday. It drove about 25km and start to loose power and accelerator did not respond after few seconds It was ok but it happen again and again . And next day I went on a test run and went good until about 30km. And same thing happens. And engine check light came on and the code Is 1320.

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Jagarth, refer to the many, many, many items in this thread re SCV and MAF.... Read on, brother... John Smith from New Zealand

Jagarth, if you don't put the type of engine you have in your question to the forum it doesn't help us to help you.........http://forums.nicoclub.com/p1320-primary-ignition-singal-fault-t319131.htmlSee how this person cleaned all the coil connections etc and solved his problem with little cost! http://www.justanswer.com/nissan/1qi24-obd-2-code-p1320-changing-spark-plugs.htmlJohn Smith from New Zealand

See answer to your previous same question. put more info in your questions so we can help you... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 08/07/2014 04:43:58 | ID: 99206

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steven, Durham

Nissan X-Trail

hi I am hoping that someone can help. I have a Nissan xtrial 2.2 dci sport on a 53 plate and are having issues with the car juddering and the rev counter flying up and down on it's own. This was happening quite a lot but the garage couldn't understand why this was happening. they said that with no fault light they didn't know where to start. We could only drive this car a small distance as we didn't know what damage it could be down as some of the juddering was quite violent. the engine management light came on. I took it to the garage and they had said that the fault was the top cam shaft sensor. this part was fitted and the fault cleared. After 2 weeks of driving this as normal the same fault has come back. We have noticed that this mainly happens under 2000 revs but to stop the juddering we have to apply the clutch and press the accelerator pedal down so it goes past the 2000 rev mark to stop the juddering. We don't know what to do as the engine management light hasn't come back on & the garage aren't sure what to tackle next. please can anyone help. thanks

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It is not unknown for a replacement cam sensor to go bad quite quickly. Logically if the engine is exhibiting the same symptoms as last time, the cam sensor (or it's wiring) is on it's way out again. Get your garage to order a new one and fit it. If this again cures the problem the garage should have no problem in getting the replacement for free, as the first replacement was faulty???????? The supplier may also pay for the labour for fitting the second replacement as well??? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 12/07/2014 21:49:33 | ID: 99529

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Paddy Agnew, Antrim

Nissan X-Trail

What would be wrong when you start it you are able to change gears without using the clutch? I was driving it & just lost gears.

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It sounds like the clutch is completely stuffed and needs replacement. I presume you mean that whatever gear you put the gear lever in, the vehicle did not move? And you could move the gear lever into any gear with the engine running and the clutch not depressed and not get a horrible grinding from the gearbox? Definitely a new clutch is needed....and check the flywheel for wear as well. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 13/07/2014 00:35:02 | ID: 99537

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ODHISEA, Greece

Nissan Primera

HI THERE I HAVE A NISSAN PRIMERA P12 WITH QG16 ENGINE PETROL AND THE DIAGNOSTIC SHOWS ME A TROUBLE (CODE P0171 ) CAN ANYONE HELP ME PLEASE THANK YOU.

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Google P0171 trouble code and go from there. http://www.obd-codes.com/p0171 John Smith from New Zealand

Use Google..and the answers will be obvious.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 04/07/2014 20:05:27 | ID: 98969

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Anesu blessing, Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

Coil pack 2 and 3 are defective. What do I do?

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You troll, replace them with good coil packs...but only if you want to have a car that drives properly. Otherwise just leave them alone.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 05/07/2014 11:29:59 | ID: 99004

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padraig doherty, Ireland

Nissan Primera

my central locking key fob will not work i change battery in key

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Do you have a spare fob to test if the locking system itself is at fault? If not, disconnect the vehicle's positive battery lead and ground it on the engine or chassis for 5 minutes before you reattach it to the battery. this resets all the ecu's in the vehicle into learning mode (Reboots it) and hopefully now the fob will talk nicely to the NATS system......and they will join hands and be happy ever after... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 12/07/2014 17:03:33 | ID: 99518

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Danny, United States of America

Nissan Pathfinder

My pathfinder makes a loud noise when I put it in drive

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Danny, aren't you lucky..is it the engine, the transmission, the drive line or suspension that makes this noise? If you have the stereo up really loud, can you still hear this noise? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 11/07/2014 22:47:53 | ID: 99487

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K Russell, Australia

Nissan Navara

Hi, my Navara is 2 years old and we are starting to have problems with our radio and ECM. The radio has a different name for the station it is on and the Bluetooth plays up. The radio has just been replaced and is still starting to do the same thing. The car wouldn't start a few weeks ago and I had a Nissan technician look at it. He jump started the car as we thought the battery might have run flat but once the car was started the engine light came on and I lost all electronic gauges, all went blank and then restarted themselves. My Nissan also is lagging a bit when first put into reverse. The technician told us to get it towed to Nissan and they recharged the battery, the technician said the charge was just under 12V when he got there but assumed it was just from us trying to start the car a few times. They replaced the radio unit also cleaned some of the contacts around the ECM. Within the week my Nissan is back at the dealer for the second time to find the same problems. What could be causing this, could we have a faulty ECM?

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K, Just for giggles have the battery removed from the vehicle and load tested. If there is any doubt about the battery, REPLACE THE BATTERY. they only have a 2 to 3 year warranty for a very good reason...... (Keep the old one if there is still a possibility of using it to jump start another vehicle at home, especially if you have your own battery charger...otherwise get rid of it.) While you are doing this and have the battery terminal clamps in your hands, clean them to shining brightness, and then clamp those shiny clean clamps tightly to the new battery's terminals. Your whole car relies on a good battery. Showing 12v at any time unless actually cranking the starter motor means that it is not a good battery..it should be at least 12.4 volts even after cranking for some time. Low voltage = problems. Jump starting a computerised vehicle is fraught with danger. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Then, when you have a good battery in the system, check the charging circuit, check any trouble codes, clear them and drive for a while. recheck for any trouble codes.....you should be good to go.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 11/07/2014 15:36:56 | ID: 99455

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Feroza Ali, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Primera

1-Red curved line appearing on the dashboard screen. 2- On the CD Player, the cd is stuck and cannot eject, however the player is working. Can you offer some kind advice please.

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Disconnect the positive battery lead. ground it on the body or engine for 5 minutes.Then reconnect the positive lead to the battery. All ECU's in the vehicle will now be rebooted and in learning mode. If this does not help then a visit to an auto sparky or a dealer will be needed. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 26/06/2014 23:09:37 | ID: 98531

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Therese, Wiltshire

Nissan Primera

I have a Nissan Primera SVE '04 and thought I would update the satnav. I bought Xanavi x6.0 v.2012/13 (2 discs- Navigation System App Data DVD and Navigation System Map Data DVD). Thought all I needed to do was take out the old disc and pop in the new ones. It comes up with a "note" message to leave ignition and disc in place, and shows a bar with start-finish, but then does not progress from there. In addition my ventialtion and radio controls are frozen, and the rearview camera view does not display. Tried to put the old disc back, but display does not change. What the heck have I done wrong?

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Disconnect the positive lead from the battery and ground that lead on the body or engine and leave it there for 5 minutes. this should reset all the ECU's in the vehicle. you do have the security code for the entertainment system..don't you? John Smith from New Zealand

Thank you for your reply. I originally purchased the car second hand, so I do not have any code. Any recommendations? Therese from Wiltshire

Therese, you should take your vehicle and its reg papers to a Nissan dealer. Having proved you are the owner, you should be able to get from them the code for the original entertainment system as sold new. The system is frozen now, you have nothing to lose by doing the disconnect above before you take it to the dealer... John Smith from New Zealand

Thanks. I do have it booked in next Tuesday, so fingers crossed this gets sorted and it does not bankrupt me! Therese from Wiltshire

Therese, what happened at the dealer's? Problem solved...at little cost hopefully? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 02/07/2014 17:45:23 | ID: 98854

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wendy rigoux, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Primera

I find my car not getting the power i used to after 80km and once i try am hearing a loud sound coming from the engine like it's forcing to excel. What can that be? When scanned it says Line Presure Solinoid. One person says its the A/C bearing or the Compressor and another said its the gears not kicking in. Please help

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Wendy, what engine, what transmission, what happened just before all this went wrong? How many kms on the clock? Line pressure solenoid normally means a fault in the auto trans. Do you have an auto trans? When was the last time it was serviced? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 10/07/2014 14:49:27 | ID: 99377

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Evans, Ghana

Nissan Primera

Hi. I have recently bought a right hand drive and changed the steering to left hand to suit country specification. After this was done the car sparks but the accelerator revs do not respond well. It only revs to about the 1 and not higher. Can anyone explain why?

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You have made a mistake in your wiring, maybe left off a sensor wire???? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 11/07/2014 14:13:15 | ID: 99451

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Jagath, Sri Lanka

Nissan X-Trail

I have x trail t30 2001 98000km, it was driving perfectly until yesterday. It drove about 25km and start to loose power and accelerator did not respond after few seconds It was ok but it happen again and again . And next day I went on a test run and went good until about 30km. And same thing happens. And engine check light came on and the code Is 1320.

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Youy have a problem with your ignition, most likely a defective coil Mike Quinlan from Canada

mike, I think you have a point. see above where the oP posted the same question AGAIN, and still didn't put the engine spec in his reposted query........ John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 07/07/2014 07:45:32 | ID: 99112

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Pewter Channing, Lincolnshire

Nissan Micra

Can the lane change signal on my 2014 Nissan Micra 1.2 automatic be reset to flash only once instead of three times?

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How do I fit the main battery fuse? Jessy Ghambary from Greater London

Submitted: 11/07/2014 10:57:25 | ID: 99438

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gabrielle, Merseyside

Nissan Qashqai

Just noticed that my dashboard seems to be melting, any ideas anyone

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Hi, the same happened to our 62 plate NTec+ between the radio and air con controls the plastic, which appears to be a rubber covering on the whole console unit, started to melt. Took it to Nissan who said it was probably from a leaked air freshener, but we don't use them. After a few calls with the dealer and Nissan direct they agreed to replace it as a goodwill gesture. Although happy with that, I was not happy that they still maintained it was not a fault with the car. I have the panoramic roof and wondered if it was direct heat from the sun through the glass roof? Hope this helps. Darren from Derbyshire

Submitted: 08/06/2014 20:07:38 | ID: 97233

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Amra, Cardiff

Nissan X-Trail

I want to know how X trail 2009 -- 4wheel drive system works. If I put the switch on 2 wheel mode, Still all 4 wheell is moving when the car in on a ramp. is it because there is no pressure on rear wheel, as the car is on ramp. what does it mean "4 wheel drive Lock" .

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Find some loose surface. (sand, gravel, wet grass) With the drive locked in 2WD, accelerate abruptly. have an observer watch for wheel spin. No wheel spin on back wheels, only front spins....OK. Wheel spin all 4 wheels in 2wd..not so good. 4wd lock means that all 4 wheels are locked and move at the same revolutions as the engine power is fed equally to both front and rear diffs from the central diff (unlike 'unlocked' when the power varies according to whether the vehicle is turning etc. Locking the diff is the ultimate "get out of the Sh-t " move and should be done with the vehicle moving in a STRAIGHT LINE as the ability to turn is near non existent.... DO NOT use this on dry, grippy surfaces as the wheels need to move at different speeds when turning a corner..other wise the stress/tension "winds up" the drive line and can snap expensive bits.... Google all this and see youtube videos etc Read a 4wd book from your library and practice on some less challenging bits first. bring a friend with a similar vehicle, or join a 4wd club even if just for a lesson or two....the vehicle is built to do this type of work, and the ability should be exercised (as should the mechanism once a month) BEFORE the "aw, sh-t" moment. Remember, 2wd to get yourself into trouble, 4wd to get yourself out. Reversing is recommended..it can't get any worse that way...... Have fun.....learn how to use a recovery rope or tow strap correctly..you will have "the need to know".... John Smith from New Zealand

I believe, regardless what mode (2WD/AUTO/LOCK)... 4 wheel drive engages when the computer detects a wheel spin in one of the wheels, for safety and handling purposes. Though I think this only applies below a certain speed, I think 60kph. tris from Philippines

Submitted: 05/06/2014 13:34:05 | ID: 96971

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Benard Kamau, Kenya

Nissan X-Trail

I have a 2006 Nissan Xtrail T30 the car heats up after driving a short distance and the heat even engulf the acceleration and brake pedals area ,what could be wrong

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bernard, i would suspect that your heater is on.... John Smith from New Zealand

Same with my 2005 2.5x. Hot coolant goes through the heater core regardless if the A/C Heater is on or off. tris from Philippines

Submitted: 07/06/2014 18:41:21 | ID: 97147

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Eddie, Australia

Nissan X-Trail

I have a 2006 Nissan Xtrail ST-S (T30 II) 2.5l petrol auto which suddenly stops after going over the crest of a small hill. Has happened 5 times at the same spot! - always first drive and within 1km of home. Happened in 2 other places also after a rise and getting more frequent between episodes. Battery and check engine lights come on when stalled, but car restarts straight away and no warning lights left on. No sounds or splutter when engine dies. Been to mechanic and autoelectrician. No error codes ever show up. Cam and crank sensors replaced 2 days ago and battery replaced about one month ago but computer not reset. Wife refuses to drive car (don't blame her). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Silly as it sounds but I believe you have an electrical feed or earth problem. As the vehicle crests a rise the body flexes. If there is a weakness/break in an electrical circuit,especially to or from the engine /gearbox/body the engine will stop. Clean to bright metal all the earth points on the engine, gearbox and chassis, and examine carefully the earthing straps and wires while you have them off the vehicle..flex them and as well as using a multi meter, look for possible breaks and corrosion in them. If in doubt, chuck them out..and put new ones back, of course. Clean the battery terminals and clamps as well. when you disconnect the positive lead to clean the terminals and check the feed wire and the inline fuse for corrosion the ECU will be reset to "learn" mode..... John Smith from New Zealand

1km from home you say, maybe the engine didn't warm up enough. tris from Philippines

Submitted: 07/07/2014 14:36:41 | ID: 99138

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Pedro Farrancha, Portugal

Nissan Navara

Hello. I own a Nissan Navara 2006. A few days ago, I was going home when suddenly the driver's left side airbag exploded (the seat airbag too). Luckily the road was safe, i was going in a straight line and there were no cars near me. I did not hit anything before or after the airbag went off. Just to be clear, the airbag i am talking about is the one that comes down form the roof and covers the windows. Did this happen to anyone around here? I believe this is not the first time something like this happened, because i red about a recall due to airbag defects, but only in US, uk.. I am from Portugal. Will nissan take care of my problem? Should i be worried about other airbags? Thank you, Pedro Farrancha

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Pedro, only your Nissan dealer can answer these questions. BEFORE you go to him, take lots of photos of the exploded bag...and see if a local newspaper reporter might be interested in a good story. Then go to the Nissan dealer, take the reporter along as a "friend" of yours and start asking hard questions. Depending on whether they say "yes" to replacing at Nissan's expense, or not, when you get to the real Manager of the place, and if the manager still refuses to replace at their cost, reveal that your friend is a newspaper reporter and the story will be in the paper... He may well say "yes" then. If so, get it in writing and be careful that nothing else gets done to your car while they are replacing the airbag. The reporter gets a good story either way. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 09/07/2014 03:51:36 | ID: 99293

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keiith land, Wiltshire

Nissan Qashqai

Hi. Could you tell me how to open car windows without starting the car?

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If its the keyless model, touch the start button without putting your foot on the clutch, when your window is where you want it just press the start button again. Mike from Hampshire

Submitted: 16/06/2014 12:07:36 | ID: 97789

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Bree Gaffney, Ireland

Nissan Qashqai 2008

If I switch off my Nissan Qashqai without turning off the radio, the next time I switch on the ignition the radio comes on very loud. Is there any way of having the radio less loud?

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I have the same problem, if I leave it for a few hours. After a short stop it is okay. I have posted on fixya.com too and am waiting. Someone told me to turn off the ’TA’ button (traffic advice or something). I will try that tonight. Any other ideas? Richard from Australia

Me again - mine is the 6-stack CD model (2007 model) and there is no TA button, so that is no help. Turned the ’increase in radio volume with increase in speed option’ to OFF as well. Still happens. Another issue: when pairing phone to radio with Bluetooth, you have to speak your name. But the radio doesnt hear you unless you shout. And thereafter when you get back in car with phone with you, the radio shouts back that phone is connected. Is there an option to turn this announcement off? Richard from Australia

I have a problem where the radio won't switch off full stop. Sometimes radio won't be overridden by other audio or the phone. Often having to leave the car locked with engine off and radio still running. Have to go to bed not knowing if the car will start in the morning! I have had a reset, a software patch and a brand new audio system installed .... still got the problem! Getting annoyed now. Jane from Tyne and Wear

I have a problem where the radio won't switch off full stop. Sometimes radio won't be overridden by other audio or the phone. Often having to leave the car locked with engine off and radio still running. Have to go to bed not knowing if the car will start in the morning! I have had a reset, a software patch and a brand new audio system installed .... still got the problem! Getting annoyed now. Jane from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 11/02/2013 15:14:08 | ID: 90466

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Philip Bungay, Dorset

Nissan X-Trail 2001

Hi, I have a Nissan X-Trail td 2.2 sports 2001 Can anybody tell me what is wrong with my heater blower? Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not, it slows down and speeds up. Is it just the blower motor or something else?

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Just replace blower motor, mine was jammed. It’s an X-Trail issue. Ben Kromo from Suriname

It does sound like you need a new blower motor. Mine was making a really awful noise especially when turning right. Then gave up completely. You will need to replace the blower motor (£350+) which probably cost £20.00 tops to manufacture and the plastic circular fan (£35+) and the large relay (that plugs into the blower motor (£150+). If you do this, Nissan say it takes a day to do the job and will cost a fortune in labour from them. All parts dealer only. Got the owners over a barrel. However, my trusty mechanic, took out the glove box and with time and patience, he took the Blower Motor Assembly out that way. It took 3 hours in total to replace. Be sure to replace the Circular Fan, as it is almost certainly worn where the Blower Motor attaches. The spindle on the Blower Motor is a well known Nissan problem and when it wears, it goes out of allignment and causes the Fan to bang and knock until it fails. R K from England

Actually, what causes the jack hammer sound are two bad bushings that hold the blower motor spindle. You will find extensive how to repair guides on the Australian X trail forum and on Nissan Forums. The fix is to remove the motor assembly from the dash, and then after opening it and removing the fan motor, you replace the junked bushings with a same size sealed wheel bearing. Requires two of them and some spacer washes. Parts for the repair will run you under 20$. Nissan will not repair but will only sell you a complete new blower assembly for 550$ and then charge you a min 4 hours labour time. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 02/01/2014 12:23:47 | ID: 60046

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Alan Peake, Staffordshire

Nissan X-Trail 2005

Why don`t my Nissan X-Trail`s door mirrors heat up on frosty mornngs?

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Do you have heaters in your mirrors? have they ever worked before? If YES to both questions, then check the fuse box, and the relay for the mirrors.... John Smith from New Zealand

They turn on when you turn the rear window defroster on. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 14/02/2014 10:59:28 | ID: 60776

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Gabi Otway, Canada

Nissan X-Trail 2005

I have a Nissan X-Trail 2005. It only has 65,000 km and is going though gas like crazy. A full tank would last about 2 weeks, now I am lucky to get a week. I don’t drive very far and my rpms stay at 250. What could the problem be?

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What engine do you have in the vehicle? Google it to see if there are others on the web who have suffered similarly. The list of possible causes of your problems change with the engine type and the transmission. John Smith from New Zealand

For reference all X trails that were sold in Canada came with the 2.5 gas engine. As for Gabi, I suspect your fuel filler tube is leaking. There is a recall on right now for this part by Nissan that covers most of the X trails that were sold in Canada. Have it checked. Good luck. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 04/03/2014 10:54:30 | ID: 62535

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Nelson, Ghana

Nissan Primera

Hi. I have a Nissan Primera 2005 but when you put on reverse gear the camera doesn't show. What could the problem be? My engine light is always on ... is that a bad thing? I recently had an accident and my airbag light has been showing. What could be the cause?

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Nelson, you need to go to a mechanic... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 18/06/2014 08:06:57 | ID: 97944

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Michael, Lancashire

Nissan Primera

I've recently had problems with non OEM alternator belts coming off.... Putting a Nissan OEM belt on seems to have cured the problem... Still remain slightly concerned in case anything else is wrong... The local garage consulted Nissan who thought there was a very slim chance there could be an alternator fault, but best to try original belt first.... Anyone have any feedback from similar incidents?

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Yes, there are good alternative manufacturers..and there are some very bad ones. Yes, an OEM belt which is made for that vehicle should cure these problems. The only aftermarket belts I recommend are Gates, made in the USA, and the Green Stripe ones are exceptionally long lived.... If you are truly worried about why the belts may be coming off, use a straight edge to check the alignment of the pulleys, and very carefully check the entire perimeter of the pulleys including the harmonic balancer (crankshaft pulley) for any notches, knife edges from excessive wear from old age, wobbles etc..... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 01/07/2014 07:11:59 | ID: 98776

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Ranj, Yorkshire

Nissan X-Trail

Hi I have a Nissan X-Trail 2003 Grand Turbo SUV imported from Japan. I changed 6 alternators so far over a 4 year period (2 within the last month). I never saw the first alternator that was removed (which I assume was the original one). So my question is, What is the correct amp/ alternator for this model of vehicle. I'm really hoping that someone can asssist in answering this question as this is costing a whole lot whenever it breaks down. Thanks in advance.

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Ranj, I think you have a problem with your wiring, not with the alternators..unless the plug that inserts in the rear of the alternator is somehow "special" and not wired the same way as a normal plug..or is actually for connection to another type of alternator. There sometimes are two or three different manufacturers who supply alternators to Nissan during the build of a particular model. so in this case you can't be sure which one was actually originally on the vehicle. It is always best to have the original alternator rebuilt..new bearings, diode pack etc and then you know what you have. The garage replacing the alternators must know what is happening to them to cause them to fail. They should be able to splice in any alternator into the wiring if they are competent. What about warranty? Surely the latest one at least must be covered??? Get on their case..it is negligence by them unless they can prove otherwise. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 09/07/2014 01:30:28 | ID: 99284

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MichaelJ J, Australia

Nissan X-Trail

Hi there. My car is a Nissan x-trail STT30, 2006, 2500cc petrol, fwd, a/t. The left passenger window stopped half - opened. I suspect that the fuse is gone bcoz I noticed lately that the window moved slowly (lubrication dried out?) so probably the motor was overloaded and the fuse melted. Problem: where is this fuse? I tried to find the fuse in the car but I failed. I cannot find a diagram with the power windows fuses. Of course I found fuse for all these blowers, fans and other gizmos. So where is the window motor fuse hiding? [BTW: contrary to the opinion of many I reckon that these electric windows, electric locks and side mirrors are just an expensive nuisance. I wish I have a decent old-fashioned cranked window.]

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Michael, thanks for the detailed "what's wrong"! Do all the other windows go up and down? If so, no fuse is involved. In each door is an electronic module that controls the up and down, and the auto reverse in case some youngster gets his neck in the way while the window goes up! So, take the door card off, and there will be the module. Most likely the actual electric motor in the winder mechanism is burnt out, and you will see that this is removable. The good news is that you can take the whole winder mechanism out and replace it or you can take the electric motor out and replace it with any other one that will fit from many different Nissan models. These motors are "handed", i.e. there are 2 left hand motors for the passenger side windows, and two right hand motors on the driver's side (one front, one rear) These motors have different serial numbers, but are common to many models of Nissan. Take the motor out, test it with 12 volts; if it doesn't work go to a wrecker and get the right motor...fit it, lubricate the felt type grooves the window slides up and down in with silicone spray (CRC 8.88 works well) and away you go. Lubricate all the window tracks, be generous and they will zip up and down for years to come. While you have the can out, do all the rubber door seals, and the seat belts where they slide through the pillar loop..makes them retract again like greased lightning! As for the locks, CRC6.66 squirted liberally also helps then last a lot longer. The design of the electric mirror mechanism is always a fail point because there is a single small nylon pivot point that inevitably breaks after years/potholes/vibration. Total replacement or a squirt of expandable foam in the back of the mirror to set it in one location for the usual driver is the solution there....kills spiders too! John Smith from New Zealand

Thanks, John, I'll follow up. But still there's the nagging question: where is this blasted fuse? I've checked quite a few sources and there is no mention of the "window motor fuse". Under what name did they hide it and why? == Very apt remark about the spiders that like to make the mirror holder their home - I had to flush the holders at least five times. MichaelJ J from Australia

Michael, after you fix the window winder motor and spray everything with silicone, turn the key on to the run position and take out the fuses in the dashboard fuse box one by one. Spray the fuse holder with electrical contact cleaner and before you wriggle the fuses back into the fuse holder,try activating the window control. When the window fails to activate the fuse you have in your hand is the window winder fuse! John Smith from New Zealand

Huh, this is exaclty my next step. But is annoys me that I cannot find any info where is the fuse or breaker or whatnot. It is not on the diagram, users manual or so. Just does not exists. M MichaelJ J from Australia

How did it go? Found that elusive fuse yet? New motor in? All good? John Smith from New Zealand

The motor id OK, I've tested. Now I have to find the fuse or circuit breaker involved. To be continued... M PS why do I have to enter my e-addres and location each time? Is it so-o-o important? can't someone write it down in his notebook? MichaelJ J from Australia

Look for the fuse in the box to the left of your car battery. Its one of the first ones. Guess you didn't think to look under the hood. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 04/06/2014 15:12:39 | ID: 96892

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Johann de Vries, South Africa

Nissan X-Trail

My X-Trail is taking in water on the driver`s side floor board. I took the carpet out but can't see where it's coming from. It only happens when I'm driving in the rain. Against the centre piece the carpet is dry and behind the foot pedals I couldn't find any sign of water coming in. The passenger side and back floorboards are dry. Can you please give me any idea from where it may come and where I must look? Thanks

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Johann, looks like you have narrowed down the area of the possible leak to the area of the driver's A pillar. It could be anywhere from the windscreen down to the floor. You will have to unscrew trim and remove the carpets. Look for traces (rust would be the best indicator). If the ingress only happens when driving, rather than the vehicle just standing in the rain, then look for minute gaps in the front wheel well and seams in the bodywork, as the force of water being flung off the rotating tyres is like a pressure washer. You will have to take off the front wheel and any inner wheel well lining etc. Use a black silicone sealer on any area that even look suspicious. If in doubt use lots of sealer.... Also check and clear with a small screwdriver sill drains on both sides, and while you are down there, the door drains as well, especially if you drive on a lot of dusty roads..that plugs them up quite quickly. John Smith from New Zealand

Take driver's side front wheel off. remove liner inside wheel well. Spread black silicone sealer over every seam you can see in the metal of the firewall/a pillar/front wing. then open up the drainholes in the sill with a small screwdriver, and also do the drain holes in the doors, especially if you have been driving on a lot of dusty roads. Also check the cavity at the bottom rear edge of the front wing visible when you open the driver's door; squirt a hose at it and see all the dirt and stones fly out.... John Smith from New Zealand

If you have a sunroof, its possible you have a drain problem. Again the Australian X trail forum has postings about this. One of the cool things is realizing the drivers side of an X trail varies according to country. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 10/06/2014 09:31:48 | ID: 97336

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Ian Smith, Australia

Nissan X-Trail

I have just purchaced a 2013 X-Trail T31 series ST WAG 4DR CV ISP 57. I would like to know how to reset the litres per 100 kilomiters to zero, when I purchace the x-trail it was recording 23ltrs per 100klms,the odometer was recording 24285 klms, after a highway trip of 100klms it came down to 9.3ltrs per 100klms, the moving graph was recording between 5 and 8ltrs as I was driving, which for a constant highway drive was average, compared to my previous vehicle a 4ltr ford falcon, but I would have expected the digital read out to have recorded a lower litres per 100klms, it was stated that this model should average town and highway 10.3 ltr. per 100klms, DO I HAVE A PROBLEM?

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Ian, unfortunately the only problem you have is the computer telling you the truth. There are many complaints about the fuel consumption of these vehicles not being anywhere near what the manufacturer claimed for them when they are driven on a real world drive. Did the seller live near a long hill? That is the only way he could have got 23km/litre..coasting downhill in neutral!!!! Other than that they seem to go well, and I presume your vehicle is still under warranty, so why worry, be happy!!! John Smith from New Zealand

John the guy said it read 23 L per 100 kms, which is horrible gas mileage. The car must have sat there idling going nowhere while somebody stopped on the gas. I have a t30 without that feature, but I would guess your manual would tell you how to reset it. The Aussie X trail forum probably holds the answer to your question. Based on your highway driving experience seems like you are getting pretty good gas mileage. How hard you press down on the accelerator has a big impact on gas mileage. I am incapable of getting the best gas mileage possible out of ours simply because I like to drive too quickly. I am just not into the slow acceleration and minimizing braking routine necessary for optimum mileage. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 09/06/2014 01:31:56 | ID: 97249

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Bal, Durham

Nissan X-Trail

My X-Trail has been working fine. However when I started it in the morning it doesn't take the D, it takes the 2 and runs and then when the car is hot, the D works again. What could it be?

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Bal, drop the transmission pan, check the filter internals and see what debris are in it and in the bottom of the pan. Put in a new filter after cleaning the pan and reattach the pan to the trans (use a new pan gasket) Fill the trans up to the correct amount, then flush all the old fluid still in the trans by putting the output hose to the cooler in a bucket, and refilling by pouring new fluid into the input hose into the cooler in the bottom of the radiator by attaching a length of hose onto it or splice a another piece of hose using a connector onto the existing hose so you can safely pour fluid in while the engine is running. When the engine is running the pump in the trans will pump fluid out. After a litre has been pumped out, stop the engine and refill with a litre of new fluid. Continue to do this, have a helper move the gearstick through all the positions one after the other pausing for 10 seconds in each position. This flushes all old fluid out of all the passages in the control block and hopefully any crap will also flush out. When the fluid being pumped out looks the same nice bright red as the fluid going in, you have finished the job. Reconnect all hoses as they were originally. It may take 10 to 15 litres to do this but it is the cheapest maintenance and problem fixing you can do yourself to an auto trans. After this it will cost money for the valve block in the trans to be taken out and flushed by a professional who will also check all the solenoids, pressures etc. The fact that it resumes normal service after it warms up points to something binding/crap in the valve block AFAIK.... John Smith from New Zealand

There is no serviceable filter in X trail 4 speed auto tranny. Also the nissan service manual specifies not to flush it but rather to do a drain and fill and to repeat if necessary. This will not replace all of the fluid in your transmission, but if you do it twice you will be around 60% new tranny oil, as you are replacing almost 4 quarts each time. Do it a third time and you will be around 80% new fluid. Make sure to use appropriate Transmission Fluid. I used Castrol ATF for imports. Word of advice if you have awd, do not neglect changing the gear oil in your front transfer case. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 13/06/2014 09:54:03 | ID: 97591

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Nick Perkins, Devon

Nissan X-Trail

On the odd occasion, my X-trail is very difficult to start, regardless of time of day. Yet at other times, it starts without problem. Once it did nor start at all. It was left for a few hours then it started. My local garage tested the glow plugs/scanned for faults via ECU/checked diesel pipes for possible leaks- ALL CAME BACK CLEAR. Any ideas please? Regards Nick Perkins

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Nick, thinking outside the square, replace the battery in your key as a first step. Don't keep your key in your pants pocket at work or at home. Put it in your locker or desk. Someone else on another forum had this exact problem..what he had in his pocket was activating and had run down his key battery causing starting problems. Other thoughts: When you try to start the vehicle, does the starter motor crank the engine over at all? Or is there the golden sound of complete silence? Any flashing lights on the dash? Can the headlights still operate? If you try the key while the headlights are on, do the lights dim or go out (shows something is trying to work eg solenoid etc? Have you taken off both battery leads and using the correct steel brush cleaned all the corrosion out of the clamps, and off the battery terminals? John Smith from New Zealand

To correct John, there is no battery in your key. There is one in the key fob. If you replace the battery in it and take a few seconds too long you may have to reprogram all of your remotes. You can find the procedure for how to do it with a simple google search or on youtube. If you have to replace a key, you will need to have all of your keys reflashed by a Nissan dealer. There is a signalling chip inside the key that communicates with your vehicle's security system. If the system does not recognize the key it will immobilize the car and your X Trail will not start. My guess is that you may have a problem with your ignition switch and its anti theft system. Could be just the tumbler. Try spraying some wd 40 into the ignition switch. Good luck. Mike Quinlan from Canada

Submitted: 17/06/2014 15:56:12 | ID: 97896

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