1998 Nissan Pathfinder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Nissan Pathfinder

1998 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.
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.

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.

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Questions

changed distributer,bateryand starter engine will turn over but not start (2 answers)

I recently replaced distributor in my 1998 nissan pathfinder, due to no start. (1 answer)

This happened on several occassions, but it did start after a day or two had past. This last time it has failed to run. I removed the distributor cap and found that the rotor was not or did not spin. I removed the unit and appeared that the shaft above the gear was slightly warped and the u-shape...

how do i get the EGR system or Oxygen sensor to clear on the readiness indicator (1 answer)

i have no codes coming up and no engine light on. i have drove at 300 miles and still the EGR system and oxygen sensors show as "not complete". how do i clear these so i can pass my smog test?

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1998 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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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

I bought my pathfinder in 2004 with 30,000 miles and now it has 150,000. Best purchase I have made, runs solid and has taken a lot of abuse. It has its issues that you typically read about for this model, the exhaust has broken in 3 places, the rear bushings went out a little prematurely, the braking leaves a little to be desired as well as the engine power and the check engine light almost n...
By far the best car I have ever owned. I bought it new and I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off. I have always done regular maintenance and have had minimal problems with it. The check engine light came on a while back, but my mechanic told me it is because of an exhaust leak that makes the computer think that there is something wrong with the o2 sensor. The only real issue I have...

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