The Nissan Rogue is a popular SUV used by many as a daily driver, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have problems owners typically run into. This post and video reviews the most common problems with the Nissan Rogue’s 2nd generation of models, years 2014 to 2020, like transmission and heating problems and noisy struts.
Common Problems with the 2nd Gen Nissan Rogue (2014 to 2020)
1. Poor Interior Heating
Symptoms of Poor Interior Heating
- Air doesn’t blow hot with the heat settings on when idling, but may heat up when driving
Causes of Poor Interior Heating
A coolant leak, air in the cooling system, a bad thermostat, a clogged heater core, and sometimes mis-diluted coolant in the system.
How to Fix Poor Interior Heating
Check the Coolant Level
To diagnose and fix heating issues with the 2nd gen Nissan Rogue, check the coolant level inside the radiator. Make sure coolant is present in the radiator since the coolant level could be low.
Remove the radiator cap with the engine cool. The radiator cap is under pressure, so if you remove it when the engine is warm, hot coolant could spray out and burn you.
Check for Coolant Leaks
If the coolant is low, you might have a coolant leak. Check underneath the vehicle for puddles or coolant dripping.
Bleed the Cooling System of Air Pockets
If the coolant level isn’t low and your Rogue has this issue, there could be an air pocket trapped inside of the cooling system, and it could be in the coolant hoses, engine, radiator, or heater core.
Air pockets can form, for example, if the cooling system is not bled after a part in it has been replaced. If there is an air pocket in the system, it will restrict the coolant from flowing and will need to be bled out. Restricting the flow of coolant will reduce the engine’s ability to cool itself, and it also means the coolant won’t be able to make its way to the heater core. The heater core will be less warm, and that means the blower motor will be pushing less warm air into the cabin.
To remove an air bubble, jack up the front of the car so that it’s at an angle. The air bubbles will float to the top and exit, and coolant will fill up the gap.
Check the Thermostat
If the thermostat isn’t functioning properly, it will also restrict the flow of coolant, and there will be less hot coolant in the heater core.
Flush the Heater Core
The heater core could also be clogged and may need to be flushed.
Use Properly Diluted Coolant
A less likely but still possible cause is if the coolant isn’t diluted properly and is possibly too strong, it can restrict the flow of coolant, so make sure properly diluted coolant is in the system.
2. CVT Transmission Problems
Symptoms of CVT Transmission Problems on the 2014 to 2020 Nissan Rogue
- Shaking or shuttering when accelerating
- Feeling like the transmission doesn’t want to consistently or fluidly shift forward
Causes of Transmission Problems
A CVT transmission is designed to easily and continuously change through a range of gear ratios. If the transmission has an issue with shifting, it’s usually because old or the wrong transmission fluid is in the system, or there’s an internal issue. Not using the fluid Nissan recommends can cause more damage to the transmission. The valve body inside the transmission has valves that open and close, and this body can also fail and give out.
How to Fix CVT Transmission Problems
If your 2nd gen Nissan Rogue’s transmission is shaking or shuttering, check and replace the transmission fluid with the type that Nissan recommends for this transmission, which is called NS-3.
Flush out and remove all of the old transmission fluid, and replace it with brand new fluid. Then take the vehicle for a road test and see if the symptoms disappear. If they don’t, there may be an internal issue with the valve body, and we recommend bringing the transmission to a professional to have it fixed.
3. Worn Strut Caps
Symptoms of Worn Strut Caps
- Creaking, binding, or clunking sounds under the hood, especially when turning
Causes of Bad Strut Caps
The strut caps sit where the strut mounts to the body, and in the 2nd gen Rogue they are designed with bearings so the cap can spin when you turn the wheel for better steering.
If the bearings are binding, rotted, or damaged, they can make creaking and clunking sounds, especially when turning. This can happen from driving over a lot of bumps or rough roads that strain the struts. Tightening the center nut can also damage the strut cap’s bearing and wear it out prematurely.
How to Fix Defective Strut Caps
Replace the strut cap. We recommend replacing both struts caps as a pair.
To replace the strut cap, you’ll have to disassemble the front strut. This can be a dangerous procedure since the coil spring is under pressure, and it can cause serious and fatal injuries if removed incorrectly. If you don’t have the proper tools like a strut compressor, we recommend replacing the entire strut instead with a preassembled assembly. After the strut is replaced, get an alignment for all four wheels.
4. Faulty Fuel Level Sensor
Symptoms of a Bad Fuel Level Sensor
- Fuel gauge reads incorrect fuel level and may cause the vehicle to run out of fuel
Causes of a Faulty Fuel Level Sensor
The fuel level sensor is on the fuel sending unit, which is inside fuel tank. The range selector on the fuel pump assembly can wear out and give an incorrect fuel level reading. If the fuel level sensor is not working, your vehicle will read for a different fuel level than what is in the tank.
How to Fix a Bad Fuel Level Sensor
You will have to remove the fuel sending unit from the fuel tank and check it for debris, like a slimy coating, that may have damaged it. You can try to clean any debris off, but if cleaning the fuel sending unit doesn’t fix this problem, you’ll have to replace it.
5. Broken Canister Purge Control Valve
Symptoms of a Broken Canister Purge Control Valve
- Check engine light is on for code P0444
Causes of Code P0444 on the 2014 to 2020 Nissan Rogue
If the check engine light turns on for code P0444, it means there is an issue with emissions system and the issue is at the rear.
How to Fix a Broken Canister Purge Control Valve
To diagnose the canister purge control valve, find where the valve is located near the black canister that is underneath the rear bumper on the passenger side.
The black canister has different valves. Check the wiring and see if it’s been damaged, chewed through, or has swelling or worn off outer sheathing. Replace the damaged wire’s wiring harness, or remove the destroyed wire and splice it.
If the wire is swollen or missing sheathing, the valve is shorting out and overheating and burning the wire.
For wiring that looks good, tap the valve a few times and see if it breaks free since sometimes the valve can stick. If that doesn’t fix it, replace the canister purge control valve.
Although you can replace the wire and splice it, the best option is to replace the wiring and the valve.
Learn How to Fix Problems on the Nissan Rogue and More Vehicles
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2nd Generation Nissan Rogue Model Years
- 2014 Nissan Rogue
- 2015 Nissan Rogue
- 2016 Nissan Rogue
- 2017 Nissan Rogue
- 2018 Nissan Rogue
- 2019 Nissan Rogue
- 2020 Nissan Rogue
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