A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.
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2002 Nissan Xterra
2002 Nissan Xterra Problems
The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
The coolant outlet on the front of the lower intake manifold may develop a coolant leak.
The fuel injectors can fail and cause drivability problems. Often there is no Check Engine light and the failures can be caused by corrosion of the connector, clogging beyond the point of cleaning, and/or internal failures.
Valve clearances for this engine are shim adjusted and should be checked periodically to help maximize engine life. Another good time to check the valve clearances is when the valve cover gasket is being replaced.
2002 Nissan Xterra Recalls (Recent)
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Nissan is recalling 2002 Altima and Xterra models because the electrical connector for the driver's air bag may come loose. If this happens, the air bag may not deploy, which increases the risk of personal injury. Dealers will install a retaining clip on the clock spring electrical connector.
Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A SUPERCHARGER, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, SUCH AS FULL THROTTLE IN LOW GEAR WHEN THE ENGINE IS NOT FULLY WARMED UP AND AT COLD AMBIENT TEMPERATURE, THE AMOUNT OF INTAKE AIR FLOW THROUGH THE AIR FLOW METER MAY EXCEED THE MAXIMUM PRESET DIAGNOSIS LIMIT VALUE.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SIX CYLINDER ENGINES AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FOUR OR SIX CYLINDER ENGINES, THE FUEL PUMP TERMINAL ON THE FUEL-SENDING UNIT CAN DEVELOP A CRACK IN THE PLASTIC MOLDING. THIS CAN CAUSE THE TERMINAL STRIP TO CORRODE UNDER SOME ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS.Learn more »
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Nissan is recalling 2002–2004 Frontier and Exterra models due to corrosion in the lower steering column joint that can limit movement of the joint, resulting in excessive load. This can lead to cracking of the shaft, which may result in loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will replace the steering column shaft and joint with a different design, free of charge.
2002 Nissan Xterra Questions and Answers
My compressor is making a loud noise and when I run the AC at times it gives out a burned rubber smell. Do I need to replace the compressor or have it check on a machine for amount of pressure?
Do i need to service the super charger on my 02 and if sow how? Thanks
My mechanic sayd that the starter may be slightly corroded from storage. We sere able to push start it (it's a standard)but the engine won't turn over using the ignition.
2002 Nissan Xterra Reviews
My Xterra start and in the next five minutes turn off. I wait 5 to 10 minutes and start my car again, it run for five minutes and the turn off again. This happened 3 times or maybe 4 and I can use for the rest of the day, sometimes start maybe 1 time and I can't use for the rest of the day.