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Nissan Pathfinder Electrical Problems

Last night while i was cleaning out the interior i had the keys in acc mode.While i was listing to the bose i looked at the gauge cluster and my rpm gauge was moving and so was the mph gauge i found that to be odd because the motors wasnt on.It stoped after about 3 seconds.About 5 minutes later the bose was changing the volume by its self.I pulled te keys out and it tolled me that the battery was dead.10 minutes later i turned the key back to acc mode.It then told me the battery was normal.About one day passed i got into it early in the morning i turned the motor off while i was at the pump and the gauge cluster stated acting up again.
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  • Headlights on my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder won't work. I've putin a new battery, checked the alternator/belt, checked fuses. Parking light do work. Headlights don't work. Right now I'm on a dusk curfew!!! Yuk!!!!! Any suggestions short of having my husband sit on the hood with a latern?
  • Good afternoon,
    I just found this site my 95 pathfinder is doing the exact thing. i have taken the bulbs out and my battery goes dead. did yours drain your battery? did you ever figure out what was wrong with it. could you please help me out. i do not have the money for a new electrical system if you know what i mean.
  • icbyicby Posts: 2
    I bought this used vehicle in excellent physical shape from a dealer, but after the warranty expired I started to have electrical problems. (1) The interior dome light and trunk lights are intermittent and must be left in the off position, (2) door lights do not work (3) the security alarm horn would go off in the middle of the night when no events were happening--I had to disconnect the horn, (4) the stereo radio/cd control buttons on the steering wheel do not work. Anyone have any similar experiences and/or ideas how to fix this problem? icby
  • Hello,
    I don't know if this will help any, but I have a '94 Pathy and a while back one of my high beam headlights was out. I tried everything I knew to check, but I ended up taking it to a Nissan dealer, and it was a headlight switch.
  • I have pulled every pin switch at each door away from the body to test the switches. (switch closed goes to ground).
    Somewhere the light circuit is getting grounded.I have the carpet out and have pushed and pulled on ALL the harnesses but
    alas the lights never went off or even flickered. Any ideas?
    Anyone? Is there possibly a switch in the tailgate that I cannot find? I am very mechanically inclined, so this is buggin' me bugger!
  • I just bought a '95 and mine was doing the sames thing. In mine, it was the switch inthe rear hatch latch. If you open up the hatch and look up at the latch, on the left side there is a flat square black plastic "contact" that pushes back away from the gold metal piece when the door is closed. Apparently this plastic part wears out just enough to keep from moving off the metal piece leaving the dome lights on. Adjusting the latches wouldn't fix the problem, so I simply wrapped the left side of the strike plate (U-shaped metal loop at the rear floor where the door latch latches to) with about 3-4 wraps of electrical tape to make it thicker. The contact will hit that and slide away from the metal piece.
  • icbyicby Posts: 2
    Hi. Thanks for the very useful info on how to deal with the dome light problem on my 02 Pathfinder. The other problem is that intermittently, the alarm goes off for no apparent reason--usually in the middle of the night. Even when I click it with the remote to silence it. It will do so again later. No one trying to get in or loud noises. I had to have the horn fuse disconnected. Any ideas? Any way to adjust the sensitivity of the alarm system? Best wishes for the new year. Charles
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    It's probably one of the dome light switches. If you had an intermittant rear hatch switch as just posted about, that would do it. You can also check the door switches for water corrosion. They're easy to remove and inspect. There is no motion detector in the stock alarm system, so noise or vibration will not set it off.
  • I have a 1995 XE Pathy with 145K on it. Recently had to replace the battery and alternator. Now the red LED next to the Security switch on the little console between the front seats won't stop flashing. No matter what position I set the switch it keeps flashing. I don't believe the security system works anymore but I'm concerned that the flashing LED will gradually drain the battery. Does anyone know what I can do to disable the LED? I was thinking of prying the switch plate and disconnecting a wire.
  • I don't know why the led might be flashing, but for an led to drain the battery, the car would have to be sitting for a very long time (months).
  • dj69dj69 Posts: 3
    I have a problem that started two days ago. First, my left turn signal was stuck (left on) when the lights were on. Few other lights were also off. After a while, the lights including the signal light worked again. What a relief.. Then today, everything started out okay. About 10 minutes later, all of the inside dashboard lights, turn signal lights, all rear lights, and lights for radio and climate buttons went out. It's still out. Anyone with any crazy problems like mine? Thanks.
  • I bet you bucks its the the cluster/ combo switch if all those things happened at once. They are pricey! $ 90-100. Not a hard repair to do yourself, haven't had to do one on my pathfinder yet.
    Involves removing the steering wheel. After that should be a piece of cake. You should weigh your options on this one. I
    personally would buy this part new, not from a junk yard.Good luck! David
  • I am having major electrical problems with my Pathfinder. I had a remote start installed(bad idea) and had no problems with the vehicle until 8 months later. The list of things that it does is: head lights flicker, goes into 4wd on its on and then back to norm, heat/air cuts off/on by itself, VDC/SLIP cuts on/off by itself, etc. I have since had the remote start removed and the wiring harness where the system was tapped in repaired. I am still having the same problems and Nissan is refusing any more repairs involving this situation(They have replaced a number of control modules and the problems still persist). If anyone has any advice(besides getting rid of it), please let me know. Right now, i'm open to anything.
  • I have a 1994 pathfinder. both my headlights stopped working. I have changed the headlight switch and is still not working. Checked all fuses and they are good. I could really use some help. Thanks.
  • Hi Guys, Great Forum!

    I have a 2001 Pathfinder SE with a none functioning clock. I was told I may have a short or I made may need to replace a fuse? Does anyone have a suggestion on how I go about repairing it myself? Thanks JC
  • dodger21dodger21 Posts: 1
    Great forum, thanks!

    The tailights and brakelights have some issues. The tail lights work fine but the brake lights have ceased to function. I have checked the bulbs and both are fine, so is the fuse. Odd though, I remove the bulbs and replace bulbs with the bulb turned 180 (socket probes touching opposite light probes) and suddenly the brakelights work and the taillights no longer work. Hope this explination is enough to get a discussion started.
    Thanks.
  • We have a 2006 Pathfinder,please be aware the wiring harness can burn. We had a brake sensing unit put in a year ago right after we bought the vehicle. Our sensor lights came on a month ago and we took it to our dealer, Hampton Motors in Fort Walton Beach Florida, after diagnosing the vehicle they downed our vehicle as being unsafe and then determined the entire electrical wiring harness in the vehicle had completely melted. Now a month later, Hampton's determined because of the brake unit our warranty was void and are charging us $3000.00. The mechanic informed us the brake system was properly installed but other than the unit they cannot determine why the wiring harness burned. If your sensor lights on the dash are lit you need to immediately have it checked.
  • edrnedrn Posts: 17
    My 2002 Pathfinder seems to be having some issues. First of all, the power windows seem to have a mind of their own. Sometimes they all open and cannot close, other times they are fine. Also the power driver's seat has ceased to function. Would these items be fuse related?
  • Hello, I had the same problem on my 95' with the tail lights not coming on with the headlights or shutting off when driving (great no one could see me from behind). It's the turnsignal-headlight switch. I fixed this easly
    in 30 minutes. Underneath the steering wheel remove the 4 screws that hold the bottom half of the steering wheel bezel. Once you have those off you can lift the top half of the bezel a bit to get to the two screws that hold the switch in place. Remove switch and take inside your home / or shop. There is a plastic plate that covers the where the
    contacts are. That plate is about a 1 1/2" roughly square. I forget if it has screws or not , unscrew and or pry to pop that piece of plastic off. You will now see 4 or five contact legs. One for the headlamps 1 for taillamps and 2 turnsiganl contact legs. From turning headlights on/off alot they get unsprung a bit and will make little contact with the other mating surface. I used a small screw driver
    to bend them towards the inside of the switch so they could make good contact. Take the switch in your hand and turn it on , you will see a one or two legs that have lost some off the orginal bend to make contact (thats the brake lights, use a small screw driver or you thumb to bend then inwards a bit to match the other legs. You could also use a very small pair of needle nose to bend the legs downword towards the other mating surface. My tail lights worked after this fix and i haven't had a problem in the year that i did this fix. good luck it works! Take your time to understand where and how the contact legs go to make a connection.

    Those switches are too darn expensive but that is the problem
    :shades: SWITCHFIXER
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  • ivetteivette Posts: 3
    Hi, I didnt have the window problem but I had to replace the motor in the driver's seat. Some of it worked but one part didnt and there was no way to fix other than replacing the whole thing.
  • ipoole1ipoole1 Posts: 6
    I have a 2001 pathfinder and recently started to have electrical problems. First, I can not find the fuse box. The manual states in the passenger compartment, however, I can not find it. Second, the power doors are not working. Has anyone had the same problem?
  • ipoole1ipoole1 Posts: 6
    I am having problems with driver seat where it does not move forward or backward however it moves up and down. Has someone come across this same problem?
  • Fuse box is behind the coin holder to the left of the steering wheel. Open the coin holder, then pull it down forcefully so it pops out past the retaining clips. There are also two more fuse boxes under the hood.
  • ipoole1ipoole1 Posts: 6
    Thank you for the information. I will take a look tomorrow.
  • ipoole1ipoole1 Posts: 6
    I am also having problems with the clock. It would work than it would stop and finally it stop working. If I get it fix I will let you know.
  • I just had the same no tail light problem on my 95 Pathfinder. After removing the cover on steering column, I used an electrical spray cleaner on the headlight switch and that immediately solved the problem. It's the same cleaner used on computer parts and works wonders.
  • the power socket on my 1997 pathfinder does not work . the manual says a internal temperature fuse coulb be the the culprit, problem is the manual does not show or say where it is at, anybody know?
  • voregelvoregel Posts: 1
    did you end up fixing the problem? What did you find wrong?

    thanks!
  • ipoole1ipoole1 Posts: 6
    My friends husband works at a Nissan place he is going to take a look at it. When I find out exactly the problem and how to fix it I will let you know.
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