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#1276 of 2771 2002 Nissan Pathfinder...burning oil???
Mar 01, 2005 (7:41 am)
I have a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4 wheel drive, just about to turn 50,000 miles. I love the truck and have had no problems with it, but I am starting to wonder if it is burning oil.
On rare occasions I have noticed upon startup that I get some blue smoke out of the tailpipe. I have noticed this maybe 3 or 4 times over the 3 years I have owned the truck. Last time I got an oil change I noticed on the ticket afterwards they had noted it was a quart low. I use synthetic oil and usually change it about every 6,000 miles as I do 90% highway driving.
I am almost due for another oil change, but this morning I noticed the blue smoke after starting it, so I drove for a few minutes, then parked it for a few minutes and then checked the oil, finding it is a bit low, below the cross marks on the dipstick. I am guessing it is about a quart low again.
I am wondering if this is a bad sign and if anyone else has encountered this problem with the Nissan 3.5L V6 engine. I love the truck but don't want to keep it if I am going to have engine problems from bad rings or something down the road.
Any thoughts anyone??
Mar 01, 2005 (11:40 am)
If you see smoke on startup it's usually caused by the valve stem seals leaking. The oil seeps into the combustion chamber and burns on startup. It can be an indication of worn valve stem bushings. This loss area usually doesn't use up much oil - you shouldn't notice the loss on the dipstick, even over several months and 5000 mi. - the loss is very small past the valve stems.
It is also possible a head gasket is leaking or the intake manifold gasket (if there is an oil galley through it).
My oil is usually down almost a litre after 6000 km and the vehicle has done this from new. If you are down just a quart close to change time I wouldn't worry about it until it gets a lot worse. If you have to add a quart half way to change time then worry.
Are you using 5W30? That can contribute to oil use. I switched to 10W30. The engine sounds quieter and runs smoother. I use Mobil 1.
#1278 of 2771 Re: 05 PATHFINDER PROBLEMS [damj]
Mar 01, 2005 (7:10 pm)
Well add me to the list of folks with the "2005 Pathfinder acceleration rattle" problem. I'm schedule to have it repaired this Friday. Though the service manager said it was a rare issue, she did say they do encounter this situation periodically. She indicated that it was a catalytic converter issue. Let me see what the dealer can do. I've had the issue ever since I turned over 500 or so miles.
#1279 of 2771 Re: 05 Path Problem SES, VDC, SLIP lights [gruch]
Mar 02, 2005 (9:26 pm)
Not sure if you are still checking this forum, but I had the same exact problem with my pathfinder as soon as I drove it off the lot. There is a reset procedure in the manual, but it doesn't work. It says to start out w/the steering wheel straight and then drive for over 10 minutes over 10 mph. The most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. I did it 5 times and it didn't work.
Brought it to the dealer and it stumped them for 2 days. Then they decided to run the car in place on a lift in the service bay (as per the reset procedure) and that supposedly reset it. The dealer said that is how they are going to have to reset it and if you do a couple of things (including change the brakes) they will need to reset the system this way.
I'm hoping that is just the dealer not knowing the new car yet b/c if that's the case then the people at Nissan must be out of their minds. Anyway, that was my experience, hope it worked out for you.
#1280 of 2771 Re: Cold Shifting Woes / Synthetic ATF [rufus19]
Mar 03, 2005 (7:11 am)
rufus19, I switched to Royal Purple Synthetic ATF, which may have resulted in a slight improvement in cold shifting. Then again, this may be a placebo effect. My best solution has been to allow the vehicle to idle for a few minutes before driving. Let me know if you have any other insights. winxsd
#1281 of 2771 Re: 05 SE-OR....Rattling noise between gear shifts? [rs4]
Mar 03, 2005 (11:38 am)
The parts did not get to the dealer in time for my appointment. As soon as it gets there and it is installed, I'll post an update.
#1282 of 2771 Re: 05 SE-OR....Rattling noise between gear shifts? [woodshop28]
Mar 03, 2005 (7:17 pm)
Thanks for the update.
#1283 of 2771 05 Pathie Manifold Problem
Mar 03, 2005 (11:39 pm)
After having my car in 3 times, my dealer let me know that a butterfly valve on the manifold is the culprit. According to the service manager, it was a design flaw. Nissan is aware of the problem and has a redesigned manifold that I had put on 3 weeks ago. Since then, the noise has not returned.
Has anyone been hearing a rattle in the plastic sunshade for the moonroof?
#1284 of 2771 Re: 05 PATHFINDER PROBLEMS [damj]
Mar 04, 2005 (8:47 pm)
Okay, I let the dealer have my Pathfinder all day today. They changed the catalytic converter and nothing has changed. The mechanic agrees that at just about 2100 rpm there is a tinny sounding noise coming from the engine. It is even audible when the engine is revved with the brake on and the vehicle is not moving. The mechanic is going to contact Nissan and I will be dropping it off again on the 7th for further work.
#1285 of 2771 Re: 05 PATHFINDER PROBLEMS [opiedog]
Mar 05, 2005 (5:30 am)
Hey all, thanks for all the info on the problems you're having. We have an 05 and have not experienced anything (well, the brakes squeek, but that will subside), so I want to ask my dealership what they're hearing on any of these problems. Let me know what your resolutions are and if I hear of anything from this end I'll post it. We still love our choice (05 SE 4x4).