2004 Nissan Pathfinder Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Nissan Pathfinder

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder
$
743
to $
2,262
2004 Nissan Pathfinder
$
158
to $
251
2004 Nissan Pathfinder
$
96
to $
184
2004 Nissan Pathfinder
$
130
to $
284
2004 Nissan Pathfinder
$
176
to $
1,764

2004 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.
Timing Chain Rattle and Tapping Noise

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the Nissan Pathfinder is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Erratic or High Idle After Cleaning Throttle Body

The throttle body for the Nissan Pathfinder is known for carbon buildup, and requires regular, light cleaning to maintain peak performance. After cleaning the throttle body, many owners notice a very high idle, erratic (bouncing) idle, and unpredictable power surging. 

The cause is normal ECU adaptation: When the throttle body builds up carbon, the rate of airflow is slightly decreased. The vehicles computer reads this decrease in air volume, and adjusts the throttle body settings to maintain the proper engine idle speed. When the carbon is cleaned out, the ECU now registers too much air, and cannot adjust back to the original settings. While it is trying to change settings, the idle will bounce from low to high, and the car will surge forward at times. 

It has been recommended to simply wipe inside the throttle body every 12,000 miles, and never to touch the flap inside. Also, the cleaning procedure may be best left to a qualified technician.

The solution can be as simple as disconnecting the battery for at least an hour, having the dealer reset the computer, or, in extreme cases, replace the throttle bodies. 

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

Front Passenger Air Bag Defect

The passenger side air bag inflator may rupture if deployed in a crash. This can cause metal fragments to injure passengers. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the problem.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Rated
based on 3 customer reviews
So far the body is holding up okay but the powder coat on the trailer hitch is rusted off. The drum rear brakes harken back to a time before modern cars. The engine self-destructed at 103000 miles despite never missing a service interval, using premium oil and changing the oil at 3K miles +/- 200 miles. The front strut mounts wore out just past the warrentee. It's the best new SUV you can b...
it's consuming too much oil
i love this car but its falling apart and the fram has bad rust problems if u have a nissan pathfinder from 2004 trade it in before it falls apart on u

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