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  1. smj999smj
    Feb 11th, 2018 12:40 AM - permalink
    The timing chain issue affects some 2005-2010 models, but not all of them and for the ones that do have issues, they can occur at any range of mileage. The issue is that some of the secondary timing chains had links that were stamped with worn tooling which caused sharp edges that cut into the plastic tensioner faces. This would cause a "whining" noise that sounds similar to the sound of a bad power steering pump; the noise will increase/decrease with engine speed and there are examples to be found on YouTube. If you don't hear the noise, don't worry about the timing chains. If you do, then it's worth changing them as eventually it could cause the chain to jump and cause damage to valves and possibly worse.
  2. smj999smj
    Feb 11th, 2018 12:39 AM - permalink
    If it has the original radiator, it's not a bad idea to replace it. Any competent shop can handle the job and any aftermarket radiator will prevent the cooler issue from occurring. Spectra Premium is certainly a popular choice, but Nissan does offer a value line radiator and if you want to step up to something better, for $350 you can get an all-aluminum, CSF brand radiator from Stillen.
  3. smj999smj
    Feb 11th, 2018 12:38 AM - permalink
    Check the front sway bar mount bushings. The original design had the split in the bushing directly against the crossmember, which allowed the sway bar to squeeze through and cause a knocking noise. The update bushings are cheap from Nissan and have the split relocated to prevent the issue.
    The rear suspension is a weak spot on these Pathfinders; they'll bottom out over bumps and sag when towing. Initially, the fix was to install Airlift 1000 air bags; some would also upgrade the shocks to Bilstein 4600's. Now, Moog has stock replacement springs that are much better than the OE units.
    I moderate at another forum, There's lots of good R51 Pathfinder information over there.
  4. Cmangiaf
    Jan 30th, 2018 02:02 PM - permalink

    I'm a nissan owner, and seem to remember your user name from the Murano forum? Anyways, I'm looking at a 2010 Pathfinder with 68,000 miles on it. I'd like to know what work you suggest having done to prevent any issues. From what I've read, changing out the radiator to a new one (either dealer does it or I have one of the Spectra's put in) is a definite. But I've read one of your posts about the timing chain teeth/tensioner - do you know if these part deficiencies were addressed in the 2010 model?

    Anything else I should check?

    Thanks a bunch!
  5. smj999smj
    Nov 12th, 2017 07:19 AM - permalink
    Should be 2005-present. That was the Administrator's doing, not mine.
  6. BRubble
    Oct 25th, 2017 07:05 PM - permalink
    Hello SMJ,

    Got a question ~ Why is the D40 second generation Frontier heading 2004-2015? Shouldn't it be 2004-Present.

    Maybe I'm missing something.
  7. countingwizard4
    Feb 8th, 2017 10:04 AM - permalink
    Hey smj999smj,

    I was told by another user that you are pretty knowledgable about pathfinders! Well I was wondering if you wouldnt mind taking a look at the link to the forum I started on here about catalytic converters! really not sure which direction to do between buying a new cat for the 3rd time or buying all new o2 sensors.

    Anyways Thanks a Bunch!!
  8. lenie1
    Sep 14th, 2016 07:18 AM - permalink
    Mine is Nissan xtrail T30 2.2d Aventura.

    Thanks for the useful information, much apprecated!
  9. smj999smj
    Jul 16th, 2016 05:00 AM - permalink
    sqboy...I answered your PM.
  10. sqboy
    Jul 14th, 2016 11:02 AM - permalink

    I am from Trinidad and Tobago. I have a 2001 Nissan Y11 Wingroad that uses the QG15DE engine. I am doing a transmission replacement this weekend and Im wondering what is the best ATF oil to use and how many Quarts of ATF will it take to do the replacement of the transmission? See link below for the actual picture of the car...

    Used 2005 Nissan Wingroad Photos, 1500cc., Gasoline, FF, Automatic For Sale

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    2006 Pathfinder LE
    Former Certified Nissan Master Technician, 1985-2003.
    Prospect, VA
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03:37 AM - BRubble quoted smj999smj in post 2001 Nissan Frontier SC timing belt just replaced making knocking noised
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