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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,870 miles

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2004 Nissan Titan drivetrain problems

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2004 Nissan Titan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #49

Jan 022010


  • 54,700 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan with 54700 miles. The contact stated that the rear axle seals have failed. The contact had taken the vehicle to his local mechanic where he found that the rear axle seals had been leaking onto the brakes. The manufacturer confirmed that there were no related recalls. The failure mileage was 54700.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #48

Mar 252008

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The rear axle seals on my '04 Nissan Titan, are leaking. This is apparently caused by a poorly designed breather valve. I have checked many forums, and this seems to be a very common problem. My truck is, and has been for a while, out of warranty. However, this seems the problem is a defect, and should be treated as such. However, the Nissan dealership I have had look at it, does not see it that way. For example, you can look at the following:

- Hernando, MS, USA

problem #47

Mar 112008

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,598 miles
Bought the Nissan Titan used in November of 2007. I recently found a wet spot on the driver's side wheel (inside) under the brake rotor. I took the truck to the dealership and they said it seems to be a pretty common problem with the Titan. It's a leaking axle seal. This leak was causing brake fluid to leak around and possible onto the brake rotor, calipers, and pads. This is a very dangerous problem due to possible fire and or brake failure.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #46

Jan 052008

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Under normal driving conditions right rear axle leaking. This is the 3rd occurrence, all of which have been right rear axle seal leaks. First time dealership replaced seal. Second time dealer replaced entire rear axle assembly. Third time, unknown at this time. Vehicle is currently at dealer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #45

Dec 282007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
I have rear axle oil leaking onto my disc brake rotor. I found out during a routine tire rotation. Apparently this seal failure is common on this vehicle type.

- Morristown, TN, USA

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problem #44

Nov 302007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Rear axle seals leaking onto rear brakes and wheels. First noticed on 11/30/2007; however, the extent of the leak and oily residue indicate that the problem has existed for sometime.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #43

Nov 162007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Front and rear axle seal leaks. Fixed by mechanic.

- Litchfield, ME, USA

problem #42

Oct 062007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
Both of my rear axle seals are leaking on my 2004 Titan[67000 miles]. my dealer pointed this out to me while he was performing service on my truck. Fluid was all of the inside of the rear wheels. This truck has never towed and has never been off road. Truck is stock.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #41

Oct 082007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Rear axle shaft seal defective.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #40

Jul 242007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Titan. While driving 65 mph, gear oil began leaking from the driver side rear axle. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the failure, however, they replaced the axle shaft and the axle gear oil. There had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 50,000. *updated 12/12/07 updated 12/12/07.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #39

Sep 252007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34 miles


Driver side axle seal leaking.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #38

Aug 282007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
Leaking rear axle seals on driver and passenger side discovered at 51,000 miles not sure when leaks started, but both hubs have oil dripping off of them.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #37

Jun 202007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,900 miles
Took my truck to the dealership for a 30K mile check up and they found the rear axle seal to be leaking. The seal was replaced but with the same part as originally installed so I worry that I will have the problem again once out of warranty.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #36

Aug 262007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,850 miles
Right rear axle seal leaking, fluid leaking onto brake assembly; left rear axle seal seeping. Seals had been leaking for a while. All problems fixed by dealer, but Nissan should use an improved axle seal, and a different axle vent system. The vent does not allow air pressure to return into the axle housing when there is a negative pressure situation. A long vent hose run upwards in the body with a filter is a suggested solution on, and people that have experienced numerous axle seal failures have performed this fix and no longer experience problems. Nissan should recall all Titans and pathfinders with this axle vent system and repair the vent with something better. Until this is performed, axle seals will continue to fail and fluid will continue to potentially leak onto brake assemblies.

- Pelion, SC, USA

problem #35

Aug 172007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,500 miles
2004 Nissan Titan, both rear axle seal leaks, being replaced 8/23/2007. Vent tube wet with oil, suspect improper venting of differential is causing seal failures.

- Fort Mitchell, KY, USA

problem #34

Aug 182007

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,500 miles
Rear axle seal leaking after only 33,000 miles. I caught it early but I concerned about how early this has happened. Small amount of oil on the emergency brake.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #33

Jul 102007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Right rear axle seal blew out and leaked differential fluid. Differential fluid leaking on rear brake rotors which could cause brake failure, which was a major safety concern to me. At time of failure at 56,000 miles the rear differential oil will slowly leak and cause the rear differential to lose fluid and fail. Nissan replaced spacer axle (43070-7S200), bearing (40210-7S210), and seal (43252-7S200). As this seemed to be a very common problem with the Nissan Titan, Nissan should address this issue and offer a permanent fix so it would not be faced with the safety issue in the future.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #32

Sep 222006

Titan 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,624 miles
Axle leaked on left rear wheel. Lubricant leaked on rear brakes. I have a concern that lubricant leak presented a danger with both the standard brake and emergency brake when saturated with leaking lubricant. The working surface of brakes shouldn't be lubricated. I have grave concern that this problem was a design flaw with Nissan Titan trucks and the problem, with the inherent danger, will persist for the useful life of the truck.

- Matietta, GA, USA

problem #31

Jun 302007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,700 miles
My rear axle seal is leaking for the second time with less than 27,000 miles on the truck. The first time it started leaking was around 12,000 miles and this second time is with 26,700 miles.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jun 262007

Titan 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear seal leaking fluid into brake components. Front differential seal leaking.

- Rogers, MN, USA

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