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Nissan Pathfinder



  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I use Mobil 1 oil filters and I have used many other brands of oil filters, they all worked just as good, I haven't used an Nissan filter sense the first oil change. I change my oil every 10,000 miles, the trans at 30,000 miles the differentials I will top off when needed, the same for the transfer case. All have synthetics fluids. The only time the transfer and differential get changed is when driving in deep water or mud.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I have been using synthetics now for about 15 years in all my vehicles, including my Motorhome which has full synthetics and I have never been told that I should not use them. The engines, transmissions, differentials and transfer cases all perform better and run smoother and cooler. No oil leaks, no transfer case failures, no engines failures, no differential failures or leaking seals of any kind. I have only experience positive results from using full synthetics.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I stopped using Mobil 1 for that reason and it didn't hold up as good as Royal Purple, so I changed to 5w-30 royal purple but I still use their oil filters.
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    I am using Mobil Dino oil. Drive clean is not synth. I was just wondering if 10W would be better for year round driving?
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I use 5w-30 Royal Purple syn. year around, temps in my area range from 28deg to 110deg and according to my manual you can use 10w-30 also but I prefer the later for all around use, no problems so far. In my Honda CR-V EX I also use 5w-30 Royal Purple syn., the Motorhome I use 10w-30 Royal Purple. Full synthetics front to rear on all the vehicles, except the Honda, Haven't changed it over yet to full synthetics but will soon.
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    Can someone recommend a good set of aftermarket rotors
    and pads? mine are warped again at 20K, and I don't want to
    pay to have them resurfaced, I would rather them be replaced.
  • aigengaaigenga Posts: 14
    Well, I went ahead with the rotors and a set of AXXIS Metal Master pads (see my message #7506). The parts cost me about $120 and the service was $150 at a local mechanic. I bed them in as I have seen advised and could smell the brakes heat up. The results so far (200 miles or so) are great - better feel, better bite, shorter distances (I guess).

    I think this is a better way to go than cutting the existing rotors.

    Thanks for the replys, it gave me the courage to do the right thing.

  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Go to
    I like the Powerstop cross-drilled rotors & the Axxis Metal Master pads. This is what two different places recommened to me also.
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    What about Brembo rotors with the Akebono pads? They are
    $73 each vs $136 for those powerstops cross drilled?
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    My brother just purchased a used 2001 Pathfinder and I was surprised at the fact that the only light to come on when the doors were open was the cargo ceiling light (yes just one light in the whole vehicle.) He said the middle ceiling light was burned out. I thought the map lights (front ceiling) should be coming on.

    I know there is a switch on the center light that changes when the light comes on - but which lights are supposed to come on and when? Can the map lights be made to illuminate when the doors are opened? Are there any lights that should come on for the floor/foot well areas?

  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Has anyone found a longer oil filter than the small one's that are on there...For a little more filtration...

    I've been using Fram ToughGuards...
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The map lights do not illuminate when the doors are opened. Only the dome lights in the cargo area and above the rear seat illuminate when the doors open. The maps lights cannot be made to illuminate (at least not very easily) with the door open, since they are just a on/off pushbutton toggle switch. (The dome lights have a 3-way switch.)
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    I haven't been able to find Brembo rotors for my 2001 PF. Where did you get them. I do like Brembo better though.
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    Thanks - I guessed that was going to be the case. It just seems strange that they didn't have those map lights illuminate, too. My '92 Continental and '00 LS have similarly positioned lights - both on toggles, but they illuminate with the doors, also.
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    at tirerack for $73 each. those are the plain jane ones, no crossdrilled, no slotted.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Oh ok... I went on tirerack & looked at them. While I do like Brembo, I am looking for cross-drilled rotors so it looks like the PowerStop is still the best I've found. Thanks for the input though...
  • Is it true ? If you switch from conventional oil to synthetic, you cannot switch back to conventional oil.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    If you believe that , I have a bridge for sale, real cheep. I think what they meant to say was, If you change over to synthetic oil, you will never want to change back to conventional oil or fluids.
  • The VQ35 engine in the '04 has been used since '01 and is essentially unchanged (same HP, torque and MPG ratings seem to confirm that). I have no idea why Nissan is now recommending against using synthetics...maybe it has to do with new seals they are using or something (or they are playing it safe). My dealer also offers synthetic oil changes for the Pathfinder.

    As for myself, I have switched both diffs, the engine, transfer case and transmission to synthetic in my '01 LE. The difference in mileage was noticable right away (around 1 mpg) although I haven't checked it lately.

    While I'm posting...regarding the Premium vs Regular fuel grade issue, my own (repeated) results indicate a loss of performance and mileage with the switch to 87 octane from 91 octane...I'll stick to the good stuff. These are simply my own findings.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    Well today was a bad day. Had to make a 400 mile round trip to Wichita, KS which is bad enough. I have an 01 LE w/ 52k miles. On the way to Wichita my CD changer played a complete CD and was changing to the cd in the #2 slot. I immediately noticed a grinding nasty noise comming from the changer, then the dreaded ERR 2 came up on the display. I was able to eject all of my cds, but it still will not play any cd's i've tried. To add insult to injury, on the trip back home the MIL light is now on. This is the 3rd time the light has come on since I had this vehicle since being purchased new. The 1st time was the 02 sensors which were under warranty. The 2nd occured about 2 mos. ago which ended up being a valve timming postion sensor & $300. Who knows what the problem is this time. I guess a trip to the dealer is in order and my wallet will most likely be much lighter when I get the truck back.

    Anyone have an idea on how much a new cd changer costs? I'm affraid of what the dealer will charge.
  • cd changer cost: too much! I had the same problem, but it happened 3K miles before the warranty run out. Try ebay first, if they don't have it go buy yourself another unit that will work with audio controls, I'm sure they will have one in the audio stores. You can get yourself a much nicer unit w/10-12 cd changers. Hang in there, pathfinders are great vehicles. I also had the sensor problem...other then that theses SUV are excellent.
  • scottinkyscottinky Posts: 194
    I plan on getting an extended warranty. I just had an exhaust leak fixed under warranty, and I saw the labor bill for the new pipe and seals, came to $300!!!! It is now quiet like it should be, but sheesh.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    calgaryphil: what brand of synthetics are you using now? I tried several brands and now use Royal Purple, it seems to have a higher oxidation rate as compared to the others that i have used, what has been you experience?
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    I looked on Ebay and found one for around $200. I'm not in a hurry so I'll keep looking. Had to make another trip to Wichita today and the MIL light was on all the way down (about 220 miles), then it turned off on the trip home. Maybe it was a loose gas cap. I can only wish, but at this point I guess I'll wait and see what happens. When my 02 sensors when bad the light would come and go, eventially staying on all of the time along with the fuel economy going way down. My gas mileage is has not fallen off, I got 19 on the way down and 17 on the way back. After a long day, I was in a hurry to get home.
  • newmannewman Posts: 11
    i have a 1995 pathfinder it is missing a radiator overflow? Is this going to hurt anything or do i need to find one. Also im trying to replace the fog lights thought that i had it and they didnt work? Could there be a problem with the wires?
  • IIRC, the dealer used Mobil 1 for everything except the diffs where they used a Castrol synthetic gearlube and a limited slip additive.

    I haven't put enough miles on any of them (except the engine oil) to have them changed out so I can't comment on oxidation...however the tranny fluid still looks pretty good on the dipstick.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    I think you need an overflow tank. That little something is for the radiator to pull from just in case it needs more coolant and flows back when it is no longer needed. I think you could have a lot of coolant spilling when the engine gets hot or your engine runs hotter b/c no extra coolant to pull from the overflow tank.

    Check the fuses for the fog light and that you installed the light correctly, check connections.
  • newmannewman Posts: 11
    it just seem odd that it didnt have one i will have to find one at a junk yard that is in good shape. It doesnt get hot yet but i want to be on the safe side since i have a 4 hr trip coming up in a month. I will check the connections and the fuses. Thank you lbinh.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    calgaryphil, I believe that the Oxidation rate for Mobil 1 is at about 400, while Royal Purple exceeds 1200 range. This higher rate allows you to change oil every 12,000 miles instead of 3,000 miles. That is one reason why i changed over to Royal Purple, there are a fee others too. Also Royal Purple makes a gear oil, called Max-Gear that is formulated for limited slip differentials, there is no need to add a limited slip additive to the mix. I did like Castrol better than Mobil 1, seemed to hold up better under high heat conditions.
  • omegapomegap Posts: 7
    Has anyone experienced excessive tire wear for the 2001 PF when following the recommended 26 psi(cold) tire inflation? specifically on the outside of the tires?

    Is this different in the >2002 models?
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