1996 Nissan Pathfinder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Nissan Pathfinder

1996 Nissan Pathfinder Problems

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

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1996 Nissan Pathfinder Questions

I have replaced fuel pump, fuel filter, distributor cap and button. Also replaced fuel relay. Still having problems starting, stalls out and rough idle. Any suggestions what to try next? Also engine light is not coming on.

The car will not start sometimes, but may start after several turns of the key, or after sitting for a while.

It still not working, what could be wrong with it.

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1996 Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

In areas where winter road salt is used, a mixture of snow/water and salt may enter an assembly location hole in the upper strut housing. This corrosive mixture can collect on the mating surface of the strut housing panel and the inner hood ledge assembly; over time, this can cause rusting of the strut tower housing. The rust can weaken the housing, causing it to crack and pull away from the inner hood ledge assembly. This can lead to grinding noises and increased steering effort, which, if severe enough, can cause the steering column to break. This would result in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the strut housing and repair the vehicles as necessary. An interim notification letter should be mailed to owners prior to May 16, 2011.

DUE TO THE THICKNESS OF THE CARPET PADDING ON THE TRANSMISSION TUNNEL, THE SPACE BETWEEN THE BRAKE PEDAL AND THE TRANSMISSION TUNNEL COULD CATCH A DRIVER'S RIGHT FOOT UNDER THE BRAKE PEDAL.DUE TO THE TYPE OF LUBRICANT USED IN THE STEERING TRANSFER GEAR ASSEMBLY, THE EFFORT REQUIRED TO TURN THE STEERING WHEEL AT LOW AMBIENT TEMPERATURES (LESS THAN -30 C) COULD INCREASE TO THE POINT WHERE SOME DRIVERS WOULD HAVE DIFFICULTY IN TURNING THE WHEEL.

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1996 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Overall, I have been happy with my Nissan Pathfinder for the last 12 plus years I've had it. Given it has ~190k miles on it it still runs as well as it did when I first got it. The only parts I have changed have been O2 censors, timing belt, starter, battery, and water pump - due to the parts nearing the end of their life expectancy. The core engine (drive train, A/C, radiator, etc) are still t...

Bought my 1996 LE used with 39K miles. It now has over 340K miles and just cracked the left exhaust mainfold. $500 one day repair job but still better than a car payment. Replaced the transmission with a used 1997 model ($ 1000.00) at the 260K point. This has been the best car I have ever owned. It has always had Mobil One Synthetic and OEM oil filters. I highly recommend this to oth...

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