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Nissan Pathfinder Maintenance and Repair



  • thanks for the info, I'll go and check that with the nissan dealer.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    You need to find a new dealer who knows how (and wants to) service your truck. To tell you that you had nothing to worry about unless the light starts flashing is dead wrong. Obviously they did not want to be bothered. You should report that to Nissan and tell the General Manager of the dealer that he/she has lost a customer over their nonsense...they know better. The first time you brought your truck in they should have used a scanner to read the trouble code(s) that would have been stored in your truck's computer (rather than guessing). It takes no more than 5 minutes for them to do that. Sounds like they assumed that the issue was an improperly installed gas cap, as it is very common. BTW, it is possible that your first problem was the gas cap. Part of what they told you was does take several drive cycles (I beleive it's 3 in a row on your truck) of the computer not detecting a gas cap problem before the computer will shut off the light. It's not typical for a catalytic converter problem to "go away" for a couple of months, and then come back.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,019
    With my 97 Pathfinder, I was having an issue where sometimes the rear end would become unsettled feeling where it would sway back and forth. I did some research and that pointed my in the direction of the rear suspension links, also known as the rear control arms and the trailing links. I had the bushings for the upper and lower arms replaced and what a difference. It's remarkable what a difference they made. I drove it almost 300 miles yesterday and it felt better than ever.

    If anyone is dealing with the death sway, this is the way to go. Nissan only sells the complete arms but I got the bushings from and the hardware from The latter site deals excluvely with Nissan trucks
  • Ah! well I solved it, in case anyone reads this and has the same issue... The bulb is actually a bulb and socket that I ordered from part is #24860N SOCKET & BULB. Very easy to replace.

    Just take out the ashtray. Remove the one screw underneath, and lift up the center console. Then you can see the bulb and replace it ... took 30 seconds.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    When the gas tank on my '01 PF is full and the truck is parked outdoors I notice a faint gasoline odor outside the truck. I cannot find any gas leaking seems to be solely fumes. The odor inside the truck is also faint. If I park the truck inside my garage the odor inside the garage is strong (obviously because the fumes cannot disperse as when the truck is parked outdoors). It happens only when the tank is full...after I've used a gallon or two of fuel there is no more odor whatsoever. What could be causing this? It appears I can avoid the problem by never completely filling the tank except when I'm going to immediately use a gallon or two, but is this something that needs to be fixed? I've also noticed a "humming" sound after the truck has been driven, and I assume it's from the evaporative emission control system as the sound will stop immediately if I loosen the gas cap and let the pressure escape. Is that related to the problem? Thanks in advance for your help.
  • dmurr3dmurr3 Posts: 11
    Shark, are you aware of the recall regarding the fuel filler tube? I had the same problem that you describe and had the truck repaired via the recall. This site has some details on the recall. x.html

  • I just had my '98 at the dealership the day of your posting for the fuel filler tube recall. I also had the strong smell of gasoline everytime I would fill the tank, but the problem progressed to a slow drip. The recall fixed the problem and didn't cost me a penny.
  • I've owned my truck for a little over a year and I've noticed an uneven stance in the front end. I assumed a worn strut possibly. The truck is fine to drive, but the poor suspension is noticeable. While in the hands of a nissan dealerships service shop, it had been diagnosed as a heavily rotted strut tower. This is obviously not as simple a fix as replacing the struts, and is potentially dangerous. I was advised to look into having it checked out at a body shop. This route could end up costing me more than the truck is worth. I know of the chronic rust and rott problems with many nissan models. I'm wondering if there might be any recall, or info out there related to this? Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    Thank you dmurr and pooramishboy. I'm making my appointment with the dealer now.
  • yusuf2173yusuf2173 Posts: 14
    Hi, I hope that sombody can help me just lost for words. I just baught a 93 pathfinder with 158000 miles on it. the only thing that I saw that was wrong with it was a gas smell coming from the air vents,I cant figure out where it is coming from and why. Also in the areas of the 4wheel drive stick and the arm rest area I am feeling vary warm heat coming from that general area. Also one more thing sorry. If I am parked if I give the car some gas right after the rpm's go back down to about idle a little blackish dirty smoke comes from the tail pipe then goes away. It might have something to do with the gas smell though. somebody told me that it might have to replace the head gasket or just dump some fuel cleaner in the gas to get some of the gunk out of there. I did see a little bit of oil leeking from the valve cover gasket but other wise that's it. Any Ideas?
  • Is the gas odor present at all times or only after refueling, full tank? If your transmission is an automatic check the fluid level just to make sure low fluid isn't causing excessive wear and heat. If you haven't already, you may want to get under the truck and check the under carriage for rott.
  • yusuf2173yusuf2173 Posts: 14
    Hi thanks for responding. The gas odor is present as soon as I start the vehicle and seems to smell worse as time goes on it is almost always there even when i am driving around. I have to roll the windows down to ventilate. I think it might be a leak in the exaust manifold because it smells more like exsaust in the engine compartment, but gas inside the cabin of the truck. when I rev the engine I hear a rattle coming from the exsaust area. The guy that I bought the truck from said something about a seal leaking on to the exaust pipe and that is why it smells. But I dont know where the leak is at. there is a little greyish smoke that comes from the tail pipe with a little bit of black liquid that also comes out of it. I looked under the truck there is allot of rust, so much rust, even the rear bumper is almost to the point that it is hollowed out just the top part of the bumper is left. I think that I am going to repair it. I just don't want to stick lots of $$$$ in to it. I think this truck needs tender loving care. no rough driving anyways. The engine seems to be strong though.
  • yusuf2173yusuf2173 Posts: 14
    After carefull inspection of my engine compartment I heard what sounded like a air hose leaking. my nose took me right to the gas line behind the distributor hub area. I found out that there was a 3 inch ruber tubing in place of the gas line that was fit between the gas line as if the line that was there has rusted away or something. And guess what it was dripping pretty good. I hope I can get it fixed for cheap I'm guessing the reason why the rubber hose is not holding up is because it is a pressurized line. What do you think, is it possible to repair maybe weld a hose in place of the rubber tubing
  • You shouldn't have to weld in a line, a proper fitted rubber line should do fine as long as you clean everything up and use tight clamps. Leaking fuel is obviously very dangerous so you should take care of that before anything else. The rattling sound when you hit the gas sounds like it could be the shield on the catalytic converter. It rusts out pretty quick, I've had this problem before. If that section of the exhaust looks solid enough to last a while you could probably just pry off the shield and save on replacing it for now, though it does sound like your exhaust may need some work. The exhaust mannifold should get a closer inspection for sure. The engine will outlast just about everything else on these. It's a shame nissan didn't build the body to the same standards as the mechanics. Good luck.
  • spiker3spiker3 Posts: 3
    My fuel gauge on my 05 PF is real slow to respond. It read half full, I stopped and filled the tank all the way up, then when I started the vehicle and drove off it read empty the little yellow light on the gauge was on and the DTE on the odometer was flashing and the check engine soon light was on. After driving for a while the gas gauge slowly started to move up off of empty and the low fuel light on the gas gauge went off . The gas gauge has done this the last couple of fill ups. Does anyone know what causes this? PF has 83k miles and 20 gallon tank, 2WD, AT, 4.0L V6. I have the extended warranty. Any help with this problem is greatly appreciated.
  • Could anyone recommend a warranty I could purchase for my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder (under 25k miles). Should I look into the Nissan Security-plus warranty?

    Any others?

    Thank you,
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,019
    Hi everyone. I've got a 97 Pathfinder XE with 85k on it. Just recently, I've noticed an issue with the throttle feeling sticky, but only when the car is warmed up. It's nothing too bad. It resists just a little bit when I first depress the pedal to pull away from a light. With a little bit of pressure, it gets off the bottom and then it's just a little jackrabbit start.

    Besides that, it feels completely normal. I've WD-40ed it up but didn't see much of a difference. Has anyone else encountered this?
  • ail84pail84p Posts: 2
    easy fix. the butterfly is sticking in the throttle body. just spray some carb cleaner or even brush some gas around inside throttle body and wipe clean.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,019
    Thanks but what does it look like? I WD-40ed the contraption that the throttle cable goes to that pivots back and forth when I press the gas. Is there something else I should be looking for?
  • jeffro8jeffro8 Posts: 2
    I have a 1997 PF with just over 100,000. Every now and then the thing overheats but only while running the AC. Once I see the gauge on the rise, I turn off the AC, switch over to heat and run the heat on full blast....the gauge comes down to normal. This doesn't happen consistently. Any thoughts?
  • jeffro8jeffro8 Posts: 2
    I've got the very same problem with my 97 PF. WD-40 hasn't helped, so I anxious to hear the fix to this problem.
  • ail84pail84p Posts: 2
    remove the ducting from the air cleaner to the throttle body. You will see the butterfly and if you pull the throttle cable you will see that the butterfly will open. Even though it looks clean, use some carb. cleaner spray and a brush and clean and wipe dry. If you don't want the expense of carb. cleaner spray, use gas and a small brush.
  • Hello,
    I’ve been looking for an answer to this problem for over a year. From the various posts across the internet, I see that this is not uncommon, but have never seen an actual answer to resolve the problem….
    The ISSUE, the dash/instrument panel lights will intermittently turn off on one side of the dash or the other, or both (Tach, etc. OR Speed, etc., or both), other lights in the car are unaffected. They will resume functioning in an arbitrary manner, with no repair. Turning lights ON or OFF, turning the car ON or OFF, hitting bumps, temperature, duration of drive time, weather, or towing a trailer seem to be unrelated - having no effect on precipitating or resolving the light failure. Lights may remain OFF for seconds, or minutes, or days at a time (making night-time driving problematic when the speedometer is out.) The instruments themselves work fine, the only problem is the lighting.
    ANYBODY have a clue ???
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,019
    It did the trick. It looked clean but when I sprayed in the cleaner, a lot of black stuff came out and so far, it's fixed the problem. THANKS!
  • dprinedprine Posts: 1
    I live in Queens NY and my Pathfinder is at about 55K.
    I will be bringing it in for the 60K overhaul.
    Any recomendations on a shop aside from the local Nissan dealer who specializes in Pathfinders.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 2,019
    I bought my Altima from Koeppel in Jackson Heights. I liked the purchase experience but was underwhelmed by their service department. As a rule of thumb, avoind any place in the outer boroughs
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    I live in Jersey so I have no recommendations in your area, but don't ask for a general 60k mile maintenance. Many dealers and others garages will add on needless, high profit work. Look at your owners manual and don't let anyone tell you your truck needs more than what your manual says. Two exceptions to that would be having your cooling system power flushed (not just drained) and having your transmission flushed (not just drained). If I recall correctly at 60k miles all Nissan calls for is an oil change, an air filter replacement, and to have your front driveshaft lubed assuming you have 4WD.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Consider writing up a report in Dealer Ratings and Reviews.

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    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • I have read a couple of posts about drain problems. I seem to have the same problem. The passsenger side gets wet, I mean a lot of water There is a foam gasket of some type on the firewall above the passenger foot space that seems to go through to an external part of the ac. That foam is very wet and water seems to drip from it, I am not sure that is the source but it looks to be. I cannot find the drain under the truck and it is very difficult to get to the outside of the firewall where the foam piece is located. I saw in a previous post mention of a drain that may need a screen at the bumper? Did it mean frame? A guy at the oil change place told me it is a common problem and that he has seen it fixed by extending a piece on the outside of the ac where it goes through the firewall so that the water does not get on the foam piece.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    It also might be a clogged sunroof drain. Usually they can be easily flushed with a garden hose.
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