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5 Frustrating Nissan Rogue Climate Control Problems

5 Frustrating Nissan Rogue Climate Control Problems

Nissan Rogue typically are reliable cars. However, they did have their fair share of common problems throughout the years and today, we´ll look specifically at the climate control problems. Here is a quick summary:

Nissan Rogue have had several climate control problems (including heaters and air conditioning). These include temperature differences with dual-zones in the 2021 model years, as well as the temperature not matching the settings and the air not blowing at all or out the wrong vent in the 2014 – 2020 models.

However, that certainly doesn´t tell us everything about the climate control 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. Temperature Difference Between Driver And Passenger Side

The 2021 Nissan Rogue had a technical service bulletin because the temperature on the driver and passenger side would have a difference of larger than 5 degrees when the settings instructed the system to sync the temperature on both sides.

This service bulletin is only applied to vehicles with dual or tri-zone systems. This part was reprogrammed or replaced depending on the part number of the A/C amplifier.

2. Temperature Doesn´t Match Settings Or Wrong Air Vent Selected

Without a doubt, this is the most complained about problem regarding the climate controls in the Nissan Rogue. This particular service bulletin only applied to the 2014 – 2017 Rogue, but that doesn´t mean that newer models don´t have the problem. So far, we´ve even found reports of 2021 owners complaining about it.

According to Nissan, the symptoms were as follows:

  • The air temperature from the HVAC vents does not match the temperature setting (warm air is discharged when cold is selected, or vice versa).
  • Air is discharged from the incorrect location. For example, the vent is selected, but 100%
    of air is released to the foot or defrost.

If the part number of the front air control unit also matched up with the one mentioned in the bulletin, dealers were advised to replace this part and reset the HVAC door motor starting position free of charge.

3. Only Very Hot Or Very Cold

Looking through forums and websites, we found another complaint with the 2021 Nissan Rogue that hasn´t received a technical service bulletin or recall. One Nissan technician described the problem the best:

when in Manual, the fan speed and mode buttons all work normally but the outlet temperature doesn’t respond to the dial in any predictable manner. There’s no “ratiometric” response and certainly no relation to the displayed temperature.


He continued by stating that:

The only good workaround is to put the system in Auto and fiddle the dial until the outlet temp is more or less where you want it, then turn Auto back off and do what you want with the mode and fan speed.

So far, we´ve learned that Nissan, dealers, and technicians are aware of the problem but don´t have a solution. Therefore, Rogue owners must fiddle with the air conditioning and hope it does what they want.

4. Noisy HVAC And Water Dripping

2014 – 2020 Rogue and 2017 – 2019 Rogue Hybrid had a technical service bulletin because of problems with noise coming from the HVAC and water dripping on the driver-side carpet after heavy rainfall or a carwash. It turns out both problems had similar origins.

In the service bulletin, Nissan states that when you have a noisy HVAC, dealers should first remove the blower motor and clean out foreign debris. After that, you should ¨remove the cowl top cover and front wiper drive assembly and clean out all foreign debris in the cowl area¨.

If you don´t have a noisy HVAC but water dripping, it´s advised to skip the first step and remove the cowl top cover and clear out the debris.

5. No Air Flow At All

2014 – 2020 Rogue and 2017 – 2019 Rogue Hybrid had another technical service bulletin. In this case, the HVAC air vents weren´t blowing any air because of snow build-up in and around the blower motor air inlet. Nissan recommended a four-step process to get this problem fixed:

  • Remove snow, water, and debris from the blower motor inlet, cowl area, and around the blower motor mounts.
  • Clean or replace the blower motor (whatever is needed).
  • If the blower motor does not function properly on all speed settings, replace the variable blower control (fan resistor).
  • Install the new cowl and wiper pivot filters. (see images below)

Closing Thoughts

While the Nissan Rogue is known as a generally reliable, it has faced several climate control problems, heaters and air conditioning included. It’s crucial to address these issues promptly to ensure your safety and your vehicle’s security and functionality.

If you are facing any climate control issues with your Nissan Rogue, you may also want to know about other possible issues you may come across, like the transmission, liftgate and oxygen sensor problems.

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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