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Nissan Pathfinder Noises and Sounds



  • I have now changed both front CV joints and half shafts !!! What's next !!!
  • i have an '01 pathfinder, 2wd. recently replaced the center support bearing and eliminated the noise but then started this vibration at 40mph. was told to replace u-joint, still had vibration. was told to balance drive shaft, still have it. now being told by dealer that entire drive shaft assembly needs to be replaced $785. i'm not sure this is necessary and am searching for answers.
    what was the outcome with yours?
  • xlpathxlpath Posts: 3
    I havn't fixed the problem yet. I think the next step is input berings or rebuild the transfer case ( only because the vibration is only when i'm in 4x4 ). :confuse:
  • racerx70racerx70 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Pathfinder SE with 55k. I had a similar problem. I didn't realize it until my wife took my car out for a highway trip. She came back saying the tires must not have been balanced properly. I typically drive around town and don't get the speed up over 45 much. I took it out for a drive on the highway and it started shaking and shuddering around 50, and it only got worse like the wheels were going to fly off if I tried to go over 60 mph. I took it right into the tire shop and had them balance the tires again. They apologized and the tech wanted to know who balanced them and I said that he did, so i figured problem solved.
    I also noticed that whenever the car was moving it sounded as if someone was sticking a stick in my spokes if i was riding a bike. I promptly took into the Nissan dealer who told me the U joint & propeller shaft needed to be replaced, but no worries since it is covered under the power train warranty.
  • rlockerlocke Posts: 1
    I also have a 2005 pathfinder with the same squeaking noise in reverse. It just started. Did you ever figure out what was causing it? Email me at rlocke @ ccpromotional. com
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  • azpathmanazpathman Posts: 2
    edited July 2010
    tik,tik,tik, is what I hear .when i first drove it the sound went away after a couple of miles at the light could not hear it run so i bought it thinking oil change.oil is new but sound does not go away .if the timing belt needs replacement would i hear ticking..can you safely adjust valves .I've always had old chevy's..nice and basic.does the knock sensor cuase a tik,tik,tik.I've used hose to listen to valve train where it seems to be coming from but it is hard to pin point when i listen thru hose it goes away but my other ear seems to hear it on other side of motor.not a rod in my opinion definatly sounds like lifter ,valve or sloppy push rod if it were my chevy .any help much appreciated :confuse: engine seems sound i think somethin in exhuast :confuse:
  • jag02jag02 Posts: 4
    edited September 2010
    My 2005 pathfinder has a heavy humming vibration at speeds above 60km/h. Only happens when pressing gas pedal. If pedal not pressed, vibration goes away.
    Sounds similar to driving with rear windows down at high speed. A deafening sound.
    Vehicle regularly serviced.
    Any suggestions.
  • Brake rotors are known culprits to cause front end vibrations
  • This is an aerodynamic problem due to design and shape of vehicle.No fix. keep windows 1/4 open
  • 2005 pathfinder has timimg chain, not belt
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    2003` pathfinder le after I did a oil change with a Nissan filter in which I have a Nissan filter on it before this one, I used castrol 5x30 ,thats whats written all over the manual to use, on the last oil change I used penzoil 10x30 . so now when I'm stopped at an idle I hear a slight knock sound on the right bank of the engine ,so I used my stethoscope to hear it better on the engine and it just sounds normal ,I never noticed this noise before with the 10x 30 oil and a Nissan filter what could it be a knock sensor? only 63,000 on the engine original owner. V6
  • I the exact same problem, I've replaced the U-joints in the front shaft, new shocks, had the CV joints and wheel hubs checked for excessive play all are good. Tires balanced, alignment. Brake rotors are good.

    Have you had any luck getting yours fixed?
  • Did you ever find out what this problem was? It sounds identical to what I am going through now.
  • This happened to my o5 PF It is the front drive shaft they have had a bad rep. for going bad. They click, vibrate, and humm at high speeds.
    Nissan fixed mine still under warranty. Mech told me they have been having problems with them.
  • Excuseme, is yours an 2010 Pathfinder, because mine it is, and the mechanics at the dealers keep sayng me that the noise come from the injectors and the say it is normal, that answer doesn't really satisfied me especially coming from a few towsand miles car, have you had any look with it yet? Thanks Santiago.
  • Have any of you experience an tic tic tic noise on a 2010 pathfinder( SE V6)
    Because mine does and the mechanics at two different dealers keep sayng me that it comes from the injectors and is normal.
    I been driving new cars for over 20 years and this is the first time that one of them have such kind of noise.
    And also i feel the truck doesn't have the same acceleration now with 8.000 miles on than whenit comes out of the dealer.

    Any help, i really apreciatte. Thanks Santiago.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    well I took a picture and with sound and put it on you tube, and a good mechanic technician said it could be the timing chain tensioner not working properly or clogged up where oil suppose to go through it .
  • Ahhhhh....the Pathfinder.....lovely vehicle, isn't it?!?!?!?! Please accept my apologies in advance....after replacing u joints, mutiple sensors, radiator and transmission (x2), I have grown a little bitter about Nisssan as a company and Pathfinder as a product. So, after I had my transmission replaced, one day in to driving it and I am noticing a distinct whistling while it is shifting through the gears. Now, I drive this p.o.s. everyday and this noise was not there prior to the service. I have had it back tothe repair shop twice, they can't find the source. I am certainly not a mechanic but doesn't it stand to reason that there may be something going on within the transmission that is causing this annoyance? Please help!!!!
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    I have been there enough times .
    I had an engine problem with mine once that was intermittent , dies on the road and restarts when cooled off, so after many returns and under warranty they replaced coils wires, plugs, timing belt and more, its problem wasn't fixed, so I got in touch with a rep from main headquarters for them and insisted I talked to a diagnostic specialist, he was very understanding so from 1200 miles away he called the dealer and walked them through the diagnostic to find it was a transmission sending speed sensor ,that never gave any trouble until I let them do their great transmission flush and they must have broke the sensor ,all I can say is I should have never let them flush the tranny .there wasn't anything wrong before that. LOL
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