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Have a 2004 pathfinder. Was coming home on hwy doing 80 mph

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Mike, have a 2004 pathfinder. Was coming home on hwy doing 80 mph started a slight incline and lost total power for split second. This repeated 2 more times when additional fuel was needed. stopped at gas station to fuel up. Would not start. After trying 3 times in 5 min finally started with no problem. Found out if I drove under normal conditions or not putting my foot into it there was no problem but if I put my foot into it at any time the car acted like it was not getting fuel and would pulse until I back off on the petal. I have taking truck to 3 shops and they have been no help. Doug
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi Doug,

If you start it and then try to rev the engine, can you get the rpms above 3000?

Any check engine light on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If I slowly put my foot into it I can get over 3k but if I push more tha 50% down I get the rev up and down protection. No check engine light
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.


This acts like a faulty mass air flow sensor. It can go bad like this and never set a code. Without a scan tool that can read the fuel trims it's a hard sell, but it's usually the problem. I could see the catalytic converters causing this issue, but usually you would get a converter code with it. Plus it wouldn't happen as fast as it seems to have come on.

I have had this same experience with my maxima, actually pulled out to pass someone and the maf died mid pass. Car lost most power. I was able to drive it home, but same exact problem. I suggest a maf to resolve.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

Just thought I would check and see how you made out with this?

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