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#761 of 770 Re: intake groaning/screeching 96 2.4 liter [colohunter]
Apr 25, 2013 (7:35 am)
Spongy PCV hose that was sold to me by Napa 6,000 miles ago. I'd specifically requested PCV hose.
En route to local auto parts store I found Long Term Fuel trim ~12%. Kurt & Robin at O'Reilly Auto Parts came out to my car to listen & poke around at idle. Plenty of brainstorming. Found noise would disappear when plugging line from air filter to valve cover. Figured PCV valve might be stuck wide open, & if so could cause excessive crankcase pressure or vacuum. When I accessed PCV valve (removed tire, splash shield, battery negative cable, oil filter) I found the very soft PCV hose. I replaced it with the old, very hard hose I'd removed 6k miles ago, then put stuff back together. When I cranked it to circulate oil into new filter, I could tell it was better. Next morning driving it noise was gone, Long Term Fuel trim went back to 0% (& Short Term Fuel Trim still cycling normally ~ +/- 0% - 5%.)
I'd read every post in this forum, and lots, lots more. Nothing really seemed to hit the spot. Since finding the problem, I went back & read more about failed PCV hose. It's not uncommon, but I've still not read a description including my sound.
Thank you for your help. I'll keep the IR camera idea in my quiver. Boy am I glad to be done with this.
#762 of 770 92 P/U 2.4 hardbody Engine Flutter
May 30, 2013 (8:50 am)
Engine flutter/ slight miss. Started after replacing blown head gasket. Milled head. Changed timing guides and chain. Checked distributor cap. cleaned plugs. Changed fuel filter. idle and acceleration is fine but flutter occurs as though in background when backing off acceleration. 355.000 miles. Engine rebuilt at 200,000. Wondering if it is catalytic converter going out or fuel pump developing failure. Each never changed.
#763 of 770 '99 Frontier XE 2.4 MT 2wd
Jun 27, 2013 (1:10 pm)
I recently acquired my recently deceased grandfather's '99 Frontier. It's in good shape, but the service records are spotty at best.
Newish tires (2011 purchased) with good tread
Oil changes recorded every 5,000-6,000 miles
Truck saw light duty (light stop and go, 40-50mph roads)
115,000 miles total, with pristine body/paint/wheels/lights/glass
"Service Engine Soon" light indicates a bad knock sensor
A/C squeals horrendously at anything much above idle engine speed (my granddad previously told me that the mechanic said it was not, in fact, a belt, but was the clutch in the compressor)
Both license plate lights are out, and I've never changed these before
I don't know what other major and minor service intervals should be taken into account with this truck. Any comments, thoughts, advice, or input is welcome. I drive this truck almost exclusively on the highway at about 70mph and am averaging 27mpg, which is on target for EPA, so I don't believe the engine is running poorly. If the A/C is off, it is quiet and smooth at idle and at speed.
#764 of 770 Re: '99 Frontier XE 2.4 MT 2wd [thegraduate]
Jun 27, 2013 (8:18 pm)
Sorry about your Grandfather . I know he would be pleased to know that you are trying to get his former truck shipshape !
1. License plate bulbs are easy to replace yourself. If you can acquire the owners manual for your Nissan (very doable), it will describe how to replace them. Bulbs available at any auto parts store. Take the old one with you .
2. It's what you did not mention that bothers me a little . I have questions about the maintanence on your 99 Nissan.
a) when was the radiator/coolant system flushed and refilled ? If you don't know, I would say at 115K, time to do it !
b) your manual transmission has 80-90W gear oil in it, once again, if you don't know when the MT was ever serviced, do it.
c) inspect all belts and hoses for wear, fraying, bulging hoses, etc. Put a cardboard box on the driveway under the engine overnight and see if you have any fluid leaks.
d) I would refer to a mechanic for the knock sensor, at 115K, not surprising .
e) Your AC compressor will need to be replaced, I would not try to "rebuild it" in any way. I agree that the clutch has probably seized, when you replace the AC compressor , replace the glazed over belt that runs the AC compressor.
Sounds like your dear Grandfather did not abuse this truck, it just needs some TLC at almost 15 yrs, starting with vital fluids !
#765 of 770 Re: '99 Frontier XE 2.4 MT 2wd [steelydan]
Jul 01, 2013 (7:42 am)
Thanks for the input. I wasn't planning on purchasing it so soon, so right now, I'm driving it about once a week until I get financially ready to get some maintenance done on it. I know the best thing you can do for an older vehicle is drive it, and not let it sit and rot.
I will definitely do the coolant and brake fluid. I've had to replace a master cylinder in my old Accord before, I don't want to on the Frontier.
It doesn't have any leaks (I've checked that much).
The odd part about the A/C is that it actually does blow nice and cold, but every time it cycles on, it makes the squealing noise if running in gear, at highway speed. At idle, it usually stays quiet. I know I'm on borrowed time with that one.
Thankfully, my main vehicle is my Sonata I've had for four years (a 2009 model) that's in top shape, so for now it's my daily driver.
Thanks for the input; keep it coming!
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Oct 05, 2013 (11:02 am)
I have a 2000 Nissan frontier just bought it and the ac belt was missing....changed all belts but ac would not work. swapped relays and now it wont start even after switching back relays. any idea what I can do when I turn on switch get a beeping sound
Nov 04, 2013 (9:48 am)
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#769 of 770 Excessive Road Noise
Nov 18, 2013 (5:14 pm)
Just purchased a 2013 King Cab SV, V6, auto trans, Super Black, 4x4. Traded in a Mercedes CLK350, finally figured out I'm not a luxury car guy. I love this truck. Only 850 miles so far, but it's so much more fun to drive than the car, and actually better technology. At highway speed the road noise coming from the rear of the truck is annoying however. I can't tell if it is coming from the suicide doors, or from the back panel of the king cab. Does anyone else experience this problem in their king cab?
#770 of 770 out of round wheels
Dec 05, 2013 (8:15 pm)
My 1986 nissan pu is vibrating in the drivers and passengers seat after putting on new tires. The guys who installed the tires said the problem is my wheels are old-27 years old- and are no longer round. Anyone with an old nissan pickup have this problem??? They rebalanced them but they still vibrate very badly. The tires I had before were 205-70-14, the new michelins are 195-70-14. which is the factory recommended size. Could this be a suspension problem??? Any help is appreciated.