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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • honorhonor Posts: 5
    The brake noise is an easy fix. Go to the dealer and tell him to check the brakes. They had a problem in the manufacturing end where they bent the part behind the disk that causes a squeeling sound. Mine had the problem, they bent it back and no more noise a 5 min fix.
  • honorhonor Posts: 5
    Are you talkin to me?
  • No more clicking sound from my Frontier.
    It was fixed Friday.
    Anyone who had it "fixed" but still hears the sound may want to double check what part number the dealer used. Mine almost put on the part Nissan sent, when they realized that it was NOT the newly designed replacement part. They got the right part in, and now, no clicking.
    Correct part: 14010-EA200.
  • Hi all,
    Same here, went to the dealer last wednesday for the intake manifold collector and gasket replacement as per TSB and engine rattle sound was gone like woodshop28 said. I did not post right away b/c I want to test for a long drive and uphills which I did this weekend and yap it
    is gone and Pahty has a solid g-r-a-w-l now.
  • carfan3carfan3 Posts: 27
    Sorry Cheerioboy, this didn't help answer my concerns. can you and others please provide me with more feedback regarding my concerns? Thank you
  • eck2eck2 Posts: 6
    I look at this way....

    I only have 1000 miles on my PF and I love it. I need to take it in for the TSB fix on the engine vibration but I am not in a hurry. It bothers me but hey they will fix and its not like its bothering me enough to rush it in. The manager of the dealer I bought it told me anything, anything else that pops us they will take care of it.

    If you need the room go for the ARMADA. I didn't need it. The PF has lots of power, is comfortable, looks great and ride nice.

    If you look into any vehicle in these forums you will find some issue with each one. Its not like their is some perfect vehicle out there.
  • I don't think I can add anything else. I'm following this board as I may replace my 00 Maxima with a Pathy in a year or two....for my wife.
  • sosanicsosanic Posts: 1
    I just got an 01 path LE, which seems to be having these rim problems, at first it started making these whirring sounds and raspy noises, took it to the dealer I got it from and said the tires just needed rotating and balancing, (mind you I already see this dealer is not too honest). Some noise was reduced and then another sound was heard. I took the car to a local guy he put it on a lift and he said a sound was coming from the differential as well as the other sound, possibly coming from there as well. When I took the car service gave me 4 new tires, two days later this HUM, that doesn't seem normal is coming from under the car... IT comes and goes as you accelerate and decelerate... There's also a hissing sound audible now, and to give a little more background the water pump was changed a day after I got this car... SOunds like I'm screwed huh, but at the same time people say it sounds fine, that these sounds are normal, that differentials make sounds anyway (as per the service manager at the dealer)... I wish someone witht he same car could drive this one to maybe tell if I'm just freaking out... anyone else??
    anything anyone... HELP>>>>

    jhonny blaze
  • opiedogopiedog Posts: 9
    Less than 1000. Probably more like 500.
  • sickdogsickdog Posts: 1
    I'm new to this forum but it seems like a good place to maybe get some help.

    I have a '97 SE and am about to install my third alternator within 6 months. Either I am having extremely bad luck with remanufactured parts or something else is causing the alternators to fail. Does anyone have any ideas on where to look? Any similar misfortune out there? I appreciate any comments.
  • I am not a mechanic, but make sure whoever is putting them on is not making the belt too tight. That'll make the alternator wear out quickly.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    The problem above is only one of many possibilities. I'll list those I can think of.

    1. The serpentine belt or "V" belt tension is important - too loose and the belt will slip and wear, too tight and the alternator bearings will fail (they usually fail before the water pump or A/C bearings). If your alt. failures were due to bearings, this is a possible cause.

    2. There may be a short in the system. It would probably be intermitant, because a continuous short would reveal itself with smoke and fire ;-).

    3. There may be a problem in the battery - does it go dead on you? There can be a short in the battery, intermittant or continuous. If you charge the battery and leave it disconnected and it goes dead overnight that would point to this problem.

    4. The rebuilder may have a production problem. It all depends on what is failing in the alternators. There is a regulator inside and six diodes (in a pack, usually), as well as the commutator brushes and rings. The rebuilder can even destroy the bearings while assembling the unit.

    This is why it's hard to answer your question. I hope this gives you enough information to know where to look.
  • Pathfinders get much better gasoline mileage (6 vs 8 cylinders). With gas prices going through the roof this might be a consideration. The Armada is a larger vehicle with more storage space. Also, the Armada costs more off the lot. The Pathfinder is basically the same car as in the past but with a 3rd row of fold down seats. The Pathfinder has a new 4.0 liter v-6 engine that has incredible power. There are more bells and whistles on the new Pathfinder especially the LE models than in the past. Other than that it appears to be the same car. This is our 2nd Pathfinder. We were happy with the 1st one and so far we're happy with this one.
  • We have a brand new 2005 Pathfinder, an LE model. This is our 2nd Pathfinder, the 1st being a 2002 LE. I have noticed this new car doesn't seem to track quite as well as our old one. It requires a lot of corrections and re-corrections as you're driving. Could this be tires, front end or what? Secondly is there anywhere a rear window deflector can be obtained on an after market basis. Nissan used to make one and it fit on our 2002 and worked wonderfully. They no longer make such a part. Help please.
  • ragpaoaragpaoa Posts: 8
    Hi, this is our first post. We have a brand new 2005 Pathfinder LE 4WD fully loaded. The build date is 12/2004 so it falls within the TSB engine noise problem. We love the vehicle so far with 1200 miles, but I have some initial questions:

    1. We haven't heard the "Engine Rattle" problem everyone has been talking about. The TSB states Pathfinders built before January have this problem. Are the dealers obligated to change out the part even though the problem hasn't hit us yet? Do ALL 05 Pathfinders with build date before Jan 2005 have this defective part?

    2. I have noticed something wierd about the A/C. We have the Dual Automatic climate control with rear control. Sometimes I want to turn off the A/C on cold days to save gas (here in San Diego, CA the prices average $2.32/gal, yikes!). However, when I press the 'AC' button to display 'A/C OFF' on the Nav Screen, the compressor still cycles on and off. I have tried all the combinations to turn off the AC, but no matter what, the AC compressor still cyacles on/off. The ONLY way to turn off the AC is to turn off the whole system by turning off the FAN to 'Off' (but then we get no air circulation). Oh, and I made sure the rear-air is off as well.
    Is this normal, and can someone please check out their system to see if they experience this?

  • ragpaoaragpaoa Posts: 8

    I too have a 2005 Pathfinder LE, but it is a 4WD model. For reference, I had a 1994 Pathfinder, and currently have a 1995 4-runner and a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero, and I drive a Lexus GX470 as a company car.
    I too noticed, initially, that the tracking was a bit off. I do have to over-correct quite a bit, and it was a tedious drive, but this was initially when brand new.
    At first, having driven the other vehicles I listed, I was getting 2nd thoughts on the vehicle. But now, after 1,200 miles the Pathy seems like it beginning to 'smooth itself out'. Now, driving it is not as tedious as it was when it was brand new. Also, for some odd reason, the 4wd Auto mode even makes it even more easier to drive and it tracks really well in that mode. Close to the AWD Lexus GX470, and that's saying a lot. I'm wanting to drive it in 4WD Auto all the time if gas was not too expensive here in San Diego.
    Oh, for the rear-window deflector, there is one on E-Bay for a 2005 Pathfinder, but I may be skeptical.

    Is your 05 Pathy a 4WD model?
  • kenb1kenb1 Posts: 2
    I just bought a 1998 4x4 SE and it is missing two of the center caps (alloy wheel) and the right front mud guard. Has anyone bought the aftermarket caps from ? They are much less expensive than the OEM ones. Have not found a source for the mud guard.
  • A TSB will not be done on all cars automatically. It's a bulletin with instructions on how to fix a problem that people may see. It's not a recall, where all cars within a certain VIN series will get parts checked and/or replaced, whether or not they see the problem.
  • jager32jager32 Posts: 15
    This is a good question (#2). I don't have a PF yet but I'm thinking about an LE, 4wd. I have a 02 VW Passat GLX, and it has an Auto climate system. It has a button called "ECON" which if I engage allows me to use the auto climate control system in AUTO or MANUAL mode without the A/C compressor coming on(Gas conscience Europeans demand these features). This is a great feature, but I can't tell from reading the 05 PF manual if the PF has something like this or not.

    If you put it in MANUAL mode and turn the A/C off does the compressor still come on?
  • ragpaoaragpaoa Posts: 8

    Yes. In manual mode, the compressor still cycles on/off. Actually, manual mode is the only way to turn off the A/C according to the manual, unless you turn the whole system off by turning the fan knob to 'Off', which is the only time the compressor does actually turn off.

    Edit: After carefully researching the manual I have noticed this:
    Sectiom 4-22 Display screen, heater, air conditioner and audio systems:
    When the DEFROST control is activated,
    the air conditioner will automatically be
    turned on at outside temperatures above
    36°F (2°C). If in defrost mode for more than
    one minute, the air conditioning system will
    continue to operate until the fan control is
    turned OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even if
    the air flow MODE control button is used to
    select a position other than the position.
    This dehumidifies the air which helps
    defog the windshield. The air recirculation
    mode automatically turns off, allowing outside
    air to be drawn into the passenger
    compartment to further improve the defogging

    Hmmm ... 'the air conditioning system will
    continue to operate until the fan control is
    turned OFF or the vehicle is shut off, even if
    the air flow MODE control button is used to
    select a position other than the position'

    Odd ...I have never put the system on DEFROST.
    Could be a bug in the Climate Control software?
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