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Old 03-09-2011, 05:58 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Continuing Vibration/Shaking Problem

I need some advice on my 04' Maxima. I have had a vibration/shaking problem
for about year now and I'm ready to drive this car off of a cliff! To make a long agravating story short:

Yokohamas on car started vibrating at highway speeds after about 30k miles.
balanced and rotated.
vibration worse
put tires back to original position, better but still shaking
mech advised one tire has interior belt separating thus the shaking
bought all new Cooper CS4 touring tires.
still shaking.
went back and mech said 2 tires needed "fine tuning" balancing.
still shaking between 60-70 mph
got disgusted and went to local Nissan dealer.
they said tires need to be road forced balanced. ok did that
still shaking.
dealer said he found bulletin about 04 maximas shaking at highway speed
dealer said steering rack needs to be adjusted. ok did that
took car back again and he stated another mechanic said my struts are bad
spent big bucks for new struts.
Dealer had the the car for 7 days on my last visit!! to evaluate problem because I've had so much trouble with it. (he did provide me with a loaner)
picked car up today.
went for test ride with the wife
vibration is a lot better but the problem is still there!!!!!!!!
It seems like the car needs to be driven for at least 45 minutes for
the shaking/vibration to start.
I've got a new set of tires, new brakes all around and new struts.
They said they checked over the whole front end and found nothing wrong.
I have 93k miles on the car.

What else could it be??? pleeease tell me!!

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Bent RIM
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Default Re: Continuing Vibration/Shaking Problem

If you had it to the dealer and numerous shops and they cant solve your problem, I doubt we can without looking at the car...

BUT.

If anyone here has a few suggestions at what it might be, Id say Dolla and Nizmo are the two you need to talk too.....
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If you had it to the dealer and numerous shops and they cant solve your problem, I doubt we can without looking at the car...

BUT.

If anyone here has a few suggestions at what it might be, Id say Dolla and Nizmo are the two you need to talk too.....
Thanks, I know this problem has many causes but I thought I'd check
with you all before I pushed it off a cliff Have you heard of a TSB bulletin for the 04 Max for this problem? The dealer says he found one.

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Default Re: Continuing Vibration/Shaking Problem

I still say its a bent rim, I had the same problem when I rotated my back tires to the front. After putting the wheel on the balancer we saw the flat spot on the rim and after fixing the rim all is well.

Good luck with what ever you do to the car.
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Default Re: Continuing Vibration/Shaking Problem

i had same problem kinda... it shook only with load...

turned out to be the drivers axle. i looked for it for a while...

after a number of times tring to find it i noticed my axle was not put in propperly...

SOOO i popped it back in. vibration fixed...for about 2 days... same problem... popped out again.. and these do not pop out for no reason.. i had my clutch changed under the user buyer warrenty b/c it needed before i got car. working in the trade and knowing people in the dealerships ran a history check and last time they saw the car was at 70,000km and they recommended a clutch. milage on the OD was 70,200ish...so i showed it to them and they changed the clutch

well, b/c the axle wasnt popped in all the way it wore my bearing on the driver side... and there was to much play.. the seal was leaking like a pregnat breast and the axle moved almost and inch up and down... so YES i got a clutch for free (new dual mass flywheel and all!) but i had to rip that F**K*R OUT and change my axle bearings... anyways beisdes my life story..


wish he woulda dropped 3K on the price and let me do my own clutch....i have all the tools, brains, hoist's and resources.... NOTE TO SELF FIX MY OWN SH*T...yes im still mad about it... even though it happended last summer lol sorry about my rant hope this helps!


look at your axles.. make sure there installed propperly. u never know. if a cv boot is ripped and ur cv joint it dry it too may cause a vibration once they get warm and expanded enough to cause a vibration of some sort.... just a out of the box look
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I still say its a bent rim, I had the same problem when I rotated my back tires to the front. After putting the wheel on the balancer we saw the flat spot on the rim and after fixing the rim all is well.

Good luck with what ever you do to the car.

It's an 04 thing, its how we roll...
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Its...the dreaded shimmy!

Highway speeds or all speeds?
While coasting, accelerating, both?
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Glade I drive a 07 then.

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not how i roll, if i couldnt get rid of the vibration then i would of sold the car... just cant stand it.. but it's all fixed and i hope u fix yours too
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I need some advice on my 04' Maxima. I have had a vibration/shaking problem
for about year now and I'm ready to drive this car off of a cliff! To make a long agravating story short:

Yokohamas on car started vibrating at highway speeds after about 30k miles.
balanced and rotated.
vibration worse
put tires back to original position, better but still shaking
mech advised one tire has interior belt separating thus the shaking
bought all new Cooper CS4 touring tires.
still shaking.
went back and mech said 2 tires needed "fine tuning" balancing.
still shaking between 60-70 mph
got disgusted and went to local Nissan dealer.
they said tires need to be road forced balanced. ok did that
still shaking.
dealer said he found bulletin about 04 maximas shaking at highway speed
dealer said steering rack needs to be adjusted. ok did that
took car back again and he stated another mechanic said my struts are bad
spent big bucks for new struts.
Dealer had the the car for 7 days on my last visit!! to evaluate problem because I've had so much trouble with it. (he did provide me with a loaner)
picked car up today.
went for test ride with the wife
vibration is a lot better but the problem is still there!!!!!!!!
It seems like the car needs to be driven for at least 45 minutes for
the shaking/vibration to start.
I've got a new set of tires, new brakes all around and new struts.
They said they checked over the whole front end and found nothing wrong.
I have 93k miles on the car.

What else could it be??? pleeease tell me!!



could be ur CV axles on passenger or driver side
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ive had the same issues and im betting its your inner and outter TIE RODS. lift the car up on one side and try moving the wheel left and right. if you notice excessive play then bingo.
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