Question about Nissan Maxima
Hi Yameekia, Chock the front wheels, loosen the wheels, jack up the rear end and place chassis stands under the vehicle and then remove wheels. You will see a torsion bar connecting the left and right suspensions. The bar is sometimes referred to as an anti roll bar or a stabilizer bar. It is attached to the body with saddle clamps with rubber bushings, replace both bushes. At either end you will see that the anti roll bar is attached to the suspension by flexible linkages. These are small rods with small ball joints at each end. When worn these same ball joints make a lot of noise, hammering out a drum roll with each bump in the road. Replace those and I believe your problems will be over. You mentioned replacing the rear shocks....what about the front? Did you know that the shocks are not there to give a comfortable ride but instead to hold the tyres in contact with the road surface. They are a safety requirement for road holding, so with that in mind, have a good look at those too! Regards John
Posted on Feb 19, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 2004 nissan maxima
Take a look at your gausett brackets, by the front exhaust tube. 2 sheet metal lookig brackets, each held up by 2 screws each. Those gausetts brake and cause a rattle, Common problem on a MAxima your year. Nissan has a TSB for replacement of these brackets.
Posted on Jul 26, 2008
SOURCE: Shocks Rattle
if in doubt ask a shop for a estimate such as midas usally no cost and it never hurts to get a second estimate , struts /shocks should be replaced at 80.000 km could be a sway bar link you need to get a helper to ride with you at the location of sound and investigate if your visual inspection finds nothing
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
SOURCE: Terrible rear end rattle
It's probably the rear sway bar links. If you can jack your car up and check right behind both rear wheels you will be abale to see the sway bar which is connected to short links about 5in long with ball joints.
If either of them are broken or not connected anymore it can cause some pretty loud noises when you ride on rough roads or hit bumps. They run about $35 per link so it's not a very expensive repair.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
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