Nissan Motor Corp.has announced that it will replace the timing chains, guides and crank and sprockets in approximately 104,400 of its 2011-2013 Juke subcompacts sold in the US and Canada after it was found that they could slip off and cause severe engine damage by hitting valves. The chains, which are similar to those found on bicycles travel along toothed sprockets between the camshaft and crankshaft, and are held in place with hard plastic guides. These, in turn, are tightened by ratcheting tensions. Unfortunately, these have been “wearing out prematurely,” noted Nissan representative Steve Yager. He also added that the repairs, which involve removing the front engine cover, will be performed by dealers at no cost to owners. Letters explaining the voluntary recall in more detail will be mailed to Juke owners later this month.
Current models sold in the US available with the MR16DDT engine: S, SV and SL. The base S model is available only with a CVT transmission and lacks the I-CON display. The SV model adds I-CON, optional 6-speed manual transmission, while Canadians have the option of buying the S level in either automatic or manual transmissions. The recall involves only those cars manufactured at Nissan's Oppama Japan plant, and not those produced in Indonesia or the UK.