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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    It is true that Nissan doesn't sell the bushings separately. I believe it's actually cheaper to buy the part with bushings pre-installed than to re-use the old part and pay for the labor to press in new bushings... that is, unless you want aftermarket polyurethane bushings, which are available from a Nissan 4x4 aftermarket specialist in Florida.
  • laundryguylaundryguy Posts: 89
    One of two parts - totally rotted out. Anybody have same problem? What did it cost to repair. I got 85k on the truck.
  • amysue2amysue2 Posts: 4
    Does anyone know what brand of windshield wiper refills fit the 1999.5 Pathfinder? I tried the Trico brand and only the front passenger side fit. I still need drivers side & rear.
    Thanks in advance if anyone knows.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Evaporator, as in A/C Evaporator, EVAP canister? Which part are you referring to, and where is it located on the truck?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    It's not the brand of wiper that's the issue, it's the length. The left-side, right-side, and rear wiper blades are all different lengths. All you need to know is the lengths of each to pick the correct refill.

    Use the online catalog at Trico's web site to find the correct Trico applications for your vehicle. Model year 1999.5 is the same as 2000.
  • marks1970marks1970 Posts: 25
    Within the last couple months, my 2000 Pathfinder has started smelling like propane on the inside of the vehicle. The smell is at its strongest when I'm cruising around town and changing gears (5-speed) and the windows are down. However, I'm pretty sure the smell is coming from the foot vents and most likely gets whipped around in the cabin when the windows are down.

    Any ideas as to what this could possibly be? I've brought it to my local Nissan dealership, and they have no clue whatsoever what is causing the smell.

  • tsheptshep Posts: 2
    I have an 02 Pathfinder, purchased new, and have been using synthetic oil since day one. I now have 39,000 miles on the engine and have noticed a major increase in oil consumption. There are no signs of oil leaks around the engine, under the truck, and I see no evidence of oil burning around the tail pipe.
    I have checked for recalls and service bulletins for this issue and have come up empty. Nissan mechancis would like to run a battery of test, but before I part with my money, I wanted to see if this board has had any experience with this.

  • only1pfonly1pf Posts: 1
    I recently bought a 95 Pathfinder with 94K miles. Lately, I've noticed it seems like there is no power when I accelerate. It feels like the engine is bogging down. I've already changed spark plugs, distributer, other maintenance parts, and had the exhaust system checked. Has anyone had this problem or have any idea what could cause the sudden loss of power?
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Try your fuel filter and air filter. Did you change the plugs before the problem or after the problem?? If before, it maybe that you have the the incorrect spark plugs installed (wrong gap). It could be that you mixed up the ignition wire connections(that would cause a rumbling/stalling engine). Double check all connections to be sure they are seated and connected properly. Apply di-electric grease on wire connections and not near the spark plug gap itself.

    What led up to the problems. Try to back track.
    Good luck.
  • wbernie51wbernie51 Posts: 4
    I have a 2003 PF w/17K mi. and just found our I suffer from the warped rotor problem.

    Does anyone know if this is a repair under warranty?
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Yes, you still have bumper to bumper warranty, 36K miles or 3 years. That means everything that is a manufacturing defect they will fix. You should have no problems. If they resist, make a note and make them take note you were there and be persistent. Sometimes one visit is not enough. Call Nissan USA if needed. Good luck!
  • aggieg15aggieg15 Posts: 1
    I have been looking everywhere for a solution to this - I hope someone here can help.

    I have a '94 Pathfinder and there are speakers on the ceiling in the back. They look like 5x7s, so I tried to install some JBLs by myself. They were too thick and are hanging out about half an inch. Crutchfield says there are no speakers that will fit 1994 Pathfinders. Is there anything I can do (like buy a installation kit) that will fix this? Thanks.
  • pathy04pathy04 Posts: 27

    I had a 01 pathfinder and traded in with a 04 pathfinder, i'm about to make my first oil change, i saw about the purple products in a truck channel

    What brand and type of oil do you recommend?. I have used Mobil 1 filters and oils in my 01 SE that worked well.

  • danpf1danpf1 Posts: 80
    pathy04, I use full Royal Purple Synthetics in my 2001 LE auto AWD Pathfinder. I use 5W-30 in the engine, Max ATF in the transmission, Max Gear 75-90 in the front and rear differentials, LSD formulated and synchromax in the transfer case. I also use Mobil oil filters. I have driven about 1,000 miles with the synthetics and everything is working good, no noise from differentials and the transmission shift is very smooth and engine is very quiet, except when hitting the gas peddle hard. You can order Royal Purple on line and get free shipping.
  • pathy04pathy04 Posts: 27
    Thanks danpf1,i will try and let know...
  • bthom07bthom07 Posts: 4
    My service engine soon light is on. Is there any way to pull the trouble codes from the pathfinder without taking it to dealer or buying a special tool? Most of my other vehicles could use a jumper wire or turning the key to "on" three times would allow codes to read from the check engine light. Is this possible with the pathfinder?
  • danpf1danpf1 Posts: 80
    Yes there is a way if you have their manual it will tell you how to do it, but it is a lot easer to scan the trouble codes with a trouble code scanner or reader. They cost under $100.00 and will pay for it self the first scan. They are easy to use and can save you at least a couple hundred dollars the first time you use it. I bought a OBD I and II compliant reader for under $200.00, the first time I used it I saved $600.00 in labor and parts and when you finish you can clear the trouble codes with the scanner with one push of a button.
  • pathy04pathy04 Posts: 27
    I recently installed tow-hitch(Draw-tite)and added a bicycle carrier(Thule, model # 944).

    The distance between the tailgate and bike-carrier looks too-long. is this normal?
    Also the distance between bumper and two-hitch seems not right. see link below

    Any help is appreciated
  • laundryguylaundryguy Posts: 89
    It's the non-AC one, apparently the one where the gas is atomized? Not very knowledgeable in this area - but warned it was expensive to change. I assume it is the EVAP cannister.

  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The canister isn't hard to replace if you're handy with tools and don't mind spending a half hour on your back under the truck. If the contents of the canister have disintegrated then yeah, you're looking at some pretty major costs. You can buy a new canister online at or at substantially lower prices than your local dealer. Whether you do it yourself or have a pro do the work, buy the part online and save yourself some $$.
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