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#924 of 2771 Service Engine Soon - HELP
May 15, 2004 (1:19 am)
Hi, I'm new to this board. I'm currently living in Germany, my husband is in the Army and currently deployed (to the sandbox). We own a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, SE 4WD with only 24k miles. When starting the car the other day, my Service Engine Soon lamp was illuminated and didn't go off. I read the manual to find that it could be a fuel cap problem or the engine misfiring. Panic set in immediately. I took the car to our garage on the installation and they got an error code that they didn't know how to fix. They contacted Nissan and they said that I should bring the car to a Nissan Dealer (of course). Being in Germany and the lack of speaking German - I'm at their mercy. I brought the car in and they told me that I had to bring it back because they didn't know what the problem was immediately. They would like more time (They are 49.95 EURO an hour for labor - the exchange rate right now is terrible - our dollar is only worth .82 cents to one EURO). I'm afraid that I will be taken advantage of. They do not take credit cards - only CASH. I've been reading most of the postings and I want to go in there on Monday with the most knowledge possible. Can someone help me?
Military Spouse lost in Germany!
#925 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon - HELP [hawkiegirl #924]
May 15, 2004 (9:18 am)
Hawkiegirl, the Service Engine Soon Light, also known as a MIL (Malfunction Indicator Light), can be turned on by one or multiple conditions. As I recall on the '01 Pathfinder there are more than 100 conditons that can cause the light to turn on. Whatever condition turned the light on will be stored in your truck's OBD (On Board Diagnostic) computer. The dealer's first step would normally be to use a code reader to read the fault codes stored in your truck's computer. Most of the time the OBD system works as it should, and the fault code will quickly enable the technician to identify the problem. Unfortunately sometimes the computer is not able to correctly identify unforseen issues such as loose wires or the computer itself malfunctioning. If you are able to fix the problem yourself (such as in the case of a loose gas cap), the computer will eventually recognize that the problem no longer exists, and will turn the light off. Depending on the computer's program and the exact problem that could take several driving cycles (starting the engine, driving the car, and shutting the engine off.) The techician can also turn the light off by using the code reader to erase the stored codes, but if the problem is not fixed, the computer will turn the light back on. Once again, depending on the computer program and the exact problem, sometimes the computer will not turn the light on until it detects the same problem repeatedly. The most common reasons for the light to be turned on for a lower mileage '01 PF seem to be a loose gas cap, and problems with the oxygen sensors and catalytic converters. Is your truck, by chance, still under warranty? BTW, per federal law, the on board computer and the catalytic converters are warranteed for 8 years or 80K miles. I'm not certain how and if that applies outside the U.S.
#926 of 2771 Re: Service Engine Soon - HELP [shark715 #925]
May 17, 2004 (2:38 am)
Thanks for the note back Shark. I'm at the mercy of the Nissan Dealer here in Germany. They told me I had to leave my car all day, of course they charge 50 EURO an hour for labor. I have had the PF for 3 years already, only 24k miles, but I'm told I'm not covered under warranty when the truck is from the US and the service is done in Germany. I have no clue on how to fix the thing myself, so I guess I'll have to let the "experts" do the fixing. I told them that the code that I got from our on base gargage was P1140 and that they couldn't find anything wrong, which leads me to believe that it is gas related. They tried to reset the MIL and it came back on, so I'm thinking that the O2 sensor could be the problem. I appreciate your help and I'll let you know what the dealer says.
#928 of 2771 1997 replacement muffler shot in 15,000 miles (14 months)
May 18, 2004 (6:27 pm)
Any brand suggestions for durable mufflers? The NAPA part put on was a piece of junk. Got 15,000 miles out of it. Was installed on 3/8/03, so just about 13 1/2 months on it.
The pipes look good as I replaced everything from catalytic converter back on 3/8/03, just muffler portion went to h#$$.
Nonetheless, disappointed with NAPA.
#929 of 2771 Update on last post
May 21, 2004 (3:55 pm)
It was the Pathfinder's resonator that was shot, apparently it traps moisture and commonly will rot out. Even the 20 mile daily communte was not enough to heat it up sufficiently to get the moisture out. The part in question was manufactured by Walker. My service man, the best in the area, was kind enough to wave his normal part margins and give me a new one at cost, plus a very reasonable installation labor charge (1/2 hour at shop rate).
Nonetheless anyone else out there eating resonators?
#930 of 2771 Re: two thermostats? [uopjeep #881]
May 25, 2004 (7:16 am)
I have a 2001 pathfinder that has been sitting in the nissan shop for 2 weeks waiting for the front thermostat. The rear one was changed but the front is supposedly on backorder. There must be a lot of probs with them for there to be a serious backorder problem.
#931 of 2771 SPEED SENSOR "96" PF SE
May 25, 2004 (12:43 pm)
HELP! My check engine light came on and speedo quit working, dealer checked the fault code and found the instrument cluster to be bad and had it replaced. Year later, the light came on again and you guessed it... no speedo. Different dealer checked the fault code, found the speed sensor was not working. I replaced the sensor myself and had the OBD reset. Speedo still doesn't work. Anyone else encounter this problem or anyone able to offer assistance?? Thanks.. Mac
#932 of 2771 Re: Shimmy (copied from big list) [pathstar #2]
May 25, 2004 (12:56 pm)
Im new here and would like more info on the shimmy.. Is this concerning the back end "dancing" side to side while driving? If so, what is a good fix. I have a 96 with OEM rims and new tires. Any help appreciated. Thanks... Mac
May 25, 2004 (4:36 pm)
I put new struts on a 1997 at 75,000 miles and the ride seemed to improve from front to back. Not cheap - $600 seems to ring a bell. Even though the improvement was on the front end, the back end seemed to sway less when I hit rough spots on the road, particularly towing a boat (3000 lbs).