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post #1 of 5 Old Feb 8th, 2011, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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95 Nissan Pathfinder Xe-v6: 4WD issue?

So I bought this Pathfinder and it is my first car that has 4WD. I have never owned or driven a car with 4WD but know that you must be in Neutral and yada yada, stopped, yada yada.

But my 4WD stick shift says 4H, N, 4L, 2L in that order from top to bottom. Only problem is, it only goes into N to what I am GUESSING is the 4L gear. I am not sure, but it also feels like thats the ONLY option it will allow it. Does it normally only have one option but the knob just have all the possible options for other models?

It's a manual transmission.

And with me living in Utah, Id love to be able to drive my 4WD in snowy conditions but if it only can go into 4L and not 4H I don't want to ruin it.

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post #2 of 5 Old Feb 9th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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If you pull the 4WD shifter straight back, you should pass through N and land in 4H. Then, to get into 4L you have to push straight down like you're trying to push the stick through the floor, and *then* pull back hard.

It might be difficult at first to get it into 4L without grinding gears. It may take a few practice tries to set it properly.

Make sure you're at a complete stop before shifting into 4W. Some vehicles can handle shifting to 4H while coasting, but my '95 always grinds at any speed if I try it.
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post #3 of 5 Old Feb 9th, 2011, 08:54 PM
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I've got 2 1989 manual 4wd Nissan trucks. I believe, on these trucks, all of the way forward (towards dash) is completely disengaged from 4w (2wd only). One notch down (pulled back) is 4wd high. In these manual shift trucks, they will go into and out of 4wd on the fly without grinding. You can't be going real fast, but anything less than 30 mph seems to be fine. After that, to go into 4wd low, you must stop and push straight downward on the lever as you go from N into 4wd low. So, in one motion, you pull back on the lever and press down. We have an automatic 95 Pathfinder too. It cannot be shifted into 4wd on the fly. You must stop for shifting the transfer case. I believe I usually have the transmission in Drive with my foot on the brake when I put it in 4wd high. My wife drives the Pathfinder more than I do, but from what I recall, the pattern is this:

4 high
4 low--press down for 4L
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post #4 of 5 Old Feb 10th, 2011, 12:26 AM
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Yeah, mine is an auto trans.

I think I've got the original how-to-use-the-4wd-shifter sticker around here somewhere. I think it came stuck to the visor. It still has remnants of glue on it like it was stuck to something.
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post #5 of 5 Old Feb 10th, 2011, 01:48 AM
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Yes, the 4x4 instructions are supposed to be on the visor. They're also in the owner's manual.
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