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mike t

Since: Jan 06

King Of Prussia, PA

#1 Jan 3, 2006
vehicle is a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD, 3-liter V6 engine, with 111,065 miles on the clock. i am 3d owner. car has developed a side-to-side wobble, mostly in the rear, at speeds from about 50 to 65 MPH. wobble is not induced by steering wheel; it just happens. when i asked around, somebody said there was a TSB on this problem and it extended throughout that generation of Pathfinders (1996 through 2004). It might be sway bars? their bushings? panhard rod? i'm trying to find others who have had the problem and managed to fix it. thanks.
Eric

United States

#2 Jan 12, 2006
It's the rear link arm bushings - I just had them replaced (not the cheapest thing - around $700 as there are 8 of them. But it's back to handling great - no more high speed wobble - just feels more connected to the ground. Sadly enough it's a must fix as Nissan had a poor design that was doomed for this problem.
Scott

Portland, OR

#4 Feb 26, 2006
Eric wrote:
It's the rear link arm bushings - I just had them replaced (not the cheapest thing - around $700 as there are 8 of them. But it's back to handling great - no more high speed wobble - just feels more connected to the ground. Sadly enough it's a must fix as Nissan had a poor design that was doomed for this problem.
I have a 97 Pathfinder with 101K miles. It also has a wobble, feels like its coming from the back and is initiated by a dip in the road, real scary!

I looked in the Haynes manual and it doesnt list the rear link arms.
It does list the Panhard rod, Lower and upper control arms and the
Stabilizer bar. Are the link arms also called the control arm?
Has anyone ever removed these arms themselves and had the old bushings removed and new ones pressed in by a machine shop. If I can break the bolts free Id like to remove the
defective bars (still not sure which ones) and take them to a machine shop. Ive located
several bushing on the web for around $10 each. Anyone do this before?

Thanks,
Gil

Harrisonburg, VA

#5 Mar 29, 2006
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>

I have a 97 Pathfinder with 101K miles. It also has a wobble, feels like it�s coming from the back and is initiated by a dip in the road, real scary!

I looked in the Haynes manual and it doesn�t list the �rear link arms�.
It does list the Panhard rod, Lower and upper control arms and the
Stabilizer bar. Are the link arms also called the control arm?
Has anyone ever removed these arms themselves and had the old bushings removed and new ones pressed in by a machine shop. If I can break the bolts free I�d like to remove the
defective bars (still not sure which ones) and take them to a machine shop. I�ve located
several bushing on the web for around $10 each. Anyone do this before?

Thanks,
The correct terms used by Nissan reps are: upper and lower link bars (located rear of the vehicle).
jesse

United States

#6 Mar 30, 2006
Just got mine done today. just like new.$200 for the bushing and $400 to install.

it should have been a recall
Mark

Union City, CA

#7 Apr 12, 2006
I have '97 Pathfinder 4-door 3.3L engine. 135K miles. It does seem to have a bit of a side to side wobble. I also noticed that it seems to rock back and forth somewhat when starting/stopping. Related? I don't know. I was told by Nissan that I need the upper and lower link bushings replaced for a total of $570 parts and labor for upper and $470 for lower.

Is it really neccesaary to fix it?

Thanks,
Mark
Scott wrote:
<quoted text>

I have a 97 Pathfinder with 101K miles. It also has a wobble, feels like its coming from the back and is initiated by a dip in the road, real scary!

I looked in the Haynes manual and it doesnt list the rear link arms.
It does list the Panhard rod, Lower and upper control arms and the
Stabilizer bar. Are the link arms also called the control arm?
Has anyone ever removed these arms themselves and had the old bushings removed and new ones pressed in by a machine shop. If I can break the bolts free Id like to remove the
defective bars (still not sure which ones) and take them to a machine shop. Ive located
several bushing on the web for around $10 each. Anyone do this before?

Thanks,
Radek

United States

#8 May 13, 2006
'96 Nissan Pathfinder XE, 4WD, 3.3 liter V6 engine. Same story, wabbling on the highway, scary indeed, especially when it happens at 70MPH. What is TSB?
Dave

Phoenix, AZ

#9 May 13, 2006
I have the same scary wobble in my 96 Pathfinder. It's the rear link ( control )arm bushings alright. Lower ones affect the wobble more than the upper ones.
The bushings can be pressed out though not recommended by the dealer.(of course ... they would rather sell you a whole set of arms)
Anybody find aftermarket urethane bushings? I'm going to do mine and would rather put in urethane but am having trouble finding any.

thanks
John

Boston, MA

#10 May 14, 2006
TSB is a technical service bulletin. Nissan and other mfrs issue them, with mechanics being the audience

I found one similar, but not quite matching my problem, which is left-right wobbling, not front-back. I did gently shift lanes last night, which seemed to help, but want to be careful steering much. TO the passengers it feels like I'm playing with the steering wheel. It's getting worse.

http://www.nissantechinfo.com/nissan/TSB/TSB_... \N\P\1NP32.PDF&VRefNo=NTB9 8001
Jackie

Canada

#11 May 23, 2006
Hi there, Im having the same problem with my 96 pathfinder swaying in the back. I have called a dealership and said it is probably the control arms(bushings) and the cost is about 650.00. There are 4 of them in the rear. If there is something else that could be causing this plz let me know.
Thanks
dave

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Jun 2, 2006
Jackie wrote:
Hi there, Im having the same problem with my 96 pathfinder swaying in the back. I have called a dealership and said it is probably the control arms(bushings) and the cost is about 650.00. There are 4 of them in the rear. If there is something else that could be causing this plz let me know.
Thanks
There seems to be no other alternative but to replace the control arms @$CAN 150 each. The job is a real pain as everything is rusted stuck real good. It is the control arm bushings no matter what anyone else might try to tell you. Try getting the lower (long) ones done first. It gives you more bang for your buck
Ross

Saint John, Canada

#13 Jun 2, 2006
I've got a '98 Pathpuppy with the same bushings issue. I was at Canadian tire the other day and they found a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) issued by Nissan on the problem. No recall though! Go figure! Each suspension link in the rear must be removed and checked for damaged or worn bushings. They said the inspection will take about one hours work. The bulletin number is NTB98-001 if anyone is interested. Eight links to be inspected. This is definitely a safety issue and should be a recall.
Ross

Saint John, Canada

#14 Jun 2, 2006
Oops! Make that 4 rear links only. Eight bushings in all!
joemucho

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Jun 15, 2006
Ross wrote:
I've got a '98 Pathpuppy with the same bushings issue. I was at Canadian tire the other day and they found a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) issued by Nissan on the problem. No recall though! Go figure! Each suspension link in the rear must be removed and checked for damaged or worn bushings. They said the inspection will take about one hours work. The bulletin number is NTB98-001 if anyone is interested. Eight links to be inspected. This is definitely a safety issue and should be a recall.
I have the same problem in the fron and the Dealer wants me to replace them for $800.00 dollars. Ther should be a recall!!!
joemucho

Brooklyn, NY

#16 Jun 15, 2006
I have the same problem in the fron and the Dealer wants me to replace them for $800.00 dollars. Ther should be a recall!!!
Pat

Vancouver, Canada

#17 Jun 27, 2006
I've got a 99.5 Pathfinder. Wobbles at 100Km/Hr. Replaced struts, tie rods, balanced tires. What incompetence of some of these service technicians to not check on these. Getting the rear control arm bushings checked tomorrow. We'll write back if fixed.
T in DC and Kentucky

Berea, KY

#18 Jul 3, 2006
Replaced bushing, sway is gone. I used my 20 ton press. Wow, it tooks everything that press had to get the old ones out. I ordered 8 but just replaced the lower one. Everything is great. I still have 4 left over if someone needs them. tjreumncsu at hotmail
Happend to mine too

Mount Vernon, WA

#19 Jul 25, 2006
Just found all this out, les scwabe found it right away, they want about 700, So im looking into trying to fix it myself, thats how i found this board... how many pathfinders have this, probly way more then we know... probly every single one .. It sure makes an interesting freaky ride...... lol
Adz

Melbourne, Australia

#20 Jul 26, 2006
Thanks all - I thought my wobble problem was due to this and you've all pretty much confirmed it. I'll start with the 2 lower suspension links and then move to the 2 uppers which seem harder to get to.
I'm Down Under and I'll let you know in a couple of weeks what it costs to do myself.
96PathSE

Plymouth, MN

#21 Aug 7, 2006
http://www.4x4parts.com/public_html/shop/inde...

Here are the bushings you need.

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