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2000 Nissan Xterra V6 3.3L.... I recently heard my engine begin to and almost immediately after my oil light flickered on and off and eventually came on. I thought I was low on oil, added oil and it seemed to repair the problem. About 30 miles later (the next day and after several short trips) my engine started to knock and the light came back on after flickering... I parked the vehicle and drove my wifes car to work. When I arrived back home, I started my Xterra and drove it for a bit. No knocking or oil light. About a year ago, I had my oil changed and about 3 weeks later I heard severe knocking and thought I was low on oil. I changed the oil and filter and it seemed to run fine (until now) ... Any suggestions?

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My is doing the same, did you even found the problem?

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Not sure but you may be having problems with your oil pump

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  • kev_et68 Oct 02, 2010

    Intermitant oil pump problems just don't happen though

  • bseab Oct 02, 2010

    This will sound nuts, but could there be a problem with the cap sealing properly. It seemed awfully hard to get off when I added the oil.

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    Marc Skony Jan 19, 2013

    My is doing the same, did you even found the problem?

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