In this video I bring you along as I look at a customers 2015 Nissan Altima that came in on a tow truck. A quick inspection reveals a rotted and broken rear lower control arm and the one on the other side is only moments away from snapping off too. We always have to look at the big picture here in the rust belt so sometimes replacing a control arm is not that easy. In this case I am ordering a whole new rear cradle with both knee assemblies from a place out of Alabama. In the end I think it is the better deal. I'd like to hear what you think or know how you would handle this.
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That folks are limping in with a Nissan Altima customer had to tow it in. they State something's broke in the back while I walked by the car it looked. Definitely would agree with them. that's all.

deadly. Broke back here because he's got The Squatty Potty Got some stance going on to it. Hopefully we can drive this thing in. Did not take it for a ride I just pulled it in.

Make sure we're in Far Enough here man. perfect. let's have a look. Let's go 104 on the clock.

the 2015 variety. She's way pigeon toed there on that back wheel. Let's go look at this side here for comparison. It's probably very difficult to tell.

This wheel looks like it's sitting nice and straight in this wheel. You're like why cars broke. It sounds like something's rattling around back here. You might have to jack it up to get the lift under it.

No, we're good. It's not gonna be as high as the other side, but we'll get her pretty close. All right, let's lift her up see what happens. Foreign right off.

That's good. You still on the phone? No the people wanted to come in to tell you happy Birthday! Oh really, they knew today was not only the first day of summer, but it's your birthday. I know she got left out last night. poor baby.

He's waiting for me this morning look super upset when I pulled in I wanted to go to sleep. made her stay out in the wild. All right. Well happy Birthday! Hey happy Birthday! Thanks! Holy good thing with Sway bar.

Link's good huh? Wowzer How far behind this? oh that one's not far behind either. Look at that. I have a little crack in there, don't you? Wow. Well looks like this little guy needs some control arms.

huh? Sway bar links holding on for dear life. Yikes. 50 bucks says the bolts don't come out all right. subframe left.

it's like there is. huh? Awesome. That's good time to do wheel alignment. Cam bolts never turned anyways.

but yeah, look at that. it's all cracked out. Let's get a pokey tool. This one will do some good poking there.

Of all the people saying that they saw a crack, There's an actual crack Finally! So I spoke with the customer they want to get after it. Uh, the other thing I did too is convince them didn't convince them I told them that's cheaper. way cheaper for us to buy an entire rear uh, suspension cradle everything on it from down south and then pay the you know truck Freight to get it here and then switch stuff over. Um because I looked up rear cradles.

We get the whole rear cradle, upper lower control arms, everything on it for the price of about one and a half. Lower control arms from Nissan You know, not to mention you know everything is rotted. You know we'd have to. you know, cut every bolt out, change all the bushings.

Uh, so it's just easier providing you know that we can get the subframe out which this is all mounted on studs here and there and everywhere. Those two bolts and that goes up to a stud. So I don't see why it wouldn't come out. They're only on by a couple threads.
So I think we would be okay. The only thing we might have to buy are, you know, parking brake cables because they're going to turn to Pus as soon as you try to take them out. They come down through here on both sides. Bring it around town we'll have to see.

I would probably have them here on standby, but that thing looks like it's pretty and puffy. The backing plates are all running off, but the rest of the car is not horrible. you know, front subframe is still pretty intact. Now this this package right here.

everything's possible, you know. So as soon as you touch stuff so I put in a couple calls to a few uh Southern yards or getting me some pictures, they're gonna send it to us and then see if we can't get one truck freighted in. I Don't know if we'll need anything else. I mean the calipers and stuff are all rusty.

We might have to do some some other little things, but I think it'll be kind of minor in the big picture. So yeah, I think that's the best way to address this uh situation. Dropped the whole thing I Looked at the exhaust. it looks like we can separate it right here.

Uh, the flanges are. you know they're not mint, but they're not completely rotted out so we can just take and there's not much left of that nut. These nuts. We'll take the torch, snip that off, separate the exhaust, pick that across my brow, and then just drop the entire exhaust down on the ground as an entire assembly.

unless I see the Dragon tips. Maybe getting up on the flatbed? Um, but yeah, we can drop the whole exhaust as an assembly and that will give us, you know, free and clear room to drop the entire subframe, which will simplify the job. Uh, 10 fold. It's a lot easier than doing the control.

I Think this is cracked out more since we've been just sitting here with the pressure on it. slash tension, whichever you want to call it. I Don't know. I'll keep you guys posted.

Foreign, foreign.

100 thoughts on “How would you fix this rotted out nissan?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nomad57 says:

    How Would You Fix This Rotted Out Nissan? complete restoration top to bottom new everything then rust proof it to the nth degree everywhere its know to rust out plus some places its not…

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hydorah says:

    I think even if there is a recall on the control arms, you did the better job as the whole rear end was a crusty old mess

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Fiebke says:

    Well tell your wife happy late birthday

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald George says:

    Junk it. Not worth the time and effort

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan North Carolina says:

    On this day in 1307 Kulug Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Twin Cities Dashcam says:

    That is freaking bonkers. My 2012 Rav4 living in Minnesota has nowhere the rust that Nissan has.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Nelson says:

    We should get a tax break for living in the salt belt

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars felix wankel says:

    Tell me.
    Why such rust under car on NY cars?
    Do they salt the roads like UK for traction when snow conditions?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Elsbernd says:


  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luis Rodriguez says:

    My dads birthday also

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremie Wells says:

    I had to replace the K-frame on my '07 Sentra. Illinois sucks.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jonathan Sawyer says:


  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars thomas hale says:

    Super glue would work!! LOL

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GJ Nieuwenhuis says:

    2015??? Did they park it in a swamp?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PATRICK FULLAN says:

    And this is why I live in Florida. This kind of rust doesn't happen…………Ever.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alfred Morency says:

    I think its odd that nobody ever suggests ending the practice of putting salt on our roads.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SAL R says:

    Eric, we don’t get the winter salt on Long Island they way you do upstate. Regardless, I now use Surface Shield on my FJ Cruiser.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jim six says:

    here is an idea, this may not work but what I would try if it was a good customer is see if all the bolts will free up, replace the stabilizer links and make it real easy for the guy at the dealer to replace the control arms, then the only charge should be an alignment, looks like the control arms would fix it, something to think about

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Russell Frey says:

    Its a Nissan. Should have been junked day 1

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rbspider says:

    They really need to figure out how to breakdown road ice without salt . This is like spraying termites on our homes? It's dumb.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lvsqcsl says:

    I would say if you can't replace the car for what you are charging the customer, it is worth it. GREAT VIDEO!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LMacNeill says:

    Man, I'm SO glad I live in the South. I honestly can't imagine a car that's only 8 years old being that badly gone. Down here, an 8-year-old car is just a regular used car — you worry far more about the shoddy maintenance the engine and transmission received than you do about the control-arms and sub-frame rusting so badly that they break into pieces.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted Sheckler says:

    Sell it for what I could get for it and buy a Toyota.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Allen Hanks says:

    Junk it

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark B says:

    That is why I always say oil changes and oil spray

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PowerOf One says:

    Cars should be rust proof. How come they aren't???

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Phillip Garrow says:

    I wouldn't bother run it across the scales and recycle

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Halfcentury111 says:

    AAAAAHHHH the beauty of Road salt in the northeast….

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr I flip Cars says:

    Jesus Christ wow

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TheClampettmobile says:

    MY SOLUTION for any import – "Jack up the radiator cap and roll a good car under it."

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Ogle says:

    Would the American economy collapse if the USA stopped salting roads? I live in Oregon's mountains, and the EPA demanded we salt the roads because of dust from sanding.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joe smith says:

    NY winters!!!and did u check a recall on it? My 2010 sonata broke Hyundai replaced the whole rear end free from a recall!ck with Nissan on a recall,but they would have to take it to a dealer!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars __ says:

    makes me SMH whenever I see this kind of rust on a late model vehicle.
    the Titanic has been immersed in salt water, for over 100 years, and is still mostly intact !
    where have we gone wrong ?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sarge Freedom says:

    Folks, you don't have to pay for a foreign language course to learn a second language….work on rusty vehicles and you'll be speaking in a second language in no time, it may be under your breath but you'll speak it.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars D K says:

    I vote for junking this clunker

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Henry says:

    Out of curiosity, if the underside of the car had been sprayed with Fluid Film from the get go, what kind of shape would you have expected it to be in?

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars garniful says:

    Why is it that way?
    It's considered New somehow…
    Not as old as my beloved 2008 Hyundai Sonata

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars howardsen666 says:

    El corrosione 😂

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RT 22 says:

    sad up north where they salt roads in snow ruins and rusts cars. No need to buy nice car as in 5 to 7 yrs rusted out. I own 20 yr old total rust free 330k car never would have made it 10 yrs up north, you can keep that snow and all its salting LOL I bet there are no old cars up there that are not parked every winter

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Wood says:


  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil O. Hislop says:

    How would I fix it ? Remove the Gas cap and, toss the rest in the bin.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil O. Hislop says:

    Surprising that thing is still deemed ROADWORTHY, …but then.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sound Factor says:

    I don't get this….
    You guys are blaming the auto manufacturers when it's the local government/municipalities that are causing this whole problem by putting salt on the roads 24/7 in these Rust Belt states….

    Yes there are elements naturally occurring on the earth that cause metal to rust but the salt is causing it at an astronomical accelerated rate which is unacceptable and you guys in the rust belt state should not except it…this is insane ….

    My son drives a 1994 Acura Integra and it has absolutely minimal rust underneath it and we live in Seattle and it always rains here… I don't know how you guys put up with this…:this is insane…
    No wonder the taxes are so much lower in the rust belt state …. I could just hear the politicians….

    Are we going to raise taxes this year "no, we don't need to," with all the salt on the roads we just make them buy new cars every 5 years"

    Sorry, funny but not funny….

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Hanson says:

    Put it in a car crusher

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John C says:

    Sad a 2015 unreal

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Keel says:

    And why did that accident happen? Was the frame rotted? U need state inspections every time vehicle is in for service

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John williams says:

    Thank goodness for the actual crack.
    If you do have time for a Q&A where would it be convenient.

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Bell says:


  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hammad Naeem says:

    If he told me my knees need a new gasket I'll say yes. That's how much of a mechanic he sound like. Through and through.