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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
Jul 29, 2002 (3:00 pm)
Hi, I have a 2002 Pathfinder SE. I'm not too happy with the car, too many problems I see with it. I'm not sure if its just mine, or if they are all like it. I used to have a 99 Pathfinder and did not have these problems. If anyone doesn't mind reading my long post, its in the Problems & Solutions section, post #362
Not sure if this link works: mattman055 "Nissan Pathfinder Club-Problems & Solutions" Jul 29, 2002 6:46pm
#5429 of 8191 mattman055 - 2002 SE Issues
Jul 29, 2002 (3:40 pm)
Have you checked the tire pressures? When I took delivery of my 2000 SE, the dealer had left the pressures at the delivery level - 45 psi! 26 psi is a little too soft. 30-32 is good in my experience.
#5430 of 8191 That's also what I was going to suggest
Jul 29, 2002 (4:50 pm)
If tire pressure is too high, you will feel every little bump. If the 2 front tires don't have equal pressure, the vehicle will usually pull toward the side with the lower tire pressure.
#5431 of 8191 I did check the pressure
Jul 29, 2002 (5:08 pm)
I checked the pressure the other day. Not sure how accurate my $5 guage is, but they both showed about 29psi on all four tires. The door jab says 30psi, so its close enough.
#5432 of 8191 You could also have 1 bad tire
Jul 29, 2002 (6:15 pm)
I would take it to a Tire and Alignment Shop and let them look at it. Have them check the alignment, tire pressure and balancing. If they find nothing, rotate the tires. If there is a bad tire on the front and you move it to the back, it may stop drifting. This is assuming that both the current rear tires are good. I have had a bad tire do this to me before. Sometimes they just come from the tire factory with a defect that is very hard to find. The defect may be inside the tire rubber itself.
#5433 of 8191 Try testing another 2001/2001 PF
Jul 29, 2002 (7:17 pm)
I also think something is wrong with your PF. The quickest way to determine if it is characteristic of all PF's or just yours is to take a quick spin in another. I'm sure your dealer will accommodate you (if they know anything about good service...).
I also owned a 99.5 PF LE for 2 years before trading in for a 2001 LE. The 3 areas you mentioned (steering feel, braking, ride comfort) were probably the things that I felt changed the least. Good luck...she's a nice truck when she's treatin' you right!
#5434 of 8191 Speaking of problems...
Jul 30, 2002 (1:04 pm)
Okay, some notes from my drive home today.
The wheel seemed really TIGHT! I'm not a small guy, 6'2, 190 Lbs. But it sure did seem tight, took lots of force to move, and that’s without applying the brakes.
When i apply the brakes it gets even tighter. Something must be wrong because i could tell that if an emergency came up and i had to jam on the brakes *and* swerve out of the way it wouldn’t happen.
What can be wrong?
#5435 of 8191 Sounds like a power steering system problem to me.
Jul 30, 2002 (1:46 pm)
Jul 30, 2002 (4:47 pm)
Sounds like there may be more than one problem. The advice to ask dealer to drive another unit off his lot is very good advice. I have the 2001 LE loaded and with about 46,000 miles now it still drives like new. My only complaint is the gas mileage. I just wish it would get better mileage. If Nissan would give us a higher gear for highway non towing we could get 20+ MPG.
Good Luck and stick with the complaining, your vehicle is not normal. I guess there has to be one lemon in a million and sounds like you got it. Don't give up.
#5437 of 8191 Curious brake noise and AC problem
Jul 31, 2002 (7:12 am)
I have two things occuring with my 95 Pathfinder XE that concern me. First off, when my AC is on it makes a little squeaking noise, which I am told is probably the fan. However, when I make sharper turns, I hear a rumbling and fluid leaks into the vehicle on the passenger side floorboard. The higher up the AC is, the more dripping there is. It is also acompanied bya grumbling. whooshing noise with an even louder squeak. The internal dripping really concerns me. Anybody else have this in an older Pathfiner. It has just under 82K on it.
Secondly, there is a curious noise when I depress the brake, but it only happens when the vehicle is in park. When I press down on the brake in park I hear a little, yet distinct click that appears to be coming from where the shifter is (it's an automatic 2WD). The brakes operate fine and sound fine in drive or reverse. I was wondering if anyone else has ever heard this click.