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Nissan Pathfinder Electrical Problems

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  • Look under the driver's seat, that's where it is in my 93. I don't think they did much changing around. Might be easier to unbolt the seat and tip it back out of the way. Takes a 12mm wrench. Sure it's the security system draining the battery? :shades:
  • Hi. I have almost the same problem with my 97 Pathfinder... Although the cigarette lighter is working, my compass and temp display is not.
    I am sure that it's not to be changed because when I start up the engine the temp/compass display does light up for a few seconds as if it were working but then it dies. There must be some electrical issue. Checked the fuse... they all look fine.

    Have you fixed your problem?
    Please Help :cry:
  • The following is not functioning: windows, radio, dash, cig lighter, brake lights,signal lights, yield lights, back wiper-- pretty much everything on in the fuse panel. Additionally, when test with a meter, I am getting pwr to the accessory relay, but I am not getting power to the individual fuses in the panel.

    What does work: ignition, front wipers, headlights,light behind the clock although not the clock.

    I am at a real loss as to what is going on here. I just replace my alternator, and I assume I have a short but don't know where to start looking.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.
  • Did you ever work out your electrical problem? I am having the exact same issue with my 93' PathSE Man 4x4.
  • rossphillips7rossphillips7 Posts: 1
    edited September 2010
    Thanks for the information on the contact point for the Lift Gate sensor. I didn't have any manuals and was playing with the lift gate for a couple of hours before I went online and found your post.

    I was able to wrap a rubber band around the D-shaped post to thicken it and finally after a few months don't have my interiors lights staying on unintentionally and draining my battery... THANKS!!!
  • quelzquelz Posts: 1
    I am having problems with my headlight, my driver side headlight does not go off after I turn the lights and ignition off. That was going on for a while now my headlights will not come on at all, but my taillights work fine. Could someone please help me. Thanks
  • I am back with more issues on my 05 Pathfinder. On post #173 I explained issues I was having with vehicle not starting. After much research, I finally gave in and replaced the IPDM which every forum I could get on said would fix the issue. After I was finally able to get a new IPDM (due to back order issues) my car was running in Jan. Now, at the end of October my vehicle is once again running rough and not enough power to get speed up.Is anyone else out there having the same problems? I would appreciate any help I can get!
  • frashfrash Posts: 1
    I have the EXACT same problem with my alarm on my 02 pathfinder. Also had issues with the dome light coming on when taking off from a stop and fading out (all the time). I'm also having issues with my door locks - if i lock the car (while inside it, both with the vehicle running and off) sometimes the locks will engage and immediately disengage. This doesn't happen all of the time and sometimes I am able to lock them afterward without issues. Other times I can try to lock it 10 times and it will continue to unlock the doors.

    Any solutions come through for the alarm? My neighbors in this apartment complex hate me I'm sure!
  • Okay, I have had several unusual issues with my Pathfinder that I suspect are electrical

    1- From the RPM Gauge to the right it goes out once and a while
    2- When it is 34 Degrees Fahrenheit or less the left turn signal will not blink properly when I press the breaks
    3- The Emergency Flashers no longer flashes when unlocking it with the remote/ Emergency Flashers and Horn no longer flash and beep when locking.

    As far as the third problem I have checked and double checked all doors to ensure they are closed to see if that is the problem and they are all secured.

    My friend who is a Mechanic thinks it is a "sneak circuit" I am not sure. Any one seen these issues before.

    Thanks

    Cpl Orbinati :confuse:
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    MAY 11, 2009 | Recall ID# 74354 Show Details

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
    DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS....more details

    MAY 11, 2009 | Recall ID# 74354 Hide Details

    Recall Reason EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
    Recall Date MAY 11, 2009
    Model Affected PATHFINDER
    Potential Units Affected 42540

    Recall SummaryDOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.


    ConsequenceDECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.


    RemedyDOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.


    NotesDOPE, INC.

    MAR 23, 2006 | Recall ID# 71587 Show Details

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING
    CERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT....more details

    MAR 23, 2006 | Recall ID# 71587 Hide Details

    Recall Reason EXTERIOR LIGHTING
    Recall Date MAR 23, 2006
    Model Affected PATHFINDER
    Potential Units Affected 61944

    Recall SummaryCERTAIN PRO-A MOTORS CORNER LAMPS, TURN SIGNALS, AND HEADLIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.


    ConsequenceWITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.


    RemedyPRO-A MOTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER TO REPURCHASE THE LAMPS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 3, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PRO-A MOTORS AT 323-838-2988.


    NotesPRO-A MOTORS, INC.

    SEP 18, 2007 | Recall ID# 50704 Show Details

    FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
    ON CERTAIN VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, TENNESSEE, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA , WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DURING THE COATING PROCESS OF THE FUEL FILLER TUBE ASSEMBLY, AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF COATING MAY HAVE BEEN APPLIED AT THE LOWER MOUNTING BRACKET. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN OPENING IN THE COATING WHICH CAN ALLOW WATER TO ENTER AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE BARE METAL OF THE TUBE. ...more details

    SEP 18, 2007 | Recall ID# 50704 Hide Details

    Recall Reason FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
    Recall Date SEP 18, 2007
    Model Affected PATHFINDER
    Potential Units Affected 372250

    Recall SummaryON CERTAIN VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, TENNESSEE, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA , WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DURING THE COATING PROCESS OF THE FUEL FILLER TUBE ASSEMBLY, AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF COATING MAY HAVE BEEN APPLIED AT THE LOWER MOUNTING BRACKET. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN OPENING IN THE COATING WHICH CAN ALLOW WATER TO ENTER AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE BARE METAL OF THE TUBE.


    ConsequenceTHIS MAY RESULT IN SURFACE RUST BUT NOT PERFORATION OF THE TUBE. HOWEVER, IN THOSE AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WHICH USE HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS OF ROAD SALT IN THE WINTER, IF A MIXTURE OF SNOW/WATER AND SALT MAKES CONTACT WITH THE BARE METAL, CORROSION MAY OCCUR TO A DEGREE WHICH RESULTS IN PERFORATION OF THE TUBE. IN THIS CASE FUEL LEAKAGE MAY OCCUR WHEN FILLING THE TANK. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.


    RemedyDEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL FILLER TUBE ASSEMBLY WITH A NEW ONE WITH AN IMPROVED COATING PROCESS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 26, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.


    NotesNISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

    AUG 30, 2001 | Recall ID# 10268 Show Details

    STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BRACKETS USED TO ATTACH THE TWO GAS STRUTS TO THE REAR DOOR (HATCH) MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MADE. AT HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURES, THE INCREASE IN GAS PRESSURE IN THE STRUT(S) COULD CAUSE ONE OR BOTH BRACKETS TO BEND, RESULTING IN THE STRUTS DETACHING FROM THE BRACKET(S) WHEN OPENING OR CLOSING THE REAR DOOR....more details

    AUG 30, 2001 | Recall ID# 10268 Hide Details

    Recall Reason STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
    Recall Date AUG 30, 2001
    Model Affected PATHFINDER
    Potential Units Affected 31000

    Recall SummaryVEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BRACKETS USED TO ATTACH THE TWO GAS STRUTS TO THE REAR DOOR (HATCH) MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MADE. AT HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURES, THE INCREASE IN GAS PRESSURE IN THE STRUT(S) COULD CAUSE ONE OR BOTH BRACKETS TO BEND, RESULTING IN THE STRUTS DETACHING FROM THE BRACKET(S) WHEN OPENING OR CLOSING THE REAR DOOR.


    ConsequenceIF BOTH STRUTS DETACH FROM THE BRACKETS, THE DOOR WILL RAPIDLY FALL DOWN, POSSIBLY STRIKING SOMEONE AND CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY.


    RemedyDEALERS WILL REPLACE THE STRUT BRACKETS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN SEPTEMBER 24, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.


    NotesNISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

    APR 07, 2009 | Recall ID# 8721 Show Details

    EXTERIOR LIGHTING
    SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED A
  • abc2010abc2010 Posts: 1
    edited January 2011
    2000 Nissan Pathfinder. Instrument panel lighting has been out for one year. Turn head lights on and the radio and heat lighting goes out, turn head lights off and the radio and heat lighting goes on - however the blink intermintantly. Can not find a fuse for this, doubt is the light bubls. Becasue of the blinking radio and heater lights thinking this a electrical board. Any help out there?
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    ARE THEY BLINKING AS IF CONNECTED TO THE FLASHER relay
  • jp15jp15 Posts: 1
    Took Pathfinder SE in last week for ecm relay recall and then had to have a belt and tensioner replaced today. Dropped it off to dealer and everything was fine. Picked it up and the turn signals and instruments on the main panel do not work at all. No Odometer, speedometer, etc.

    Turned around in the parking lot and brought it right back to service. They are not able to diagnose the problem yet but are saying that it isn't related to any work they had done. I have never had any problems in the past up until this point.

    Has anyone experienced the same thing or have any suggestions? Thank you in advance.
  • leahynpleahynp Posts: 1
    Everything about my turn signals has stopped working, inside and out. I have checked the fuses and they are not the problem. I do have a bulb out(front, driver's side) and have ordered a replacement, but this wouldn't make the other lights or inside blinkers not work, would it? All other lights are working properly. I can't test the emergency flashers because they haven't worked in a while(fuse blows every time when turning on the car after changing it). I don't know if it's related, but this problem started last week when we had several days in a row of below negative temperatures. Thanks!
  • Most likely it's the combination switch. (The switch that controls both the lights and turn signals) It's a pretty simple fix with no special tools. This fix was posted by "Switchfixer" back in these forums. You may have to search way back (a few years) But he did a GREAT job explaining how to do this simple fix. It also may be something as easy as replacing the relay that makes the blinkers blink. Hope this helps. Post back if you can't find it. :shades:
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    edited March 2011
    I think this is the post:

    switchfixer, "Nissan Pathfinder Electrical Problems" #79, 18 Mar 2008 7:58 am

    I have a similar switch in my '99 Quest and it was replaced under warranty early on. The other day the turn signals quit but simply shutting the van off and restarting it seemed to fix it (don't remember flipping the switch but maybe I did).

    Next time I'll try Switchfixer's trick. My power window switch carboned up too and they are hard to get at to try to clean.

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  • me007me007 Posts: 1
    I have a 2009 Pathfinder and it has started to do the same thing. At first my husband insisted that I must have hit the lock on the remote from inside the house. However, if I had done that - the horn would have blown and we would have noticed the LOUD noise coming from the garage. Several times I have come out to find the doors locked. A few weeks ago I was getting out of the car and realized I had forgotten something, so I leaned back in when all of a sudden the doors locked and the two front windows went partially down.....the key was not in the ignition and nothing was near the window/door lock buttons. My remote doesn't have any connection to the windows. Today, I left my car as normal, unlocked and when I returned the front windows were down and the doors were locked. I too am thinking this car is haunted. My last Nissan - a Quest- the doors would lock and unlock randomly as I was driving. What is going on? Please help.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    In my 2003 manual about the remote, if you press and hold the unlock button for 5 seconds it does lower the windows ,may be check into this and reprogram your remote. its worth a try.
  • I discovered that my problems with my pathfinder was just an issue with the electrical circuits.

    From the bill:

    "Found blown at cont fuse"

    which when they replaced that fuse it fixed as far as my problems I listed above.

    I also could not start the vehicle, which caused me to have it towed out to the dealer where they found the cont. fuse blown and a few others. :shades:
  • bertphilabertphila Posts: 2
    Any suggestions on getting this door opened? Passenger side-door will not open and I cant replace the door latch unless I can get it open. The outside handle is blowing in the wind, the inside door release: no effect. Mechanical lock/unlock has no effect. Electric lock/unlock has no effect.
    All other door latches and locks behave normally (mechanical and electric). 1998 Pathfinder
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