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Nissan Pathfinder Noises and Sounds



  • asaasa Posts: 359
    The noise you hear after starting and driving about 15 Yards is your anti-lock brake system testing itself. Perfectly normal.
  • I have an 06 Pathfinder that shutters at around 40 mph, the dealer is telling me I need both the rear drive shaft and front prop shafts replaced. I've contacted other repair shops, most are saying the CV joint may be the only thing that needs replacing, and that I'm being sold a bill of goods by the dealership. Any thoughts?
  • my pathfinder had tranny replaced at 87K miiles, at 120K, ELECtric sensor went out and caused it to not able to start" like out of gas" but that cost me $700,

    now at 135K the fooking thing had radiator hose/ intake heater hose "valve" broke off" lol, $120 , 2 days later.. i swear to god, and strike me with lightning if im lying..

    the timing belt ', timing is knocking loud, when rev, but quiet when driving.. no power loss. will bring to local mechanic, since NISSAN dealers a rip off..

    its still worth 11K, ,lol i paid 33K 5 years ago!
  • my o5 knocks, but no power loss, soundslike lifters, or timing fan but
    it directly above the valve..

    recently my car kind of overheated, but it ran, so i barely got to mechanic, left

    ran fine, then the knock started..
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    TO TIDESTER, these type engine need a steady maintanence oil and filter air filters changes and timing belts at 60 K If you dont do it they fail just llike most engines then things get costly so maybe a new engine might be the right way to go.or just have the timing belt done and keep your fingers crossed.
  • I am annoyed by this knocking sound from 10-20 MPH, but above that it's fine. The mechanic told me that it is probably the transfer case? Anyone experience that with NIssan Path 06?

  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    where is it from the engine or tranny ? egine valves or knock sensor, tranny- needs bearings or outer axles going bad :)
  • I had a mechanic look at it and he said that it's U joints. The other one said it might be transfer case? I have no clue.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    sounds like u joints , easy test drive real slow in a parking lot out it in 4 wheel drive, start out real slow with windows open and listen for front u joints clicking while makeing a hard turn to left then to the right . :sick:
  • I have a 2006 pathfinder with 73K on it, I also have a front end vibration. Front struts and wheel bearings were replaced 3,000 miles ago. Front tires were cupped, so I thought this was still causing the problem. I just put new tires on it today, the vibration is still there at 50mph and get worse until the whole vehicle is shaking at 70mph. Any suggestions? I am calling Nissan on Monday to see if it can be figured out.
  • Did you resolve? Shortly after I purchased a 2006 PF, I hit a pot hole and from that point forward there is an intermitant squeek that I can't seem to trace. The dealership replaced the fuel tank (?!) and that didn't help. They then said it was the spare tire chain. They taped it with elec. tape but that didn't help. Sometimes I can replicate the sound by closeing the car door after the car is stopped and the engine is turned off. Help!... anyone!
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    If the engine is off and you shut the door what kind of noise comes from the engine, like a loose motor mount
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    i suggest a compression test if the piston is knocking it will show up low compression
  • I have a 2006 pathfinder and have 62k on it and have had viberation problems as well for a short while. At first i thought it was the tires which i replaced and still viberation at 40 mph and up. I took it to a transmission shop that i knew and we started looking at different things. We thought it could be the drive shaft and U joints in the back and he checked both and they seemed to be OK. We disconnected the front wheel drive shaft , test drove the vehicle and the viberation stopped. It appears that the front drive shaft still rotates even if the vehicle is NOT in four wheel drive. He checked the U joints for the front wheel drive and they were bad so i am about to replace them. He says that he has seen a few pathfinders with viberation of this sort and it seems to be Bad U Joints front or back or the Drive shaft being out of balance are the problem. Hope this helps..
  • I would check out those CV joints as the front ones were the problem with my vehicle.
  • My 2006 pathfinders had viberation as well at 40 mph and over. I took it to a transmission shop i knew and we found out that the front drive shaft appears to turns even thought the vehicle is Not in 4 wheel drive. The problem for me was the front U/ CV joints were bad. Apparantly if you disconnect the front wheel drive and test the vehicle on the road and if the viberation is no longer there that should indicate some sort of front drive problem. Hope this helps you.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    yes they can go bad the first indication is a clicking sound while doing a tight turn going slow ;)
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    You can eyeball the boots for cracks and tears too. Good thing to check at every tire rotation.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    yes this is a very good idea while they have the tire off check those boots,If you can ask they guy doing the job spray a little silicon on the boots it keeps the rubber softer to last longer.
  • I have a 1999.5 pathfinder. It has a vibration only while its in four wheel drive. I have replaced U joints on the front drive shaft and the vibration is still there. What should i check next. I am thinking CV joints but how do you check if they are shot !! :(
  • I have now changed both front CV joints and half shafts !!! What's next !!!
  • i have an '01 pathfinder, 2wd. recently replaced the center support bearing and eliminated the noise but then started this vibration at 40mph. was told to replace u-joint, still had vibration. was told to balance drive shaft, still have it. now being told by dealer that entire drive shaft assembly needs to be replaced $785. i'm not sure this is necessary and am searching for answers.
    what was the outcome with yours?
  • xlpathxlpath Posts: 3
    I havn't fixed the problem yet. I think the next step is input berings or rebuild the transfer case ( only because the vibration is only when i'm in 4x4 ). :confuse:
  • racerx70racerx70 Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 Pathfinder SE with 55k. I had a similar problem. I didn't realize it until my wife took my car out for a highway trip. She came back saying the tires must not have been balanced properly. I typically drive around town and don't get the speed up over 45 much. I took it out for a drive on the highway and it started shaking and shuddering around 50, and it only got worse like the wheels were going to fly off if I tried to go over 60 mph. I took it right into the tire shop and had them balance the tires again. They apologized and the tech wanted to know who balanced them and I said that he did, so i figured problem solved.
    I also noticed that whenever the car was moving it sounded as if someone was sticking a stick in my spokes if i was riding a bike. I promptly took into the Nissan dealer who told me the U joint & propeller shaft needed to be replaced, but no worries since it is covered under the power train warranty.
  • rlockerlocke Posts: 1
    I also have a 2005 pathfinder with the same squeaking noise in reverse. It just started. Did you ever figure out what was causing it? Email me at rlocke @ ccpromotional. com
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  • azpathmanazpathman Posts: 2
    edited July 2010
    tik,tik,tik, is what I hear .when i first drove it the sound went away after a couple of miles at the light could not hear it run so i bought it thinking oil change.oil is new but sound does not go away .if the timing belt needs replacement would i hear ticking..can you safely adjust valves .I've always had old chevy's..nice and basic.does the knock sensor cuase a tik,tik,tik.I've used hose to listen to valve train where it seems to be coming from but it is hard to pin point when i listen thru hose it goes away but my other ear seems to hear it on other side of motor.not a rod in my opinion definatly sounds like lifter ,valve or sloppy push rod if it were my chevy .any help much appreciated :confuse: engine seems sound i think somethin in exhuast :confuse:
  • jag02jag02 Posts: 4
    edited September 2010
    My 2005 pathfinder has a heavy humming vibration at speeds above 60km/h. Only happens when pressing gas pedal. If pedal not pressed, vibration goes away.
    Sounds similar to driving with rear windows down at high speed. A deafening sound.
    Vehicle regularly serviced.
    Any suggestions.
  • Brake rotors are known culprits to cause front end vibrations
  • This is an aerodynamic problem due to design and shape of vehicle.No fix. keep windows 1/4 open
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