2004 Nissan Xterra Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Nissan Xterra
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2004 Nissan Xterra ProblemsCheck valve clearance
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.
The fuel level sensor can fail causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Nissan has recalled 2006 - 2008 vehicles only for this fuel gauge issue. For more information on the recall, please click here»
The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.
2004 Nissan Xterra QuestionsWhat can do to help starter live longer? Clean in car wash? (1 answer)
Have replaced starter 4 times in past year. Mechanic says rear main seal is leaking oil onto starter. Will washing starter in car wash help it last longer? Could there be another reason for starter to fail so often? Radio, lights, power windows all work, not even a click when key is turned.
2004 Nissan Xterra RecallsNissan Recalls 2002–2004 Vehicles Due to Corrosion in Lower Steeing Column Joint
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.
On 131 vehicles, the accessory tow hitch may not have been tightened to specification. If the tow hitch loosens and separates from the vehicle, a crash could occur without warning. Dealers will tighten the tow hitch. The recall began January 3, 2005. The Nissan recall number is PB124.