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Nissan Pathfinder Noises and Sounds

I have a 2000 pathfinder 63000 mi., the front of the car and steering wheel vibrate around 40 mph, new front tires, tie rod ends, and links. I am thinking that the front wheel bearings should be replaces, does anyone have any answers??


  • Anyone have this problem with their 06 Pathfinder: With all windows up...roll down the rear windows and the pressure inside the Pathfinder becomes very loud and almost sonic to the ears very bothersome. Does Nissan offer any cure for this?
  • Anyone notice the sound that the Pathfinder (this case is a 2006) when the limited slip kicks in? What I'm being told is that this sound is normal but I see nothing from Nissan to assure me.

    Any thoughts out there?

    The sound is like gears meshing together and I have confirmed that it's the LSD because the "SLIP" light comes on at the time the noise occurs.

    Thanks for the help.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    There is no "real" limited slip differential in the pathy. What you/we have (I have an Armada) is that ABLS which is Anti-lock Brake Limited Slip in conjunction with an open rear differential.

    In an open differential, if a wheel is slipping it will continue to slip until you either let off the gas, or apply the brake. In the case of ABLS if a wheel slips, the brake is applied to that wheel which forces the power from that wheel to the other wheel on that axle which presumably has more grip. This is on both the front and rear axles so we effectively have a Front and Rear Limited Slip.

    What you are hearing is the brakes being applied to the axle and the power being forced to the other side. It is perfectly normal.

    On the flip side, if you spin both rear wheels at the same speed (pretty hard to do) the ABLS will not activate because it will not percieve any slip.

    Hope this helps, let me know if you need any follow up information.

  • is there a remedy? besides cracking the front windows an inch
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    I am not aware of any other practical solution. A full solution would be to change the geometry of the vehicle which is unlikely to happen. Perhaps the engineers will eventually come up with some kind of external deflectors.

    tidester, host
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    It isn't limited to a few vehicles. I had a 1990 4Runner that did it and an earlier Surbaru wagon did it as well. Cracking the rear hatch glass an inch or so on the 4Runner attenuated the "booming", but was, of course, dangerous (exhaust gasses could enter). I just leave the windows up on my 2001 PF, as it gets better fuel economy using the A/C than it does with the windows down. With just the sunroof cracked (tilt funtion) there is only a little wind noise with no booming. This increases normal airsystem airflow through the vehicle by providing an exit into a slight vacuum. If opened too far (slide function) it will start to boom.

    I don't think this can be considered a "design flaw", it's the nature of the shape of current "SUVs". They will all do it.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    It isn't limited to a few vehicles.

    Quite right!

    tidester, host
  • Mike,
    Thanks for your reply. That certainly makes a lot of sense and now I know why it sounds like the ABS kicking in as well.
    Again ....... Thanks ;)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Glad to help!

  • I have an 01' pathfinder LE with 90,000 m on it. Two months ago I noticed a light groan coming from the vehicles rear. So I searched some message boards and found that Nissan has a service bulletin. It states that rocks get stuck above the right rear shock mount and cause this noise. so I went to my mechanic and had him pull the shock, clean the area and put the piece of foam in. Well! My noise is still there and it's steadily getting louder. My mechanic told me it could be bad bushings or shocks but, he wouldn't know till they're replaced. I would like to avoid that expense because my suspension seems fine but, the sound is getting annoying!!!

    I would be thankful for any help with this matter.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    A little more information may help the experts here diagnose your problem. For example, does the pitch or intensity of the groan vary with driving speed? Does it occur continually or sporadically?

    tidester, host
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  • I hear the noise most times when I drive (PA roads) But, when the suspension is flexed such as large pot holes or when I hit a speed bump at an angle the metallic groan sounds louder.

    I hope this helps!! thanx!
  • There is a high pitch ringing noise coming from the engine compartment. Two mechanics so far have not been able to locate the cause. It is not there when the engine is started. It takes a couple minutes to appear. It goes away when the car is in neutral or park, and reappears when in drive. I have been told everything from the distributor to the ac compressor as possible causes. The ac by the way is not working. I had the alternator replaced because someone thought it was causing the ring. When it did not go away the original one was put back on. Any ideas/
  • Hello,
    I have an 04' Pathfinder with 60K miles. After about a year when I bought my car new, I had a noise in the alternator area when the humidity changed (I live in St. Louis). The dealership said its no a big deal. It goes away after about 5 minutes of driving. In the past year the noise is louder and longer. No that it is winter, it doen't go away. When the car is not moving you can hear it. The belt is in good shape and the car runs great. Do I have a problem and how do I fix it.
  • I bought a 2006 Pathfinder LE 4x4 and there is a rattle coming from in front of the glove box. The technician said he couldn't find out where it came from but tightened the body and chassis mounts. It stopped for about a week and it is back. It only happens when the car gets warm. I also have numerous rattles around the window frames which can sometimes be helped by lowering them slightly. Has anyone come up with a solution to these issues?

  • goyekgoyek Posts: 2
    Got the 07 PF SE 4x4 6 mos ago and have logged 7k so far. Recently, I notice sounds coming from below like loose bolt/nut rubbing against metal whenever I pass small bumps. No problem with large bumps, and it gets annoying. Going to delar in 2 weeks for regular service, want to know what should I asked them to look/check. I hope its just bolt tightenning and nothing serious.
  • My 07 SE Automatic, creaks on rear right corner, on take off from stationary. Sometimes on cornering. Dealer tightened couple of bolts on back end, said not torqued correctly. Made no difference.
    Reg. Frank R.
    Ps. I drove a rental 08 for the day, creaked on every corner, braking, takeoff & cornering. Did not give me confidence.
  • My 2007, has same window rattles. annoying. Front passenger window, continues to slide down for a second after, finger removed from button. Rear right creak from back end. Door rattles on closing.
    Reg. Frank R.
  • goyekgoyek Posts: 2
    Went to the dealer for 7.5t miles regular service check and complained about the noise. The Mechanic couldn't hear the problem so I had to drive the supervisor so he can hear the noise himself -- and he DID. He asked me to com back the next day coz it might take longer to isolate the noise and for me to remove all my stuff in the car. I camme back the next day and in two hours the master technician reported it was nothing serious, just the 3 rubber stopper in the hood has gotten a little loose (maybe due to cold weather) and had to tighten it and add silicone. Never heard the noise again, and at least I now know where its coming from.
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