1997 Nissan Pathfinder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

1997 Nissan Pathfinder Problems

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective charcoal canister vent control valve. The charcoal canister is a component in the Evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.  Our technicians tell us a failed vent valve will require replacement.

The engine may not crank when the key is turned to "start" if the starter relay fails. This can be confused with a defective starter motor.

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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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Questions

I had to replace a blown head gasket and since I had it all apart replaced the timing belt and water pump, when I took the timing belt off I didn't have the cam locked in place and it turned on me, I thought I had it all lined up as the marks all lined up with the #1 piston at TDC, once I ha...

Won't start. check wiring according to book everything okay but there is no fire to the spark plugs. Car was running good before eng swap but book says now to check PCM. Old eng had gotten hot, had 184000 so swapped a used eng from junkyard, numbers on block JN8AR02Y and YW3088P8 or maybe 9

i lost the door key and now the alarm is stuck on and the truck wont start at all i need any help i can get thank you

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1997 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.

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

I have had an excellent experience with my '97 Pathfinder. It was leased 11mos before I bought it in '97 and have been the sole owner. In respose to wwehmeyer...I found a site with older posts that describe the side to side wobble that you and I both have experienced. There is detailed info on how others have repaired this issue, here's the link www.topix.com/forum/autos/T5LSTPR50NPCO9CTL ...

I am actually Canadian but the site doesn't accept my postal code. I owned my used 97 pathfinder SE since 99. It initially had 27000km when I bought it from a guy who babied it. It now has around 150000km and it's still drives like new. There has been a few but expected repairs done on the vehicle. Three door lock actuators ($300 per), knock sensor (approx. $800 part of it was covered un...

Both of the cars I owned are Nissan Passfinder. The older one is 1997. It has 215,000 miles on it but it runs like new.

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