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#1023 of 2771 Struts Going Bad
Aug 17, 2004 (9:40 pm)
Hey everybody, my name is Jon and I just joined. I just bought my first SUV last April, a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 SE, I got it with only 18k miles on it!!
Over the past four months, I've noticed that the front end suspension is a bit tempermental. I just had new tires (4 Yokohama Geolanders HTS) put on at Tires Plus (owned by Firestone) and ballanced as well as a front end allignment done last Sat. The next day, I noticed some knocking and vibration coming from the front wheels. Turns out, they forgot to balance the wheels when the new tires were put on. After leaving, I still noticed the same noise and vibration. Today, I took it to the Tires Plus near my office and had them check it in which the manager did the work himself. The ride was much better but the knocking noise during braking was still present.
I decided that I better take it to the Nissan Dealer in which they found that I had a bad strut on the front driver's side!! I do not understand how a strut could go bad at only 23K miles!!! I do not hit curbs, potholes, or run offroad (yet, hee hee hee!) so there's no explanation I can think of on my part.
Anyway, it was covered under warranty and I now have a great ride. Has anyone else had the same or similar issues I've recently experienced??
#1024 of 2771 impy102- '97 issues
Aug 18, 2004 (10:57 am)
I have a '97, and it has had very few issues. There have been reports of O2 sensors needing replacement occasionally, and I've heard of others having miscellaneous "check engine" light problems, but they are scarce.
The only "check engine" light issue my 97 LE has had involved the EVAP canister (a part of the emissions system). I ignored the MIL lamp for too long, which exacerbated the issue, making the repair much more complicated. I made the repairs myself.
Other than that, I know of no serious problems with this vehicle. The VG33E engine is bulletproof; my truck has over 127K miles on it, is fluid-leak-free, and burns no oil.
Aug 19, 2004 (3:58 pm)
Thank you jiamin that helped out alot.
#1026 of 2771 Re: Water Leak [shark715]
Aug 20, 2004 (12:16 pm)
Did you ever find a solution to your problem? I have the exact same symptoms. Mine is a 97 PF 4WD LE with sunroof. Only the driver side gets wet.
#1027 of 2771 Service Engine Soon Light (SES) back on
Aug 23, 2004 (6:48 am)
Well, after three weeks of no SES light (turned off by itself after week of being lit, IVTC and O2 sensor codes). It has returned. It came back on in the same situation as before. Long Texas highway driving (4-5 hours) and after a fill up from a rural gas station (gas cap was made tight). The light returns. Back to AutoZone I go for a SES light code check. The saga continues.
I will wait to burn off the gas in tank and then worry if SES light still on.
'01 LE 49K miles
#1028 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon Light (SES) back on [lbinh]
Aug 24, 2004 (5:57 am)
Autozone pulled the DTC code. It was the O2 Bank 2 Sensor 2(P0160) again. It seems long highway driving triggers this code(more than 4-5 hours highway). No noticeble degradation in performance or fuel economy.
Looks like a trip to Nissan parts and a new O2 sensor in the near future. It might be because the O2 sensor is on its last leg but I think it is a ECM software glitch.
Anyone replace their O2 sensor(s) and it is still problematic(SES light still lights up w/ that code)??
#1029 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon Light (SES) back on [lbinh]
Aug 24, 2004 (10:01 am)
Code P0160 has been a frequent visitor on my 2001 LE, the SES light comes on about every 500 miles or so.
Working on the old adage that 90% of all electrical problems are caused by faulty ground connections I looked around and found there is a ground strap connecting the RH Three Way Catalyst to a heat shield. The heat had been sufficient to crystalize the braided strap and it had parted company with the connection.
As the 02 sensor works on a one volt differential I figured every little helps, anyway that pesky light has not appeared again in over 1000 miles. Keeping my fingers crossed. Check that strap in any case.
#1030 of 2771 Re: CD Changer ERR2 [jeg72]
Aug 24, 2004 (9:09 pm)
Hello, I've got the same problem with my 2001 Pathfinder CD changer. I was able to eject my CDs but that was it. What was the resolution of your problem? What did it cost you? At a Nissan dealer?
Thanks for the info.
#1031 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon Light (SES) back on [deebardac]
Aug 25, 2004 (6:06 am)
Thanks for the reply. I have the same recurring condition with that DTC. Now, you mentioned that it might be a sensor ground wire. That would make sense in my fault condition. Long driving would cause it to heat up tremendously and cool down quickly when I make stops at gas stations. It is after the fill up and driving that the SES light appears 5 to 10 minutes later on the highway (when the O2 sensors heats back up again).
I orignial thought it was bad gasoline or an old OEM battery causing the fault. Anyway, can you paste a picture of that connection or tell me exactly where it is?
Is it on the drivers side or passenger side catalytic converter pipe? I thought P0169 DTC is the bank 2 sensor 2. Bank 1 is the passenger side(or the RH)?? Got my bearings confused.
What did you do to remedy the damaged ground strap?
Thanks a lot deebardac.
#1032 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon Light (SES) back on [lbinh]
Aug 25, 2004 (11:03 am)
The ground strap is located 28" forward of the main muffler where the exhaust pipe connects to the TWC flange, about level with the middle of the passenger door.
As a temporary fix I opened up the connector, cleaned up the braided cable recrimped and soldered the connection.
I am looking around for a different ground strap to replace the OE, one that would be more resistant to heat.