The owner of a 2012-13 Nissan Versa sedan may come into your store complaining of a moaning, squeaking or squealing sound from the rear brakes while braking at slow speeds.
According the Nissan, the noise is most prevalent on vehicles with build dates before Jan. 14. 2013, and is the result of incompatibility issues between the rear brake shoe linings and drums. Installing new shoes with a different friction formulation, part No. D4060-3VA0B, should eliminate the annoyance.
"Factory Fixes" is written by Jim DePalma, a 30-year veteran of the auto repair business who has served stints as a service manager, parts manager and ASE-certified technician. His column provides vehicle manufacturers' authentic factory technical service bulletins (TSBs) that have been condensed for easier reading. Mr. DePalma advises that techs always check with a dealer or repair information system for the latest revisions before starting to work on a vehicle. He can be reached via email at [email protected].