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2001 4x4 pathfinder, excessive noise and vibration of around

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2001 4x4 pathfinder , excessive...
2001 4x4 pathfinder , excessive noise and vibration of around 50mph, mechanic has replaced transfer case( old one had play),replaced one u-joint in front drive shaft, excessive noise still there. Mechanic thinks it could be front differential, This is a mechanic that specializes in drivetrain problems
JA: Are you fixing your Pathfinder yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no ..specialty mechanic
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: front driveshaft on order, will replace that before replacing replacing front diffeerential nosie goes away when front driveshaft is removed
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Nissan
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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago
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Hello my name is ***** ***** thank you for your question.

Is this truck a Automatic or Stick? Also do you have the vehicle, I would like to do a test on it to see if we can isolate the noise for you.

Let me know.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
it is automatic 4x4 auto, yes I have the car
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

at what speeds do you hear this noise?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
no, need to do by messaging
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

no problem just ignore that phone call message. We can continue here.

What speeds do you hear this noise?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
noise starts at 50, and is excessive, only goes away , if you remove front driveshaft
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

Oh, that is good info. That would point to the front differential. By taking that drive shaft out, you are eliminating that rotation to the front diff. So you will need to have the front diff checked for your noise.

Do you have any more questions on this?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
could it be the front drive shaft
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

Not likely, but you can send that out to be balanced to find out. That would cause a vibration. Not a noise

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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

a front diff can cause both, noises and vibration

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
maybe I wasn't clear, ,it is excessive noise and vibration, that starts at 45-50, and doesn't go away, it feels just like very loud road noise
when up on lift, you can feel vibration in transfercase , front differential, and transmission
noise goes away when front driveshaft is removed
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

I understood what you said. That is a front diff issue.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok thanks
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

front drive shaft as I said, could cause a vibration, but not a noise. If your getting a noise and vibration, that is a internal issue in the front diff

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I was thinking, could I drive without the front driveshaft semi-permanently, and just put it on during the winter months when I need four-wheel-drive
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

You would not be the first person who has taken the drive shaft out and driven the truck. So you can certainly do that.

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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

If you have any more questions on this, please feel free to ask.

If not, and you're satisfied with my help, please Rate me. That is how I get credit for my work. I hope I have provided you with Excellent Service.

Thanks Jay!

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
you were telling me, it is safe to remove the front driveshaft on a 2001 Pathfinder, and it won'tdamage the transfer case,?or any of the four-wheel-drive components?
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 1 year ago

Yes, you can remove the front drive shaft and not do any damage. Just don't put the truck into 4x4..

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