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#547 of 8191 NTB/TSB for shimmy
Jan 05, 2001 (3:20 pm)
Here is everything about the shimmy. I found my old post. I'd actually saved it in a text file on my PC just-in-case. I'm still shimmy free. Now the other old post:
I just got the Nissan Service Bulletin I had
mentioned. It's 11 pages and includes and lot of
stuff, so I won't attempt to reproduce it on this
page. I will say that on the flow chart, the first
question is, "Is this vehicle equipped with Nissan
OEM wheels and tires?" If the answer is no, such
as if you have already replaced the tires, the flow
chart states, "This Technical Service Bulletin and
Nissan Warranty Coverage do not address vibration
that can be caused by after market products or
modifications." Even though you've replaced your
tires already, you might ask your tech to print you
off a copy of this NTB.
I remember some folks talking about having their
wheels chromed. The next question in the flow
chart is, "Are the Nissan OEM wheels aftermarket
chrome plated?" If the answer to this question is
yes, you get the same response as the guy that has
already replaced his tires.
Nissan Service Bulletin
Date: July 18, 2000
1999.5-2001 Pathfinder steering and/or body
Applied Vehicles: 1999.5-2001 Pathfinder (R50)
If a 1999.5-2001 Pathfinder exhibits steering
and/or body vibration while driven (without
braking) at speeds between 60 and 70 MPH, the
cause(s) may be:
- Road input (road surface imperfections)
- Out-of-balance front or rear tires/wheels
- Insufficient steering rack sliding force
- Tire flat spotting
- Excessive tire Radial Force Variations (RFV)
The last part (RFV) is where they look to index or
match balance your tires and if that still doesn't
work, they replace your tires.
Hope this helps.
#548 of 8191 li_sailor & all
Jan 05, 2001 (3:21 pm)
thanks for the info. thanks for reminding me about the fake wood- thats why i wont buy the LE. having to see that every day is too much!
i use the 4wd for off-road which is why i am hesitant with the electronic switch, but im guessing the electronic awd system is better for street use.
well, if i get one i guess ill be in here more often! thanks again
Jan 05, 2001 (3:35 pm)
Thanks loads for your work on digging up the shimmy info. I've already printed it out and will present it to my dealer next week. Have a good day!
#550 of 8191 yj87 fuel
Jan 05, 2001 (4:23 pm)
I have been running regular fuel in mine since new with out any
problems. Does your area put alcohol in the fuel? The engine has
a knock sencer and auto spark adjust. I would keep using the
same fuel or you might drive the computer krazzy. I have read some
place that even changing to a foam air cleaner takes about 2 weeks
for the computer to adjust. Who knows about a K&N,might not ever
get used to that!!
#551 of 8191 TSB for Shimmy for '99
Jan 05, 2001 (4:26 pm)
For those that have '99 model Pathfinder, here's the TSB for the shimmy
Vehicle: 1999 NISSAN TRUCK PATHFINDER
Bulletin Number: NTB98102
Bulletin Date: 02/99
Summary: VEHICLE EXHIBITING STEERING SHIMMY WHILE DRIVEN AT SPEEDS BETWEEN 60 AND 70 MPH (W/O BRAKING),DUE TO OUT-OF-BALANCE FRONT OR REAR TIRES / WHEELS AND / OR INSUFFICIENT STEERING RACK SLIDING FORCE ADJUSTMENT. *TT
Please Note: Over 6000 TSB’s are issued annually by automobile manufacturers. Most TSBs are only applicable to a small number of cars within each model type.
#552 of 8191 Smithmd your key
Jan 05, 2001 (4:30 pm)
Smithmd: The key on these SUV have a chip in the key. If you don't
go to the dealer and have on made with there machine you cannot start
the engine. I don't know about the lock thats only in the drivers door.
#553 of 8191 re: Group Complaint to Nissan
Jan 05, 2001 (8:32 pm)
Did you know that the computer chip and module driving your compass and temperature gauge is the same module that controls all your dashboard gauges and (here is the key one) the odometer. As I am learning, it is no small feat to replace this part. Based on my experience, I do not think Nissan would be easily able to replace this part since it can't easily be switched or traded (odometer laws make this part vehicle-specific).
Mine has been malfunctioning since I bought my LE November 18. Today is Day #43 in the shop waiting for this part. Lemon law papers filed.
You may also want to report the defect (temperature gauge off) yourself to the NHTSA directly via their web site. If enough people complain to NHTSA, it may investigate.
#554 of 8191 Group Complaint to Nissan-Outside Temp Gauge
Jan 06, 2001 (8:27 am)
Thanks for the response. I was thinking that the problem was the outside temperature sensor which is located by the front grille. Fortunately I have not had trouble with the compass, gauages or odometer. Ugh! Your story about computer problems is all too familiar...sounds like the Grand Cherokee I used to have!
I'm surprised, but I have not received any Emails from owners that want to be included on the complaint list. Perhaps the problem is not as widespread as I thought.
Jan 06, 2001 (8:39 am)
I admit I don't like the extra 10 degrees added to my outside T gauge in the summer. I also admit I'm too lazy to do all of the numbers getting to add to your file. I would think a simple reposition of the temp sensor would suffice. I would be glad to add my c/o to your list if I could just give my name. I'm sure every Pathfinder has this problem as it is a design flaw.