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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair

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  • iluvmy01iluvmy01 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. my dealer is trying to charge me 261.45 for these repairs, I will check with another dealer in the area before having them done. Also thanks for the explanation.
  • cindym3cindym3 Posts: 2
    I'm having to fork out $500+ to replace my 2 intake sensors at a Houston Nissan dealership!! I can't get my '02 Pathfinder inspected until the SES light stays off. I think Nissan has the sensors set so sensitive that the slightest build up causes them to default - what a money maker for Nissan !!!
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    I will have to agree with that. I too have SES lights come on occasionally and then go off by themselves.
  • sheena4uksheena4uk Posts: 2
    I have 53,000K on my '01 Pathfinder. I live in Virginia Beach VA - made an appt. at the dealer (Hall Nissan) for this past Friday - ended up getting a suggestion from yahoo groups site to take it into Advanced Auto for a FREE diagnostic test. This is where I found out the Code. It states P1145, Fuel Metering. The Advanced Auto tech reset the SES light and I went on my way. Cancelled the appt for the SES light at the dealer but still had to get the state inspection - they call it a "free" state inspection, but since the Pathy has been out of warranty - they ALWAYS seem to find "something" to make the "free" state in inspection not so free. Last time it was the tires - THIS TIME - belts. Said my belts were cracked. I find that hard to believe and should have ask them if I could see them, shame on me. Anyway, $170 later I obtained my "free" state inspection, with replacement belts.
    The SES light has not came back on and unless it does, I'm not too worried about it. Refuse to take it back to the Nissan Dealer - feel that the minute I walk in there they're out to get me.
  • sheena4uksheena4uk Posts: 2
    I had the ERR2 code about 1 month ago. Found a place on the internet
    http://www.johnson-electronic.com/pages/1/index.htm Excellent customer service, had my CD player back in my Pathy within 2 weeks. $225. The dealer couldn't even give me an estimate! Did you fix your's yourself? If so, how did you fix it?
  • truck runs great for the most part but started havin intermitent problem after installing new Air Iduction Valve (filter) was puffin moisture out the tail, now puffin black...could it be just the o2 sensor or AIV.Help. when the truck is running good it is running good...when its bad, stalls out and cant afford to just dump the gas through...( oh ya not oil problem, can smell the richness of unburnt fuel.) Need some insight on Air Induction Valve...
    thx, need the help
  • smithmiscsmithmisc Posts: 2
    I have an '02 Pathfinder with 20,000 miles. Sometimes when I put the key in, it won't turn at all, it's like the car isn't recognizing the key or something. If I keep putting the key in and out for a few minutes, eventually the car recognizes the key and it starts without any problems. This happens maybe 1 in every 20 times I start the car and happens when the car is parked on flat terrain as well as steep terrain. I think there is something wrong with the connection between the programmed key and the starting mechanism. Thanks for the help.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    I just checked the "ESM" (Electronic Service Manual). As I suspected, even without key recognition, the engine should crank. The computer just will not fire the fuel injectors (Vehicle Immobilizer).

    If your Path. is a manual, check the clutch switch. The clutch pedal must be all the way down and activate the switch to supply ground to the ignition switch before the starter will engage.

    If your Path. is an automatic, check the "Neutral/Park" switch. It must supply ground to the ignition switch for the starter to engage.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    With the key removed, the steering column will lock, but only at certain locations. The ignition cylinder will physically not rotate if there's too much tension preventing it from moving. Wiggling the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key usually gets it done.

    Try it yourself. Turn off the truck and remove the key. Now, turn the steering wheel by hand (it will be really hard) until it locks. It could take up to 1/2-turn of the wheel. Feel how much tension there is against the locking mechanism?

    Now insert the key and try to start the truck. It won't budge, right? Turn the steering wheel to release the tension on the igniton lockout and the key turns easily!
  • atuttleatuttle Posts: 1
    I found this old complaint (#367) about the powerdown windows. Mine does the same thing. Driver's side rolls up then comes back down about 1/4 of the way. Nissan has fixed it twice only to have it return again. Any others with this problem or a solution? Thanks.
  • Can anyone send part of their service manual that tells how to change the coolant in a 2001 Pathfinder. I am having problems finding the two engine drain plugs and I am about to go on a trip. Thanks much for any help.
  • Thanks to pathstar1 and xplorx4 for the helpful tips!
  • caleb2caleb2 Posts: 3
    I HAVE A 94 PATHFINDER AND IT RUNS BEAUTIFULLY IF YOU CAN GET IT TO START! SOMETIMES IT STARTS UP NO PROBLEM, BUT OTHER TIMES I HAVE TO PUMP THE GAS WHILE CRANKING AND EVENTUALLY IT STARTS. BEFORE IT WOULD START IF I WOULD TURN THE KEY BACK OFF AND RETRY SOMETIMES TAKING MULTIPLE TRYS BUT IT IS VERY UNPREDICTABLE. IVE PUT MANY PARTS ON TO CURE PROBLEM BUT NO LUCK! ANY THEORY OUT THERE WOULD BE GREATLY HELPFUL!
  • see a recent issue of popular mechanics magazine. they did a story on frozen spark plugs.
  • 96trk96trk Posts: 2
    PROBLEM SOLVED! I removed the heat shield on the exhaust, and the manifold was cracked. The O2 sensor was trying to over compensate for the air being drawn into the crack, so once it was hot, it ran lousy and blew blake smoke like crazy.
    Hope this helps someone else too.
  • Anyone had this problem with the Bose 6 disc changer?
    When I turn my Pathfinder off while playing a CD, the CD will continue to play. No sound comes out because the stereo/tuner is off, but it will continue to run (and change to the next CD when in "all" mode). Noticed this the other day when I got in my car and the CD I was just listening to had advanced to a later song. When I turn the car back on, I have to turn the stereo off and then back on to get the sound back. Obviously the CD player is getting power when it shouldn't be. When I turn the stereo off before shutting down the car or turn the car off in AM/FM mode, the disc number lights will stay on, but the CD won't continue to play.
    Any help/guidance would be appreciated. I just had this refurbished/rebuilt a few months back, and it is covered under warranty, but I wanted to see if there was something obvious I am missing before I have to pull it out and be without if for a few weeks...
    Thanks.
  • dmonizdmoniz Posts: 15
    Hi John,

    I just bought this same vehicle for my son and had the same problem. Even though it drove fine from the dealership I bought it from in RI, I took it to my own mechanic in Mass. He found the timing was off by 10 degrees. No idea how that happened since it was fine all the time I test drove it and for a week or two after we took delivery. My mechanic also found the tranny was overfilled and drained it down to a normal level. Once again, there were no shifting problems or stalling for the first few weeks. With the timing accurate and the tranny fluid corrected, the truck runs great. Hope this helps.

    Dave
  • Hi

    I have an 02 Pathy SE with 82K miles that recently began consuming 1-2 qts of oil every 3000 miles. This seems like a lot. Dealer shrugs it off to high mileage. Are other people adding oil between changes and if so, how much?

    Thanks
  • sandra3sandra3 Posts: 2
    95 Path...88K miles...overheated...mechanic replaced water pump and timing belt for $600...when he put coolant back in, he said head gaskets are blown...need new motor and suggested getting one from junk yard...repairs start at $1500...I have 2 small kids on 1 income, and don't have money to spend, so I need to know if I should sell it AS IS, or let it sit in my driveway for 3 months until I can save up enough money. HELP
  • dmonizdmoniz Posts: 15
    Hello,

    My opinion is to sell it as is. If you get a junkyard motor, there's no guarantee that one will be okay and troublefree. If you try to sell it on ebaymotors or through your local paper, I'm sure you'll get offers. Letting it sit for any extended period is not good for it either. That can cause problems.

    Good luck.
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