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New to me 2 month ago from a dealer (2004 SL AWD)...first snow storm in new england and AWD does not work. I take it to the shop and they tell me it has no rear drive shaft.

What are the reasons the previous owner would have removed the rear drive shaft? Transfer case or final drive?

I have seen a lot of posts on failed TC, is there a way to inspect without rear drive shaft installed? I'm looking for any advice of how i can inspect to see what the extend of the issue could be.
 

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Unless your MO was purchased "as-is" I would contact the dealer. Did the car come with any "xx-Point Inspection"? If so it would be interesting to hear how the dealer justifies the missing driveshaft.

Now on to your questions...

It is plausible a prior owner removed the driveshaft to 1) improve gas mileage, 2) reduce the possibility of a transfer case failure, or 3) improve drivability after a transfer case failure.

Assuming it is 1 or 2 then simply reinstalling a driveshaft gets you AWD. However, if it is 3 then you are looking at repair bill on the high side of $1,000.

I cannot beleive a dealer would market an AWD car knowing the rear driveshaft is missing. They are either incompetent or unscrupulous. Was this a New or Used-car dealer?

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wtf??? can you take pictures and show us??


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Yea, I'm interested in seeing pictures as well.

Sounds fraudulent to me on the dealership's side. I'd take a straight b-line down there and corner their manager.
 

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AWD Issues...Discovered it has no Rear Drive Shaft. What now?

Thanks for your responses. Car came from used dealer. It was stated and advertised as fully serviced and ready to go. SL AWD!

I talked with the owner of the dealership today and he is going talk to the shop that "serviced" prior to sale.

Options 1 and 2 above are hopeful (as I have been thinking), but highly doubtful I think. I have a feeling it is option 3 (TC or rear electric control coupling).

I'm going to stop by the local nissan dealer tomorrow and ask if they can diagnose without the shaft or do I need to pick up a used drive shaft before they can look at it.

I included some pictures and from the surface rust it looks like the shaft has been missing for some time.

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Thanx for the revealing photos. Seeing is believing. :eek:

I have a really hard time believing a car dealer would sell an AWD vehicle knowing a critical component, such as the driveshaft, was missing. Was there any warranty, implied or otherwise, given?

On an AWD MO the driveshaft is moving whenever the vehicle is in motion. The torque is transmitted to the rear wheels when the AWD clutch, located on the front-end of the rear differential, is energized. It is plausible the AWD clutch failed. This can happen when the MO is towed without a dolly.

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No lights on the car (no check engine, AWD, etc).

Does anyone know if I would hear/feel/etc if the transfer case was bad even tho the shaft isn't installed? I know the TC internal components should still be rotating, but dont know if the shaft connection is needed to hear/feel/etc the symptoms.

Obviously I dont want anything to be wrong with it, but sounds like i would rather have it be the AWD clutch/electric control coupling than the TC. Ref NTB10029. Anyone know how to test AWD clutch for failure?

subject: SB Murano & Rogue; Grinding/Knocking Noise From Rear When Turning Summary of NTB10029:
IF YOU CONFIRM There is a grinding or knocking noise or vibration from the rear of the vehicle: - when making wide turns - on dry roads - at low speeds (under 20 MPH). ACTION Remove the Rear Propeller Shaft and test drive the vehicle. Ifthe noise/vibration DOES NOT stop, this bulletin DOES NOT APPLY. Refer to ASIST for further diagnostic assistance. If the noise/vibration DOES stop, replace the Electrical Coupling Assy. (CPLG ASSY-ELEC) with the one from the Parts Information sectionof this bulletin. Refer to the appropriate section in the Electronic Service Manual for removal and installation. DO NOT replace the entire Rear Final Drive assembly for this incident, if it should occur. See this bulletin for further detail.
 

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This is really bogus. I'm sure you would not have a problem at all taking this idiot to small claims court. He obviously misrepresented this car.
 

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This is really bogus. I'm sure you would not have a problem at all taking this idiot to small claims court. He obviously misrepresented this car.
Some cars are sold with an "AS-IS" disclaimer, which makes it difficult to hold the seller responsible.

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There were a couple of members here who either disconnected the clutch pack or removed drive shaft when the clutch pack started to act up. If there was anything wrong with TC or the 3rd member itself I think you would still feel or hear it without drive shaft being installed. So I think best case scenario this is the case of an owner thinking conversion to 2WD would save on gas, or a worst case scenario a bad clutch pack.
 

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Well, what doesn't make sense is the statement...It was stated and advertised as fully serviced and ready to go. SL AWD!

I think if you had that advertisement, you could make a pretty good case against the dealer.
 

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Well, what doesn't make sense is the statement...It was stated and advertised as fully serviced and ready to go. SL AWD!

I think if you had that advertisement, you could make a pretty good case against the dealer.
Yeah, I'd love to know if it came with a 100-point checklist and if the driveline box was checked. That could prove embarrassing to the dealer.

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Maybe dealer removed the drive line to ensure it passes the 100 point inspection...
No one ever said it was a full-time AWD system. :p

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Update... dealer has agreed to purchase and install used drive shaft. Obviously this is the first step to determine if anything else is wrong. Now I just have to stay on top of them to follow through and fix anything that ends up being wrong with it.

I bought this from a used dealer and come to find out the shop that "serviced" the vehicle never put it on the lift. I got the response that maybe someone stole it off the vehicle, which should give everyone a chuckle.

From what people say it sounds like i should hear if the TC is bad, so it makes me feel better since I don't hear anything. The clutch could be the issue. I'll give an update once I get them to complete the work.

Additionally we had another snow storm last night (really wish i had my AWD for this mornings commute) and the AWD, ABS, VDC OFF, and SLIP light illuminated. I'm assuming these came on because the vehicle was looking for AWD to work due to the road conditions.
 

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I got the response that maybe someone stole it off the vehicle, which should give everyone a chuckle.
Stolen auto parts. :creeplook

Air bags? Plausible. :4:

HIDs? Plausible. :4:

Wheels? Plausible. :4:

Stereo? Plausible. :4:

Driveshaft? :21:

We should have a "Wall of Shame" with memorable quotes from car dealers and service advisors.

-njjoe
 
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