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#451 Old 05-04-2012, 03:45 PM
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'03 sl awd

My transfer case just failed, my wife was complaining her car was making a "funny" noise. I took it for a spin and about s*!t myself... needless to say I took it to the dealer this morning, it's gonna cost $3061 to replace it. Oh by the way I have 134,000 mi. This is only the second problem I've had, the first was a seized up alternator at about 65,000 mi.
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Interesting....My Mo is just starting to making a funny drone noise on the highway and has 130K. You can hear it go up and down with the car speed and not the engine speed. I am suspecting the transfer case as well. I plan to check/change fluid this weekend in hopes to save it.

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Transfer case improvements?

I won't repeat the story, as there is already 31 pages of the same story, except to say that after 120, 000kms (2005 model) we have had a total failure of the transfer case. 9 teeth missing off the corwn wheel and 4 of the pinion and a cracked housing.
Only owned the vehicle for 6 months (yes thrilled), had noticed the AWD lock light come on the dash for no particular reason, have also noticed that the front and rear tyres are minutely different in size (different brands).
Ok, so it seems to be a design issue, propably not helped by the tyres.
My questions are:
- Is it a common issue for the AWD lock to engage while on perfect road conditions? (while not always engaging on wet or loose surfaces).
-Could the above be occuring due to the unequal tyre size?
- Most importantly, have any improvements been made to the transfer case design, either by Nissan or others.

I am in Australia and will not be replacing my TC with a new item, and have found a 2nd hand item. I like alot of others enjoy the vehicle but consider keeping it as a case of russian roulette.
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AWD Lock should NEVER come on unless you press the switch on the console. Was the switch pressed?

Unequal tire size will not cause AWD Lock to engage, although it can cause the AWD Auto to engage if you are on a slippery surface. Two different modes - AWD Auto is always on, it switches from FWD to AWD automatically. AWD Lock is a manual mode engaged when you press the button, and locks the system into 50/50 front/rear AWD.

AWD Lock is a temporary mode and should never be used unless you are stuck on a slippery surface.

There are some 2nd gen Muranos with failed transfer cases as well, mostly due to using AWD Lock inappropriately or having a transfer case leak bleed the case dry without attention.

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I won't repeat the story, as there is already 31 pages of the same story, except to say that after 120, 000kms (2005 model) we have had a total failure of the transfer case. 9 teeth missing off the corwn wheel and 4 of the pinion and a cracked housing.
Only owned the vehicle for 6 months (yes thrilled), had noticed the AWD lock light come on the dash for no particular reason, have also noticed that the front and rear tyres are minutely different in size (different brands).
Ok, so it seems to be a design issue, propably not helped by the tyres.
My questions are:
- Is it a common issue for the AWD lock to engage while on perfect road conditions? (while not always engaging on wet or loose surfaces).
-Could the above be occuring due to the unequal tyre size?
- Most importantly, have any improvements been made to the transfer case design, either by Nissan or others.

I am in Australia and will not be replacing my TC with a new item, and have found a 2nd hand item. I like alot of others enjoy the vehicle but consider keeping it as a case of russian roulette.

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Different size tires on an AWD vehicle will mess up your transfer case and or rear differential. It will cause the AWD to engage on dry roads--which is a NO--NO specified on the owners manual--will then cause binding on the gears and eventual failure. Read all the tire sizes on your MO and let us know if any is different. Do you ever press on your AWD lock button by will or accident on dry roads? That will do it too.
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Todd-

Welcome to the forum.

Are you sure it was the AWD LOCK light? The reason I ask is because the AWD light (different from the AWD LOCK light) will come on when the AWD system has a problem. The owners manual make reference to the light coming on if the diameters of the front and rear wheels is different.

I would bet it was the AWD warning light that you saw.

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2007 Murano transfer case leak @ 128,000 miles

Owned an 07 SL w/touring package, 1st real luxury car purchase, loved this car from the minute I drove it. Purchased new in January 07 when working only 6 miles from home, two months later got new job 40 miles away, so in 5 years put 128,000 miles on vehicle. Two people I know who had 03 & 07 Mo's both had transfer case leaks/cracks, so I decided to check mine after I spoke to the person who had the 07. I didn't think the transfer case problem affected the 07's so I didn't have mine checked when hearing about the 03 a few months before. Just put new tires and brakes on the car when I had Firestone check the case. Tech said it was leaking. Brought it to Nissan, confirmed leak, quoted $2600 to fix. Told service manager about the problem with the transfer case with the muranos, all years, stated he never heard of this problem (yeah, right.). Did not want to throw more $$ into it after spending $1400 for the new tires & brakes, then have the tc leak again or crack as others have stated has happened to them, so I traded car in for 2013 Sonata. It's no Murano, for sure, but it's fun to drive and very quick for a 4 cyl. Just don't know how it will handle if we get any snow in NJ this winter. Murano had no problem in snow storms last few years. Anyway, very disappointed with Nissan for not stepping up and taking care of this tc problem. I would have liked to have kept mo for another 4-5 yrs. as I just paid it off 7 mos. ago and was looking forward to not having a car payment. But I guess the repairs costs would have been like a car payment anyway.
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Owned an 07 SL w/touring package, 1st real luxury car purchase, loved this car from the minute I drove it. Purchased new in January 07 when working only 6 miles from home, two months later got new job 40 miles away, so in 5 years put 128,000 miles on vehicle. Two people I know who had 03 & 07 Mo's both had transfer case leaks/cracks, so I decided to check mine after I spoke to the person who had the 07. I didn't think the transfer case problem affected the 07's so I didn't have mine checked when hearing about the 03 a few months before. Just put new tires and brakes on the car when I had Firestone check the case. Tech said it was leaking. Brought it to Nissan, confirmed leak, quoted $2600 to fix. Told service manager about the problem with the transfer case with the muranos, all years, stated he never heard of this problem (yeah, right.). Did not want to throw more $$ into it after spending $1400 for the new tires & brakes, then have the tc leak again or crack as others have stated has happened to them, so I traded car in for 2013 Sonata. It's no Murano, for sure, but it's fun to drive and very quick for a 4 cyl. Just don't know how it will handle if we get any snow in NJ this winter. Murano had no problem in snow storms last few years. Anyway, very disappointed with Nissan for not stepping up and taking care of this tc problem. I would have liked to have kept mo for another 4-5 yrs. as I just paid it off 7 mos. ago and was looking forward to not having a car payment. But I guess the repairs costs would have been like a car payment anyway.
Wait a second, $1400 for tires and brakes? Could that be right? Granted I did the brakes on my 04 SE myself (both the tires and brakes were done at a little over 65K, 3 years ago), but at that time combined they were just under $650. Now at 102K, I'm nowhere near needing either of those done again. Who knows by 130K.

Maybe you had both your tires and brakes done at a dealer and were talked into rotors and/or calipers? Just wondering.

And, please don't be offended but, Muranos are rarely referred to as `luxury cars.' They are fine cars and my wife and I certainly love ours (in fact, to date it is the best car I've ever owned in 43 years of car ownership!), but especially for what Mos cost, they are hardly luxury cars. I'll admit, however, that that is a relative term. For one used to the proverbial beaters or hand me downs, a new Murano would certainly seem like a luxury car. I think to officially be classified as such, the Nissan nameplate would need to be replaced by an Infiniti one. Again, please don't be offended - it's merely an observation.
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Hi nafddur, Yes, $1400 for tires and brakes and not from dealer, from tire wholesaler and Firestone for brakes, which included new front rotors and a new rear caliper b/c original one was shot (another Nissan part that didn't last past 5 years) and were original rotors, which needed replacing (steering wheel shimmy upon braking for last two years). I bought tires for $750, the Bridgestone ecopia's (not sure if I spelled that right) from wholesaler, and that was $270 less than Firestone quoted me. The last time I got tires they were $600 from dealer, which was the best price at that time, for cheapo noisy Hankook's. You do realize the Murano's take 18" tires? They are more expensive than 16 or 17". Sorry to have offended you by calling the Murano a "luxury car", it was a luxury car to me, leather, loaded with everything except nav. It was the most I ever spent on vehicle, $32K discounted from $38K sticker, I guess that's pocket change to the 1%, which I'm not, even though b/t me & husband we gross almost $200K a year. I take offense that you even had to respond to my post and explain why you don't think it's a "luxury car". It was just a manner of speech, not a true classification.
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Yay! I get to add to the 31 pages of misery.

Just found out my MO's transfer case is leaking. Not as catastrophic as some of the other failures I've read in this thread, but most definitely leaking badly. My MO currently has 125K on it and the CVT was replaced at 108K under warranty. Transfer case wasn't leaking then, must have been something recent.

I was told by the service writer that there's a TSB out for resealing the transfer case. Total labor to get to the transfer case, reseal it per the TSB, and put everything back together is $748.82 including taxes/fees.

Subject: SB 2003-2007 Murano; Oil Leak From Transfer Assembly
Summary of NTB10123:
IF YOU CONFIRM: Fluid is leaking from the transfer assembly. ACTION: Re-seal the transfer assembly. - Refer to the SERVICE PROCEDURE starting on Page 5. - Use Essential Tool Set J-42738 and J-50367 when installing the left and right side transfer oil seals. CAUTION: This bulletin will aid in the successful repair of resealing the transfer assembly. Failure to follow the SERVICE PROCEDURE (including all cautions) may cause transfer assembly oil leakage after repairs. See this bulletin for further detail.

I wonder where I can find a copy of this TSB for free?

And just when I thought my MO was going to make it to 200K without any issues with the drivetrain! I wish I could revert my vote on the poll. At the time I voted, I had less than 100K miles and no transfer case issues.

After 142K miles, my MO is history. Now sporting a loaded silver 2012 Ford Edge Limited with 20" wheels.
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Another two time failed transfer case

Long story short, 2009 Murano SE AWD, transfer case leading at 40K miles, dealer replaced under warranty. Dealer checked vehicle during service last week at 55K miles, found TC leaking again, going to replace under warranty again, no charge. Had to order parts.

I have NNA extended warranty to 6 years and 100K miles. My concern is that the warranty for the TC will expire before I am through with the vehicle.

Taking Murano in for the TC fix tomorrow, will have to speak with the dealer and get some type of written assurances over this issue, 2 failures within 20K miles is giving me a lemony smell in my nostrils.
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I got my MO back yesterday from having the transfer case resealed for my 04 MO. Wasn't cracked or anything, from what I understand, the technician had to get the transfer case out and reseal it.

I'll scan in the receipt and post it here for people to see. It was quite interesting what he did to get to the transfer case. He had to remove the exhaust, remove the front cross member, and I forget what else, then he was able to get to the TC. I heard he had the entire TC apart and replaced some interior seals. After that he bolted things back together and gave it back.

Only problem now is an exhaust leak at the flange. Getting a repetitive hissing noise when I ask the motor for power. They also broke one o the wheel speed sensors which is causing many lights on my gauge cluster. They're going to fix all for free tomorrow so we'll see how it goes.

Will be pressure spraying everything underneath sometime soon to get all the gunk off from the TC leak. Want it nice and clean!

After 142K miles, my MO is history. Now sporting a loaded silver 2012 Ford Edge Limited with 20" wheels.
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Interesting....My Mo is just starting to making a funny drone noise on the highway and has 130K. You can hear it go up and down with the car speed and not the engine speed. I am suspecting the transfer case as well. I plan to check/change fluid this weekend in hopes to save it.
FYI - Ended up being frozen rear right brake caliper.

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Replace transfer case

Hello,
I have a 2006 Murano with approx. 90K and the transfer case blew up. I got 2 quotes to replace from mechanics--$4620 and $3780. Another transmission shop said that they rebuild transfer cases and quoted $2400. I don't know what to do. The car is undriveable. I hate to invest thousands into a car that has other problems--radiator leaks, A/C charging core leaks, loose sway bar... According to this online poll, almost 60% failure rate? Is that possible? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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Hello,
I have a 2006 Murano with approx. 90K and the transfer case blew up. I got 2 quotes to replace from mechanics--$4620 and $3780. Another transmission shop said that they rebuild transfer cases and quoted $2400. I don't know what to do. The car is undriveable. I hate to invest thousands into a car that has other problems--radiator leaks, A/C charging core leaks, loose sway bar... According to this online poll, almost 60% failure rate? Is that possible? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
As with any poll, it will attract mostly those who have had problems. So it is not representative of the entire population of Muranos. A lot of the transfer case repair cost is not the part, which can be found for under $1000 from reputable Nissan parts dealers, but rather, the extensive labor.

That said, I think the evidence points to the fact that transfer case failures are preventable - it is a leaking seal - either on the transmission side, or on the passenger driveshaft side, that allows the case to bleed dry, and then the part fails. The transfer case holds very little oil, about half a quart. So it does not take long to bleed dry, and self destruct. The best way to prevent it from happening is frequent inspections.

As for your AC issues - damage to the front condensor due to being hit by a rock can cause a slow leak. Nothing you can about this - it can happen on any car - if they trace the leak to the condensor, maybe you can make a claim on your auto insurance if you have comprehensive coverage. Same goes for radiator leaks - the same rock that pierced your condensor only has to travel another inch to hit the radiator.

A loose sway bar is almost certainly due to a worn out stabilizer bar bushing or end link. That should not be an expensive repair.

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