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Old 06-19-2007, 08:00 PM
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Unhappy 2002 Maxima SE- Bad front end noise

Ok, first noise is a serious knocking in the front end. Started hearing it last year along with a grinding sound. Nissan diagnosed grinding as brake problem so I had front brakes machined. They also said r/r caliper was locking up so they replaced it. Grinding stopped. The knocking noise was still there and they simply said my tires were cupped and sent me on my way.

I didn't believe the diagnosis of my tire problem because I had just purchased new Perelli's less than 10K miles before. After 3-months of driving around believing their diagnosis I went to another guy. He thought it was wheel bearings, so I replaced them---no change whatsoever. Went back to Nissan because I believed in their experience with my car. Now they told me struts (all 4)...my car had about 80K miles at this point. Couldn't bear to pay Nissan's huge quote but had a very reputable mechanic do the struts for me. My question regarding this noise is whether the tires are really my problem. It's like I'm driving a helicopter. I had the front tires rotated to the rear (fronts had worn down, and unevenly to boot, supposedly because of the struts). The fronts are in much, much better condition. I expected some noise improvement, but nothing. I just don't believe it's the tires. I saw a recall that pertains to my car regarding the front transverse link (Service Bulletins Nissan Cars) Could this be the solution?? I'm no mechanic but I've been willing to spend to chase this issue down.:confused:
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It started for me about 2 weeks ago. It just started happening out of nowhere. When I first started hearing it, I would be going 40 MPH or higher... Now, I only hear it at around 70-80 MPH. I've got an appointment at the dealer set for next week. But, after reading your story, I'm reluctant to take it to them. I've got virtually new tires that I just had rotated (they're wearing evenly, by the way), and it didn't help at all. Man, if you find out more about yours, please let me know. I've done more than enough to take care of this car and I'll be damned if I let the dealer rob my wallet to fix something that probably shouldn't even be happening.
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If the tires are not directional you can try moving them to the opposite side. This will cause them to roll in the opposite direction. If the noise is from the tires you should notice a change in the sound.
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Went to a different Nissan dealership yesterday with my voluntary recall document in hand and they quickly told me it doesn't pertain to my car. Well, that's odd because my VIN is on the list....I spent an hour on the phone with Nissan customer care today and have been told to expect a call from a regional person tomorrow. We'll see what happens.

My only concern with cross-rotating the tires is that the two on the back have worn differently than the front tires. The fronts are around the outside edge (like waves) going around the circumference of the tire. The rear tires wore out the center of the tire, as if they were riding high. I keep the pressure accurate.
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Update from earlier post: Ending up going to the dealer and getting both wheel bearings replaced. They also claim that my struts are noisy (although I can't say that I believe the same) and think I might have to replace them soon. I'll pass on replacing struts unless something painfully obvious comes up (considering the arm & leg they charge to do the work...)

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It was a good decision passing on the struts.
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