2015 Nissan Murano: What's That Noise?
February 18, 2015
The first time I drove our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano I sat for a minute to familiarize myself with its features. I adjusted the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, seatbelt height, A/C to my preferred temperature and direction, put on the seat heaters, plugged in my iPod. My usual routine. As you can imagine, it takes me awhile to get out of our parking garage.
As I was driving I noticed a background noise that I couldn't pinpoint. It was kind of a whirring noise, or a fan, or perhaps that electronic noise like when you have a TV on mute. I adjusted the vents to see if it was coming from them. Nope. I turned off the A/C entirely. Nope. I turned off the audio system. Nope.
When I got back to the office I had our vehicle testing manager Mike Schmidt come down to the garage with me. We had already discussed the CVT and other possible causes. We sat in the Murano and tried different things, like holding pieces to see if they were vibrating. Sticking our ears up against the door speakers. We must have looked pretty funny to anyone passing by.
I was in the driver seat and Mike was in the passenger seat where the noise was less noticeable. We decided to switch seats and I switched off the driver seat heater to be polite. And the noise stopped.
The noise was coming from a rather loud seat heater fan. Not all seat heaters work with a fan, but those that also have seat coolers usually do. And our 2015 Murano has both.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor