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post #1 of 5 Old Dec 9th, 2003, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Frontier Vibration

I have a 2001 Nissan Frontier Crew cab truck (supercgarger version ) and have a vibration I haven't been able to trace down and was hoping you guys could help. I originally thought it was a tire vibration of course and have tried getting the tires balanced, this would alter the vibration a bit but not make it go away. I have since replaced the old tires and continue to have the same vibration with the new ones. I have checked the wheels for runout and have ruled those out as a source for the vibration. It starts at about 45 mph and goes away at about 70. It feels like a tire vibration but that's not it.

I am beginning to think it may be coming from the 2 piece driveshaft set up, perhaps the center driveshaft mount where the two driveshafts are joined and go through the rubber mount on the frame. Do these things fail or am I reaching here?

Any ideas would be very helpful...thank you in advance

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post #2 of 5 Old Dec 9th, 2003, 11:11 PM
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actually the Driveshaft is probably where it is coming from... when you have a u-joint go out you will get a vibration for a certain rpm range(of the drive shaft). it does sound odd that it is already happening on a 2001 model (although I've seen it happen on alot of new silverados). How many miles does your truck have. Also stick your head out the window... usually when a ujoint is bad enought it will also makes some slightly noticeable squeaking noises at various rpm's. If the truck isn't under warranty, having new ujoint's put in usually isn't an expensive procedure.


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it does sound odd that it is already happening on a 2001 model (although I've seen it happen on alot of new silverados). How many miles does your truck have. .

The truck has about 85000 miles on it.
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I agree that it is probably a U-Joint. To check it, put the rear axle up on 2 jackstands and put the truck in gear(Or park). Now grasp the shaft with your hands and try to rotate it. This tests the front joint.If it is bad, it will likely exibit play or notchiness. Now put it in neutral and put on the parking brake to repeat the procedure for the rear joint.Try hard to move it in any possible direction, if it can be, then it is bad. Other things it can be: bad trans mount, bad engine mount or a bad hanger mount.

BTW, I have 205,000 on my 98 Frontier 5 spd, 4cyl King Cab and have had no issues with my driveline as of yet.However, your truck is built on a different frame than mine as all V6's are built on the 4x4 frame,IIRC.

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Vibration Problem, different symptoms

I'm not sure where to post this question, so I hope its OK to add it to this thread. )

My 2006 Nissan Frontier Nismo Crewcab vibrates from 20mph and up. The truck does NOT shimmy. The whole truck vibrates. I feel it in the steering wheel and in the gas pedal as well as hear things vibrate in the cab. The truck tracks correctly and does not pull to one side or the other when braking.

The vibration starts at 20 mph and continues to highway speeds, vibrating with higher frequencies as the speed increases. At 30 mph, putting it into 4 wheel drive stops the vibration as long as the accelerator is depressed (eg going up a hill). Going down hill at 30 mph in 4 wheel drive, the vibration returns. The vibration is present all the time in 2 wheel drive. This makes me suspect something in the front wheel/axel assembly is causing the problem since applying torque at moderate speeds to the front wheel drive causes the vibration to stop.

I just had new Yokahama Geolander tires put on by TownFair, balanced and alligned. The vibration seems worse that it was with the old tires. The vibration problem began with the old tires, perhaps 10K miles ago, and I assumed that they were cupped and this was causing the problem. This apparently is not the correct, but the irregularity of the old tires might have masked the problem to some extent.

Can anyone help me with this proble? The truck is under premium extended warrantee, but I am worried that the dealership will try to pass this off as normal (I've seen posts where this was the case). So I would like to be prepared with some information when I talk with them.

Thank you for considering my question

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