2004 Navara grinding noise when taking off

Submitted: Monday, May 31, 2004 at 18:05
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Hi all,
I have a 2004 Nissan Navara 3.0td i bought new and now has 10K on the clock.

Since the first few days I noticed a very bad grinding noise coming from the front drive shaft area when you take off hard, or with the car under load, ie a very steep hill start, loaded up with people and stuff in tray, or if you were trying to take off in a hurry, from a standing start.

Nissan is looking into this, but have not heard of this before (although they are still seeing if any other store has reported this problem.)
The dealership also took a new car off the floor and found it did the same thing, as did another customers car that was in for service.

Has any other Navara owner tried to take off in a hurry and found this same problem ? Or does anyone know what the problem is.

To me it seems as if the gearbox flexes on its mounts till it reaches a point where something starts grinding underneath.

Thanks in advance,
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 08:19

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 08:19
Hi Beefa,

I have never heard of this before. I have an 03 model.


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Follow Up By: marklynn - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 10:13

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 10:13
Likewise !
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Reply By: floyd - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:57

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 15:57
sounds to me that it is transmission wind up. Sure its not in 4WD with axels and centre diff locked???

Had a new Pajero a couple of years ago that did it when off road in low range. Turned out to be a fault in the ABS. Gave Mitsubishi 3 goes to fix it. In the end sold it with the problem still occurring.
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Follow Up By: beefa69 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:57

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 16:57
Thanks for the reply guys,

Floyd, I can assure you that it aint in 4WD. I have owned and seriously used a 4WD for the last 9 years, so confident that it aint cause I have left it locked in 4WD, although a good thought none the less mate.

The problem actually lessens greatly when in 4WD and there seems to be a lot less movement in the gearbox mounts when this is locked in.
Noticed the problem before i had even had a chance to put it into 4WD.
The car goes into Nissan on Friday so they can have another look at it.
The hard part i suppose is trying to diagnose the problem.
I would be interested if any 2004 ST-R owners have tried to get this noise to occur.

Will let you all know what the outcome is anyway.
Thanks again,
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Reply By: porker - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 18:17

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 18:17
Hi Beefa

I have a 2002 3.0L TD with 42000 on the clock and have done a fair bit of heavy work frome time to time but have not encountered your problem

Will be interested to hear what Nissan eventually come up with

Hope it all turns out OK
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Reply By: TOB - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 19:54
if it has been doing this from brand new you would have to be wondering about your logical capacitity to diagnose the intelligence of the dealer you took it to when you first had the fault. it's either a bearing or your imagination, or a very bad dealer. either way buy a suzuki and stick to the tar.

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Follow Up By: beefa69 - Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 20:46

Tuesday, Jun 01, 2004 at 20:46
Car bought new from dealer... why would i bother taking it anywhere else, they are a decent dealership and are doing their best to solve the problem, I have no issues with them. However if it continues unrectified, then its a different story.
If something fails, then thats what warranty is for.

As for a Suzuki and sticking to the tar ? what a sad way to live.
Here is just one of the many trips i have done... enjoy : )

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