I purchased a 2009 Versa sedan new, and at about 5,000 miles, I heard a what I diagnosed as a "piston slap". Brought it in to my dealership, and had them diagnose it, and at that time the tech said it was a fuel injection pulse noise and it was normal. I made sure that the visit was documented, and received a copy of the issue. As time progressed, the noise became louder, and just prior to the warranty expiring, I again brought the car in, only this time there was no way they were going to dismiss my concerns. The service manager listened to the noise along with his top mechanic, and it was indeed diagnosed as a "piston slap" in the number 3 cyl., and a new short block was installed at no cost to me. There are some Versa owners that have had that noise, and have gone over 100,000 miles with no breakdowns, and then there are others that have gone less than 50,000 miles and the engine starts to burn oil and lose power. All my maintenance was done at the dealer I purchased the car at, and there was no question that proper maintenance was done. This "piston slap" issue is caused by the piston skirt being too short, which allows the piston to rock back and forth within the cylinder. This in tern can cause to rings to start to fail, in which case, you use more oil, and lose compression. If your car is out of warranty, I don't know if there is anything you can do except hope that they would make a "Good Will" repair. Good luck!!I just found out from our local mechanic that my 2011 Nissan Versa has low to almost no compression on the #3 cylinder and spark plug was covered in oil (no wonder my oil level kept reading low) which he tells me I'll need a new engine. The check engine light was blinking and the engine went rough, so I had it towed. I called Nissan and asked what they are doing about this known issue. They issued me a case number and told me to have a Nissan authorized service center diagnose the issue, then a regional Nissan consumer affairs specialist will review the case as the vehicle is no longer under warranty. Yes, I had to have the car towed from the local mechanic to the authorized Nissan service center and pay another diagnostics!
Does anyone have any similar issues with low compression and experience with Nissan consumer affairs specialist? Hoping I can get some answers on how to handle getting this covered through Nissan. It's still pretty new and there's not even 100,000 miles on the vehicle. Aren't Nissans supposed to run longer than that?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
i have hard from some people that after 30k km the new engine started knocking again, so keep an eye one it and performe the knock test from time o time.I purchased a new 2015 Versa Note S in early March 2016. Joined this and other forums shortly thereafter. Thanks to a thread from “gonzagnr” entitled “hr16de owners-must read” and many other discussions primarily on Nissan Micra (Canada) forum, I learned of a potential problem with this engine. I listened to and tested my vehicle as advised in these threads and found that I clearly had the engine knock problem. Vehicle had less than 700 miles. I made a video of the knocking as demonstrated in these threads and went to the dealership. After some frustration, I got the Service Manager to listen/view my video. He acknowledged the noise and asked for a copy of the video to provide to Nissan engineering, which I did provide. Within a week I met with a representative from Nissan North America at the dealership; we test drove my vehicle and a new (2016) Note off-the-lot (to compare engine sound) and then he kept my vehicle for additional testing. Later he called to say they were going to replace the engine. They kept my vehicle until the job was done, approx. one week later (issued free loaner car). The invoice states (in part) “customer states there is a knocking noise in the bottom end of the engine. Nissan DTS confirmed customer noise…DTS killed #2 Cyl and knocking noise went away…DTS advised to replace long block…and the primary failed part is the rod bearing…“
Old engine number *HR16*75xxxxJ
New engine number *HR16*79xxxxL
The new engine now has 1000 miles on it and sounds pretty good, much better than the old one where you could hear the knocking from the driver’s seat, but I’ve not really gotten down below it with a recorder to test it. I plan to put on some miles on it and keep listening for any problems.
if one of these day if you have some free time with warm engine can you record a video from under oil pan of your new engine performing the steps of the rod knock test??I will keep an eye on it and perform the test from time to time. And thanks so much for your original post "hr16de owner's-must read". That post got me started listening to my engine and testing for knock using gentle acceleration and recording the results as described in the post. I believe that the recording of my engine knocking was key to getting the dealer to move forward and replace the engine, so thanks for your efforts on this topic.
is the new engine knock free????we bought a 2014 with 29000 on it and i was hearing rod float. new short block under warranty.
Have you checked the battery? I have had batteries still light up electronics but they were too far gone to even crank the car/truck. Something easy to check.[DT2IzzyE] 2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback. "Service Engine Soon" had been on for some time. Had it diagnosed as "Check Catalytic System". Thought I had some time to get it done. Drove home from work one day. Stopped to pick up the mail. Could not restart the car. Everything electronic works fine but I get no crank, click or anything. What I do to fix this?