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4 Dangerous Nissan Rogue Brake Problems (+Solutions)

4 Dangerous Nissan Rogue Brake Problems (+Solutions)

Nissan Rogue typically are reliable cars. However, they did have their fair share of problems throughout the years. In this article, we wrote extensively about all the common problems you´ll run into with a Nissan Rogue. Today, we´ll look specifically at the numerous braking problems. Here is a quick summary:

Nissan Rogue have had brake problems caused by a loss of brake fluid in the rear brake calipers (2021), failure of the brake booster motor (2017 – 2019), unexpected emergency braking (2017 – 2018), and accelerator pedal vibration due to a faulty brake hose (2014 – 2019).

However, that certainly doesn´t tell us everything about the braking system problems on a Nissan Rogue. Below, we´ll give you a detailed look at the potential issues, what caused them and how you can fix them. Read on!

1. Loss Of Brake Fluid (2021)

2021 Nissan Rogue were recalled in April 2021 because of the potential loss of brake fluid in the left or right rear brake calipers and driving without brake fluid is dangerous. A manufacturing fault caused this problem. These Rogues had left the factory with an internal bushing missing in the rear brake caliper assemblies. This allowed the o-ring seal to move and the brake fluid to leak.

In total, 14,054 Rogue were affected. Dealers got shipped a special quick scan tool that allowed them to verify the VIN code and scan the QR code on the left and right rear brake calipers. If the brake calipers were part of the affected batch, the whole brake assembly was replaced free of charge.

quick scan tool used by Nissan for rear brake caliper QR-code
The quick scan tool that was needed to scan the QR code on the brake calipers

2. Failure Of The Hydraulic Brake Booster Motor (2017 – 2019 Hybrid)

In July 2022, Nissan recalled 5,903 Rogue Hybrid made between 2017 – 2019. This was due to a severe hydraulic brake booster motor defect. Frequent braking in a short period of time combined with high engine room temperature could lead to the failure of this particular motor. This could result in the brake warning light illuminating and the brake pedal being very hard to press.

At the time of writing, Nissan is still developing a remedy plan, but it´s very likely replacement of the hydraulic brake booster motor will happen. Since it´s a recall, this will happen free of charge.

3. Unexpected Emergency Braking (2017 – 2018)

In August 2019, Nissan recalled 450,000 Rogue made between 2017 – 2018 (hybrid and non-hybrid). According to their documentation, this is what was happening:

In rare instances and unique roadway environments, such as certain types of railroad crossings and metal overpasses, the AEB system in some vehicles may activate braking when it is not needed. The driver can always override the AEB system by pressing the accelerator.


Not only was this a dangerous problem, but owners of the Rogue have also reported well over a hundred complaints regarding this issue, making it very widespread. Look at this report of one 2017 Rogue owner:

My vehicle keeps warning me of a forward collision when there is not the possibility of one. It has locked up the brakes at speed on an open road once before. 


To fix the problem, dealers reprogrammed the Advanced Driver Assistance System and updated the software of the Automatic Emergency Braking system. This prevented the incorrect activation of the AEB.

We must state that only the 2017 – 2018 model years received a voluntary recall. However, on the website of the NHTSA, we found numerous complaints from 2019 – 2021 owners who experience the exact same problem. Therefore, it doesn´t seem like Nissan has fixed the issue.

4. Accelerator Pedal Vibration (2014 – 2019)

Nissan issued a technical service bulletin for the 2014 – 2019 Rogue (non-hybrid only) in November 2018. This was because owners experienced vibration of the accelerator pedal between 1,600 – 2,000 RPM. As it turns out, this was due to a defective brake booster vacuum tube and hose. Replacing this was quite a procedure, according to the documentation, but it was done free of charge for the owners.

the brake booster vacuum hose in a nissan rogue

Closing Thoughts

The Nissan Rogue, although generally reliable, has faced some brake related problems over the years. It’s crucial to address these issues promptly to ensure your vehicle’s security and functionality. Regular maintenance and checks can help prevent these problems from occurring or escalating.

If you are facing any brake issues with your Nissan Rogue, or problems with its door locks or its lift gate then make sure to consult a professional mechanic or your local Nissan dealership for a thorough inspection and necessary repairs.

Here you can learn not only about the issues you may face with your Nissan Rogue but the type of fuel suits this vehicle best.

Remember, staying proactive and addressing any issues as soon as they arise will help ensure the longevity and safety of your Nissan Rogue. Happy driving!

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