Infiniti M35 Common Problems
Introduced in 2003, the Infiniti M35 was the first model made under Infiniti’s M-series line of luxury sport sedans. The M35 was highly praised for its quality and performance but criticized for its lack of style and roominess, although later redesigns resolved these issues with a more well-rounded design with ample amounts of headroom and legroom. In its most recent models, the M35 was repackaged with tons of features including a sport suspension system, climate controlled seats, and a hard drive-based navigation platform.
Attractive and capable, the M35 combines the power of a performance sedan and the elegance of a luxury car. But despite these improvements, it is still plagued with several technical flaws. The following are some of the more common problems encountered by Infiniti M35 sedan owners.
Owners of 2006-2009 M35 models have reported a groaning noise from the steering rack when centering the steering wheel after turning right at slow speeds. The noise is most noticeable when the sedan is driven from a cold start. In most of these cases, the noise was corrected by installing a new steering rack and getting the wheels realigned.
The gadgets that come with the succeeding models of the M35 have also been known to cause issues. The door mirrors, for instance, have been reported to malfunction and refuse to move entirely. The problem is often traced back to a fault in the car’s mirror actuator and must be replaced. However, if replacing the mirror actuator still does not solve the problem, the issue may be with the door mirror assembly itself.
In addition, calls made using Bluetooth phone devices may not be heard clearly or the volume may be diminished while inside the car, although this can be rectified by increasing the volume of the microphone or using a stronger microphone device.
Anti-Lock Braking System
The traction control/anti-lock brake system ABS/slip warning lights in more recent M35 models have been reported to light up with code C1142. In such cases, the brake light switch and brake pedal must be checked; if they are functioning properly, the problem can be traced to a broken or defective ABS control module and actuator.
Tips to Make your Infiniti M35 Ready for Winter
Your Infiniti M35 is Infiniti's take on mid-luxury sedan. Its 3.5 liter V-6 engine moves the luxurious car easily. It is easily understandable why you own one. However, a true test of a vehicle's reliability can be done during winter. Winters are harsh for every vehicle and your Inifiniti M35 is not an exception. What you can do is to make your car ready for the winter by following these tips:
- Give your engine an extra TLC before winter comes.
Before the winter comes, have your engine serviced and tuned up. Keep in mind that your engine works extra hard when it's cold, so you should make sure that your engine is in perfect working condition. Bringing your car to your trusted mechanic will help you identify and fix the small problems your vehicle has. Make sure that you have your oil changed if you haven't done so during the year.
- Check if your battery is ready for the winter.
A dead battery is the last thing you would want for your M35. The battery is important as it powers up the electrical system of your car. During winter, your vehicle uses up more battery power than it usually does during the summer. Of course, you crank the heater on high to combat extreme cold in your car. You also need battery power to make the windshield wipers move during a snowy day. Car batteries commonly last up to five years. However, it needs to be charged annually at least so it has electrical energy stored in it all the time. If you notice that there's accumulated dirt on the battery ports, clean it. If you see rust on the terminals, scrape it off. Dirt and rust will affect the performance of the battery so keep it clean.
- Check if your car has enough antifreeze.
Antifreeze keeps the engine components from freezing so make sure that there's enough for the whole winter. Antifreeze is mixed with distilled water before being placed in the cooling system. During winter, you might want to add a little more antifreeze.
- Check your tires and wheels.
Make sure that your tires have the right tread depth. During the winter, the roads are very slippery so make sure that your tires are able to maintain grip on the road. Also, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. The wheels should also be properly aligned. If you want to be extra safe, it is recommended that you use winter tires.
- Make sure that your car lights are functioning.
During winter, you are going to use your car lights more often. Check if the wirings are loose or if the bulbs are busted. You can easily tell if one or more of your bulbs are busted when the turn signal indicator is blinking fast. You can also do a visual inspection on all the lights in your car. If one or more needs replacement, do so immediately to avoid putting yourself at risk when driving in snowy weather.