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Old 03-17-2015, 02:00 AM   #1
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Okay so I figured i'd post this up before I spend hours searching for answers.
My daily has been acting really weird for the past week, it developed this constant vibration. The vibration happens at any RPM, any gear, and doesn't change with wheel speed that I can notice. While driving along if I take my foot off the gas at low speeds or clutch in, the vibration will stop, however, at highway speeds if I take my foot off the gas it will stop for a moment then start up again whether in gear, neutral, or what-have-you.

I got underneath and tried moving the drive-shaft with my hands, all the U-joints and such seem to be fine. The passenger side tie rod was replaced a few weeks ago and the driver side checked out fine, center link is new as of 6 months ago.

As a side affect of this, the truck suddenly rides HORRIBLY, every bump is so painful and feels like the truck wants to pull itself apart, seriously! It feels more like it's coming from the rear of the truck, almost as if you had a way to heavy load in the bed and bottomed out on a bump.

When I get time I'll check it out I just wanted to post this here to see what some other nissan experts might think, p.s. 2004 frontier 4-cyl, 2wd.
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:51 AM   #2
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Bad shock(s)? Do you feel the vibration on the steering wheel or the seat or both?
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:56 AM   #3
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or in the brake pedal?
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Old 03-18-2015, 01:59 AM   #4
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The entire truck vibrates, it's not a steering wheel vibration or a brake/clutch pedal vibration. It's fairly loud and stops instantly when I let off the gas, but after a moment will start again whether i've stepped back onto the gas or not.

It's such a weird phenomenon, I know my master cylinder is on it's way out but I would think that's irrelevant to this problem, and my exhaust is hanging funky but that shouldn't affect anything either really. I assume is has to be driveline or suspension related.
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The only thing i can think of would be the hanger bearing, unless your driveshaft has "somehow" come unbalanced. Could one of your tires be split maybe?
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I think it might be a wonky carrier bearing yeah, I replaced it like 6 months ago however
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Have you made sure that the bolt holding the shafts together in the middle are tight? I had a Toyota Tacoma come into my work with a very similar problem. It also had a bad double cardian joint too! Good luck with your fix. Keep us posted! ��
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id guess bad carrier bearing. idk how long the problem has been there but it will cause serious vibrations if you didn't sync the driveshafts together correctly when you replaced the carrier 6 months ago. Both ends need to be on a specific way so its balanced out. Maybe you didn't notice with a new carrier and its finally worn this one out, causing the vibrations to be a lot worse?
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Havent posted on my truck in awhile but I had a similar vibration that I just couldnt track down. I bought some Belltech Shocks, replaced the old ones this past 4th of July, and the difference was almost night and day. Very little vibration at any speed is left, ride quality is 100 times better and my enjoyment for the lil Frontier has returned. The old ones I could literally push the ends in using just my pointer fingers. they were long gone. Next I am going to have a one piece drive shaft made locally and replace the front wheel bearings. I would check/replace your shocks if the carrier and pinion angle look good.
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