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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,253 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan brakes problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Aug 092016


  • 84,000 miles


Incident 1: I was driving through a parking lot and applied the brake. Once the brake was applied, the brake pedal pushed back at me as if the ABS system had been activated, and there was a loud sound that I know to be caused by the ABS system being used. Luckily, when this happened I was about to pull into a parking spot and it had a curb. Knowing that my brakes were partially compromised, I slowly entered the parking stall and needed minimal braking. I noticed that my emergency brake light, vdc off light, and my slip light were all illuminated. At this point I turned off the vehicle and walked around it looking for any evidence of a brake fluid leak or anything out of the ordinary. I didn't see any brake fluid or any fluids or contaminants on the brake discs. I returned several minutes later and turned on the car and it performed as normal for about a week and dismissed it as an unusual one time fluke. One week later, I had a very similar incident detailed below. Incident 2: again, I was going through a parking lot at less than 10 mph, and was about to pull into a parking space. This time, it did not start until I was pulling into the space, so I had no warning that I would have a hard time stopping. Luckily, I had a curb at the end of my parking space. Once I felt the kick back I immediately pressed on the brake as hard as possible and slowly came to a stop a few inches away from the curb. I then saw the same warning lights the same as before. Dealership visit: At this point, I knew it wasn't a one time thing and took the truck to the dealer later that day. They told me my delta stroke sensor was bad and needed to be replaced. I have not had it fixed yet, and do not know if this is a permanent fix. I have seen several others with this same problem, just more significant. Definitely will be a long time before I feel safe driving this truck again.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #51

Jun 012016


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the braking system malfunctioned. The brake pedal extended to the floorboard and the stopping distance increased. The brake sensor light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #50

Jul 212016


  • 162,000 miles
On the way to work with heavy traffic, I lightly applied brakes to slow down, I felt loud grinding and shaking and brake light came on. Tried to stop the car and pressed brake pedal but it was pushed down all the way to the floor. Pumped pedal numerous times, it stopped. The speed was about 15 mph when it occurred and I was able to stop the car. Shut off the engine and restarted the engine, it looked everything turned out to be normal, acts like nothing happened. Called Nissan company, but they did not have any recall on this issue. I goggled it and found out many people having the same issue but Nissan company did not do anything on this. This is very dangerous. If I was driving with high speed, I could run into other car since brake not working momentarily.

- St. Leonard, MD, USA

problem #49

Jul 202014


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. The contact stated that the brakes stopped functioning while driving 65-70 mph. The contact was able to regain control after the vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and moved 900 yards. Also, the brake light warning indicator was illuminated. Once the vehicle was restarted, it operated normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the vcu chip and the vacuum canister malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure recurred twice. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #48

Apr 042014


  • 113,000 miles
Brakes made a grinding noise when applied and didn't slow vehicle when applied. Turned off vehicle. Restarted and brakes worked fine again. This happened a few times before dealer said it was a C1179 delta boost sensor fault and they replaced the brake booster. Happened again two years later same problem. This time dealer said the rear axle seal was leaking and leaking on brakes also found that the ECM on the booster that was replaced 2 years ago was never updated. Reprogrammed. Problem reoccurred a week later. This has occurred on the highway, side streets, going straight, turning, driving at 60, driving at 10. No rhyme or reason.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #47

May 312016


  • 161,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While driving 35 mph, the brake warning light illuminated. While approaching a stop light, the brake pedal failed when depressed. In addition, the vehicle made a loud grinding noise when the brake pedal was depressed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the delta regulator failed and needed to be reprogrammed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 161,000.

- Drumond, TN, USA

problem #46

Apr 162016


  • 9,700 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While driving 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to stop the vehicle. The brake warning indicator was illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure occurred once. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 9,700.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #45

Nov 292015


  • 120,000 miles
I backed my car out of the driveway and proceeded approximately 100 yards toward the entrance to my subdivision. I applied brakes to stop. The brake pedal pulsed as if ABS was active and went nearly to the floor. The road was dry yet the ABS acted as if I were on ice. I pumped the brakes multiple times. Each time the pedal went to the floor with ABS pulsing. I was able to pull to the side of the road and stop before entering the intersection. A warning light was illuminated - I don't remember if it was brake or ABS. I placed the vehicle in park and turned it off. Upon restart there were no warning lights and the brakes functioned normally. I parked the vehicle pending diagnosis. There are numerous issues documented online pointing to the delta stroke sensor. It seems that a problem with this sensor compromises the function of the entire brake system.

- Forest, VA, USA

problem #44

Sep 222015


  • 172,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While the vehicle was parked, an oil leak was discovered at the rear of the vehicle. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 172,000.

- Lawranceburg, TN, USA

problem #43

Jun 142014


  • 120,234 miles
When applying brakes with out a warning, brakes made a spring popping noise and total brake pressure loss, brake light came on, after pulling over and checking for oil leaks or loose parts nothing was found when re starting vehicle brake light reset and brakes work normal.

- Perris, CA, USA

problem #42

Jun 162015


  • 63,370 miles


Pulled out of the gas station by our house and all of a sudden my brake light came on and a weird noise would sound anytime I would tap my brakes. Pulled over restarted the car and everything was fine again and still is !

- Saint Peters, MO, USA

problem #41

Jun 092015


  • 122,000 miles
Emergency brake and rear brakes got covered in gear oil because the rear differential seal leaking. It started spewing all over the place and when I tried to come to a stop it took way longer than normal forcing me to swerve to miss a pedestrian and hitting the curb and a bush. This should be a safety recall because the differential leaking on the brakes is definitely a safety concern.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #40

Apr 212015


  • 97,000 miles
The ABS light, vdc light, slip light and brake light illuminated and the brake pedal went to the floor accompanied by ABS actuator sounds. The braking effort did not slow the vehicle effectively. Recycling the ignition switch returned the brakes to a satisfactory condition. After my wife drove the vehicle home, I scanned the ABS for fault codes: C1179. I am an ase certified master automobile technician with 28 years of experience. This device measures the travel of the brake booster and is a necessary component of a vehicle with stability control (Nissan calls it vehicle dynamic control [vdc]). this vehicle has done this 4 times in the ten years that I've owned it. The frequency of failure is very random, duplication of the fault is extremely difficult and it occurs without any warning at all.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #39

May 062015


  • 195,000 miles
Brake light came on when brakes were applied. Pedal was soft and made a grinding noise. Brakes worked but not very well. Took a video of it with my cell phone. This has happened multiple times. I took it in to the dealer several years ago and they reset something. They said it may or may not fix the problem. It didn't. they said the repair would cost $900. I think it should be free. This is a potential hazard. Turning truck off and on fixes the problem but not permanently.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #38

Jul 202007

Titan 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving down the highway at normal speed around 55-65 in houston Texas. A car pulled in front of me and I had to put the brakes on quickly. When I applied the brakes the pedal mushed completely to the floor making a grinding noise and the vehicle barley slowed down. I made my way to the side of the road as the brakes made an loud grinding noise, and lost brakes completely. When I finally stopped(with out getting hit my cars) I depressed the brake and there was no response. I had to turn the truck off and as I sat there I heard a noise under the dash, like something reset itself. I start the truck up and moved slowly forward to see if I had brakes and suddenly they were working again. This truck has done this a million times and it is just by luck that I have no been involved in an accident when the brakes go out. The dealership says there is no recall and nothing he can do without a thousand dollars and then he isn't sure it will fix the problem. I am stuck with this truck and it continues to loose the brakes. The passenger airbag light has been on since 2011.

- San Leon, TX, USA

problem #37

Jan 262005

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Randomly, several time a week..and then not for months..and then the symptom reappears. While driving the truck, the brake light will illuminate. If I depress the brake pedal, while the brake light is lit, the pedal moves to the floor easily, the brakes shudder and the feel of the power brake system is gone. The stopping power is dramitically compromised. The fix seems to be to pull to the side of the road. Turn off the engine and restart the engine. The brake light goes off and may remain off for days, the brake feel and function are fine. Then randomly, the problem will reappear. I can't find a code for it. A lawsuit was filed and settled in California for this issue..see: The Nissan brake / delta stroke sensor class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court for the northern district of California - banks et al V. Nissan North America, Inc. Et al. Believe the manufacturer should recall and repair. Scary when this occurs on a highway and the 5600 pound truck is traveling 60 mph or more. Sincerely.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #36

Jan 222015

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,507 miles
I was driving my 2004 Nissan Titan from work when coming up to a stop leaving the long driveway to enter the main rd I pushed on the brakes and the pedal dropped to the floor and began vibrating and making a grinding noise like when you step on the pedal very hard and the ABS comes on, except the brakes did not engage. The truck did not stop. I flew through the stop sign in front of other coworkers leaving a building to the North. The road only went left and right so I could not make the turn so I had no options and went across the road, hit the curb, went into a field where a mesquite tree stopped me. I put the truck into park and shut it off. When I restarted it the brakes are back and working like nothing ever happened. I left the truck there and went home to begin my normal google searches and what's the cause and how to fix this problem myself. I've found hundreds if not thousands of online complaints on this very issue. The most recent notes are of a class action lawsuit that Nissan has agreed to pay because of faulty parts that cause their vehicles not to stop. They where quoted that they will not issue a recall unless ordered to do so in numerous news articles. Please process this recall before someone else gets hurt or killed. Please help.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

problem #35

Oct 242014

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 95,379 miles
Attempted to stop while traveling down parking garage ramp. When brake pedal was depressed it went to the floor and the audible sound of the anti-lock brake system (ABS) pump cycling. At this point there was no braking power. Pedal was lifted and brakes where applied again. Again, the pedal dropped to the floor and the audible ABS pump could be heard. At this point driver had to decide to crash the car into a concrete column to prevent larger accident into payment booth. Driver continued into a concrete column at approximately 15 - 20 mph and crashed. Airbags deployed. Vehicle had to be towed from scene. After accident, mechanic repairing vehicle informed the driver of technical service bulletin (tsb) 452131 pertaining to this same issue, "antilock brake system (ABS) code C1179. Intermittent brake pedal supposedly goes to the floor. Tech has not experienced".

- Bolton, MA, USA

problem #34

Dec 272014

Titan 4WD

  • 152,000 miles
While driving, red "brake" dash warning light suddenly came on. Truck's brakes then had limited braking ability & were hard to use. They pushed a ways down, had crummy stopping power, made grinding noises, and a vibration when trying to use them. I was able to finally stop. I shut off truck and restarted it. The light went off and brakes act normally. After braking again a short time later, the light came on again and had the same problems. I once again was able to reset the light by shutting off the truck. This is very dangerous, as it just suddenly happens and your braking ability goes to "poop" when driving. After this happened to me, I see there are many complaints on-line in various forums about this issue which has not been addressed by Nissan or a government recall. The dealer claimed they fixed the brake problem by replacing the brake pads and rotors. However, a week later, the consumers nephew was driving when the brakes failed again, and he drove into a ditch. The consumer returned to the dealer, where they claimed the brakes were not working properly and the vehicle needed a new pump/delta stoke sensor. Updated 02/23/15

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #33

Jun 222009

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,492 miles
At 55,000 miles the rear axle seals failed on my 2004 Nissan Titan. The seal failure caused a leak which saturated the rear brake apparatus and reduced its holding ability. I reported this to my local Nissan dealer and it was repaired under warranty. I was told that an upgraded rear axle was installed to address the root cause of the premature seal failure. At 138,000 miles the rear axle seals have failed again despite regular fluid changes, and the rear brake apparatus is once again soiled with gear lube. I believe this constitutes a safety hazard and should be addressed as a recall. The dealer refuses to repair under warranty and states that there is no recall. Based on my research, this is a very widespread failure on the Nissan Titan and there are thousands of other Titan owners in the U.S. with the same problem.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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