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#2528 of 2763 Re: 2004 pathfinder overheat/thermostat [munny]
Oct 06, 2008 (7:09 pm)
Munny, thanks for answering my overheating question . You mentioned the water control valve and that it was a pain to get to. I cant even see it. Looking at the scematic you gave me the link to, it looks like it's mounted between the firewall and the back of the heads, but I cant see it. Is it possible that the throttle body/intake needs to be removed to get access? Also I did the lower stat. No Go, temp is ok at idle but rises the minute you race the engine. Bad Flow. Im going to repl the radiator AND the water pump. Nissan and another local clown are trying sell me on a head gasket. I twisted wrenches years ago and I've NEVER seen a HG blow and NOT have a crank full of milk, or the white smoke parade. I have neither, so I think they're trying to ace me. anyway, anything you can add about the WCV and it's access would be appreciated. Thanks
#2529 of 2763 Re: Does this sound legitimate? [agelesswonder]
Oct 09, 2008 (8:25 pm)
When the positive battery cable is unhooked, the light will stay off for a hundred miles or so while the computer resets itself. It sounds like they're throwing parts at it rather than analyzing the problem.
The codes should tell them all they need to know to get to the bottom of it with a little legwork
#2530 of 2763 Re: Does this sound legitimate? [gsemike]
Oct 09, 2008 (10:14 pm)
Thank you...have been researching the code which said it was a small evaporation leak. Information about it led to something called a bypass valve?? located under the right rear tire?? Anyway, checked the coolant level in the car and found it to be at the minimum level. Called the repair shop and asked them if they had noticed this when they were servicing the car. Hello....was told that it should have been checked and topped off. Long story short - found out it would be cheaper for me to keep the coolant at maximum level than having to search for a small leak. It's a great car...transmission 5 years old, new tires, body of the car in great shape...I just want to keep it as long as possible. You don't seem to get the service you used to get - everything boils down to having to check in behind people. Frustrating.
#2531 of 2763 Getting the Run-around from Nissan
Oct 15, 2008 (8:02 pm)
I have a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder with 55,000 miles. Two weeks ago the check engine light came on so I took it to the local dealership. They told me the computer read an error with a timing cylinoid. Then they asked me if I knew that the engine was blown. I was a total shocked! They told me there was only 1 quart of oil in the engine, and no oil was registering on the dipstick. They then ran a claim through Nissan Corp to cover it under warranty. This was denied because it was 3 months out of warranty, even though it was under the 60,000 mile threshold. My first problem with all this is there was no warning, no low oil or oil pressure light. I then called Nissan Corp myself to file a claim. They asked if I had the service records, and emphatically insisted that they would need them before action could be taken. I was able to come up with adequate service records, but after insisting I provide the service records they came back and said the service records do not matter. The vehicle is 3 months out of warranty and they would do nothing. Has anyone ever been treated like this from Nissan, or do you have any advice on how I can proceed from here? I am irate at their attitude and lack of willingness to help!
#2532 of 2763 Re: Getting the Run-around from Nissan [msmith_31]
Oct 16, 2008 (3:56 am)
I have an '01 PF, and when it had 90k miles the Check Engine Light came on inidcating a problem with one of the cataiytic converters. There was a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) published by Nissan describing a software upgrade to the engine computer because the computer would prematurely think the converters were worn out. The dealer upgraded the software at a cost of several hundred dollars, and that solved the problem. I sent Nissan a letter demanding a refund as the software problem clearly existed the day the car left the factory, so the upgrade should have been covered under the warranty irrespective of the age of the car. Nissan didn't even bother to give me the courtesy of a response. Matt, your truck is clearly out of warranty, so Nissan is not obligated to make the repair. All you can do is never buy a Nissan product again, and warn your friends how you were treated. 30 years ago I had a Honda Accord's engine blow within a few thousand miles after the warranty expired, and Honda would do nothing about it despite that I had changed the oil every 3000 miles. I never bought a Honda product again. One other thought. Is it possible that you caused or contributed to the problem by not checking the oil level? You mentioned that you didn't get a warning light. How often were you checking your oil level? You really need to check your oil every time you stop for fuel as the manual says. The reason you didn't get a "low oil level" warning light if because your truck doesn't have one...few vehicles do. There is no subsitute for checking your oil regularly. Your truck takes 5 quarts of oil. For example, if your engine was burning and/or leaking a quart of oil every 1000 miles (not that unusual), and it's been 4000 miles since your last oil change, that would explain why there was only 1 quart of oil left. Driving your truck with only one quart of oil in the engine could certainly be the reason your engine blew. And the oil pressure warning light is merely an indication of a problem with the engine's oil pump. It had nothing to do with the engine oil level. Unless there was a problem with the oil pump (or the light itself), that won't light until your engine is pretty much out of oil, and when that happen's it's too late...the damage has already been done.
#2533 of 2763 Transmission Failure...suggestions
Oct 19, 2008 (6:31 pm)
A friend of mine owns a 2005 PF and started having issues with the transmission not engaging right away from reverse to drive (automatic)...they took it in and dealer said it was fine and told them to change the fluid with some synthetic stuff which was done for maybe $180 (not sure)........problem gradually got worse and 3 months later it is really bad....took it to the dealer and they said it needs a new transmission for (i think they said) $3000. Thing is..it is now 3 months past warranty but it wasnt the first time they took it in....Nissan dealership is doing nothing and now my friend is trying to contact corporate to get some resolve.....does any one have any advise or past experiences with this...the PF was used a most suvs...take the kids to school and run to the mall...
#2534 of 2763 Re: Transmission Failure...suggestions [kvenanzi]
Oct 20, 2008 (3:05 am)
I can't imagine that they will have any problem at all so long as they have the service order showing why they brought it to the dealer just before the warranty expired, and that they can document that the trans fluid was changed per Nissan's maintenance schedule. If they do have the above documentation and Nissan refuses (and there's no other pertinent facts that perhaps you are not aware of), it's time to sue them. On the other hand, if they did not change the trans fluid as they were suppossed to, the problem will most likely be judged to be the owner's fault.
#2535 of 2763 Re: 2004 pathfinder overheat/thermostat [rf396]
Oct 20, 2008 (10:01 am)
Valve water control - it looked like hell to get to so i did not bother.
as for the radiator - the radiator could have good flow in and out but still be clogged. i used an infrared temp monitor and profiled the radiator. the sides were very hot but the middle was relatively cold - had little to no flow
i would replace the water pump at the same time as the thermostat since already down there.
I sold the pathfinder last week. i was spending a few hundred bucks every other month lately so had enough.
#2536 of 2763 Re: RPM flutters and intermittent power loss by songokuh [lbinh]
Oct 22, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Hi - I have an 05 PF, I'm getting a hissing sound from the passenger side of the engine back by the firewall, I've cut a re-sealed the main hose coming in but I'm still getting this sound and the engine with flutter every few minutes.
Do I need to remove the intake to find this leak?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Mel
#2537 of 2763 Re: 2004 pathfinder overheat/thermostat [munny]
Oct 26, 2008 (4:55 pm)
Hey munny, thanks for the reply. You're right.It looks like hell so I did not bother either. But I DID flip the radiator as well as The radiator CAP, which believe it or not, can cause the problem on it's own when the rubber gasket swells slightly. So far no problems or overheats, seems to be back to "normal". Or as normal as a Pathfinder will ever be. I still have a years worth of payments on this pig, then it's by by and NEVER ANOTHER NISSAN AGAIN. Man what a dissapointment.