Abnormal Noise From Front of Engine on Nissan Pathfinder

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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Average mileage: 89,546 (4,000–190,188)
Engines affected: 4.0L V6, 4.4L V8, V8
8 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, more2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
91 people reported this problem
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder 84,000 mi,
My wife's 06 with roughly 84-85K just started this noise two days ago, only on cold starts though... Almost sounds like gravel being thrown onto a piece of aluminum (like the heat sheild). Does that sound about right?
2005 Nissan Pathfinder 134,000 mi,
Knocking noise coming from from engine, and it sloping and idling night when it accelerates.. Noise is extremely high.
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.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder 135,000 mi,
Truck makes a whining noise when gas pedal is pressed.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder 95,000 mi,
makes loud whining noise and shakes over 40 mph and sometimes at 60 mph. i am so worried.
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.
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.
2014 Nissan Pathfinder 30,000 mi,
Noise sounds like a motorcycle is following you at a distance but no motorcycle present. Noise does not vary with a push on the accelerator it seems linked to the speed starting around 10
2008 Nissan Pathfinder - 4.0L V6 99,000 mi,
same problem. Had timing chains and tensioners replaced 5 months ago and now its doing it again!!!!
2008 Nissan Pathfinder 80,000 mi,
I have an 08 Pathfinder that made a lot of noise when it turned on. Found out it would be the timing chain and cost me $1800 to repair. I do also find it ridiculous that this is a common problem, and Nissan has done little to nothing to resolve this problem. They did fix the transmission problem without charge and this should also be included. I shouldn't have to pay over $1800 for a car with a little over 80,000 miles. Nissan need to do the right thing... ASAP.
2005 Nissan Pathfinder 60,000 mi,
Two years ago, dealer recommended replacing the timing chain for about 2 grand (they have to basically take the entire front end apart to get to it). Engine has a higher pitched whine than it did originally. Timing chain is not a service item so obviously this is a vehicle defect and the company isn't standing behind its car.
Timing chain - loud buzzing. $1750. Ouch
2006 Nissan Pathfinder 190,188 mi,
Noise started 2014, still trying to get it fixed. Loud noise coming from front. 3 Mechanics including dealership says timing chain
2008 Nissan Pathfinder - 4.0L V6 96,000 mi,
the engine stopped running going down the highway at 55 MPH had towed to shop were they told me the timming had jumped and destroyed the engine. There is no recall so I have to save money to get it fixed and rely on trying to borrow a freinds car to go to work. No more Nissians for me. Jim
2007 Nissan Pathfinder 100,000 mi,
Thought it was the transmission starting to go out, but after doing research online found out it's the timing chain.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder - 4.0L V6 136,345 mi,
It make a whinning sound. While the engine running it started about two weeks ago and the sound getting louder.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder 65,000 mi,
Winning would come and go 70000 miles now and it is a constant whine haven't had it checked yet but I know it's the timing chains had an 07 xtera did the same thing around 70000 miles never was right after that shouldn't have traded it in on the pathfinder ughh.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder 49,000 mi,
Buzzing noise from engine, brought to NISSAN dealer, chain is loose and worn down tensioner
2005 Nissan Pathfinder 156,000 mi,
Bad noise from the front engine