Nissan Maxima Subframe Rust and ABS Problem

Update…

A small claims lawsuit against Nissan concluded in 2 court hearings.

  1. First Court Hearing
  2. Final (Second) Court Hearing

Overview

The Nissan Maxima has a subframe rust and ABS problem that causes the SLIP, ABS, TCS OFF (VDC OFF), and BRAKE lights to come on when excessive subframe rust breaks the ABS actuator and rear ABS sensors. Nissan’s Technical Service Bulletin TSB NTB07-016b explains the subframe rust and ABS problem. The 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007 Nissan Maxima contains a hidden design defect that causes these vehicles to prematurely and substantially rust, and ultimately results in serious and expensive damages to the braking system, brake fluid, ABS system and sensors, wheel hub caps, wheel hub assemblies, and battery. These damages are beyond normal “wear and tear.”

Subframe rust and the Antilock Brake System (ABS) problem has probably already happened to YOUR 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Nissan Maxima. Or it will. If you haven’t fixed this subframe rust and Antilock Brake System problem yet, the subframe rust is building now on your 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Nissan Maxima and your Antilock Brake System will break. This problem could potentially cost you $$$ thousands $$$ of dollars to fix.

This blog tells my story of my attempts to have Nissan be accountable for defects in my Nissan Maxima that Nissan knew about NO LATER THAN March 16, 2007, while these vehicles were under warranty.

The Nissan Maxima Subframe Rust & Antilock Brake System Problem

Excessive rusting occurs on the rear subframe, where the rear baffle plates and wheel hub assemblies are attached to the subframe suspension wheel knuckles. Excessive rusting extends into other parts and causes several ABS problems, as well as other part failures. The Antilock Brake System problems are exhibited in the dash lights SLIP, BRAKE, VDC OFF (TCS OFF), and ABS. Nissan has KNOWN about this subframe rust and brake system problem since at LEAST March 16th, 2007. The Antilock Brake System problem is documented, published, and explained by Nissan in Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) NTB07-016b.

Here’s What Happens

  1. Design Defect – Nissan’s TSB NTB07-016b documents a design defect and a fix. The fix includes grinding out a drain hole on the subframe suspension knuckle plus either a) cutting the wheel hub cap or b) replacing the wheel hub cap with a redesigned Nissan part.
  2. Excessive Rust – The design defect allows excessive rust to accumulate in both rear wheel areas. This area is completely hidden to the owner and visual inspection behind 4 parts: wheels/tires, brake rotors, wheel hub assemblies, and baffle plates.
  3. ABS Sensor Failure – Rust creeps to both rear wheel Antilock Brake System sensors and causes them to stop reporting to the Antilock Brake System; or the rust causes both rear wheel Antilock Brake System sensors to fail.
  4. ABS Actuator Failure – The failure of the Antilock Brake System sensors reporting to the Antilock Brake System creates a situation where the Antilock Brake System actuator controller “overworks” and/or “overheats” and fails prematurely.
  5. Dash Lights – The following dash lights come on indicating a severe brake problem: ABS, BRAKE, SLIP, TCS OFF (VDC OFF)
  6. Service Codes – Service codes C1105 C1110 C1124 C1126 can be read with a special reader. (Not SES codes.)
  7. Wheel Hub Failure – Subframe rust also accumulates on the wheel hub assemblies and causes them to prematurely wear and fail.
  8. Excessive Battery Wear – The Antilock Brake System recognizes that it is not working correctly, and will try to reset itself even while the car is OFF. This puts excessive wear and drain on the vehicle battery and shortens the lifespan of the battery.

Where is Nissan Support?

Nissan appears to provide no support for this known issue. When this happens to you, it appears that you will be responsible for all costs. The costs can be thousands of dollars.

Rust takes time. Is that what Nissan was hoping for? Was Nissan hoping that the parts associated with the manufacturing defects and subframe rust were hidden deep under the vehicle, and behind tires, wheels, brake rotors, wheel hub bearings, and other parts? Was Nissan hoping that the vehicle and all of the parts would hide the problems with manufacturing defects and subframe rust from consumers? Did Nissan willingly, knowingly, and intentionally hide these manufacturing defects and subframe rust problems from consumers? Did Nissan not address their manufacturing defects and subframe rust problems because they knew that by the time the subframe rust and defects damage the vehicle enough for the consumer to become aware problems, the warranty period would be over?

Nissan has known about this issue since AT LEAST March 16, 2007, when these cars were under warranty.

If I knew about these manufacturing defects that caused subframe rust and brake system failures, I never would have purchased my Nissan Maxima. Would you?

Let Nissan Hear You

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4 thoughts on “Nissan Maxima Subframe Rust and ABS Problem”

  1. I have a 2005 Nissan Maxima and had this same problem two years ago, I replaced both rear sensors ($670 – personal mechanic), then replaced the ABS actuator ($1,247 – Nissan dealership). Now the problem is arising AGAIN!! I took it to the Nissan dealership and they told me it was the left rear ABS sensor. I did not have them fix it due to their insane prices, so I returned back to my personal mechanic and when he hooks it up to the diagnostic test he gets no error codes. Then when he drives it, it never acts up. So i’m clueless on what to do next!! Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Please contact me at lals9eiu@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance.

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  2. Our 2005 Nissan Maxima suffers from all the symptoms listed above. I have a feeling that most of this generation of Nissan has already been recycled as they were never built to last.

    Nissan must have built this car for the leasing market. Definitely not made to last and full of safety hazards, including the floor boards rusting out prematurely.

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  3. Soooo wrong. Replaced hubs and sensors booth rear tires. Still acting up. Nissan dealer told me the first time it was left rear hub and sensor so I fixed it a week later they say drivers rear so I fix it same issue now. Now I got to take a chance at a 1800$ part and still might not fix it. Come on Nissan help us out.

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The Nissan Maxima has an subframe rust and ABS problem that causes the SLIP, ABS, TCS OFF (VDC OFF), and BRAKE lights to come on when subframe rust causes the ABS actuator and rear ABS sensors to break. Nissan's Technical Service Bulletin TSB NTB07-016b explains the subframe rust and ABS problem. The 2004, 2005, 2006 , 2007 Nissan Maxima has a design defect that creates excessive subframe rust on both rear wheels and causes the Antilock Brake System (ABS) to break.

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