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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • spot2spot2 Posts: 15
    HI there can anyone tell me where the resistor is for the heater blower motor on a '92 SE. I only have the fan able to work on high. Checked my switch but can't seem to locate the resistor itself?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Yeah, what he said.

  • Did you get over to Autozone? Ask them to read your P code(s) is no charge here in Houston. The check engine light will reveal a P code.

    The code is read by a hand held electronic reader that plugs into a socket below the steering column...on the dash board.

    A "P code" is just an industry term that stands for something else. There are hundreds of P codes that exist for each vehicle. Not all vehicles use the same P codeterminology. For example in Nissan speak - P1142 stands for cam angle timimng sensor(LH). It's a part that senses cam shaft speed and adjusts the throttle according to a computer algorithm. There are 2 of these on your engine. Malfunction could mean that the sensor has failed...or that a voltage reading is simply wrong for the operating mode of the engine. A zero voltage reading for example could mean that a wire or harness is loose or damaged. Let me know if you have any problem getting your P code read.
  • Please see post #1813.
  • I have a 1996 Pathfinder that needs replacement license plate bulbs. The license plate lights are in housings that are on the right and left of the plate. There appears to be no way to unscrew or open the housing.

    I have checked my 1996 owners manual and it tells me how to change a 95's plate light, not my model.

    Can someone advise me on how to change these bulbs?
  • ben19ben19 Posts: 1
    This is my first post to this forum. I purchased a 2005 Pathfinder in May. Besides being out of service for 30 days while Nissan located a part, it has been a fine vehicle -- let's say that I am not impressed with NNA. :( I have experienced acceleration issues when pulling out from a dead stop while on a moderate incline. I suspect it is the anti-slip kicking in which basically shuts down acceleration. It's very annoying as I put the gas to the floor and get no reponse. Has anyone experienced this problem and how was it resolved?
  • Hey Guys, I'm new to this site because I figured someone has to be able to help me..My 94 pathfinder has 125k on it and has been sputtering on left hand corners (but remains running, regardless of speed). On sharp left corners it stalls and has to sit for an hour before restarting.I gave it a top of the line tune-up (plugs, wires, cap&rotor, belts, fuel filter). But yet it still gives me troubles. Its getting worse to the point where very slight left corners make it spit and sputter (even with a full tank of gas)Never sputters on a right turn. HELP ME...PLEASE..
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    To replace the license plate bulbs, you need to remove the plastic door panel on the inside of the rear hatch. Remove the two screws holding the hatch handle on, then gently pry the plastic away from the hatch along the edges. The panel is secured by pressure-clips, which pop off as you pull the panel away. (The clips easily pop back on, so you don't have to get new ones.)
  • The swing out spare tire unit on the back of my Pathfinder interferes with my Casita Trailer set up. I am looking for information on mounting the spare tire under the body. Parts are available for a 97 but will they easily install?

    Any one have any info on this. :confuse:
  • Hi- I saw the discussion regarding struts on pathfinders and had a question that was hoping to answer. I have a 96 pathfinder that I have been very happy with. It has 150K mile and the plastic boot around the shock is cracked and torn. The mechanic I took it to said it needed new struts, but it is not worth replacing because it will result in steering problems and eventual replacement to adjust to the new struts. he recommended driving the car, but expect bumpy ride. How long can someone drive on bad struts? Has anyone had this experience? Should I just throw in the towel and get another car.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    If the rubber boot around the strut (front suspension) is torn, it won't matter too much during normal driving. However, if the truck continues to bounce up and down after you've pushed down (hard) on the front bumper and let go, then you might need new struts anyway.

    Replacing the struts isn't too hard, and technically you don't even need an alignment, since the only adjustable alignment angle is toe. Camber and caster are not adjustable. On the other hand, during most suspension work, it might be a good idea to get an alignment also, especially if you notice uneven wear on the front tires.

    If you have a Pep Boys locally, you can get the struts replaced for $40 (labor) plus parts cost per strut.

    If you've never had the struts replaced before, I recommend getting the following parts:
    1) Two KYB GR2 Pathfinder struts (search google for it) ~$100 each
    2) Two strut mounts ~$25 each
    3) Two strut bearings ~$25 each
    4) Two strut dust boots/bump stops ($??)

    For items 2-4, I recommed checking out Pinnacle Nissan.

    If you'd like to see photos of what's involved in replacing the strut (do-it-yourself method) click here.

    Unless you're really unhappy with the Pathfinder or if it has several other items in need of repair, there's no reason to replace it just because the struts are bad.
  • I have a 94 Pathfinder that has run fine for a long time until now. It will not start. All the lights work in the car and i cleaned to battery thoroughly and had it checked for strength. The battery is fine. When I try to crank the car (its a 5 speed), all I hear is a click. When I tracked to see where the click was coming from, I found that is was coming from a little box directly to the left of the battery. (a relay box?) Can someone PLEASE help. Thanks in advance for any responses.
  • I had this problem a month ago. I hear clicking sound even though all the lights work.

    Take the battery to the shop and have it check. I took mine to Sears, and they check it for free.

    Most likely it is the battery. Once I replaced my battery, problem disappears.

    good luck.
  • I have 93 Pathfinder (250,000 miles) and can hear whining sounds when I change gear. This only happens when the engine is cold.

    Any ideas?

  • nojetsnojets Posts: 31
    OK all you Pathfinder gurus, try this one on. My '01 2WD Pathfinder LE with 95K miles has developed a big transmission oil leak where the oil is dripping from the right frame rail, about midway back. But here's the mystery. The transmission casing and all parts containing transmission oil appear bone dry and clean. Neither the Nissan dealer nor another independent shop can see where the transmission is leaking - they have both said they have never seen anything like it in their careers. The oil runs for about a foot along the rail, but no stains follow over to the tranny casing. The Transmission case is losing oil - it needed a pint by the time I noticed it. But you could eat your lunch off the casing and the associated parts...any ideas??
  • I just bought a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE and I cant figure out how to use the a/c? There is no a/c button? Or I am just stupid?
  • Oh my god! I thought I was just stupid!! I just bought an 2002 Pathfinder SE. I have no clue how it works. Every other car I have had has always had a "A/C" button. Mine the temp goes down to 65%???

    Lets figure this out.
  • Xplor4. The last time we talked I was having an Evap Canister issue. Well I have finally ponied up the money for it and a couple of other parts as a result of my hesitation. First let me say that I went to the dealer that I originally purchased my Pathy (Dealer 1). They gave me an estimate of $1081.51 plus tax to do the following:

    Replace Purge Valve Vent Control Valve and Evap Canister.
    Purge line clean and recheck ECM function.

    I was told that my ECM board could be shot costing another $900 on top of the above amount. And of course they could not verify proper ECM function until the above issues were fixed.

    I went to Dealer2 and was charged $692 for the following:

    Replacement of vent control valve
    Replacement of Evap Canister
    Replacement of Purge Volume Control Valve

    In speaking with the service rep from Dealer2 his experience is that the ECM board rarely fails and would not expect it to be the case in ths event(prediagnosis)
    Apparently the lines were not clogged and the ECM board was fine. In fact I checked them as you told me to and they were not "crunchy" at all. I mentioned that Nissan
    has a TSB and reccomended that the lines be cleaned as well. And they were aware of it (as they should be) and
    said that is thier procedure as well (Dealer2).
    I'm happy to have saved $300. I think Dealer1 had me up to my eyes in labor costs. Now for the end. Of course it does me well to know that the SES is gone and the parts have been replaced and the ECM board is fine ...etc. But there are times when I go to start my truck it takes a little bit to turn over. Also I still get the smell of gas on the passenger side mostly either idleing or after parking the car. No leaks on the ground. Just the smell of gas. And I am still getting that coolant odor too.
    Should'nt the replacement of these parts taken care of the problem? I run 92+ octane and I've had carbon cleaned from the throttle body. What else could it be? I hope it's nothing more than say a tune up or maybe not using such a rich fuel mixture at its age. Oh BTW its a 97 Pathfinder 4x4 LE 3.3 V6. Help!!! :confuse:
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Hmmm. Funny you should mention this issue. My truck has been also giving a faint gas odor as well, but I can't really determine the source. The EVAP canister seems fine, I can hear the EVAP valves functioning, so I don't quite know what the problem is.

    BTW, your 3.3L V6 is designed to run on plain ol' 87 octane. There's no reason to run anything higher unless you notice pinging (typically only on very hot days under heavy loads). Higher octane fuel is actually harder to burn, and can result in poorer emissions and fuel economy in engines not tuned to run on it. That could contribute to your condition, but I can't be sure.

    As for the coolant odor, check the coolant level periodically. Also, check for coolant stains directly beneath the throttle body near the accelerator cable linkage. There's a thermostatic idle-speed valve there that I've noticed seepage before.
  • I just found the same problem with my 2001 Pathfinder. Both front springs broken in the same spot (first coil up from the bottom) Mine has 90K miles but is in excellent condition with only some dirt road driving. My local mechanic, who's worked on quite a few Pathfinders, says he's never seen anything like it. I'd still be interested in hearing from anyone else on this.
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