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BODY INTERIOR

CONTENTS

PRECAUTION ............................................... 2

Diagnostic Worksheet ............................................... 8

PRECAUTIONS ................................................... 2

Precaution for Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) "AIR BAG" and "SEAT BELT PRE-TEN- SIONER" ...................................................................2 Precaution .................................................................2

PREPARATION ............................................ 3

PREPARATION ................................................... 3 Special Service Tools ..............................................3 Commercial Service Tools .......................................3

SYMPTOM DIAGNOSIS ............................... 4

SQUEAK AND RATTLE TROUBLE DIAG- NOSES ................................................................ 4 Work Flow .................................................................4 Generic Squeak and Rattle Troubleshooting ............6

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ON-VEHICLE REPAIR .................................10

INSTRUMENT PANEL ASSEMBLY .................10 Exploded View .........................................................10 Removal and Installation .........................................11

CENTER CONSOLE ASSEMBLY ....................14 Removal and Installation .........................................14

CLUSTER LID A ...............................................16 Removal and Installation .........................................16

DISASSEMBLY AND ASSEMBLY ..............17

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CENTER CONSOLE ASSEMBLY ....................17 Exploded View .........................................................17 Disassembly and Assembly .....................................17

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PRECAUTIONS

< PRECAUTION > PRECAUTION PRECAUTIONS Precaution for Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) "AIR BAG" and "SEAT BELT PRE-TENSIONER"

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The Supplemental Restraint System such as “AIR BAG” and “SEAT BELT PRE-TENSIONER”, used along with a front seat belt, helps to reduce the risk or severity of injury to the driver and front passenger for certain types of collision. This system includes seat belt switch inputs and dual stage front air bag modules. The SRS system uses the seat belt switches to determine the front air bag deployment, and may only deploy one front air bag, depending on the severity of a collision and whether the front occupants are belted or unbelted. Information necessary to service the system safely is included in the SR and SB section of this Service Man- ual. WARNING: • To avoid rendering the SRS inoperative, which could increase the risk of personal injury or death in the event of a collision which would result in air bag inflation, all maintenance must be performed by an authorized NISSAN/INFINITI dealer.

(cid:127) Improper maintenance, including in correct removal and installation of the SRS, can lead to personal injury caused by unintentional activation of the system. For removal of Spiral Cable and Air Bag Module, see the SR section.

(cid:127) Do not use electrical test equipmen t on any circuit related to the SRS unless instructed to in this Service Manual. SRS wiring harnesses can be identified by yellow and/or orange harnesses or har- ness connectors.

PRECAUTIONS WHEN USING POWER TOOLS (AIR OR ELECTRIC) AND HAMMERS WARNING: (cid:127) When working near the Airbag Diagnosis Sensor Unit or other Airbag System sensors with the Igni- tion ON or engine running, DO NOT use air or electric power tools or strike near the sensor(s) with a hammer. Heavy vibration could activate the sensor(s) and deploy the air bag(s), possibly causing serious injury.

(cid:127) When using air or electric power tools or hammers , always switch the Ignition OFF, disconnect the

battery, and wait at least 3 minutes before performing any service.

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(cid:127) Disconnect both battery cables in advance. (cid:127) Disconnect air bag system line in advance. (cid:127) Never tamper with or force air bag lid open, as this may adversely affect air bag performance. (cid:127) Be careful not to scratch pad and other parts. (cid:127) When removing or disassembling any part, be careful not to damage or deform it. Protect parts, which may

get in the way with cloth.

(cid:127) When removing parts with a screwdriver or other tool, protect parts by wrapping them with vinyl or tape. (cid:127) Keep removed parts protected with cloth. (cid:127) If a clip is deformed or damaged, replace it. (cid:127) If an unreusable part is removed, replace it with a new one. (cid:127) Tighten bolts and nuts firmly to the specified torque. (cid:127) After re-assembly has been completed, make sure each part functions correctly. (cid:127) Remove stains in the following way. Water-soluble stains: Dip a soft cloth in warm water, and then squeeze it tightly. After wiping the stain, wipe with a soft dry cloth. Oil stain: Dissolve a synthetic detergent in warm water (density of 2 to 3% or less), dip the cloth, then clean off the stain with the cloth. Next, dip the cloth in fresh water and squeeze it tightly. Then clean off the detergent completely. Then wipe the area with a soft dry cloth. (cid:127) Do not use any organic solvent, such as thinner or benzine.

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The actual shapes of Kent-Moore tools may differ from those of special service tools illustrated here.

Tool number (Kent-Moore No.) Tool name

(J-39570) Chassis ear

(J-43980) NISSAN Squeak and Rattle Kit



(J-46534) Trim Tool Set

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Locating the noise

Repairing the cause of noise

Removing trim components

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Commercial Service Tools

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Locating the noise

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CUSTOMER INTERVIEW Interview the customer if possible, to determine the conditions that exist when the noise occurs. Use the Diag- nostic Worksheet during the interview to document the facts and conditions when the noise occurs and any customer's comments; refer to IP-8, "Diagnostic Worksheet". This information is necessary to duplicate the conditions that exist when the noise occurs. (cid:127) The customer may not be able to provide a detailed descriptions or the location of the noise. Attempt to

obtain all the facts and conditions that exist when the noise occurs (or does not occur).

(cid:127) If there is more than one noise in the vehicle, be sure to diagnose and repair the noise that the customer is

concerned about. This can be accomplished by test driving the vehicle with the customer.

(cid:127) After identifying the type of noise, isolate the noise in terms of its characteristics. The noise characteristics are provided so the customer, service adviser and technician are all speaking the same language when defining the noise.

(cid:127) Squeak —(Like tennis shoes on a clean floor)

Squeak characteristics include the light contact/fast movement/brought on by road conditions/hard surfaces = higher pitch noise/softer surfaces = lower pitch noises/edge to surface = chirping

(cid:127) Creak—(Like walking on an old wooden floor)

Creak characteristics include firm contact/slow movement/twisting with a rotational movement/pitch depen- dent on materials/often brought on by activity.

(cid:127) Rattle—(Like shaking a baby rattle)

Rattle characteristics include the fast repeated contact/vibration or similar movement/loose parts/missing clip or fastener/incorrect clearance.

(cid:127) Knock —(Like a knock on a door)

(cid:127) Tick—(Like a clock second hand)

Knock characteristics include hollow sounding/sometimes repeating/often brought on by driver action.

Tick characteristics include gentle contacting of light materials/loose components/can be caused by driver action or road conditions.

(cid:127) Thump—(Heavy, muffled knock noise)

Thump characteristics include softer knock/dead sound often brought on by activity.

(cid:127) Buzz—(Like a bumble bee)

Buzz characteristics include high frequency rattle/firm contact.

(cid:127) Often the degree of acceptable noise level will vary depending upon the person. A noise that you may judge

as acceptable may be very irritating to the customer.

(cid:127) Weather conditions, especially humidity and temperat ure, may have a great effect on noise level. DUPLICATE THE NOISE AND TEST DRIVE

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SQUEAK AND RATTLE TROUBLE DIAGNOSES

< SYMPTOM DIAGNOSIS > If possible, drive the vehicle with the customer until the noise is duplicated. Note any additional information on the Diagnostic Worksheet regarding the conditions or location of the noise. This information can be used to duplicate the same conditions when you confirm the repair. If the noise can be duplicated easily during the test drive, to help identify the source of the noise, try to dupli- cate the noise with the vehicle stopped by doing one or all of the following: 1) Close a door. 2) Tap or push/pull around the area where the noise appears to be coming from. 3) Rev the engine. 4) Use a floor jack to recreate vehicle “twist”. 5) At idle, apply engine load (electrical load, half-clutch on M/T model, drive position on CVT model). 6) Raise the vehicle on a hoist and hit a tire with a rubber hammer. (cid:127) Drive the vehicle and attempt to duplicate the conditions the customer states exist when the noise occurs. (cid:127) If it is difficult to duplicate the noise, drive the vehicle slowly on an undulating or rough road to stress the

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CHECK RELATED SERVICE BULLETINS After verifying the customer concern or symptom, check ASIST for Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) related to that concern or symptom. If a TSB relates to the symptom, follow the procedure to repair the noise. LOCATE THE NOISE AND IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSE 1. Narrow down the noise to a general area. To help pinpoint the source of the noise, use a listening tool

(Chassis Ear: J-39570, Engine Ear and mechanics stethoscope).

2. Narrow down the noise to a more specific area and identify the cause of the noise by: (cid:127) removing the components in the area that you suspect the noise is coming from.

Do not use too much force when removing clips and fasteners, otherwise clips and fastener can be broken or lost during the repair, resulting in the creation of new noise.

(cid:127) tapping or pushing/pulling the component that you suspect is causing the noise.

Do not tap or push/pull the component with excessive force, otherwise the noise will be eliminated only tem- porarily.

(cid:127) feeling for a vibration with your hand by touching the component(s) that you suspect is (are) causing the

noise.

(cid:127) placing a piece of paper between components that you suspect are causing the noise. looking for loose components and contact marks. Refer to IP-6, "Generic Squeak and Rattle Troubleshooting".

REPAIR THE CAUSE (cid:127) If the cause is a loose component, tighten the component securely. (cid:127) If the cause is insufficient clearance between components: - separate components by repositioning or loosening and retightening the component, if possible. - insulate components with a suitable insulator such as urethane pads, foam blocks, felt cloth tape or urethane tape. A Nissan Squeak and Rattle Kit (J-43980) is available through your authorized Nissan Parts Depart- ment.

CAUTION: Do not use excessive force as many components are constructed of plastic and may be damaged. NOTE: Always check with the Parts Department for the latest parts information. The following materials are contained in the Nissan Squeak and Rattle Kit (J-43980). Each item can be ordered separately as needed. URETHANE PADS [1.5 mm (0.059 in) thick] Insulates connectors, harness, etc. 76268-9E005: 100 × 135 mm (3.94 × 5.31 in)/76884-71L01: 60 × 85 mm (2.36 × 3.35 in)/76884- 71L02:15 × 25 mm (0.59 × 0.98 in) INSULATOR (Foam blocks) Insulates components from contact. Can be used to fill space behind a panel. 73982-9E000: 45 mm (1.77 in) thick, 50 × 50 mm (1.97 × 1.97 in)/73982- 50Y00: 10 mm (0.39 in) thick, 50 × 50 mm (1.97 × 1.97 in) INSULATOR (Light foam block) 80845-71L00: 30 mm (1.18 in) thick, 30 × 50 mm (1.18 × 1.97in) FELT CLOTH TAPE Used to insulate where movement does not occur. Ideal for instrument panel applications.

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< SYMPTOM DIAGNOSIS > 68370-4B000: 15 × 25 mm (0.59 × 0.98 in) pad/68239-13E00: 5 mm (0.20 in) wide tape roll The following materials, not found in the kit, can also be used to repair squeaks and rattles. UHMW (TEFLON) TAPE Insulates where slight movement is present. Ideal for instrument panel applications. SILICONE GREASE Used in place of UHMW tape that will be visible or not fit. Will only last a few months. SILICONE SPRAY Use when grease cannot be applied. DUCT TAPE Use to eliminate movement. CONFIRM THE REPAIR Confirm that the cause of a noise is repaired by test driving the vehicle. Operate the vehicle under the same conditions as when the noise originally occurred. Refer to the notes on the Diagnostic Worksheet. Generic Squeak and Rattle Troubleshooting

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Refer to Table of Contents for specific component removal and installation information. INSTRUMENT PANEL Most incidents are caused by contact and movement between: 1. Acrylic lens and combination meter housing 2. 3. 4. 5. Wiring harnesses behind the combination meter 6. A/C defroster duct and duct joint

Instrument panel to front pillar finishers Instrument panel to windshield Instrument panel mounting pins

These incidents can usually be located by tapping or moving the components to duplicate the noise or by pressing on the components while driving to stop the noise. Most of these incidents can be repaired by applying felt cloth tape or silicone spray (in hard to reach areas). Urethane pads can be used to insulate wiring harness. CAUTION: Do not use silicone spray to isolate a squeak or rattle. If you saturate the area with silicone, you will not be able to recheck the repair.

Inside handle escutcheon to door finisher

CENTER CONSOLE Components to pay attention to include: 1. Shifter assembly cover to finisher 2. A/C control unit and cluster lid C 3. Wiring harnesses behind audio and A/C control unit The instrument panel repair and isolation procedures also apply to the center console. DOORS Pay attention to the: 1. Finisher and inner panel making a slapping noise 2. 3. Wiring harnesses tapping 4. Door striker out of alignment causing a popping noise on starts and stops Tapping or moving the components or pressing on them while driving to duplicate the conditions can isolate

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