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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • 2002 Pathfinder - 117,000KM - Need help, I was highway driving for about two hours and when slowed down to stop at a light I could hear this loud clanging noise coming from the passenger side of the engine. My rpm's dropped and my vehicle almost stalled, when I reved the engine the noise did similaneously. It sounded exactly like I was driving a diesel truck. The next morning when I started my Pathy it was there again loud and clear but as I drove off it slowly diminished to nothing. Never had it looked at however, on a previous extended drive I did notice that the noise was fading in and out and the vehicle performance was sluggish.

    I plugged in my OB2 reader and nothing came up except a P1058 which I've had for quite some time. The SES light has never came on which really puzzles me. Any help would be great, I am somewhat mechanically inclined and also hate going to the dealer, local dealer is a rip off.

    If anyone has experienced this please advise :confuse:
  • I have been trying for the past hour or so to change my drive belts. I see the belt tension pulleys, but cannot get them to budge. Can anyone tell me how to loosen the drive belts on a 2001 Pathfinder SE 3.5L?

    Thanks in advance!
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    What you described sounds very serious to me. Lound clanking noises that vary with engine speed are bad- very bad. You may have a broken connecting rod or other serious problem with the engine. If your engine is sluggish, it's because one of the cylinders may not be working properly.

    Have a qualified mechanic provide a professional diagnosis for you, or if you have the tools, perform a compression check on all cylinders. Doesn't have to be the dealer. However, if you still qualify for the powertrain warranty, this may be covered.

    Have you kept up with regular oil changes? If not, be prepared for a rather expensive repair bill.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621

    I have a 3.3L, but if the 3.5L is similar to the 3.3L, the process is probably similar:
    1) loosen the nut on the front of the adjuster pulley. (Turn counter-clockwise.)
    2) Find the adjuster bolt for the accessory drive belt you're removing. On the 3.3L, they are pretty easy to find near the top front of the engine in front of the timing chain/belt cover.
    3) To loosen the belt, rotate the bolt in the appropriate direction: clockwise moves the pulley CLOSER to the bolt-head; counter-clockwise moves it FURTHER from the bolt-head.

    I hope that helps.
  • no warranty, and regular oil changes, would an manifold exhaust leak be possible. remember it only happened after long drives, otherwise it sounds normal except for the slight ticking noise. i've had some feed back saying it could be a leak, if what your saying is the case, would it not sound terrible constantly regardless of driving time.
  • ant210ant210 Posts: 2
    :sick: Been a Pathfinder/Nissan fan forever, found a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder sound engine & tranny. Dealer I bought it from said it has a bad caliper. Drove it and it wobbles like a 9 month old taking her first step(seems like left front & rear). Thinking possibly tie rods, or ball joints. I saw earlier postings about bushings wanted to see if anyone had any ideas. Also on left turns sounds like a tire rubbing(front left). Only has 101,000 please help me save her.
  • Does anyone have any paint issues? The front bumper has black plastic that the license plate sits up againts, but the rear plate sits directly on the paint. Everytime I shut my hatch I heard my license plate rattle and I just looked under it I saw my paint bubbling in two spots. The dealer said paint is under warranty but they have to send pictures to Nissan to approve it first. Does anyone else have this problem? Please reply ASAP as my husband is flipping out :mad: Thanks
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Sounds like it needs new rear control-arm bushings, and probably new shocks, too. The centerlink and tie-rod ends may also need replacing.
  • ant210ant210 Posts: 2
    Surprisingly the mechanic said that ALL 4 tires were shot, and front hub bearings needed to be done, possibly just repacked.
  • mgotzmgotz Posts: 1
    I have a 98 Nissan Pathfinder SE. When I go over speed bumps, etc., the vehicle makes a squeaking sound, coming from the rear (sounds like from the rear wheel area). I've had new struts, lubricated the springs, even had the glass (upper gate) lubed. There is nothing leaking and nothing seems to be wrong with the suspension. Any help appreciated.
  • Has anyone experienced rattling in their 2005 Pathfinder. I think I've identified the rear rattles as having to do with the seat belts. And the one in the front is definitely the plastic piece around the driver door opener handle. Any ideas on how to remedy these? I love my Pathfinder but these rattles are driving me nuts! Thanks in advance.
  • If you want to remove the factory 6 disc then you will need a few parts to use both the factory steering wheel controls, and the power from the factory amp.

    In addition to the wiring for the head unit you will need one connector for steering ($60 @ crutchfield), and one connector for the factory amp ($40 @ crutchfield) (prices may be off a bit)

    As far as ease of replacement I'm sure with a little time, patience and TLC you could pop the plastic off, and find the screws the hold the assembly in the dash.

    I checked into this and decided to let my unit go until I have to replace it.
  • I don't know if you figured this out yet...but here it is.

    On the 02' models the climate control system is all digital readout. To get AC, just hit the Auto button...the care will automatically try to cool/heat the vehicle to the temp setting.

    If you want to overide and just use manual fan settings then after you push auto just hit the fan switch up or down, and this will adjust the fan speed.

    The controls take some getting used to due to the fact that sometimes 66 feels just right, other times you'll have meat falling off the bone and have to crank it down.

    Also you may notice when accelerating with the heater on, you get blasted with extra hot air.
  • I've just bought a 2006 Pathfinder. Rattles are driving me crazy. They are all comming from the rear. I think some of the rattles come from the fold down seats. I've tried putting the seats both folded up, and down, but doesn't seem to help. Seat belt buckles hang next to the plastic molding so that could also be contributing, but until i can seat back there while someone else drives I'm stumped.
  • I'm so fed up with the mpg's i'm getting with my pathfinder that i might be trading it in for a B9 or Murano in the next few weeks. I never really had an issue with the mileage until recently. When I first bought the car, I was getting about 300miles to a quarter tank(mixed highway and city).. filled up about 16 gallons so thats about 18-19mpg... exactly what it should be. Recently i've been getting 180-200 miles to a quarter tank... 230miles if it's all highway.. never going beyond 70mph. That's anywhere between 12-15mpg. It's been slowly deteriorating. The car only has 30,000 miles on it and i bought it brand new. Regualr oil changes.. never had issues before.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    It may be due for a tune-up. (Replace air filter, spark plugs, etc.) Have you discussed these issues with your dealer?
  • I love my 2005 Pathfinder but it has had it share of rattles. I think I just solved one "rattle/sqeak" that has been bugging me for about 6 months--service guy tracked it down to "body bushings". If I didn't know my car was new, I would think it was about 10 years old!! Glad to know I am not the only one with this problem.
  • My 02' Goes about 230-240 miles on a full tank (all city) before the light comes on. The mileage is worse here in the winter months because they put that ethanol crap in the gas. Supposedly it burns cleaner but I think it's a gimmick to jack up the cost of fuel. My supercharged V6 cougar also gets worse mileage through the winter months using this junk. Our owner's manuals say not to use more than a certain percentage of ethanol gas.
  • bought a 2006 pathfinder se two days ago and it is already back at the dealer. the "check engine light" came on(70 miles) and it won't go above 30mph. geez.... what a way to start out as this is my first nissan!!! :( :sick: :cry:
  • "body bushings": What are these?
    What was done to fix the sqeaks? I have the same problem with my 2005 Pathfinder.
  • I agree. I love my PF, but the interior rattles and squeaks are really disappointing. Seems like when I figure one out, another one rears its ugly head.
  • I want to replace my fuel filter for my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder SE. Is the fuel filter under the hood or in the gas tank?

    I'm no mechanic but would like to replace it myself if it is not in the gas tank.

    Thanks in advance.
  • It is under the hood, on the right side of the vehicle next to the relay box.
  • I too am experiencing a "chirping and vibration" sound only in cold weather. It is most noticeable when it is in gear at a stop sign or traffic light. When I shift to neutral the noise stops. How did you solve the problem? Lubricating the bushing? or replacing it? which bushing is it and what is location? I would appreciate any information you can supply. Thank you very much.
  • I have a 1995 pathfinder XE. Recently this perplexing problem with the rear suspension on my vehicle started to occur. When the vehicle hasn't been driven for a few hours, and especially when it's cold outside, I hear a clunk when I get in the driver's seat, or push down on the rear bumper. It seems to come from somewhere around the driver's side rear wheel. The suspension on this side seems to stick, until enough weight is applied onto the rear bumper to unstick the suspension and make a clunking sound, like someone tapping on the gas tank. Climbing under the truck, it sounds like its coming from around the gas tank, but that wouldn't explain why the suspension sticks. Also, once unstuck, everything is fine. No rattles, and it tracks straight on the highway. BTW, teh rear shocks are Bilsteins, which I installed back in 1999, and seems to be OK. Any ideas?
  • You may want to look at the message boards for murano and b9 before you do that.
  • kris2kris2 Posts: 35
    I have a 2001 Pathfinder 3.5 LE and on a cold start when I accelerate the transmission hesitates before shifting. The engine revs before the transmission finds the next gear. It does not occur after I drive for 5-10 mins. I have had a transmission flush but it did not help. The dealer is unable to replicate the problem because by the time I drive to the dealer the engine is warm and the problem does not occur. Probably I should leave it overnight at the dealer and let them check it in the morning. Did any of you have a similar problem? Appreciate your time.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    It sounds like you have the exact problem described in this TSB:

    I took my 2001 in for this when it was about a year old & this fixed the problem. If you're still within the 5 year 60,000 mile powertrain warranty it should be covered but I bet you're close. I would do like you said & leave it with them overnight. Print out this TSB & give it to them also. They should have it but at least that way they'll know you know about it.
  • I have a 2002 Maxima with the same problem, constant skipping. To the point that it is so frustrating that it's not worth using the CD player at all. I noticed that for me the problem seems to be worse when my car is cold. Although, it happens whether the car is hot or cold.
    What did you do to fix your problem? How much did it end up costing you?
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