1997 Nissan Pathfinder Repair and Maintenance

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

1997 Nissan Pathfinder Problems

Engine won't crank due to starter relay failure
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.
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.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed EVAP Canister Vent Valve

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.

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Questions

what is the procedure to reset the sensors after erasing codes. (1 answer)

Failed NJ inspection. did not wait long enough after erasing codes. I do not know the drive time or procedure to reset the sensors.

The pathfinder just stops running and I remove the dist cap and clean the rotor (1 answer)

bug and it runs perfect for awhile. also last time it happened it burned a hole in the cap I replaced it.
What am I missing? also no engine lights are on

How to install a knock sensor code PO325? (1 answer)

Throwing code PO325 knock sensor. Nissan site has no diagram for replacing knock sensor. Any body got any ideas or links to diagrams?

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

Rust May Form on the Strut Tower Housing

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.

Recall 07V435000
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, TENNESSEE, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST ...

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

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.
i have a problem with tect in the dash, it's going crazy???
I bought my 97 Pathfinder in 2000, I have over 250K miles on it and have had a handling problem, like a "wiggle" sensation when i get to around 55 mph but dampens out, I have the vehicle in shop right now, since I havent changed any struts or shocks since I purchased it!! Maybe that will work. Im handing off this vehicle to my daughter (new drive) little did I know that it would be around that...

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