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 ProblemsNo 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.
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.
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.
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.