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.
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Pathfinder Noise From the Front of the Engine
Nissan Pathfinder Problem
Engines Affected: 4.0L V6, V8
Average Mileage: 74,234 mi (110 mi - 140,000 mi)
Visitor, 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, 140,000 mi
Whining noise ,converter, electrical, fuel sensor,oil sensor, this is the worse car, Nissan will not get my business again and I will tell others not to buy any Nissan.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, 80,000 mi
I just recently had my '07 Frontier in for regular service and was told by the dealership service rep that I needed to have the timing chain replaced to the tune of $1800. I have had the truck serviced regularly at all appropriate intervals by this same dealership. Now they tell me this needs to be fixed. I'm very disappointed and frustrated at Nissan for not generating a recall/repair on such a major problem with their vehicles. From what I've been able to read this is way too common a problem for them to ignore and not resolve for their customers. Until this happened, I had a very good impression of Nissan vehicles; now I'm not so sure. They cut corners and are capable of building junk just like all the others.
Overall I've been very pleased with the truck and it's been nearly bullet proof (except for having to put two batteries in it over the last 3 years and this dealer replacing the rear breaks when they should have replaced the front brakes). Really angry and frustrated about this situation - it's not like you can't leave the issue unaddressed but I hate the fact that I'm supposed to pay $1800 to have this fixed, a basic engine component that should be covered under warranty.
Verified for the Nissan Pathfinder
A whining or buzzing type noise
From the front of the engine. Found out there was a recall and had it repair at the local dealer. Just today the engine make a noice similar to air flowing through the engine almost like an air conditioner running in the engine department.
Visitor, 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, 110 mi
Timing chain - loud buzzing. $1750. Ouch
Visitor, 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, 57,000 mi
Same problem spent $2000 very bed
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, 50,000 mi
Heard tapping in engine. Took to Nissan. Had 84 month 100,000 mile warranty. About a year out of warranty and I was told I need a new engine. There was metal shavings and bearing in the oil pan. Nissan refuses to help at all... I though Nissan was suppose to be a good company/car. Guess I am stuck paying for a new engine out of pocket.
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, 90,000 mi
Whirring buzzing noise from engine bay
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, 79,000 mi
Whining noise started about 2 months ago, I thought it might be the alternator, now after reading this , I believe I have the same problem.
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, 140,000 mi
whinning noise from the engine area. costs repairs about 1,500. timming chain issue.
Visitor, 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, 91,000 mi
Started yesterday today it's so loud! Guess ill have to suck it up and take it but if Nissan knew- that's ridiculous!