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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • nutsnuts Posts: 9
    Hello all,

    I've had this code on the ESM for quite some time and just got around to having it fixed. I bit the bullet and had a repair shop (not Nissan dealer) 'try' to fix it. After 3 days of back and forth they have diagnosed that the problem resides in the cam on the right side. When the engine is revved up it has a whine very similar to that of a standard fan belt. They have assured that the sound is not from the belts but rather coming from the cylinder 1 cam sprocket. In spirit of 'trust but verify' I'm asking if anyone out in forum-land has seen or heard of this before and if so how much am I looking at for a repair cost.

    Thanks in advance!
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    I also have an '01, and have had it since it was new. The Intake Valve Timing sensor is a well known problem. If you do a search on this forum, you will see much discussion about it. There are two sensors, one for each cylinder bank. Based on comments on this forum, the sensors seem to have a life of about 50-80K miles. My truck has 120k miles, and I've had to replace one of the sensors twice, and the other once. I had the work done at three different Nissan dealers, and the problem is so "typical" that in each case they were able to diagnose it in minutes, and the replacement itself seems to take about an hour. And each dealer had the part in stock, so that indicates it's a part that often needs replacement. In each case I've never heard any noise associated with the problem...just the Check Engine light being lit....the engine always seemed to be running fine. I would suggest if it took your repair shop three days to diagnose the problem, you need a repair shop that has more experience with Nissan. This is a common problem that's extremely easy to diagnose.
  • Hi,
    I am late to this game with the Err1 messages. I just inherited my wife's 2001 Pathfinder LE and you guessed it the CD player is broken. Did Nissan every provide a final fix for this? Is it reasonably priced?
  • 514329514329 Posts: 60
    i have the same problem and it was replaced 5 yrs ago by nissan warranty. this is about $300.00 plus
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    So, did you call Customer Service at Nissan Corporate? I have a contact of a newly retired Nissan exec who may be able to help me.

    I also believe this is a production problem. It is so disappointing because the Nissan Pathfinder has been a solid, well built vehicle in the past. I have had 4 prior to this one.

    What are they telling you from Nissan Direct?
  • nutsnuts Posts: 9
    Thanks for the info shark.

    I guess I should have provided more information with my initial post.

    They diagnosed the problem correctly and changed out both banks the first day. I spent 20 minutes with the mechanic and he went over the diagnostic tests he did and told me the problem had been fixed. A day later and the SES light is back on so I take it in again and they look at it for an hour or so and they check & clean all of the connections in case of a bad contact. They reset the SES. Day 3 and the light is back on, I call and drop the truck off in the morning and don't get a call until late in the day (a good eight hours laters). I stop by and talk with the mechanic again (this time for 45 minutes). He explains that the problem isn't the sensor but rather the cam timing that the sensor is picking up is off. He then proceeds to start the car and rev the engine. There is anoise that sounds like a soft whine of the belt that he says is not coming from the belt but from the right side cam. The sounds is definitely coming from that general area. He also mentioned that he spent the day working on it an had a friend who works as a mechanic at the Nissan dealership helping him diagnose th problem. When I look up info on the cams on this forum it appears that there is a guide or tensioner that helps keep the cam chain tight I wonder if the guide is worn and the slack is causing the fault.

    Another interesting thing that may or may not be related is that the warning light for the parking brake turned on after I washed the truck today. It wasn't as bright as if the brake was on and changed in intensity from time to time (the further I drove the dimmer it became). I've seen this before with my 4 wheel drive indicator lights after a car wash they would stop working then after they seemingly dried out they were back to normal.

    Thanks again for the assistance.
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    sorry typo...CVT, not CBT.
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    Does anyone know about or understand CVT?
    When I discussed my problem with relative at nissan, he first thought maybe it was CVT. Then, he checked with the Nissan tech guys who said there is no CVT on Pathfinder.
    I posted earlier about telling off the service guy and saying there isn't this feature on Pathfinders.
    I looked on the specs at and sure enough, it shows CVT. I'm trying to find specs on the 05 to see if it also had it.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    When the '95 LE was given a full test, the reviewed noted it had a 5 speed automatic transmission. link. The First Drive talked about sharp shifts, which doesn't sound like a CVT. (link)

    When Edmunds lists transmissions on the Styles pages, the choices are Auto, Manual and CVT and the Pathy has an Auto listed there.

    The 2005 owner's manual doesn't anything about a CVT, but it doesn't say much about the transmission at all from what I can tell.

    The 2008 Pathfinder does not have a CVT based on the Styles page info. link
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    I did some research today...CVT is not a feature of Pathfinder it is on the Murano.
    I confused CVTCS with CVT. CVTCS is a function of the engine not transmission.

    I am meeting with GM at the dealership tomorrow to request that he allow me to drive a 2008, and a used Pathfinder 05-07.
  • Anyone had any luck at a dealership getting their 08 Pathfinder V6 rough downshift/upshift repaired? Thanks for any info!

  • munnymunny Posts: 10
    There is a distinct odor of coolant in side the cab when running. No evidence of leaks on driveway. Is this indicative of a water pump problem? head gasket? other?

    how big a repair is the head gasket. is it a super time consuming job all to put in a $10 part or is it very tricky type of job?
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Sounds more like a leaking heater core or heater hose, especially if you smell it inside the truck but not under the hood. I'm not sure on the Pathfinder, but on other vehicles it's not unusual to have to remove the dashboard to do this sort of work.
  • krcarr30krcarr30 Posts: 6
    As an earlier post mentioned, I also had a Senior Tech admit and witness the problem. He described my issue as more of a "shutter or thump" when lighty pressing the gas pedal around 40mph. He also said Nissan hasa recognized the problem and hope to have a fix soon. It very annoying to me and it causes the whole car to shake(almost like it shutters as if it was out of gas)

    He mentioned it also has to to with EPA approval. Because the issue also related to gas fuel adjustments.

    I never had this issue with my 05 - I'm very dissappointed - Anyone know if this can fall under Lemon Law???
  • dnolendnolen Posts: 2
    I have a '92 (or so) PF and the car starts shaking like it's one of those "dancing" cars with the hydrolics etc... ofcourse my car doesn't have this built in so there is a problem with the suspention. (only the rear suspention)
    I know the shock absorbers in my front right wheel aren't all that great but I don't think that's where the problem lies.
    When I speed up a little or hit the brakes a little it stabilises but I'd really like to get it fixed. Is this a common problem and does anyone have any suggestions how to fix this?

  • krcarr30krcarr30 Posts: 6
    As an earlier post mentioned, I also had a Nissan Senior Tech admit and witness the problem. He described my issue as more of a "shutter or thump" when lighty pressing the gas pedal around 40mph. This issue is relatively the same issue as others have posted with tramission, rough shifting, etc. The Tech said Nissan has recognized the problem and hope to have a fix soon. It is very annoying to me and it causes the whole car to shake(almost like it shutters as if it was out of gas) that can't be good on gas mileage.

    He mentioned it also has to to with EPA approval. Because the issue also relates to gas fuel adjustments.

    I never had this issue with my 05 - I'm very dissappointed in the 08 - Anyone know if this can fall under Lemon Law??? What can we do?
  • SES light has been on since 12/07. The OBD reader says P1446 and P1444. Believe it is the EVAP system but it could be all 3 items, purge control valve, vent control valve and carbon cannister. Question is if I do nothing to this 98 PF, what are the consequences? Dealer has already quoted me $1K to repair and clean out all the hoses and tubes. PF drives fine with no noticeable adverse behavior. Anyone know? Thanks.
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    Okay, your situation sounds a little different than what I experience.
    I took mine for a drive with GM and Service Tech. They acknowledge what I am complaining about, but say it is NORMAL. my 05 definitely did not shift this way. I started getting angry because they say it's normal...based on what? Have they driven Pathfinders Exclusively for the past 10-12 years?
    I am trying to connect with my friend who has an 06 to see if hers drives the same. I did drive another 08 and it is the same as mine.
    Keep us posted if you get any answers on your end!
  • lmccocalmccoca Posts: 1
    I had smth similar on my 1999.5 Pathfinder.
    Dealer changed cannister and vent valve - no good, SES came back on after a few days.
    Eventually - they found that it was a crack in the gas tank filling pipe - there's a bend where the pipe gets to the actual tank - they replaced it and no more SES. BTW - there was also a smell of gas before they changed it.

    Hope this helps.
  • dtbajdtbaj Posts: 9
    They say it is normal because that is all they can say. They have no solutions and either does Nissan. This is a piss poor product . The clowns at Nissan blew it . I will never buy another Nissan ever again. Anyone who bought the 2008 V6 Pathfinder will just have to suck it up until they can trade these rattle traps in for something of quality. We, unfortunately, bought the LE which includes a lot of overpriced additions that put the total price over $40,000 and this is the quality we get for that price. It is a shame...........
  • dtbajdtbaj Posts: 9
    I think what your tech meant by shutter or thump is "rattle and trap". The quality of the engine/transmission is terrible. We blame Nissan they blame the EPA. Have you noticed how hard it is to put into gear from park ? Have you noticed how loud the engine is when you start it ? We are checking into the lemon law here in Florida. I think it is different for every state. I am sorry that you are going through this. It is very disappointing to spend that kind of money and to get what we are getting. This will be the last Nissan.
  • munnymunny Posts: 10
    there is a small leak under the passenger side dash - smells like coolant. is this typical location of heater core leak?
  • saknjmomsaknjmom Posts: 26
    Yeah, I'm in the same boat with the LE loaded.

    I drove my friend's 06 the other day just to see and what do you know, tranny was just as I remembered in my 05. Do you think this was an intentional "difference" or do you think they have a production problem?

    To add insult to injury, I've been attempting to deal with NMAC regarding the offer to upgrade and waive up to 3 pmts. I did the deal, submitted the required paperwork. they kept sending me bills and I spent hours on the phone trying to "prove" that I didn't owe the last two pmts.

    A week ago saturday, some bully from a COLLECTION AGENCY called demanding I pay up.

    This transaction, the car the whole thing is being chalked up to a REALLY BAD deal.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Yes, very typical of a heater core leak. But it could be one of the heater hoses too.
  • munnymunny Posts: 10
    so what is the best way to get at the heater core and hoses? someone had mentioned that need to take out dash - ugh.
  • dtbajdtbaj Posts: 9
    Ouch !

    I think there might be some truth in the fact that the EPA is demanding different standards on vehicles now and it may have something to do with the change. Maybe they get the transmissions from a third party and that party has changed to someone cheaper. I am not sure. We called Nissan about the problems and they never called back. I have read other posts and they say Nissan is working on the problem. I doubt it. We will drive this one for a little while and then trade in for something of better quality.
  • alright so my truck is mint runs great n everything but lately its bine shitting out after i drive it for like 10 minutes, i cleaned the throttle bodys and i replaced the fuel filter but i guess thats not the prob... it runs great then it just craps out and wont start again for like 5 minutes ... can anyone tell me wut could be wrong??¿¿
  • I'm planning to change out the engine, trans and diff oil in one great whack this weekend but A) can't find the quantities needed (all the guides say to fill to the filler holes for trans & diff, but how much IS that?) and B) what's recommended for a '92 XE-V6 2WD?
    And is there a way to determine if I have a LSD without jacking it up? Anything in the VIN or door panel plate?
  • blackta1blackta1 Posts: 1
    05 pathfinder SE 4wd, 21K developed a problem where it feels like the tranny or something is slipping, similar to the "shutter" description from other posts, but the key is that it only happens when driving in snowy conditions Never when dry. Feels like a slip then a hard clunk from the rearend. Dealer recognizes it but can't diagnose where its coming from. Nissan Customer Affairs basically told me too bad, wait until it breaks. It's still under factory warranty and I'm PO'd. Anything familiar?
  • krcarr30krcarr30 Posts: 6
    I know....but what is weird is that "shuttering/hesistation" of the engine is only around 40mph(4th gear) it doesn't do it at any other speed...or gear. weird. The tech mentioned that is would be a computer adjustment to be made but the fix had to be approved with the help of the EPA......
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