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#7449 of 8191 Hidden Hitch good/wiring bad
Jun 01, 2004 (3:44 pm)
I have just installed the hidden hitch round tube class III on my 2003 SE 4x4 - looks great/no interference with bumper etc. It was very cranky going on, requiring WD-40 to excessive amounts to slide on and then to thread bolts. But that was the easy part I'm afraid.
I have had much difficulty with the wiring. I'm afraid that 2003 Pathfinders and up may be wired differently thatn 2002/below. The parts guy at the local nissan said the harness for 2002 is different than the 03 which is different from the 04. That's about all the information he can give me however - quite unhelpful unfortunately. The wiring kit recommended by the hitchmart.com website is not very user friendly. In fact I'm afraid that it may not be the correct harness for this year of truck. (hidden hitch recommends same harness for any year of current pathfinder design) However, it may be the correct harness and it's just extremely difficult to install compared with how instructions portray it. I returned the hidden hitch harness and ordered the OEM harness from the local Nissan (for $50 ! ) Turns out it looks exactly like the hidden hitch harness. The Nissan part that was ordered was 999T8-RL001 and the part I received was teh 999T8-RL000. Is there a significant difference with that last #? Could it be that I received wrong part? Or is taht last number nothing to worry about.
A google search of the internet shows a completely different kind of OEM harness for the 2004 Pathfinder than for a 2002 (why would it be different b/t 04 and 03? Or 02 for that matter?). When I took apart the rear inside panels to get at the rear of the taillights there were no factory OEM harness connectors visible. I tried removing the taillights themselves (remove just 2 bolts) but they were very reluctant to come off and not being very experienced in this kind of work I was afraid of breaking something/wrecking a body seal.
I have questions for anybody - PLEASE HELP
1)When I removed the threshold plate in cargo area (6 inch x 4 foot plastic guard where cargo door latches- has 5 or 6 screws in it) there was a two pin connector/wire coming from the right rear taillamp assembly that exited to underneath the vehicle through a centrally located rubber grommet right next to the hatch latch. What is this??? Does it have anything to do with the tow harness?
2) Anybody remove their taillamps to get at the connectors? How do I do this "gently" so I don't break anything? I'm more willing to exert force on interior trim than exterior...
3) Is the harness for 2003/2004 Pathfinders different than for 2002 and below? I am beginning to think that it is b/c there are 2 different connectors from the taillamps that don't fit the harness from hidden hitch.
I am ready to give up and have the Nissan dealer install this wiring for me. It really shouldn't be this hard...
Please help - thanks for any responses
#7450 of 8191 Sunroof deflector
Jun 01, 2004 (5:46 pm)
Can anyone give us directions on how to install the sunroof deflector? We thought we had it right but the sunroof won't close correctly. Thanks in advance!
Jun 04, 2004 (5:31 am)
Tires have been discussed frequently, however I don't remember seeing anything regarding tire sizes. I have an '01 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4x4 with 41,000 miles that has 255-65-16 Dunlop tires as OEM equipment. I am considering replacing with 245-70-16 because this a more common size with greater options. What are the effects on the vehicle, ride, wear and tear, etc of replacing with a different tire size? Has anyone done this? Is it a noticable difference? Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks!
#7452 of 8191 Re: Hidden Hitch good/wiring bad [viking03 #7449]
Jun 04, 2004 (12:47 pm)
1) I don't think they recommend that as an exit point for wiring but it may be an option (Although I do see it in the diagram in the 2004 link below). I read that, from previous posts here (do a search), that you can use the drain tubes in the rear light compartments. Look below you vehicle, you will see identical tubes on both sides, behind rear mud guards. Using the tail lamp opening, need a stiff 12" wire to thread wiring though the tubes. Use a flashlight shining thru the tubes from bottom of car to see tube opening. Don't even need to remove rear side panels. Just remove the taillight and thread it down the tubes. All thru the tail lamp wiring harness opening and no side panels to remove. I haven't tried it yet but will in next two weeks.
2) For tail lights, remove two screws. Then firmly pull straight back pulling on both sides and the plastic snaps opposite side of the screws will release the lamp. Very easy.
3) Follow this link below to find the 2004 harness(999T8-R5004). I called Nissan parts dept and they have the 999T8-RL001 for 96-02/03?? years. I think they fat fingered it in and ordered a previous model year harness for you (999T8-RL000). Check with your parts department again with the part numbers above. Let us know because I am not 100% sure of the difference. Get them to correct their mistake.
http://www.courtesyparts.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&a- mp;a- mp;Store_Code=CP&Product_Code=999T8-R5004
I am trying to wire my 2001 LE trailer lights also so your experience will be a great help to me....Please keep mental notes.
Thanks and good luck.
#7453 of 8191 Re: Tire Sizes [sydney4163 #7451]
Jun 04, 2004 (1:17 pm)
Ride height goes up 1/4 inch. Tread width goes down 0.40". Better gas milage. Handling and braking will slightly suffer but will I think be negligible. Speedo will be relatively same accuracy.
I went to 255/70/16 on my 01 LE 4x2.
#7454 of 8191 Fuel Mileage Question ...
Jun 04, 2004 (6:52 pm)
I am curious to know what gas mileage should one expect to get from a 5 speed 1996 - 2000 3.3 liter pathfinder 4x4 ? The EPA mileage varies a bit and I'd like to know what the real-life mileage that people are getting esp. with a manual tranny.
#7455 of 8191 Re: Hidden Hitch good/wiring bad [viking03 #7449]
Jun 09, 2004 (6:00 am)
I decided to get the OEM Nissan Trailer harness ($50). Going to go pick it up today. Did the instructions that came with the OEM harness explain how to install it step by step?
I, also(2001 LE), noticed the two pin harness underneath the 6" x 4' plastic threshold plate in rear hatch coming from the right tail lamp.
Does anyone know what it is for?
Just a non-connected wiring harness that that looks to exit to the bottom of hatch thru a rubber grommet near the hatch door striker plate? It just ends at the rubber grommet b/c it is not connected to anything?
How far have you gotten with the OEM harness install?
#7456 of 8191 Shoulder Belt in Middle of Back Seat?
Jun 09, 2004 (7:46 am)
I am thinking about purchasing a Pathfinder (2000 - 2003). Can anyone tell me if the middle of the back seat has a shoulder belt restraint or just a lap belt? thanks
#7457 of 8191 Shoulder Belt in Middle of Back Seat? by mikeh
Jun 09, 2004 (9:54 am)
#7458 of 8191 Re: Hidden Hitch good/wiring bad [viking03 #7449]
Jun 10, 2004 (6:23 am)
Picked up the OEM Nissan Trailer harness yesterday. The model numbers on the instruction sheet and the number on the box do not match just like yours(off by 1 sequence for the '96-'03). It looks simple enough to install, just plug in and wire threading.
How hard was it to slide in the Hidden hitch to the frame? Can the job be done by one man with no lifts or special tools to hold up the hitch?