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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Gas guage malfunction

Gas guage never reads properly. It gets stuck on half then drops to empty without warning. Never reads full when it is full. I have run out of gas three times because of this. Is this a problem with the sending unit?

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  • Anonymous Jan 31, 2009

    I have the same problem, I am heading on Monday to the dealer, because despite that I am past the 36k miles I am under the 60K and in the warranty section of the manual it says that the feul pump is covered.

  • NYK007 Feb 19, 2009

    Hi guys,

    I have the same problem with my 05 Nissan Pathfinder. the gas gaugedoes not function properly. would'nt this be considered a recallproblem. Thanks

    NYK

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  • NYK007 Feb 19, 2009

    Hi guys,

    I have the same problem with my 05 Nissan Pathfinder.the gas gaugedoes not function properly. would'nt this be considered arecallproblem. Thanks

    NYK

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    I have 05 Pathfinder LE with the same problem. We need to write certified letters to Nissan, the more we complain to them, the better chances of a recall.

  • benz053 Mar 15, 2009

    2006 Pathfinder- same problem as everyone else- already had the fuel sending unit replaced- $466 at Nissan dealer. Its failing again- the dealer said their limited repair warranty is over- Nissan says "its normal wear and tear". I think it should be a recall item after seeing all the same complaints.

  • ronricojb Mar 21, 2009

    I have a the 2005 Pathfinder with the same problem a little before 36K miles and at just over 36K it fell and never worked again. Its a leased vehicle and I'm due to return it soon. I have to keep the gas tank full so I don't run out of gas. My main concern is whether Nissan is going to try to bill me for the repair when I turn it in. Anyone know about this..pls help.


  • ktcel Mar 25, 2009

    We are having the same problem with our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. After 30k miles or so the sensor just stopped working. It only shows fuel if the tank is above 3/4 full. After fuel falls below the 3/4 mark, the gauge registers empty and the 'check engine' light appears. We have to return the vehicle in June as our lease is ending and am afraid that we may get stuck with the cost of the repair. I am looking for all of the documented cases of this occurence to plead my case to the dealer and to Nissan. Where can I find this?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    MY 2005 Pathfinder Gas gauge has gone bad as well.  they want over $500 to fix it.  Sounds to me like this should be a recall

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    2005 Pathfinder with the same gas gauge problem.

  • icampos62 May 14, 2009

    I also have the same problem with my 2005 Nissam Pathfinder. Gas gauge does not register. I've been told that it will cost me about $450.00 to replace. All I can say is recall, recall, recall

  • yongpals May 15, 2009

    I have the same problem with the gas sensor for my 2005 pathfinder.

  • Anonymous May 15, 2009

    I'm glad and irritated to know that I'm not the only one but this isn't a recall yet??? Err. Yep same thing here...and my husband isn't handy with cars.

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I just fixed this problem last weekend in my 2005 Pathfinder. It's not the fuel sending unit itself, it's the fuel level sensor that is attached to the sending unit. I'm not a mechanic, but know a little about fixing vehicles and I did it myself in about 2 hours. The dealer may tell you they need to replace the whole fuel sender, but that is false. The sensor costs $80-90 from the dealer or from Courtesy Nissan in Texas. They will ship it to you. You don't need a "special nissan tool" to remove the sending unit, unless they call a hammer and screwdriver "special". It's a simple locking ring. You could probably have any shop do it for $100 labor if you supply the part. You can find instructions if you search Nissan forums. The Frontier has the same problem (since it's the same truck with a different body) so look in Frontier forums as well. Good luck!

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  • pwsfinest Jan 11, 2009

    Oh, and it's not a recall because it doesn't shut down the fuel sender and a gas gauge is a "courtesy" instrument. I had a 2001 Xterra where the fuel sender was actually going bad and that was a recall... Go figure...

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When I contacted my dealership I was told I would have to pay for the diagnostics and pay for the repair in full. They would file a goodwill request with Nissan USA for review on my behalf. I got the impression that I would be stuck with the bill, so I followed these steps:

1. Contacted local dealership regarding a recall or warranty repair.
2. Contacted Nissan USA regarding a recall or warranty repair.
3. Filed a complaint with the BBB.
4. Filled a complaint with the State's Attorney General's Office (should have a consumer complaint dept).

Each step of the way be sure to remind them that you know this is a common problem with Pathfinders, Xterras, and Frontiers AND also that it is a major safety issue for you and your family. Nissan USA told me it would be covered, then reneged once I brought the vehicle in for repairs. I let them know that I was well aware that this was a common problem, and Nissan should have issued a recall. Also that I would continue to pursue through the bbb and attorney general. They called back within 30 minutes, and decided to cover the cost.

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I have the same problem with my 2007 and it happend right around 40,000 miles (4,000 past the warranty). I've been driving for the past 15 months, with filling up the car, setting the trip meter to zero and refilling everytime it gets over 250 miles. This is a real pain, but my dealer wanted $700 to pull the tank and repair it. What a rip off and I was hoping for a recall. I can understand something breaking on a car if I abused it, but how do you abuse a gas gauge?? It is interesting to know this is a problem that has been going on for years and I have met 3 other Pathfinder owners in the WalMart parking lot in the past year that have the same problem. This is wrong.....

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Yes the sending unit is the problem. You may need to bring it to the Nissan Dealer to replace it. If your within the 3 year 36k miles it should be covered under your factory warranty. They need to drop the tank, remove the lock ring with a Nissan special tool and remove the fuel pump assembly to replace the sending unit. Also if the check engine light is on it will need to be reset as well. Hope this helps.

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  • bowl4966 Nov 10, 2010

    if the recall is fixing gauge issue will it replace pump as well

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This problem is cheap and easy to fix.
Nissan actually selling sender unit and packing fuel gauge only and it is hard to find.
You dont need to replace whole fuel pump assembly.
I have one of these and willing to let it go for $85 shipped.
Let me know if anyone need it.

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Hey Guys this WORKED for me when my gauge wouldn't go up to full.
Turned my key to Accesory, push the gas pedal twice to the floor then turn it on, my gauge went right up to full and my empty light went off. Good luck

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In my 05 Pathfinder, the Check Engine light was also on, meaning the vehicle fails the Malfunction Indicator Light test during emissions testing. Had to repair before I could get inspected.

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The reason it is not a recall is beacause it is not a safety related concern meaning no one will die from a failure!

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

I have the same problem with my 05 Nissan Pathfinder. the gas gauge does not function properly. would'nt this be considered a recall problem.

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