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#645 of 2771 Brakes are Squealing - Pathfinder 2000 LE
Apr 16, 2003 (10:05 am)
Need some help to see if anyone else has had this problem.
Bought the car from a Ford dealership who said the brake pads were within specification and that it looked like after market pads were causing the squeal. Had them cleaned and it stopped for a day. They don't squeal all the time, but enough to be annoying. Took it to another place, I always take my car to and they said the pads were not totally worn, but close to it. Also mentioned my rotors were "lipped". Said I might need new rotors. I went ahead and had him change pads and left rotors to see if the better pads fix the problem. Can anyone elaborate if they have had this problem? I guess thats what I get from buying a Nissan from a Ford Dealership.
#646 of 2771 OBD-II Reader
Apr 16, 2003 (12:38 pm)
Thanks Goose; I couldn't (and still can't) get that reader on the link you gave to come up with that when I select Nissan and input my failure code. In any event, it is still in Nissan Service where they are replacing the charcoal canister filter below the vehicle on driver's side rear . . . so I guess all my questions about that being on the list of potential culprits are now moot. We shall see if this 4th time is the charm . . . after that, they better be comping my a couple years of free oil changes or something . . .
Anyone making odds that this repair will fix the service engine soon light? >
Apr 22, 2003 (9:20 am)
Well, it's been 6 days since you wrote that last email. Has your stealer been able to resolve the problem?
Apr 22, 2003 (9:22 am)
I would try the OEM Nissan brake pads. Sometimes the off-make brands can cause squealing. If you can DIY, go to www.irontoad.com and get them for $40.
#649 of 2771 Service Engine Soon (i.e., Check Engine) Light
Apr 23, 2003 (5:12 am)
Was waiting until more had happened until full report, but here's update:
They had the car for four days and were getting the same code as usual. So, they decide they would replace that charcoal canister filter that I had been asking about in my earlier posts. ( real hit or miss strategy, huh?) In the process of disconnecting hoses, they said they noticed an abnormal "back-up" of gasoline in a hose down there and report back that they are POSITIVE some valve is the culprit. They ask if I ever top off my tank, and when I told them I absolutely never had done so once, they were even more sure they found the culprit. Apparently, this valve is some type of shutter valve associated with the gas tank and some sort overflow? when people top off. Since, I don't top off, they knew that the valve had failed, leading to the back-up in this hose. So, they put the canister filter back on and ordered this valve. It is supposed to come in today, so YES, I will be going back in for my 5th trip today or tomorrow! IF this repair is successful, then I will report back with the exact part # and description of what went wrong with the original valve on a brand new vehicle. I don't quite understand yet what this valve is or what role it plays, but don't feel like researching it yet if it does not solve the problem. But, if it does, I WILL ask why it is that the original failed so that others can avoid the BS I've been through. Maybe a flook with a 1 in a million defective original valve? Perhaps this is the case . . . because none of you out there seem to be reporting back that you have ever had this problem with your late model Pathfinders. (usually this light seems to be caused by a bad O2 sensor . . . a "standard" problem I have of course even had with my Hondas). Fingers and toes are crossed.
My satisfaction though with my purchase has only dropped from 100% to say 98%, so potential purchasers don't be mistaken. I know I would be shooting myself if I had bought that more expensive Runner and then had to agonize (as I am apt to do) over paint problems, hitch difficulty, rear windshield wiper missing glass problems, etc. with a first-year model that exist over there. I think those things would cause me more grief and remorse than these 5 trips for what is hopefully a fluke . . . but we shall see, right!?! >
Apr 24, 2003 (7:30 am)
I took my 02 Pathfinder in to the dealer. He fixed my vibration in the roof rack. Sure is a lot quieter now. There is a Tech bulletin on it.
Apr 24, 2003 (8:29 am)
I have a 1990 Pathfinder that has been unable to past smog. I appears that there is too much fuel getting into the Catalectic Converter. The Catalectic Converter was replaced within the last month. Looking for suggestions for solutions to the problem.
#653 of 2771 Beep response to #285
Apr 25, 2003 (6:10 pm)
My 2002 LE beeps as well. The service manager said it was the smart module and he replaced it, yet the thing still beeps. Have you had any luck?
Apr 25, 2003 (7:06 pm)
At 42000 miles it still beeps occasionally. As we live 130 miles from our dealer we do not meet very often, I guess we just gave up, The vehicle is behaving beautifully so I just put the beep down to a friendly comment agreeing to what fun it is to drive. Anyway it does not appear to portend any disaster...yet.