2002 Nissan Frontier Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Nissan Frontier

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2002 Nissan Frontier
$
401
to $
942
2002 Nissan Frontier
$
1,133
to $
2,451
2002 Nissan Frontier
$
713
to $
1,986
2002 Nissan Frontier
$
289
to $
849
2002 Nissan Frontier
$
362
to $
605

2002 Nissan Frontier Problems

Misfire and check engine light due to clogged EGR valve

The EGR valve can become clogged with carbon, which causes the Check Engine Light to illuminate. This can result in moderate to severe misfires on acceleration and the EGR valve and passages will need to be cleaned.

No Start, Engine Stalls

The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.

Noise From the Front of the Engine

A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.

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2002 Nissan Frontier Questions

HOW TO REPLACE AND ADJUST THE THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR (1 answer)

HOW TO FIX A CODE OBD11 PO122 AND WHERE IS IT LOCATION & HOW TO ADJUST IT ? (1 answer)

I ALLREADY CHANGE DE TPS SENSOR

I have a brake fluid leak that is causing the both front tires to get a small spray of fluid on them. What part of the brake system is the most likely cause for the leak? (1 answer)

I have been quoted around $1000+ for replacement of a part at two different shops (one was a Nissan dealership). The dealership gave me completely wrong information - they said the part was no longer available new and would have to be replaced with a used part (it is available), and the part # th...

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2002 Nissan Frontier Recalls

Nissan Recalls 2002–2004 Vehicles Due to Corrosion in Lower Steeing Column Joint

Nissan is recalling 2002–2004 Frontier and Exterra models due to corrosion in the lower steering column joint that can limit movement of the joint, resulting in excessive load. This can lead to cracking of the shaft, which may result in loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will replace the steering column shaft and joint with a different design, free of charge.

Recall 04V230000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SIX CYLINDER ENGINES AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FOUR OR SIX CYLINDER ENGINES, THE FUEL PUMP TERMINAL ON THE FUEL-SENDING UNIT CAN DEVELOP A CRACK IN THE PLASTIC MOLDING. THIS CAN CAUSE THE TERMINAL STRIP TO CORRODE UNDER SOME ENVIRONMENTAL CON...
Recall 02V299000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, WATER MAY ENTER THE REAR AXLE HOUSING DUE TO INADEQUATE SEALING OF THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS) SENSOR.

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2002 Nissan Frontier Reviews

I'm the original owner of my 02 Frontier. It has over 217,000 miles. I've been very happy with it. My biggest issues are with the cooling system - I'm about to replace the water pump for the THIRD time in as many years! (not sure what's up with that) And also the brakes. Any time I need to brake and happen to be going over a bump or rough patch of road, the brakes shimmmie and grind and don't f...
I had an intermittent starting problem. Replaced the starter and checked the starter system. Nothing could be found. I noticed that when it would not start, if I would move the gear shifter without changing gears, it would then start up immediately. The culprit turned out to be a bad park / neutral safety switch. Replaced it and problem solved.
My 2002 Frontier Crew Cab has 91,000 miles on it. It has been flawless except for the electric mirrors, which frequently suffer from gear binding when you try to adjust them. Thankfully if I just reverse direction and then go back the other way, it clears itself every time. It has been one of the most reliable and dependable vehicles of the 12 or 13 I have owned in my life. Nice job Nissan - ya...

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