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Nissan Pathfinder Electrical Problems



  • Hopefully someone can help me with this issue - I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 55k miles. For the last two weeks when driving the car will start to shake and make a loud noise. If I press on the gas pedal to go faster it stops. I took the car back to the Nissan dealer and they can't find anything wrong. I have also taken it to a local mechanic and he can't find anything - all of my fluids are topped off ! I have another appt at another nissan dealer, but does anyone have any suggestions. It happens only at speeds greater than 40 and only when I have been maintaining the speed for a 5- 10 minutes without braking or slow down...Its extremely frustrating and I don't know what to do. I would like to get this fixed while I still have a powertrain warranty... Thanks for your help.
  • Hello i own a 1995 nissan pathfinder,someone knows what means that red light?,says RTM
  • Hello,
    I'm going to guess they scanned the computer for error codes at your dealer? If no codes came up at your local dealer and your mechanic cant find any problems this is what you should do.

    Make an appt at the dealer to have a tech take the vehical for a
    day or two and have him run and autopilot. The tech will hook up the autopilot to the cars computer and then drive the vehical till it starts
    to shake, make noise or whatever at that point the autopilopt logs
    a code and identifies the problem.

    My 1st guess would be its a speed sensor on the transmission or a (TPS), throttle position sensor that has went faulty

    Good luck.
  • last week I replaced my alternator. everything went good. but now some of my dash lights stay on. they are, battery, brake, and alt. lights. I have rechecked the belt and put the voltage meter on and it tested perfect. I checked all the fuses and all are good. some one told me it could be an inline fuse? Is there such a thing and if there is can I find it and fix it my self? I have a 1992 nissan pathfinder,v6 3.0 other wise the truck runs great.
  • i have a 2001 nissan pathfinder everytime i plug my phone charger in or a gps charger into my cigar lighter it blowes a fuse and i keep replacing it with the right amp fuse also the one in the console does not work at all and the one in the very back does not work can some one help
  • Hello everyone! i posted a message a few weeks ago. I am very surprised with all the experts on this site, not one person could send me an answer. If anyone could please read my post #66 and at least give me an idea this would be very helpful! :confuse:
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  • hey thanks to everyone who responded to my question i am greatful thanks again
  • Where can this fuse be on my 05 Nissan Pathfinder?
    The blinkers and brake lights do not work on my trailer, I once had all the wires crimped which shorted out the fuses, I was only able to find and change the tail light fuse for the trailer.
    Does anyone know where the fuse is for the brakes and tail lights for my trailer?
    Thanks :mad:
  • There are fuses to the left of the steering column, and open the hood, there should be another fuse box on the passenger side.
  • kt91kt91 Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 nissan pathfinder, my right turn signal works fine, but as soon as I apply the break it stops blinking, and when the signal isn't on and I apply the breaks the signal turns on. my left blinker works fine and so do my flashers. Does anyone know what this could be caused by??? I ran into a snow drift, could it be that I jostled my car or is it for sure an electrical or fuse problem??? :confuse: thanks a ton to anyone that can help!!!
  • I have the same problem,no dash lights,no running light(taillightsor side lights)
    Where is the relay that you found? mine is a 95 .

    I am recovering from a stroke and I really need to fix this as cheaply as possible.

    Than you so much
  • It probably isn't a relay, it's probably the combo switch ( where you turn the headlights
    on and off.) I haven't had to work on mine yet. Some cars require you to remove the steering wheel to get it off. I don't know if thats true with the Pathfinder or not, someone else my know. Anyway, I've heard that you can bend the contacts and clean them so that they will make contact. Switchfixer used to be on this forum. He could tell you more about it, but I don't know if he's still here or not, because he had to get rid of his Pathfinder. Good luck!
    David :)
  • don95don95 Posts: 4
    I think we finally fixed the problem with my son's 98 Pathfinder. It often would not start and then when it would start it would often loose all power to window, door locks, turn signals, guages and would stay in one gear. My technician changed the ignition switch (the electrical switch - not the key tumbler). Since then it seems to be good. It was not as expensive as I thought it would be either.
  • Really appreciate your help and I was wondering if you knew of anyone who can help me further with my problem . I am doing my best to recover from a stroke,but can't do the work myself and can't afford to take it to a garage or to someone to work on. I have a friend who would try to work on it if we knew exactly how to get to the switch? I will say again,it is a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder SE. My dash lights and running lights don't come on,but the head lights and turn signals do work. This is our only means of transportation and I really need to get it fixed. My wife cannot drive it after dark or on snowy or rainy days as it is defintely unsafe to do so.
    If you can help with someone who knows how to fix(step by sep),I would be very grateful.
    Thank you for your time,
  • Hello George,
    I think I might know whats going on. If I read you right it sounds like a turnsignal switch, which contains the switch on/off for the running lights
    on the first click, then the headlights and tail light on the second click.

    Before you buy anything try this, I copied and pasted my original post (page 2 of this forum) which contains a fix for the turn signal switch. It read as follows:

    Hello, I had the same problem on my 95' with the tail lights not coming on with the headlights or shutting off when driving (great no one could see me from behind). It's the turnsignal-headlight switch. I fixed this easly
    in 30 minutes. Underneath the steering wheel remove the 4 screws that hold the bottom half of the steering wheel bezel. Once you have those off you can lift the top half of the bezel a bit to get to the two screws that hold the switch in place. Remove switch and take inside your home / or shop. There is a plastic plate that covers the where the
    contacts are. That plate is about a 1 1/2" roughly square. I forget if it has screws or not , unscrew and or pry to pop that piece of plastic off. You will now see 4 or five contact legs. One for the headlamps 1 for taillamps and 2 turnsiganl contact legs. From turning headlights on/off alot they get unsprung a bit and will make little contact with the other mating surface. I used a small screw driver
    to bend them towards the inside of the switch so they could make good contact. Take the switch in your hand and turn it on , you will see a one or two legs that have lost some off the orginal bend to make contact (thats the brake lights, use a small screw driver or you thumb to bend then inwards a bit to match the other legs. You could also use a very small pair of needle nose to bend the legs downword towards the other mating surface. My tail lights worked after this fix and i haven't had a problem in the year that i did this fix. good luck it works! Take your time to understand where and how the contact legs go to make a connection.

    In your situation George it seems like the first click on your turn signal
    is not make contact, ie the contact legs.
    Let me know if this makes sense to you.
    It is very easy to remove the turn signal switch as stated above.
    I'm 95% sure that it is the turn signal switch becuse click one is"the running and dash lights no question, if you can repair it without replacing is another matter. Ebay has them cheaper than the dealer,
    and I can get you a link to one of the auctions if you would like.
    Let me know. I will try my best to help you.
    switchfixer! :)
  • Switchfixer,
    Thanks so much. Yes, it makes sense. I got myself out there and took a look at the column and I believe with these instructions that my buddy and I may be able to fix it. It is pretty hard trying to get things done right now,but I am getting better everyday and your help is greatly appreciated. I will let you know how it works out.

    Thanks again ,

  • Your welcome!
    After you have the four screws under out the switch has two screws on either side, take out only those two and the switch then just needs to be unplugged form the little harness that goes to it and wiggle it out.

    When you get the switch out all the way and pop that plastic piece off, then turn the switch on in your hand while watching the contact legs to identify which one needs attention.
    I believe one leg makes a connection for dash+running second makes
    headlights and taillites and the other two may be left and right turn signal. Once you have identified the contact leg look at the others
    that are working and observe the correct bend-& take your time-
    Let me know. And best of luck!
    Switchfixer :shades:
  • leodentleodent Posts: 1
    While testing fuses of my Nissan Pathfinder 1998, because mirror compass and lighter didn't work, suddenly inside lights, radio and hazard lights stop working as well. I check every fuse and I found power in every one but now they don't work anymore. Please, I will thank any help about.
  • 70ss454_man70ss454_man Posts: 107
    I just got a 1987 Pathfinder SE-V6 and the blinkers don't work. At first, when the blinkers were turned on the blinker flasher relay would click erratically and loudly, not just a freaking out blinker sound but it was really fast and no lights would shine on the dash or on the signals outside. We replaced that, and the blinker clicked 3 times then went silent. Now nothing happens at all when i try to use the blinkers. I checked the fuse box and all the fuses are fine.

    The lady i bought it from said that they would work fine but sometimes when it rained the blinkers would do their thing (not work)

    I dont know if there's a short somewhere or what, but it needs fixed fast. I cant get pulled over on the way to school
  • karldmkarldm Posts: 1
    I am trying to get hold of the repair manual or wiring diagram for my 1994 Pathfinder. I bought the vehicle in Brazil and transported it to London. Unfortunately, Nissan in the UK are unable to help me as this Model was not available in this country.
  • osperaospera Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 pathfinder which started out with the headlamp turning on and off as I was running it without opening any doors. I turned the switch to off but now after maybe 8 months the A/C blower starts and stops intermittently and its getting worse daily. Usually it stays on after the car has been running for a while.

    The odometer stopped displaying the top half of the numbers or vaguely displays them. :confuse:

    I just noticed the rear left brake light is not turning on. :surprise:

    I checked the battery and alternator and they seem fine. The fuses don't look wrong either.

    Any suggestions? Someone mentioned it may be the voltage regulator but I'm not sure.

  • yotesno9yotesno9 Posts: 2
    I have a '95 Pathfinder, with same issue. I just tried the tape trick on the rear hatch strike plate. I tried moving the strike plate position and that didn't work. So I set it back to the original position and tried the tape. You can use too much or the latch won't grab correctly. Hopefully this will solve my problems. If it doesn't has anyone else resolved a similar issue the same way?
  • yotesno9yotesno9 Posts: 2
    I tried the tape trick 3 days ago on the rear hatch strike plate and it eliminated the dome light flickering and thus has taken 99% of my issues away. I still have issues with the light staying on when I shut the door. It seems random and it appears to just be a delay of about 5seconds and then it goes off. It has happened 3 times since I put the tape on. Otherwise, it seems to work normally (when you shut the door the dome light goes out immediately).
  • lildavidjaxlildavidjax Posts: 68
    Not everyone has access to a wire welder, but I put a small weld on the latch where it made contact and pushed the switch further back so the light would go off. I filed the weld down to make it smooth so it wouldn't damage the contact switch.I believe this would be a permanent repair. Anyone got any tips for me for remembering to put my sunroof back in before it pours rain? :surprise: I've done that twice in a month!
    DUH! Happy motoring!
  • lmac3lmac3 Posts: 1
    Nice forum! I have a 2003 Pathfinder 2wd that has started acting wierd. Driving the other day, the power dwindled to about half. Drove it the next day to have it fixed, but it worked find, and has been since. The fixit guys said no error codes, so no know what to fix. Now, a new oddity -- the ac fan turns on full blast when the ignition is turned on, and none of the controls do anything. The off button doesn't work, the speed buttons don't work. Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.
  • ron95ron95 Posts: 1
    about a month ago my starter stuck on and burnt out i replaced with rebuilt unit then worked 2 days then intermintedly i would turn key and nothing happens jumped at starter then key would start car again for days this senario went on 4 weeks then starter stuck on again any sugjestions would be apriciated
  • don95don95 Posts: 4
    We though we had fixed this problem fixed last fall with a new ignition switch and cleaning positive and negative connections between the battery, ignition switch and starter. It seemed to be fine for the few days before my son put this 98 Pathy into storage. (He went travelling for six months.) He just got home, took it out of storage and drove it around the city for two days and it was fine. Then we went to the cottage to pick up some gear. It ran fine for the 100 miles there. After an hour we turned around to come home and 15 mile from the cottage the speedo, odometer, tach, turn signals, and windows lost power and it stayed in 2nd gear. after 5 miles everything kicked back in again. Sometime you have to turn the ignition switch several times before it will turn over. My son thinks that it may be related to the rainy days we have been having. He thinks that on dry days it may not act up.
    We think its unrelated, but his compas and temperature above the mirror have not been working for a long time.
    Would it be a specific relay. If anybody has any ideas we would really appreciate it.

  • tnjrobi1tnjrobi1 Posts: 41
    The A/C Fan in my 2002 Pathfinder quit working today. The display shows that the fan should be working, but it's not. I pulled the fan and tested it and it works fine. Any advice on what might be wrong?

  • This is a long one.. so bare with me. And I don't know a lot about cars, but enough to understand most of it.

    My Ford pickup was having issues and the battery died.
    So I was going to jump it with my Pathfinder. When the jumper cables were hooked up (both vehicles off). I heard a noise from the Pathfinder was like the fuel injectors kicking in and a clicking sound.
    Started my truck with no problems.
    Got both vehicles home ( 1/2 mile or less) shut both vehicles off,
    wanted to see if it would start(pathfinder) and it didn't.
    Tried jumping it with truck... would not jump. Just heard a click on drivers side and then passenger side. Had power to lights. Battery is fully charged.. I'm stumped... any clues???
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