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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Could be the right-side O2 sensor BEFORE the cat. The sensor AFTER the cat is used to evaluate cat efficiency. The one before the cat is to determine the proper air/fuel ratio.
  • 2002pf2002pf Posts: 1
    Hello, this is my first post on the board. I just wanted to ask the question before spending a lot of money on a mechanic.

    Yesterday while driving my 2002 Pathfinder when i made a u-turn the car braked on its own. When i pressed the gas it clicked. Until I got home it sporatically braked on its own when i turned. When i got home and put the car in park it jolted forward forcefully.

    I appreciate any insight anyone can give me on this. Thanks.
  • falc07falc07 Posts: 1
    Hi pd..i also have a 2005 Pathfinder..and yes both top treads on the running boards are coming up due to the fact that Nissan..a company who stress quality..has used double sided tape to hold the tread..onto the board..real nice huh..along with brakes having to be lubed, a click sound after going from reverse into drive9about 50 feet going forward) , a hard to shift selector, a rear windshield washer housing that popped off, a smell of coolant from the wheel wells, and after them having the vehicle for 3 days finally they changed the radiator, but the smell still exists. Hmmm..I thought we bought this vehicle because it was supposed to be GREAT?...seems like we got a welcome to the world of poor quality instead of the new foreign car quality they now push at us...if ya have any other things ya wanna gripe about this car over..gimme a shout..and yes..its covered under the warrenty if ya can get them to fix it..without double sided tape:)...Mark
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Sounds like your 4WD system (aka. transfer case) was in 4HI or if it was in Auto or All-mode 4WD, then it may be improperly engaging. Are there any warning lights, such as ABS, 4WD, check engine, etc. on your dashboard?

    Try switching the selector to 2WD and see if the problem goes away.

    How many miles are on the vehicle, and when was the last time the transfer case fluid was changed?
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    I'm the original owner of an '01 PF with 107K miles, and from the time it was new my truck has suffered from the well documented highway speed (60-65 MPH) front wheel shimmy. As I recall this problem is common on PF's from '99 to '04. The only solution I have ever found is to have the tires/wheels balanced periodically by a repair shop that has a Hunter GSP9700 "Road Force" balancing machine as recommended by a Nissan Service Bulletin that was issued many years ago. I still use the same model tires that came on the truck (Bridgestone Dueler HT689). When I had the front tires balanced yesterday, the tire dealer gave me the computer printouts from the balancing machine, and he explained to me that the lowest "Assembly Road Force" they could achieve with my right front wheel/tire was 25 lbs. Apparently this is a measurement of how far out of "perfect balance" the tire/wheel assembly is. He told me that typically they are able to achieve 10 to 20 lbs. from most tires and wheels, and that I might still feel some vibration from that wheel. He also told me in his experience Michelin tires are best for vehicles that are "balance sensitive" as the '01 Pathfinder is because they are typically able to achieve as low as a 2 to 8 lb. Assembly Road Force, much lower than any other brand they sell. I recall that many people who are active on this thread now have Michelin tires on their '99 to '04 Pathfinders. Have you found the Michelin tires easier to balance and keep balanced? Thanks in advance for your input.
  • Since I have not had an expedient reply from Nissan regarding my case of the Bose Clarion 6-disc changer, I decided to call the Executive Specialist I have been working with for this case. I called early on Thursday Oct 12 and left a message. I received a returned call on Friday Oct 13. The Executive Specialist told me that the board was reviewing the case and should have an answer by Friday Oct 20.

    I am really looking forward to a resolution to this problem so Nissan/Infiniti can redeem their name. If a correct resolution is not found, Nissan/Infiniti will continue to allow vendors to get away with using parts that are not engineered to high quality standards.

    Everyone out there that has experienced this problem should check out the NHTSA website and file a complaint:
    Your local state Attorney General's office can also help you with filing a claim against the CD player.
  • I own a '01 Pathfinder that had the Bridgestone tires you mentioned as the original equipment and also had the shimmy problems that everyone else has mentioned before from the day I bought it. I only have 45,000 miles on my Pathfinder now and just replaced the Bridgestone tires last April with Cooper Discoverer H/T tires and have not experienced any more problems with shimmy at highway speeds. The Cooper tires are the same size as the Bridgestones were, but after driving on them for 6 months now I believe they are far superior to the Bridestones and could not be happier. I thought about Michelins but was too cheap to pay the premium price for them even though I am sure they would have been great. I also considered trying Yokohama or Goodyear Forteras.
  • Hi i own a 95' Pathfinder XE 2WD Automatic 165,000 miles on it.. i just got it.. it runs fine but the transmission is slipping.. say i just turned it on.. rpms to the first gear runs fine.. but after 1st gear the rpms go way high to switch over the gears.. does so on other gears. I had it looked at by a transmission guy he said it was a censor that had to do with the transmission. If anyone has any info that will help i would really appreciate it.
  • I have a 2001 Patfinder and I just changed both rear o2 sensors and these codes came up.. I know what they mean but how do i fix them...??? I dont believe my catalitic converters just whent bad...
  • I own a 2001 LE 4x4 and the speedometer and has stopped working completely and the other guages will intermitently stop working anyone have any ideas on a fix or had this problem before?
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    There is a software update that lowers the efficency at which the converters will turn on the MIL lamp. If your truck is still within the emissions warranty, your dealer will do the update for free. My truck was out of the emissions warranty, and the dealer charged me $200 for the update. This really sucks, because it's obvious that there was a problem with the software the day the truck left the factory, long before the emissions warranty expired. Let's all remember how Nissan treats its customers when it's time to buy our next vehicles.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    If I remember correctly, I had one replaced under warranty & two repaired. The repair place cut me off when I started explaining the problem & finished my sentence for me because they've seen it so many times. What a bunch of crap.
  • pfx2pfx2 Posts: 5
    I rec. a trouble code P0158 on my 02 Pathy.

    It says high voltage on Bank2 Sensor2 pertaining to the O2 sensor after the cat. But is it driver or passenger side? I would like to replace it my self with a OEM part but need to know which one.

    I also want to start using only high test and make sure the gas cap is tight.

    Thanks for your assistance

    P.S. I just purchased a new '06 Pathy!
  • pfx2pfx2 Posts: 5
    I rec. a trouble code P0158 on my 02 Pathy.

    It says high voltage on Bank2 Sensor2 pertaining to the O2 sensor after the cat. But is it driver or passenger side? I would like to replace it my self with a OEM part but need to know which one.

    I also want to start using only high test and make sure the gas cap is tight.

    Thanks for your assistance

    P.S. I just purchased a new '06 Pathy!
  • mikevtmikevt Posts: 1
    i recently purchased a 1999.5 nissan pathfinder with 80k miles. i decided to change the spark plugs the other day, what a mistake. does anyone know how to reach that one plug in back of the motor? also, three of the plugs are stripped, and i can't get them out. any ideas??? please let me know. thanks!
  • I called the executive specialist today (Oct.24) that has been working on my case regarding the Bose Clarion Err2 Err3 problem. I was expecting a call or an email on Oct.20; however, no such luck. I was told that Nissan does have a finding and information to send to me; however, I did not get any details on the phone. I will post the findings and information here to allow everyone to generate their own
    opinion on how Nissan handles this problem.
  • gbxk86agbxk86a Posts: 12
    having the same problem with 2001 Infiniti QX4, and will file a complaint as you suggested.

    However, you said you bought a service manual for the Clarion unit. Can you tell me how to get a copy?
  • I just changed out my plugs but you have to use a straight extentsion then an elbow extention and then a straight extensions to get to the Spark Plug. Be patient, you have to feel for the plug using the socket and the first extension. Once you find it add the elbow and hte other Extension and you should be good. Good Luck.
  • newmannewman Posts: 11
    have a 95 pathfinder 4wd with a 3.0 l engine have the pushbutton overdrive. had no problem with it early in the day that night went to a friends house getting ready to leave put it in reverse it wouldnt go it goes into overdrive and drive but not reverse what happened???
  • pfx2pfx2 Posts: 5
    When I first start out in the morning there is one click noise coming from the front suspension/engine area after about 10 feet of driving forward? Then it disapears. Weird, huh?
    I let the engine warm up about 3-5 minutes before proceeding. It happens when the car is shifted from reverse to forward after backing out the driveway. It's under warranty, should I have the dealear gear heads look at it? Maybe it's the front diff. or locking hubs? Pathy has always been in 2 wheel drive. p.s. it has 5500 miles on it.
  • I have an '03 Pathfinder LE and just bought a radar detector (Escort 8500). I don't care for the rubber suction cup mounts and want to know if anyone makes a mount that attaches to the rear-view mirror.
  • I have the same problem. I'm going to take it to the dealer sometime soon. I'll let you know if they find out what it is.
  • newmannewman Posts: 11
    :cry: i miss driveing my pathfinder i need help nobody around the southeast kansas area dont know what happen. it didnt give me a waring our anything. Drive and overdrive works fine. it is a 95 pathfinder 4wd 3.0liter engine. can anybody help me please. i want to go 4 wheeling, but with my baby being sick i dont need anything else go with it :sick:
  • I have a used 2000 Pathfinder LE which I bought with 77K miles on it. About 5 months into having it the speedometer, tachometer and temp gauge would just do dead then it would come back on it's own after about 15 minutes. When my wife drove it the other night the speedometer and tachometer starting going all the way to the right in (in a clockwise direction) even thou she was driving slow. I took it to Nissan and they wanted almost $900 for a whole new system :cry: . Of course I did not leave it with them. I recently found a good mechanic so within the next couple of days I am going to take it to him and see what he says. I will hit you back when I find out some information.

  • Any luck with this?

    I recently purchased a 2002 QX4. I tried putting in a burned cdr into the 6-disc clarion cd changer. I received error Err 3. Luckily I flipped the way the cd was in the changer and I received some sound.

    Has anyone experienced issues with using burned cdrs in the clarion 6-disc changer?

    If so I know certain cdrs have certain colors on the underside, and if the laser is too sensitive you can only use certain kinds.

    Anyone have luck with this?

  • Thanks it is much appreciated :confuse:
  • Well...I have never had any problems with the Bose Clarion 6 disc changer reading any CDs as you have mentioned above. My guess is the CDr disc you played may have some small surface scratches and made it unreadable in one position. Moving the CD to a separate position sometimes will allow the CD to play. I am unsure of why a CD will play in one slot and not the may be due to the tolerance of the laser reader not allowing changer to read the CD in one slot. I take special care of the CDs that we leave in the car/truck. If a CD is scratched during handling, I have a acrylic polishing kit that I can use to sand the bottle side of disc and remove most scratches. I usually start with 4000grit and work my way up to 8000grit to make the CD shine like new. I always make sure the CD will play one of my home CD changers first before ever putting it back into the car or truck.
  • I have a 2005 pathy SE 4wd and had the same issue since the day I bought it. I have had it checked couple of times and turns out it is related to ABS self test and nothing to worry about.
  • How much should I expect to pay to have the Timing Belt replaced? The bushings?

    I have a 1996 PF SE with 118,000 miles on it. The dealer wants $1200 to replace it, the guide on says that it should only cost about $250 in the Denver area. I am so confused.
  • How much should I expect to pay to have the Timing Belt replaced? The bushings?

    I have a 1996 PF SE with 118,000 miles on it. The dealer wants $1200 to replace the timing belt and another $1200 to replace the bushings.
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