NISSAN is to carry out free repair work on thousands of Sunderland-built cars after discovering a fault with an engine part.
A company spokesman confirmed the firm was offering to carry out the work on 18,000 diesel engine Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and Note models built at the Wearside plant between September 4, 2009, and 24 August 24, 2010 after problems emerged with the timing belt which could cause excess engine noise .
“Nissan is conducting a voluntary service campaign on vehicles with 1.5 litre diesel engine to realign the timing belt through repositioning of the high pressure pump,” he said.
“Nissan retailers will reposition the high pressure fuel pump to realign the timing belt.
“In addition the timing belt will be inspected for premature wear and where necessary the timing belt and tensioner assembly will be replaced.
“This rework will be carried out at no cost to the customer.
“Nissan is committed to a high level of customer service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue.”