Navara Differential Problems

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:00
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Well the new Navara went for the test 4WD. Yep, it is seriously too low for any off road work. I could get around that, and lets face it, I bought it that way.

I did not expect to find that, after the Nissan dealer assured me a 100 point check of the car was carried out and failed to pick up that the front diff was not engaging. It may be the diff, it may be the switch. Who cares! What on earth does the 100 point check cover?

But my question to our knowledgeable is this: In low ratio down serious hill, what is the retardation on the motor supposed to be in the Navara. I rode the brakes the entire way down (this may be related to the diff issue). Does anyone know?

Thanks to the Disco, Navara and Pajero that all lent assistance to get us out.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:31

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 20:31
I think they check the cig lighter and things like that!! There is no check procedure other than ticking the boxes.. Otherwise how would the guys find time to have a half hourly smoke break and go out and pick up the lunches in between their multiple breaks!!! :) Michael
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 06:42

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 06:42
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I cannot answer the question, but if you are in doubt about "engine braking" on steep stuff, then have you considered attaching a stump and limb of a tree, to the rear of your vehicle, to act as an anchor..

I have done that before, and it works a treat..

When we owned the Navara I did come down from Mt Hotham to Bright, on the engine, without dabbing the brake..

I found that at 3,000 revs the situation evened out, and the "braking" worked.

Just remember that the smaller the engine the less chance of engin braking..
Last thursday I dropped down fro m the top of Mt Tamberetha, ( vic hi country) to Licola, on the "engine brake"... 3rd got away a bit bit 2nd held things great..

Sometimes I wish I had a splitter !

Cheers and hope you get the front diff problem fixed.

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Follow Up By: Horsin' Around - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:10

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:10
I never had a problem with the Pathfinder. up hill down dale, plenty of clearance,

I hope that it is all related to the diff issue, or just that the vehicle was not goinig into low ratio.

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Reply By: Wherehegon - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 08:36

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 08:36
When I worked for Toyota we use to call the predelivery check the ""$1000 car wash"" because that is all it was, was cases of vehicles being driven off without fluids !! Bloody joke if you ask me. I think these days predelivery costs are around $1500 I would be ringing the dealer really quick..........Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Horsin' Around - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:06

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:06
Dealer rung, suprisingly the dealer wanted nothing to do with it, just referred me to the service department.

Interesting that they insist on the vehicle going back to the guys who let it out in the first place.

Actually there is a bit more to this. I had flagged the 4wd sensor with them at the initial contract stage following the test drive. They told me there was no problem.

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Reply By: brushmarx - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:10

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 10:10
I guess the delivery checks havn't inproved much.
Way back when The Beverley Hillbillies was a new TV show, a friend bought himself a new Cortina.
The front left had a drum brake and the right was a new disc brake.
It made for interesting hard stopping.
As Forrest Gump said.... dealers do as dealers want.
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Follow Up By: Horsin' Around - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:01

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:01
Yeah, I've was caught with that one once too. It only took once though.

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Reply By: Ken65 - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 22:37

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010 at 22:37
At the risk of trying to point out the obvious you had the Navara in Park or Neutral when trying to select Low range? I have been caught with that one.

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Follow Up By: Horsin' Around - Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:02

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010 at 08:02
Whoops Ken, it was meant to go here. I definitely went from netral, having been caught out myself on that one.

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