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.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2001 Nissan Pathfinder
2001 Nissan Pathfinder
2001 Nissan Pathfinder Problems
The Check Engine Light may illuminate because the sensor that monitors the engine's intake valve timing stops working (Intake Valve Timing Control Position Sensor). Replacement of the failed sensor will commonly correct this problem.
A problem with the mass air flow sensor can result in poor engine performance or drivability problems. This may cause the car to stall or misfire.
Screws inside the intake manifold can become loose causing internal engine damage if they fall out completely. Our technicians report that using a strong thread locker on the power valve butterfly screws can help prevent them from becoming loose. The manual transmission models reportedly do not have the intake manifold power valves.
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Problems with the ignition coil can cause poor engine performance due to misfires. This may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Nissan offers an upgraded ignition coil.
2001 Nissan Pathfinder Recalls (Recent)
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Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BRACKETS USED TO ATTACH THE TWO GAS STRUTS TO THE REAR DOOR (HATCH) MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MADE. AT HIGH AMBIENT TEMPERATURES, THE INCREASE IN GAS PRESSURE IN THE STRUT(S) COULD CAUSE ONE OR BOTH BRACKETS TO BEND, RESULTING IN THE STRUTS DETACHING FROM THE BRACKET(S) WHEN OPENING OR CLOSING THE REAR DOOR.Learn more »
Summary: 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 VIRGINIA , WISCONSIN AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DURING THE COATING PROCESS OF THE FUEL FILLER TUBE ASSEMBLY, AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF COATING MAY HAVE BEEN APPLIED AT THE LOWER MOUNTING BRACKET. THIS COULD RESULT IN AN OPENING IN THE COATING WHICH CAN ALLOW WATER TO ENTER AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE BARE METAL OF THE TUBE.Learn more »
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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.
2001 Nissan Pathfinder Questions and Answers
(1) How do I clear out the SERVICE ENGINE SOON light?
(2) Is there a change-out option for a NOISY RADIATOR COOLING FAN BLADE?
Vehicle's engine hesitates and/ or responds sluggishly when attempting to accelerate while climbing steep grades at relatively high speeds (typically worse at 70 mpg and 3500 - 4000 rpm).
I'm interested in a quote to suck out most of the transmission fluid and replacing it, not just the 4 quart change, who does that and how much does it cost? also changing the filter?
MY NISSAN IS OUT OF FREON AND I WAS TOLD THAT I CAN RECHARGE IT MYSELF BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TYPE OF FREON I PUT IN MY NISSAN.
2001 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews
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I have nearly 300,000 miles on my pathfinder and it continues to run without a flaw. I have done very little except regular oil changes. I never even had to change the spark plugs. The rear stablizer bushings needed replacing and I took it to a shop to press in the bushings, rather than buying the whole assembly. The tow package is exceptional too. I had the ball hitch on the tow bar and was rear-ended. It buckled the frame and caused the front and rear doors to get squeezed. My insurance company totalled the vehicle so I bought it back and had a shop with a frame puller give it a pull. Everything pulled right back into place and I have since put another 40,000 miles on the car. I get many wonderful comments on the body and the looks. In a few words, this vehicle is the best vehicle I ever owned bar none. I love it.
I love my pathfinder, I have crashed it a couple times by going into a ditch or I hit ice and spun out of control went over a curb and was stopped by a rock wall but then drove off like nothing had happenned, this suv likes the abuse and it never stops I just keep up with all the maintinece
Basically and extremely reliable SUV. I have had some problems with the front brakes. Lots of vibration through the steering wheel etc when applied- even after they had been replaced. Must be a much more complex problem than simply replacing the pads.
I purchased this 4-Wheel Drive Pathfinder (LE) new from the dealership in Dec. of 2000 and have since driven it 260,000 miles. Other than routine maintenance with oil changes every 5,000 miles, tires, fan belt, brakes,etc. I have only had to replace an oil cooling device ($150). My only major dissatisfaction with the vehicle has been with the brakes. I have experienced very pronounced vibration on the front-end, whenever I apply the brakes, especially when I'm driving down a steep grade at moderate to high speed, Although I replaced the brake pads and had the rotors turned a couple of different times, that has only ever helped for a very brief period and then it's back to the same old problem. I can't help but wonder if there is not something defective within the brake system itself; such as, different braking pressures on one or more of the wheels. The problem has been there forever.
Another issue that has arisen only within the past 50,000 miles is a hesitation in the engine whenever accelerating via passing gear while going up a mountain. This condition is normally not appreciable until the vehicle reaches a speed of 70 mph. Have tried fuel injector cleaner, tune-up,and fuel filter, but to no avail.
This brings me to my most disturbing issue of all, which really has nothing to do with the vehicle itself, but rather the dealership's service department, or should I say, "lack" of service department. I have had multiple disappointments in attemping to resolve several other minor issues, which are too numerous and lengthy to elaborate upon here, but suffice it to say that I have virtually no confidence at this point that theses people know what they are doing, even to the extent I have to question whether much of what they said they did to correct the issue ever really got done at all. The two issues I discussed in detail earlier are only two of approimately ten I had asked them to work on but for which I had poor or no results from their efforts.