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#1889 of 2763 1995 nissan pathfinder rear suspension clunking
Feb 20, 2006 (7:43 am)
I have a 1995 pathfinder XE. Recently this perplexing problem with the rear suspension on my vehicle started to occur. When the vehicle hasn't been driven for a few hours, and especially when it's cold outside, I hear a clunk when I get in the driver's seat, or push down on the rear bumper. It seems to come from somewhere around the driver's side rear wheel. The suspension on this side seems to stick, until enough weight is applied onto the rear bumper to unstick the suspension and make a clunking sound, like someone tapping on the gas tank. Climbing under the truck, it sounds like its coming from around the gas tank, but that wouldn't explain why the suspension sticks. Also, once unstuck, everything is fine. No rattles, and it tracks straight on the highway. BTW, teh rear shocks are Bilsteins, which I installed back in 1999, and seems to be OK. Any ideas?
#1890 of 2763 Re: 03 Pathfinder.. horrible mileage [robbyradz]
Feb 20, 2006 (8:33 am)
You may want to look at the message boards for murano and b9 before you do that.
#1891 of 2763 engine hesitates
Feb 20, 2006 (9:36 am)
I have a 2001 Pathfinder 3.5 LE and on a cold start when I accelerate the transmission hesitates before shifting. The engine revs before the transmission finds the next gear. It does not occur after I drive for 5-10 mins. I have had a transmission flush but it did not help. The dealer is unable to replicate the problem because by the time I drive to the dealer the engine is warm and the problem does not occur. Probably I should leave it overnight at the dealer and let them check it in the morning. Did any of you have a similar problem? Appreciate your time.
#1892 of 2763 Re: engine hesitates [kris2]
Feb 20, 2006 (1:45 pm)
It sounds like you have the exact problem described in this TSB:
I took my 2001 in for this when it was about a year old & this fixed the problem. If you're still within the 5 year 60,000 mile powertrain warranty it should be covered but I bet you're close. I would do like you said & leave it with them overnight. Print out this TSB & give it to them also. They should have it but at least that way they'll know you know about it.
#1893 of 2763 Re: Problems w/ CD player [go_tribe]
Feb 23, 2006 (6:11 pm)
I have a 2002 Maxima with the same problem, constant skipping. To the point that it is so frustrating that it's not worth using the CD player at all. I noticed that for me the problem seems to be worse when my car is cold. Although, it happens whether the car is hot or cold.
What did you do to fix your problem? How much did it end up costing you?
Feb 23, 2006 (6:55 pm)
I have been searching for a mpg increaser for my 97 2WD PF. There are several items on ebay that supposedly increase mileage by up to 31%. I would like to know if anyone has ever got one of these and if so, how much increase in mpg did you get? I am skeptical about a 31% increase, but I am wondering if its worth the 30$ for a more slight increase.
#1895 of 2763 Re: Gas mileage fix??? [texas_sam_08]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 23, 2006 (9:54 pm)
The usual answer is if these things worked, the car manufacturers would be installing them at the factory to help them meet their CAFE requirements.
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#1896 of 2763 Re: Gas mileage fix??? [texas_sam_08]
Feb 24, 2006 (1:45 am)
The biggest MPG increaser is a lighter right foot. The best I've ever gotten on my 97 LE 4x4 is 21mpg, and that was using cruise control at 55mph following a U-Haul truck on the freeway for 400 miles without filling up. High speeds and quick acceleration are MPG killers.
#1897 of 2763 Rear end grinding, clunking noise... PLEASE HELP!
Feb 25, 2006 (10:16 am)
I've recently purchased a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, XE V6, 4x4, when I first accelerate it will make a "clunking" noise only from take-off or slow acceleration around curves (under 10 mph)and in reverse. It almost sounds like the brakes are hanging up. Wondering if rear-axle may be locking in 4-wheel. i do not no if there are problems with the rear hubs on this also checked rear upper and lower sway arms and stablizer bars, all of which seem to be hooked up. Please help.
Also looks like oil at one time, may have been over-filled on axle. What is the proper level?
#1898 of 2763 Service Engine Soon light keeps coming on...
Feb 26, 2006 (3:29 pm)
I have a 2002 Pathfinder SE 4x4. In mid December, 2005, my Service Engine Soon light came on. The only accompanying sympton was a decrease in my fuel economy. They told me it was an O2 sensor and that it was not covered by my warranty They also told me at the time that it could just be a loose gas cap. However, I'm a bit anal about making sure that the gas cap is on tightly, and I always turn it until I hear 3 clicks whenever I'm putting the cap back on after refueling. In any case, I had them fix the sensor for about $280.
On 1/21/06, the light came back on, and I took it back to the dealer. They said that a "rear O2 sensor" needed to be replaced, and that I should also replace the fuel filter and clean the throttle body. Upon further examination, they also replaced the "variable timing solenoids". At the same time, I had them do the 30,000 mile service. Total cost was $572, of which $160 was for cleaning the throttle body and injectors, $348 was for the 30k mile service, $64 for replacing the fuel filter; and the variable timeing solenoids were covered by warranty.
Today, 2/26/06, the darn light came on again, and because it's a Sunday, I can't even do anything about it until tomorrow. So I have no idea what the cause might be.
Has anybody else out there had a persistent problem with the Service Engine Soon light coming on one a month?
Also, if you have had such a problem, has the dealer cooperated with you in making it right? I've spent a little over $500 in December and January trying to track this down, and who knows how much it is going to cost me this time? By the way, the dealer is Performance Nissan in Duarte, California. One of the reasons I bought a Nissan is that I had heard good things about their reliability. I'm beginning to have second thoughts.