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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    You actually don't take the changer apart. It's just a "box" you remove from the dash. Check out the removal instructions on their website & see if it's something you're up for. And yes I think they would be happy to talk you through it.
  • I have no idea what is wrong with your pathfinder...but I hope that since you posted this a year ago that you found a solution...BECAUSE I HAVE THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM!!! I have an '01 Pathfinder with 68k. The dealer has had the car for 3 DAYS!!! They are going to drop my transmission on Monday. Can you please let me know how you solved your mystery leak. I am banging my head against the wall.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Can anyone help me find the ECM in a 2001? I have the service manual but it only vaguely describes where it is.
  • Hi I have the same pathfinder and the same problem-have you had any resolution or received helpful information ? any help would be appreciated :confuse:
  • I called Nissan and left a message on Friday 12/15/06 and was unable to answer when the Nissan representative returned my call later in the morning (10:00am). I called back later in the day and left another message to please call me again. I have since been unable to reach either of the Executive Specialists today 12/18/2006. Hopefully, someone will respond to my email sent today.

    I will continue to update everyone on the progress or lack of progress on this problem. PM me if you would like to have more details that what I have provided over the last 3 months.

    (Executive Specialist name omitted),

    Thank you for returning my call on from Friday even though I was unable to answer at the time. I have left you and (Executive Specialist name omitted) messages to please call me back again. Please reply or give me a call back at your earliest convenience.

    I would like to know the status the claim regarding the reoccurring problems of the 2001 Nissan/Infiniti Pathfinder/QX4 6-disc CD changer. Since you have access to the VIN database, a few contacts to owners would identify the problems with the CD changer mechanism is quite widespread. I hope you understand the denial of this problem does not help anyone. Many consumers, if not all the consumers, owning the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 have experienced this problem on more than one occasion. Both of you mentioned that a denial letter had been sent. The letter mentioned has never made it to me. If at all possible, I would like to know how this problem was researched and how Nissan and Infiniti can deny this problem. If you can provide this information, it would be much appreciated.

    My address and contact information are listed below, so you may send me a copy of the denial letter:
  • You can find the service manual for the Nissan Infiniti Bose Clarion 6-disc changer here:
  • Well, I am not sure why I didn't hear the call from the Executive Specialist at 3:26pm yesterday 12/19/2006. I must have been on the other line and not noticed an incoming call. Oh well, here's a very close to quote of the message sent:

    Beginning of paraphrase:
    ...I received your voice mail regarding the letter and touched base with (other Executive Specialist name omitted) that was providing the letter. (Name omitted) said that a second copy was sent last week; however, I will print something out, will draft a new letter. For my own measures, I will draft a new letter and send it to you FedEx Overnight it should arrive no later than noon tomorrow and will have a tracking number. I will do this in the next 5-10 minutes, and it will have a tracking number to verify it gets to your address without any hiccups or problems.
    End of paraphrase.

    I do not understand why the first letter which was sent twice did not arrive in my mailbox. I have provided NNA with my address, VIN, phone, email, fax, and pager each time I sent an email. I have never had this much problem with the post office or parcel carriers. I can't help but think that the original letter was never sent to me even one time. So I wonder if FedEx overnight can actually deliver the letter (denying any reoccurring problems with the 6-disc CD changer) that continues to vanish when sent to me.
  • I have the same problem, I am losing about a quart every 400 miles. No dripping, no smoking. Went to several dealers, mechanics. Best anyone can figure is oil is leaking round the seals. Short term solution, changed oil to 20 W 50, that has slowed oil consumption to about 650 miles.

    If you find an answer please share it.

  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    So it sounds like you are losing a quart every 1300 miles or so. Why aren't you adding a quart every time it's a quart down? (versus waiting until it's 2 1/2 quarts or more down when you go to change the oil) It's likely much less expensive to just pay for a quart of oil every 1300 miles versus the expense of the repair. The only exception I can think of would be if the oil is leaking onto the engine, especially any exhaust system parts, creating a potential fire hazard. And with letting your oil level get so low you run the risk of major engine damage, if that has not happened already.
  • Does anyone know why these 95 Pathfinders front right headlights stay on. Is it a relay that needs to be replaced if so which one???
  • Hi all, my 01 pathfinder 5 spd, has 46500 miles. i was driving it and i heard kind of a clunking noise from below the vehicle. i immediately took it to the dealer and they told me that it was the rear diff. which i had them replace. i picked up the vehicle and drove for less than a mile and started hearing kind of a grinding noise. kind of like gears grinding, and lost power to the wheels. Wasn't able to move. called them to come pick it up and after 'checking it out' they said that it was the transfer case. they claim that the transfer case could have been damaged as a result of the rear diff being bad and vice-versa. IS THIS POSSIBLE???? i feel that i'm being taken. i think that they diagnosed the problem wrong and changed the wrong part/parts.
  • I have an '01 Pathfinder SE and I really need to buy snow tires. I want to mount them on some cheaper steel wheels so I can throw the current wheels/tires back on in the spring. I believe my current wheels are stock (16x7) with 255/65/R16 tires. I have found online merchants for both the tires and the wheels, but I cannot figure out the exact wheel size to purchase. Does anyone know the stock backspace measurement and bolt pattern measurement?

    And a secondary request, should I consider any wheel/tire size other than what was on there already?

    Thanks so much.
  • I cannot help you with this BOSE probem because I have not had a problem with my system!

    Sincerely - In Texas *******GOOD LUCK********
  • dny42dny42 Posts: 8
    Well be glad, but if you have a Bose, it's only a matter of time. This is the second time I've had this problem and I'm the original owner of this vehicle.
  • yeleyele Posts: 2
    I have a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE in good shape, but if I'm driving on a motorway/expressway once I got the speed up to 70MPH the car will be swerving, atimes this happened on 65MPH. I don't know if anyone have experience this, your reply will be much appreciated.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    I think this is a common problem with worn bushings. Anyone who knows more care to chime in?
  • yeleyele Posts: 2
    Thanks Smokey75, do you think this will got to do with bushings, whenever i got to this speed it will be as if its windy outside, and the wind is about to blow the car away. I think you can understand what I mean, if you've driven through strong wind in a windy day.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Sounds exactly like what people on here have described. And they are a common failure item for this age Pathfinder. You may want to try searching "bushing" in this forum. Surely somebody knows more than me about this... maybe... please?
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    The bushings in question are in the rear suspension. They wear and allow play in the rear axle. Any side forces will then allow the rear axle to shift slightly, affecting the steering. They can be replaced with Urethane or stock rubber, but are difficult to remove from the arms they are pressed into. Some owners have forced them out, some have just purchased new arms (which cost less then the labour to remove the bushings). I haven't heard of this being a problem in the newer models (2000 and up) but lots of the earlier ones had problems.
  • pdog07pdog07 Posts: 1
    Ok, I thought that I was just driving my PF a little hard, but my gas mileage has significantly dropped in the past year. Im talking 12-13 mpg with an equal combo of city and highway driving. I have done everything I could think of to improve it's mileage (at least to what it was when I got it back in 2001). I have replaced the fuel and air filters, changed the plugs, cleaned out the fuel system, everything they tell you to do. I spoke with a gent at the dealership and he did not have any insight to the problem. I do realize I drive an SUV and mileage is not something that comes cheap, but this same car got much better mileage in the past and now it is getting worse by the tank. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this? Have any of you had this problem in the past? Please help me, i'm tired of literally watching the fuel gauge drop as I drive.
  • I read with interest, that others have experienced different engine noises at intermittant intervals but usually when cold. Mine is a 2006 2.5 SVE PF, 20k miles on it, the dealer tells me that nothing is wrong. but i instinctly feel that the springy tappity engine noise when accelerating is definatley not normal. does anyone else have any ideas what causes this. i am so frustrated, please help. thanks
  • fart1fart1 Posts: 1
    Ive heard of this before, my moms crapalier did it too the additve package in the oil used doesnt agree with the materials in the engine and the oil turns almost like a molassess type substance in the bottom of the oil pan.... we found this out because a week later the engine spun the main bearings, broke the crank, conrods, and siezed a piston. and once the stealership dissassembled the engine they discovered this stuff in the oil pan. dont know if this is true for you, but id definitly have that possibility checked.
  • I was cleaning my patherfinder today and accidently unplugged the electric seat on the Drivers side. Where can a get information on how/where the unplugged wire goes. I looked extensively under the seat, but it was not obvious where to plug in
  • Thank you for your help!
  • Does a 2001 Pathfinder have a belt or a chain?


  • 01pf_se01pf_se Posts: 10
    It has a Timing chain.
  • I have a 2005 SE, and mine only has 18K on it. My engine seems to be making a lot more noise than a fairly new car (or truck) should make. It roars on accelleration. Almost like a race car. It just seems much louder than it did when it was newer. I feel like I should bring it in, but I think I would feel stupid telling the maintenance guy "It seems loud, can you fix that?" I'm not the most mechanical guy in the world. Do they all sound really loud? I spoke to another person who has a 2006, and she said hers is loud too.
  • Own a 2001 Pathfinder. Just recently the Check engine light came on and the truck has been misfiring on and off for the last two days. Had mechanic look at it and while on they way there the truck stopped misfiring. He said the code was a mis fire code but could not fix as there was nothing wrong. Said it was not the ignition coil. When doing research he found a report stating this is a common problem and the solution is to rewire truck completely. Big $

    Any suggestions?
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    I've actively followed this board since I bought my '01 Pathfinder almost 5 1/2 years ago, and I've never heard of this diagnosis. What code was stored?
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