Question about 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
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?
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!
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
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.
Posted on Mar 14, 2009
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.....
Posted on Jan 30, 2010
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.
Posted on Oct 17, 2008
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.
Posted on May 16, 2009
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
Posted on Mar 13, 2010
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.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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