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#1809 of 2763 Problem shifting 2005 PF from 4WD to 2WD
Dec 10, 2005 (8:38 am)
Has anyone experienced this problem? On Thanksgiving Day, my wife and I were driving on a back road in Pennsylvania when we encountered snow & ice. We turned the dial on our 2005 Pathfinder and it went into 4WD with no problem. Once we came to dry & safe road, we tried to go back to 2WD by turning the knob back.
However, the liquid crystal display continued to flash (in the center and front wheels) indicating that the vehicle was not coming out of 4WD. We ultimately had to pull off the road and hit uneven terrain to get out of 4WD.
We took the vehicle to the local dealer where we purchased it, and of course, they told us it's operating normally. Having now spoken to the Service Manager, he has spoken to Nissan Engineering in California and there may be a problem here. I'm bringing in back in next week for them to have a look at.
I've had a 1999 and 2003 Pathfinder and those 4WD systems worked flawlessly for me. This dealership is trying to give me some explanation about "axles" this and "hubs" that ... coupled with "conditions" etc. ... I just know that with my last 2 Pathfinders, I could shift in & out of 4WD with no issues.
Once this week, with my current Pathfinder, my wife had to put it in reverse and back up about 20 feet to get it out of 4WD. Please respond if you have any insight or are having any similar issues.
greatpgh in Pittsburgh
#1810 of 2763 Re: Problem shifting 2005 PF from 4WD to 2WD [greatpgh]
Dec 10, 2005 (9:19 am)
"Reluctant" shifting out of 4WD is not uncommon. Make sure all four tires are running the same pressure (to make sure the wheels are the same diameter). When in 4WD the system always has some "bind" - that is, torque built up due to the front and rear axles having moved different distances. You will find if you drive slowly when trying to get it to shift out of 4WD and turning first left, then right, that it will eventually shift out. This releases the "bind" that is built up by making the two axles travel different distances. If your vehicle had a "manual" shift lever you would feel the bind - because it relies on a solenoid, you have to release the bind until it is decreased enough that the solenoid can overcome it and move the gear to disengage 4WD.
The problem will be worse when the vehicle is new because the parts are not "worn in" yet and so tend to stick a little. In the future, when it's time to change the fluids in the transmission/transfer case, if you go to synthetics the problem will be reduced further, due to those lubricants being a little more slippery.
Dec 11, 2005 (12:24 pm)
HI there can anyone tell me where the resistor is for the heater blower motor on a '92 SE. I only have the fan able to work on high. Checked my switch but can't seem to locate the resistor itself?
#1812 of 2763 Re: Problem shifting 2005 PF from 4WD to 2WD [pathstar1]
Dec 12, 2005 (2:10 pm)
Yeah, what he said.
#1813 of 2763 Re: Check Engine Light?? [timh5]
Dec 14, 2005 (3:06 pm)
Did you get over to Autozone? Ask them to read your P code(s)...it is no charge here in Houston. The check engine light will reveal a P code.
The code is read by a hand held electronic reader that plugs into a socket below the steering column...on the dash board.
A "P code" is just an industry term that stands for something else. There are hundreds of P codes that exist for each vehicle. Not all vehicles use the same P codeterminology. For example in Nissan speak - P1142 stands for cam angle timimng sensor(LH). It's a part that senses cam shaft speed and adjusts the throttle according to a computer algorithm. There are 2 of these on your engine. Malfunction could mean that the sensor has failed...or that a voltage reading is simply wrong for the operating mode of the engine. A zero voltage reading for example could mean that a wire or harness is loose or damaged. Let me know if you have any problem getting your P code read.
#1814 of 2763 Re: Check Engine Light?? [timh5]
Dec 14, 2005 (3:09 pm)
Please see post #1813.
#1815 of 2763 1996 License Plate bulb replacement
Dec 16, 2005 (4:25 am)
I have a 1996 Pathfinder that needs replacement license plate bulbs. The license plate lights are in housings that are on the right and left of the plate. There appears to be no way to unscrew or open the housing.
I have checked my 1996 owners manual and it tells me how to change a 95's plate light, not my model.
Can someone advise me on how to change these bulbs?
#1816 of 2763 Acceleration Issues w/ 2005 Pathfinder
Dec 18, 2005 (8:41 am)
This is my first post to this forum. I purchased a 2005 Pathfinder in May. Besides being out of service for 30 days while Nissan located a part, it has been a fine vehicle -- let's say that I am not impressed with NNA. I have experienced acceleration issues when pulling out from a dead stop while on a moderate incline. I suspect it is the anti-slip kicking in which basically shuts down acceleration. It's very annoying as I put the gas to the floor and get no reponse. Has anyone experienced this problem and how was it resolved?
#1817 of 2763 94 Pathfinder dies on left hand corners, but not right...Idles great.
Dec 18, 2005 (9:14 am)
Hey Guys, I'm new to this site because I figured someone has to be able to help me..My 94 pathfinder has 125k on it and has been sputtering on left hand corners (but remains running, regardless of speed). On sharp left corners it stalls and has to sit for an hour before restarting.I gave it a top of the line tune-up (plugs, wires, cap&rotor, belts, fuel filter). But yet it still gives me troubles. Its getting worse to the point where very slight left corners make it spit and sputter (even with a full tank of gas)Never sputters on a right turn. HELP ME...PLEASE..
#1818 of 2763 Re: 1996 License Plate bulb replacement [dino88]
Dec 19, 2005 (1:01 pm)
To replace the license plate bulbs, you need to remove the plastic door panel on the inside of the rear hatch. Remove the two screws holding the hatch handle on, then gently pry the plastic away from the hatch along the edges. The panel is secured by pressure-clips, which pop off as you pull the panel away. (The clips easily pop back on, so you don't have to get new ones.)