Nissan Xterra Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Nissan Xterra

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Nissan Xterra Problems

not shifting in high gear

when it's cold out my nissan won't shift into high gear for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Abnormal Noise From Front of Engine

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.

Engine Stall and/or No Start Condition

The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.

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Nissan Xterra Questions

Car does not start intermittently. Replaced battery, no change. (2 answers)

Last week my car would not start. I jiggled battery cables and got it to start. Went to an auto parts store and they installed a battery and tightened everything. Today it happened again. No lights, no electrical, nothing. I raised the hood and found the battery clamp down loose and checked the b...

why won't truck start after it been driven? (1 answer)

After I stop after been driving for awhile have to wait and let the truck cool down before I can restart the truck. It acts like the batter is dead.

When I turn on the air conditioner the air only works on speed #1 and no other (1 answer)

When I turn it on a higher speed the Sri light turns off and only warm air comes out

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Nissan Xterra Recalls

Front Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly May Crack

Certain vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. A wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack. If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the wheel hub may break, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. Dealers will replace the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies to correct this concern.

Potential Engine Oil Leak

Some of the bolts that attach the engine oil cooler and filter to the engine may have been manufactured below specification strength. As a result, the bolt may break at the oil filter attachment point, which can cause an engine oil leak. Loss of too much engine oil can result in loss of oil pressure and the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the connector bolts to correct this concern.

 

Nissan 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.

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Nissan Xterra Reviews

I hate this damn vehicle I would rather push my 26 year old ford oh that's right its never left me along side the road less the time I let it run out of fuel
First, if you have one, go to the dealer and get all of the recall work done immediately.I had a 2003 that I bought with 17,000 mi. Great SUV when properly maintained. LOVED it. The steering broke (a recall problem), causing a wreck which broke the frame. Nissan wouldn't pay. Big surprise! (It now has 106,000 mi, and is still parked in driveway). I loved it so much that I just bought anothe...
I bought my 2004 Xterra from the first owner. It's been reliable. Problems I have experienced are common for the vehicle. I live inner city. From time to time in the winter I get a check engine light.Scanning showed a loose gas cap.Locking gas cap does not keep people from siphoning gas.If electrical comes on but car refuses to start then move shift lever with the brake depressed and reposition...

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