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#1 Old Jun 11th, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Bad Vibration at 60mph + 2005 Pathfinder

Hey Guys,

Just took my 2005 SE to the tire shop the other day and had them balance the tires.

This did not fix my problem... here are a few my symptoms...

at 60mph a very high frequency vibration starts in the car at 80mph its almost "loud" in the car if that makes sence. the rear view mirror and outside mirrors vibrate so quickly that you can't see out of them... its almost like when a car with subs hits a big bass beat... its almost same feeling inside the car... only constantly while driving. there is a sweet spot around 72 mph thats tolerable but its still pretty bad all together. There is no steering wheel vibration or "pulling" going down the road so it leads me to believe that its in alignment but i have not confirmed that.

Any ideas guys? Thanks!
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#2 Old Jun 11th, 2009, 01:56 PM
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broken shock?
#3 Old Jun 11th, 2009, 05:21 PM
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Check your CV joints man... My driveline cv went bad and did the same thing! If it feels tight, Drop the rear drive line just to be sure. Mine felt fine and when I dropped the DL it exploded...

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#4 Old Jun 16th, 2009, 09:07 AM
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Check your CV joints man... My driveline cv went bad and did the same thing! If it feels tight, Drop the rear drive line just to be sure. Mine felt fine and when I dropped the DL it exploded...
Good advice man, thank you for the reply.

About how much do you think thats gonna run me at the dealership?
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Good advice man, thank you for the reply.

About how much do you think thats gonna run me at the dealership?
Man... I would just unbolt your drive line and take it to a shop that specializes in them.... Your looking at around $100-150 for a full replacment.. Dealer will eat your wallet... Its very simple to remove, At the rear axle there are 4 bolts(i think there are 4 at least) remove those then it should slide right out of the transmission. Drive that baby down to the shop and have them check the cv. They will tell you within 30sec if its bad.

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Probably a driveshaft u-joint, and if you've got a 4x4 (I'm assuming you do) then it's probably the rear joint on the front driveshaft.

Get it looked at ASAP. You don't want to see what they can do when the joint pops and the shaft flails around under there.
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Probably a driveshaft u-joint, and if you've got a 4x4 (I'm assuming you do) then it's probably the rear joint on the front driveshaft.

Get it looked at ASAP. You don't want to see what they can do when the joint pops and the shaft flails around under there.
Crawl underneathe and use both hands and shake both ends of the drive shaft. If they wiggle, rattle... move... then that's more than likely your problem. U joints are replaceable, shouldn't have to replace the entire shaft.

Get the greasable ones, if you like, I would since I have a grease gun at home.

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I agree with the others, Nissan put 2 different types of drive shafts on the small trucks. Some got the U joint style and some got the CV joint style. I have personally had to figure out the CV style for 3 days till tech line suggested swaping it with a known good truck. If it's the CV style it's not rebuildable so you'll have to get a new one. But if it's the U style you can.

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I had a smililar sound on another make of car, it was the u joints, so i agree with the guys who said that. They were pretty cheap, and very easy to replace. USE THE E BRAKE when doing this and any repair.
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I might be having the same problem. Since i took the Pathy from the wife i noticed an unbalanced feel over 75, not that I try to go that fast, but it just happens. I guess i'll try and get the wheels balanced first to rule that out, since I have revo's on them with a lot of meat. Hopefully I don't have a u-joint problem, but it may be an excuse to get a new vehicle.

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Thanks for all the replies guys. Its at the shop right now and i've given every last symptom i can think of to the mechanic for his diagnosis including all of your input here.

I will update this with what the mechanic tells me - if it got fixed - and general pricing for future member help.

Thanks again guys
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So how did things turn out for you?

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#13 Old Jul 14th, 2009, 11:00 AM
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Hi. I am curious to know the outcome. I am experiencing identical symptoms on my 06 Pathfinder LE.
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#15 Old Jul 15th, 2009, 10:27 PM
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I just did this. '06 with 80K and high frequency vibration. Transfer side U-joint of front driveshaft was toast. Looks like the seals failed, it spun the grease out and then self destructed. $15 ea. for a greasable joint in the local auto parts store, just like those in my Toyota with over 200K on it. I swapped both out. The truck can be driven without the driveshaft in 2WD while you do the work.
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