pathfinder problems

Huntington, NY

#353 Mar 26, 2011
1996 nissan pathfinder 3.3 does the piston hit valve when timing belt breaks?

Los Angeles, CA

#354 Mar 28, 2011
Check the Stabilizers in the back. I had same problem and replaced them (upper and Lower both Left and Right) and the bushings and the car handles better than ever.

Chicago, IL

#355 Apr 7, 2011
I have read many comments in reference to 1997 Nissan Pathfinder, I have a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder SE, with 101,000. miles last year October 2010 it started to wobble I first thought it was the rear shocks, which was replaced, then I read the blog forum here I took it to Nissan Dealer, they replaced 8 of the lower, upper bushings. The bushing cost me $163.00 with tax, the labor cost $182.00. It still needs the modified damper and some other bar part. However the wobble did go away when I test driven it at speeds of 65 mph with no wobble. The bolts had to be cut off maybe because the female mechanic was not strong enough when she tried the impac wrence, she had to use the torch it took her from 7:10 a.m. until 16:00 p.m. but it was completed satisfactory I just did not want to wait that long, some of the comments I read said it only should have taken one hour half.

Wilmington, NC

#356 Apr 18, 2011
got a 97 with about 185k on it and it wobbles at 60, glad I found this post i thought it might have just been the alignment but it only wobbles around 60-65 now im pretty sure this is the cause

Chicago, IL

#357 Apr 21, 2011
I have a 1997 PathFinder SE, 101,000 miles, I had it fix about two weeks ago, I paid $163.00 for the eight (8) rear bushings, and $182.00 for the labor a female mechanic did the work, but it took her 7.5 hours, and I found out the put the bolts in wrong had to take it back. they return today April 21, 2011, howeve when she put the bolts in the wrong way it caused damage to the bushings waiting on the new ones, I paid a total of $345.00 but all the inconvenience they cause I should be compensated.

Tujunga, CA

#358 Apr 26, 2011
They finally Recalled it yes!!!!!!! today!!!!!
joemucho wrote:
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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!!!


#359 May 3, 2011
There are more high performance parts available for the Nissan Patrol. Here polyurethane bushings for the Patrol cost 100usd for a set of 8. The BEST part is, the Pathfinder uses the same bushings as the Patrol.

The polyurethane bushings can be installed without a machine press. The OEM bushings are gonna be hell to press out tho. The whole job takes us around 1 hour to do. We have never had an issue with the bolts. Labor charge is 60usd.

Englewood, CO

#360 Jun 9, 2011
They have not recalled in concern with the rear suspension...only the front suspension. Makes no sense since both would be affected for the same reason given.

Since: Jun 11

Québec, Canada

#361 Jun 17, 2011
I have to say thank you to everyone on this site.
I have a 2004 pathfinder with just over 200 000 KMs. I had the same highway wobble mentioned over and over again on this site. I returned on numerous occasios to the dealer while it was under warranty. They were never able to fix the issue.
After finally finding this site I bought the poly urathane bushings. After the change, the difference is night and day. The truck is smooth as silk. I changed them myself and it wasn't as difficult as it seems.
Thanks again to everyone.

La Crescenta, CA

#362 Jul 17, 2011
Have this same wobble motion in the rear . My Pathfinder is a 2003 with 70000 miles .will never buy another Nissan.
Hugo Fernandez

Stamford, CT

#363 Jul 22, 2011
wow, I have a 2002 Pathfinder with the exact same issue of rocking left and right around 50 to 70 mph. My mechanic first said it was tightening something in the front and replacing tires and balancing. Now he says it's replacing back links. Recall!

San Luis Obispo, CA

#364 Jul 28, 2011
Did anyone take you up on your 4 left over bushings? If not and you still have them, please send me an e-mail [email protected]
T in DC and Kentucky wrote:
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
Gary J

San Antonio, TX

#365 Aug 8, 2011
If anyone has the tools, there was a link on how to do this repair.
Not an easy job no matter if you get the split bushings or not.
Has anyone tried the Dorman version of the Nissan trailing arms? I can not find anyone who has with success.
Dorman #
905-802, Rear Trailing Arm, Upper – both left and right.
905-803, Rear Trailing Arm, Left
905-804, Rear Trailing Arm, Right
Dorman Replaces Nissan part #'s
Yes, as one Nissan Mgr said the rear end will age and need parts replaced. But I am looking at my last Nissan I will ever purchase due to bad engineering.(2001 Pathfinder)
1996 Nissan pathfinder LE

Maitland, FL

#366 Aug 27, 2011
With 156,000 miles Do u guys thinks its time to change timming belt and if the timming belt breaks will it shut down or will the piston hit the top of motor????
1996 Nissan pathfinder LE

Maitland, FL

#367 Aug 27, 2011
mike t wrote:
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.
hey Guy i just got mine done I have a (^ pathfinder Same problem , its the 8 bushings in back of truck
2001 nissan pathfinder LE

Palm Bay, FL

#368 Aug 29, 2011
I am so thankful I stumbled upon this forum! I too have to the same problem I am reading about voiced by many of you. Swaying and wobbliness which seems to be coming from the back of the vehicle. I'm definately taking mine in to the dealer atleat to see if it falls under the recall stock. It's unsafe and scary to drive! Will write back with the outcome.
SickofCarProblem s

Brookings, OR

#369 Sep 7, 2011
My car also had the wobbling problem, and is getting fixed. Now my problem is My Pathfinder is randomly shutting off whenever i go to drive it . If I give it a lot of gas it will stay on a little longer but the moment i let off the gas it shuts off. Anyone else have this problem?? Oxygen sensor maybe ??

Poplar Bluff, MO

#370 Sep 8, 2011
My husband and I were having same problem with the wobbling when you get up to 50mph with our 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. We had to replace all 8 bushings in the rear end. Luckly my husband did the labor and it only cost us $195 for parts at Nissan dealer. Now we have another problem. We were heading to my mothers surgery in St. Louis and our car just lost power. My husband changed wires, spark plugs, distributor cap, crank, fuel filter and some other things. When we finally get it started it will idle fine but when he starts to push in the gas it quits and smells like gas. Anyone have any ideas what it might be. I will never have another Nissan again.

Poplar Bluff, MO

#371 Sep 9, 2011
We just replaced the throttle position sensor and it still isn't working right. We thought it was that but it still won't stay running.
Borkai_97 Path

Dublin, CA

#372 Sep 14, 2011
I've been dealing with the rear swaying issue with my pathfinder too. Many mechanics over a year later and most telling me nothing's wrong. Shocks, struts, new tires, all done. One mechanic 'tightened' bolt on tie rod. Swaying stopped for a month and has been back. Pepboys told me it was front end (though the swaying's in the back), another told me everything's fine, and 3rd mechanic told me it's rear (which makes sense,but they want shocks and struts done too to the tune of $1942.00). Does anyone know of an experienced mechanic in the Sacramento, CA area to do this work for me?

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