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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair

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  • I have a pathfinder 2001 LE3.5, 133k that just cannot rev fully. Beyond 3cycles it just seems to slump and can't rev further. I have changed the air flow meter severally. works normal for one week and back to the problem again getting feed up already and need help pleaseeeeee
  • Did you get the waddling problem fixed and how? I am having the same problem with my 97 Pathfinder. It is not safe to drive. thanks for your time.
  • Hi, I had 2 new shock absorbers put in which didn't solve the problem. Just cost me around 2 grants. Don't know if it would have worked well with all 4 new shock absorbers, some technical fit friends thought so. I couldn't check as the engine left us. Overheated, too much sludge apparently had built up.
    I really hope, you'll get it solved. It must be something that wears out as we didn't have the swinging the first years of the car. But to try 4 new shock absorbers isn't a cheap way ...
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,760
    I had this issue with mine, which I called the death sway. It was the rear control arm bushings. The bushings soften up and allow the axle to shift around. Nissan only sells replacement control arms but replacement bushings can be sourced from a number of parts houses, especially those dealing in 4X4s. Make sure that you get the hardware for it as the old bolts will most likely need to be cut.

    It's a fairly significant job and the bushings need to be pressed in be a machine shop. If I recall, I was changed for 5 or 6 hours and the new bushings and hardware was under $200. There are uppers and lowers. You need the bushings for both to be sure that you fix it.

    My PF felt totally different on the highway after it was fixed.
  • I have a problem that I have not been able to have fixed with my '05 rear wheel drive Pathfinder. I started noticing that occasionally, I would feel a rumbling coming from the front wheels -kind of like when you ride over grooved or slotted pavement on the sides of roads. It only happens some times. When I broought it to the dealer, they told me it was the timing guide that needed to be replaced. When I said no to their proposed cost to repair they said it was possible that it could be the tires. took it to my own mechanic who checked the timing guide and said it didnt need to be replaced. Got brand new tires, had them aligned and then had multiple sensors replaced and ultimately a new IPDM because the car started stalling on me frequently and the "service engine light soon" light kept coming on. The stalling has stopped and the rumbling isnt as bad as what it was -but its still there. I have now spent quite a bit of $ on this 2005 car (91k miles) and am hoping that someone will know about the front wheel rumbling.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    edited July 2012
    a 2003 pathfinder LE automatic V6 4 wheel drive, the dealer says my vin number shows I have a standard non limited slip differential , I have been reading on this matter and find that some LE PATHFINDERS came through with a limited slip, and the front case differential is not a non slip type ,
    so for this reason , of its all true , can I be safe buy using the limited slip gear oil in both front and rear differentials, but you cant do the opposite , you cant use a non limited slip gear oil in a limited slip differential
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    I have seen this problem on several occasions , and I believe if you pull up the service bullitens and the recalls on your model it may be found, one recall was for the strut mounts rusting out and they have to replace them free of charge. go to the bulliten sections of Edmunds
  • beedle22beedle22 Posts: 1
    edited July 2012
    For something that should be very simple this is a complicated process. Unless you have the correct tools to do this I think the best way to get at the bulb is from inside the hatch door panel. You need a 10 mm ratchet with an extender and a 7 mm wrench. There are 3 screws to remove then carefully pop off the panel from bottom to top. Now you may have to pull back a glued covering. Look up inside you will see the casing for the bulb. I got my hand in from the left side to get to the right side bulb. Turn the casing counter clockwise and pull towards you, it may take a little coaxing but it will come out. Takes about 15-20 minutes. Originally, I thought I needed a special offset screwdriver to remove from the other side. I bought two different types but neither worked. This seems to be the easiest less stressful way. Good Luck.
  • newronewro Posts: 19
    have a 2007 Pathfinder SE. When you lock the doors the rear cargo door lock does not lock, all four passenger doors do. Does anyone have any idea? Have been told there is a door lock actuator, if so where is it located and how hard is it to change out? Thanks
  • yaeh its caled the lemon law by the law they have tp replace your vehicle if its been in the shop more than 2 times for the same thing
  • sebring95sebring95 Posts: 3,231
    yaeh its caled the lemon law by the law they have tp replace your vehicle if its been in the shop more than 2 times for the same thing

    Please don't post if you don't know what you're talkinga bout. Lemon laws are state specific and I've never seen one that only requires two repairs...most are three repairs of same item or 30 days out of service plus other requirements. Then it's a lenghty process to actually push for a lemon law replacement unless the dealer/manufacturer is extremely cooperative. Plus it generally only applies to NEW vehicles in service for the first 18 months/18,000 miles (generally).
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    I can't speak for other states, but here is New Jersey the process is not lengthy at all, even if the manufacturer fights you every step of the way. But the problem has to be serious (see your state's law to see what qualifies). I would think a typical rattling noise will not considered serious enough.
  • I have a 2003 Pathfinder, and lately I am having trouble filling the tank with gas. When I start the pump and set the nozzle to fill hands-free, it shuts off as though the tank is full well before my tank is actually full. I have been to several different gas stations and get the same issue, so I don't think it is a particular pump problem. And it seems like the problem is getting worse with each refill. Today I tried filling up and couldn't get a gallon in before the nozzle shut off.

    Has anyone experienced or heard of this? Thank you.
  • Good Afternoon everyone. I have a 1999.5 Nissan Pathfinder with 243K miles on it. I have had the vehicle for 11 years following the maintenance schedule. Body is in good shape and she still runs well. Recently the vehicle has begun to misfire and then shut off. The service engine light is also on. Any idea on what the issue may be? Any insight will be appreciated.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    which obd code(s) are stored?
  • dny42dny42 Posts: 8
    I just had an issue of my 2001 (with 244,324 miles on it) starting intermittently and it turned out to be the O2 sensor had to be replaced. The service engine soon light would come on intermittently as well.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,005
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  • Others call it the "Wobble of Death". My mechanic told me that the additional labor to remove and install new bushings almost offset the cost of putting in new control arms with bushings already installed. Since it was about $100 more and my boys were busy, I paid the extra and was on my way sooner. Fixed the problem and it drives great. When the time comes to sell, this vehicle will make a great teenager's first wheels. My concience wouldn't have allowed me to sell it with the WOD. I had learned to compensate, but since it was most pronounced at hiway speeds around mild corners after hitting a bump or pothole, an inexperienced driver could overcompensate and have it turn out bad.
  • pathymompathymom Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Pathfinder that cut off while going down the road. Had it towed to my mechanic
    he put it on the machine then replaced the distributor. It will turn over but not start put it back on the code reader it is not throwing any codes just wont start no spark. Any clues as to what to try next?
  • riks1riks1 Posts: 1
    Hi I have a split hose on my 97 pathfinder
    The rubber hose is an L shaped that goes down behind the timing casing and I assume that it leads to the water pump. My question is can I remove the distributor unit to be able to replace split hose?
    The only other option seems to be going in thru all the belts pulleys and timing unit.
    Any help on this would be greatly appreciated
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