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#1 Old 02-13-2013, 05:02 PM
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Problems to fix worth fix or trade?

I took in my 07 qx 77k miles on in today to get serviced take it some things checked out i was told basically total amount about 1900 dollars to fix everything. I almost hit the floor. first thing they found a trans cooling line is leaking total cost to fix that is about 236 dollars second problem is the clicking on the front suspension apparently the 2 bushings in the front are worn out total cost to fix that is about 280 dollars next the pinion seal is leaking total cost to fix that about 420 third exhaust has a minor crack in the rear about 330 dollars to pull apart weld and put a clamp on it then the intermittent problem with the cruise control is finally been diagnosed after changing out the foot brake pedal sensor that wasn't the problem it's actually a clock spring and located behind the steering wheel column assembly total cost of parts and labor a whopping 540 dollars.Also the self leveling rear system is not functioning I'm still waiting for him to call me on that I can imagine how much that's gonna be maybe 2 to 3k if it's all jacked up I'm not sure. If I'm looking at that about 3 grand here I'm almost at 4000 dollars and would you fix it or trade it in?I owe about 15k on the truck I love it to death I just can't see putting out this much money on this truck.What do you guys think fix or trade?

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id say keep it.

Id say keep it, thats just my personal opinion because i love these trucks. take that listing and go to a good mechanic or shop that you know. Your pay a lot of labor from the stealership. The leaking transmission hose is a 3 dollar clamp fix with about 15-30 minutes labor. 236 is just ridiculous. If you were in south georgia, north florida area i'd help you out. the worn out bushing is another 8 dollars part with 30 minutes labor if that. the pinion leak is about a 70 dollars part. the exhaust take it to a muffler/exhaust shop. and have them replace that section of piping of fix it. if its a welding job will fix it im pretty sure its not that bad. muffler shop probably charge you 100 bucks. the cruise control you can buy a new switch. not sure on the price but i know it aint no were close to 500. parts here would probably be around 500. doesn't take a certified mechanic to do all this just a reputable one. where you located? im sure someone on this friendly forum is willing to help a fellow Nissan/infiniti owner out. And im sure they wont charge you anywhere close to 3grand.
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Thanks yeah I'm in maryland I'm going to have to look into it more. The trans coolant line was located right at front passenger out of radiator. I'm not sure if I would loose trans and coolant or what when removing the clamp and replacing hose. I was very skeptical on price of 236 dollars. As far as the bushings on the front stabilizer bar what are the steps to replace that and the steps for the pinion seal? Exhaust my least of my concern local muffler shop for sure its very minor crack.
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Problems to fix worth fix or trade?

The exhaust u can fix urself also...mine broken on the connection behind muffler ...cost me less than $10 and about an hour....I did a write up with pics if ur curious...as for rest...shop around for better prices...the more miles my truck got the more work ive done myself....it's very gratifying. Good luck


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Neither... I'd fix most of it myself for alot less money than that. The trans cooler line is as easy as replacing the clamps with a $6 bag of worm drive clamps.

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Neither... I'd fix most of it myself for alot less money than that. The trans cooler line is as easy as replacing the clamps with a $6 bag of worm drive clamps.
okay my only question is when remove the clamp from the rubber line will i lose a lot of transmission fluid and is there any other necessary steps after the clamp on the end of the hose is replaced?
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If you gently clamp the hose upstream with vice-grips the line will be mostly sealed. The clamps are really all that's needed. You can replace the hoses too if you want to, the line is sold cheap by the foot at auto stores. If you replace it, it needs to be Trans Cooler Hose, fuel line hose won't hold up to the heat and trans fluid.

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If you gently clamp the hose upstream with vice-grips the line will be mostly sealed. The clamps are really all that's needed. You can replace the hoses too if you want to, the line is sold cheap by the foot at auto stores. If you replace it, it needs to be Trans Cooler Hose, fuel line hose won't hold up to the heat and trans fluid.


Ok doesn't sound that bad. I guess my next worry is how long has this been leaking and hopefully tranny is OK with low fluid. One more how about replacing the pinion seal what's involved with replacing that?
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Re: Problems to fix worth fix or trade?

U can do the clamps the lazy man way like I did. I just slid the clamp down the hose where its still has a little of the plastic tip left and put a worm clamp where the other clamp was. Now I got 2 clamps. I'm not sure where the tranny dip stick in the qx but in the armada its the one with a screw on it. Next to the fuse box in the engine bay.

I did the seal at a good mechanic shop for 170. The seal cost him 65 bucks. I called Nissan and they wanted 95! So I figure I just save my time and let the independent mechanic shop do it. And he top off all my fluids. 6 months no leak.

Rear leveler...could be compressor not working. Let them tell u n go fix it yourself.


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Problems to fix worth fix or trade?

Those prices are too high. Too bad you are not closer to me. I could bring it to work and fix it all. Minus the exhaust. My welding isn't so hot.



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