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#937 of 2771 2000 Pathfinder Clunking problem.
May 30, 2004 (1:17 am)
Hello Edmunds community!--i thought i'd ask a question to you guys bc as a whole i'm sure you know a lot more than the mechanics at the shops do about my 2000 pathfinder. I bought my pathfinder used about a year ago and haven't had any problems at all except one minor annoyance. When i come to a stop and the car takes its natural sway backwards, i hear a big "clunk" coming from the botton rear of the car. I've read before that Nissan screwed up on the design of my car by making the hatch and the exhaust too close together so they tend to hit and make noise. Anyway, i'm not sure if this is the case, but it's a pretty annoying sound and in my mind shouldn't exist. I have a 2 year nissan warranty on my car but already it seems as if the guys nissan don't want to deal with my "little" problems such as clunks, noise and window problems. Do you think they will fix this problem or can i fix it myself. Also for you pathfinder owners with the slow window problems in cold weather and rattling problems, are these problems not covered under my extended warranty? when i was in a few weeks ago they said window problems were "Adjustments" and not covered. But damn, they didn't mind charging me an 80 buck diagnostic fee for nothing (also, should i be charged diagnostic fees?) anyway, i enjoy my nissan, but they sell you these expensive warranties but HATE for you to get your money's worth out of them. I'd appreciate your advice and help!!
#938 of 2771 Swaying Pathfinder
Jun 01, 2004 (7:47 am)
I have a 96 4x4 Pathfinder that sways from side to side when you lay off the pedal at 60-70 miles per hour. I know this sounds like a classic bushings problem, but I had both control arms replaced. I also had the wheels balanced and rotated. Any suggestions as to why this problem continues and how can I check to make sure that the bushings put in by the mechanic are good??
Thanks for any suggestions.
#939 of 2771 dmcg- swaying PF
Jun 02, 2004 (1:21 pm)
Both control arms? There are 4 in back: 2 lower control arms and 2 upper control arms. Why did you have the control arms replaced originally? Unfortunately, short of removing the lower control arms, there is no easy way to tell if the bushings were replaced. Do you know if you paid for new arms, or only for new bushings?
If you're certain that the bushings on the rear lower control arms are in good shape, consider other suspension components such as the rear shocks, the rear lateral link (panhard rod) bushings, and the bushings on the front suspension A-arms.
#940 of 2771 Re: dmcg- swaying PF [xplorx4 #939]
Jun 04, 2004 (10:23 am)
Thanks for the response. According to several mechanics, Nissan does not sell only the bushings and you have to purchase the control arms to replace the bushings. I searched the internet and found that to be primarily true (one place had only the bushings). Due to time constraints, I went ahead and had the arms/bushings replaced.
I will check back with the mechanic to make sure that they replaced both the upper and the lower control arms. That may still be the problem. Also, there are also new struts/shocks on the car (I forgot to mention that). I will also check out your other suggestions.
Thanks again for your help.
Jun 04, 2004 (10:00 pm)
It is true that Nissan doesn't sell the bushings separately. I believe it's actually cheaper to buy the part with bushings pre-installed than to re-use the old part and pay for the labor to press in new bushings... that is, unless you want aftermarket polyurethane bushings, which are available from a Nissan 4x4 aftermarket specialist in Florida.
#942 of 2771 1997 Pathfinder evaporator shot
Jun 10, 2004 (2:47 pm)
One of two parts - totally rotted out. Anybody have same problem? What did it cost to repair. I got 85k on the truck.
Jun 11, 2004 (6:44 am)
Does anyone know what brand of windshield wiper refills fit the 1999.5 Pathfinder? I tried the Trico brand and only the front passenger side fit. I still need drivers side & rear.
Thanks in advance if anyone knows.
#944 of 2771 Evaporator?
Jun 11, 2004 (6:14 pm)
Evaporator, as in A/C Evaporator, EVAP canister? Which part are you referring to, and where is it located on the truck?
Jun 11, 2004 (6:16 pm)
It's not the brand of wiper that's the issue, it's the length. The left-side, right-side, and rear wiper blades are all different lengths. All you need to know is the lengths of each to pick the correct refill.
Use the online catalog at Trico's web site to find the correct Trico applications for your vehicle. Model year 1999.5 is the same as 2000.
#946 of 2771 2000 PF Smells Like Propane
Jun 13, 2004 (8:58 pm)
Within the last couple months, my 2000 Pathfinder has started smelling like propane on the inside of the vehicle. The smell is at its strongest when I'm cruising around town and changing gears (5-speed) and the windows are down. However, I'm pretty sure the smell is coming from the foot vents and most likely gets whipped around in the cabin when the windows are down.
Any ideas as to what this could possibly be? I've brought it to my local Nissan dealership, and they have no clue whatsoever what is causing the smell.