Hmm... Basic stuff remains the same, do the oil/filter every 3000
miles, belts at 30,000 miles, etc. Since the truck is new to you, I'd
recommend having ALL the fluids changed (front/rear diffs, transfer
case, transmission, coolant) so you're starting fresh. Also don't
forget about the timing belt and tensioner. If you can't without one
shadow of a doubt find out when it was replaced, do it now. Think
about it this way, even if the mileage isn't that great, the belt
could now be 10 years old.... and if it breaks, you will have damage.
To keep the tires wearing evenly, I strongly encourage you to have
them rotated at every other oil change.
I have a 95 Pathfinder XE and I change the oil no later than 3,000
miles and ONLY use a genuine Nissan oil filter. *DO NOT* use anything
other than a Nissan oil filter or you can set yourself up for problems
(especially noise related). Antifreeze I use about a 60/40 mix of
Prestone Antifreeze/water and change it every 2 summers.
Be sure to use only quality Nissan parts for your vehicle (especially
as they relate to engine maintenance) and you'll never be sorry. I
change my fuel filter about every 15,000 and the air filter and NGK
spark plugs (don't use anything else and be sure to use anti-seize on
those plug threads) every 30,000. Typically you'll see 90,000-100,000
out of your distributor cap/rotor and spark plug wires. That's why
you should stick with Nissan parts, you'd never see that mileage out
of most aftermarket parts. (And yes I'm one of those `nuts' who
shells out the extra for premium fuel and won't buy from ABC/123
Mini-Mart Fueling. 92 grade or higher only for my baby.)
For the other fluids every 30,000 is a good time but sooner never hurt
at all. Check your manual to be sure, but on my 95, the transfer case
uses automatic transmission fluid. Also see if your diffs have an LSD
oil required label on them (which I'm thinking the XE's don't, but
it's better to check anyway). If they don't then you should be fine
using the below listed fluid which is what is listed for my 95 in an
updated bulletin from Nissan.
Here are the fluids I use in my 95:
Front/rear differential - Pennzoil Gearplus SAE 80W-90 GL-5 Gear
Automatic transmission/transfer case - Nissanmatic D transmission
Engine oil - Pennzoil 5W30
In regards to the Pennzoil gear oil, it is specifically named (and
used from the factory) by Nissan for the above application.
Here's a link to the fluid itself:
and here's one showing that Nissan uses it in their Infinity line up
Jjust load the page and do a search on it (control-F) for 4096 and it
will take you to the appropriate section.
Enjoy your Pathfinder! I am mine. So far it's been three and a half
years and almost 37,000 miles and I've never been unable to get home
or to work due to a vehicle problem, she's ready every time I am. :-)
Now to wait out the rain here in PA so I can get to work with the
On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 15:25:31 GMT, "recroom news"
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