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  1. R51
    Apr 29th, 2016 02:20 PM - permalink
    R51
    I was wondering if I could ask you for some advice? I don't want to be an askhole and pick your brain for some of your hard learned knowledge(and no doubt costly), but this is simply regarding tools, so I hope you won't mind.
  2. smj999smj
    Jan 12th, 2016 02:56 PM - permalink
    smj999smj
    The only thing I might add is that there has been a lot of weird starting issues caused by bad battery connections; loose battery cable connections seem to be common on these Pathfinders and same generation Xterras and Frontiers. Try turning the connection at the battery by hand and see if you can get it to turn. If you can, clean and tighten or replace the terminal as needed.
  3. smj999smj
    Jan 12th, 2016 02:56 PM - permalink
    smj999smj
    My friend had a 2005 Pathfinder in the shop that had intermittent no start issues with no stored codes and it turned out to be a faulty ECM. I do remember other Nissan models (I believe the L31 Altimas were one of them) that had ECM issues in very cold weather. Obviously, it's difficult for me to say what your problem is from where I'm at and the last thing I would want you to do is replace an ECM and still have the same problem. One thing I would be interested to see when you duplicate the problem is if the injectors are firing; this can be tested by installing a noid light into one of the fuel injector harnesses and cranking the engine. If the light flashes, that means the ECM is "firing" the injectors. I'm not sure if that would help with the diagnostics, but would be of interest. I also don't see where jumping the vehicle would cause the coils to start firing. The power transistor is built into the coil. All the ECM does is trigger the coil as to when to fire.
  4. thejimparker
    Jan 11th, 2016 11:17 PM - permalink
    thejimparker
    ... Sorry, here's the rest.
    I can jump the truck off of a charger set at 10 amps, or off of another running vehicle and it will start fine. Bought a nice jumper pack (350 CA). It or a non running car will not start the truck when having this cold crank but no start issue. I assume therefore, that with enough amperage, wherever the problem is, I get enough spark to get though to the coil packs and fire the engine off when jumping from the charger or running car.
    I was wondering if you have come across this issue. (BTW, I have a buddy that works at a dealership. I've had no check engine light but had him put it on his scanner (was not cold and starting fine when we checked it) but it showed nothing.
    I really appreciate any input you may have. So sorry for such a loooong post. Just wanted to give you a somewhat detailed explanation of what I've tried so far.

    Thanks again for your time,

    Jim
  5. thejimparker
    Jan 11th, 2016 11:15 PM - permalink
    thejimparker
    Hi smj999smj

    I have a 2007 Pathfinder that for the past 4 years has had a crank but no start issue in temps in the single digits (which we get a lot of here in Wisconsin). Every time the temp dips below around 10 degrees F or so I have a consistent cranking but no start issue.

    When the issue happens the engine cranks normally but never starts. I have an ignition issue (or at least not fuel related). I hear the pump prime and I get no spark at the coil packs when the cold crank issue occurs. During nice weather I've tried separately cold storing in the freezer, at 0 degrees, both the ECU and the IPDM overnight to mimic the issue. Sadly, the engine starts fine after doing so. When the no start occurs in cold temps, I've tried heating the ECU, IPDM, Cam Sensor (drivers side bank, the other is a little difficult to get at), and crank sensor, all separately with a hairdryer to warm them up enough to start, but still the engine doesn't start...
  6. smj999smj
    Oct 25th, 2015 08:01 PM - permalink
    smj999smj
    Well, if it's not leaking oil externally and you are losing oil, it much be burning it. Hopefully they sent the head out to get resurfaced before they re-assembled the engine. Another possibility would be a clogged PCV system. If the PCV system is working properly, my next test would be a cylinder leakdown test.
  7. Bikeridetrail
    Oct 25th, 2015 09:45 AM - permalink
    Bikeridetrail
    I have 2002 Nissan centra just had. Head gasket replaced. Now my car is loosening oil 1 half quarts 500 miles could they. Be related never burned oil before it's been 500 miles since. Head gasket. Change could. They have done. Something wrong no blue smoke no external. Leaks. Where and what is pcv. Valve
  8. smj999smj
    Sep 2nd, 2015 06:50 PM - permalink
    smj999smj
    A genuine Nissan radiator should have "Nissan" molded into the top tank and a Nissan/Calsonic sticker on the top of the tank, several inches away from the radiator cap. If it doesn't look like a sticker was ever on the tank and you don't see "Nissan" molded into the top tank, it is likely an aftermarket replacement. Other clues that "may" exist to an aftermarket replacement include the radiator having an aftermarket cap and/or "worm-gear" radiator hose clamps instead of the factory "spring" or "constant tension" hose clamps.
  9. xrayboy1
    Aug 30th, 2015 08:49 AM - permalink
    xrayboy1
    smj999smj, please ignore my previous question as I realized it was the condenser model number that I was seeing. Is the label for the oem radiator located on top like the condenser? I am currently at work for the next 16 hours and do not recall seeing a barcode or model number across the top of the radiator when I looked. Thanks again.
  10. smj999smj
    Jul 11th, 2015 10:38 PM - permalink
    smj999smj
    As far as what parts to purchase for either job, it's a matter of choice. You can never go wrong with genuine Nissan, but you will pay the cost. You can purchase from CourtesyParts.com to save a little money. The aftermarket timing kits seem to be of decent quality for the most part, but vary in what they contain. If you want to do all of the chains and guides, an aftermarket kit might be the best way to go. Try Rockauto.com for aftermarket parts. For front cover seals, I would stick with genuine Nissan. For the front cover sealant, I used permatex ultra grey rigid high-torque RTV silicone #82195 which costs about $20 for a tube that has plenty to do the cover; it's similar to the factory sealant and thicker than black or red RTV. It applies with a caulk gun.

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