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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2002 Nissan Frontier

2002 Nissan Frontier

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2002 Nissan Frontier Problems

Engine -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.

Engine -- Verified

The fuel injectors can fail and cause drivability problems. Often there is no Check Engine light and the failures can be caused by corrosion of the connector, clogging beyond the point of cleaning, and/or internal failures.

Engine -- Verified

The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.

2002 Nissan Frontier Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, January 13, 2003

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A SUPERCHARGER, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, SUCH AS FULL THROTTLE IN LOW GEAR WHEN THE ENGINE IS NOT FULLY WARMED UP AND AT COLD AMBIENT TEMPERATURE, THE AMOUNT OF INTAKE AIR FLOW THROUGH THE AIR FLOW METER MAY EXCEED THE MAXIMUM PRESET DIAGNOSIS LIMIT VALUE.

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Engine, June 28, 2004

Summary: 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 CONDITIONS.

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Suspension & Steering, November 12, 2010

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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.

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Suspension & Steering, December 10, 2003

Summary: 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 Questions and Answers

dandtseagraves, 2002 Nissan Frontier, 4 Cylinder, Riverton, NJ

ok the vehicle started acting funny it would what it felt like is lose gas power not electrical power no matter how much we stepped on the gas the vehicle would not accelerate it would just chug al...

asgdog, 2002 Nissan Frontier, V6, Fairmount, GA

motor kock and no power

mbas51, 2002 Nissan Frontier, V6, Fitchburg, MA

I recently had a smoke test done on my truck.There are two codes p0455 &p0328 knock sensor.I had these repairs made.
Replaced the knock sensor,and evap.canister vent control valve.
Now the se...

walterd, 2002 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, Arlington, TX

if my mass airflow meter is bad is it possible
for me not to get a bad code.

scaralou, 2002 Nissan Frontier, 3.3L V6, Grangeville, ID

DOES THE ENGINE HAVE TO BE REMOVED TO REPLACE REAR MAIN OIL SEAL? IF SO IS THIS ESTIMATE I RECEIVED FOR THAT? JUST NEED TO KNOW HOW MANY HOURS IT TAKES APPROXIMATELY TO MAKE SURE I'M NOT GETTI...

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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 feel at all stable. Luckily there have been no consequences from this so far. But, the 3.2 engine is still real strong, takes me many places, and fast!

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 got it right on this one!

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