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RONALD wrote at 2006-08-22 06:21:07
HI, I OWNED A 97 PATHFINDER AND HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. EVERYTIME I DRIVE AND HIT BETWEEN 40 AND 60 MPH THE JEEP WOULD ROLL FROM SIDE TO SIDE. THE PROBLEM IS THE READ LOWER CONTROL ARMED BUSHION. I REPLACED BOTH OF MIND AND THE PROBLEM STOPPED. THE TWO ARMED FROM THE DEALER COST ABOUT $230.  


G Ritter wrote at 2007-04-21 13:31:35
You need to replace the rear stabilizer bar bushings.  There are four stabilizer bars, two upper and two lower, with a total of eight bushings.  They wear out on this vintage Pathfinder causing the rear sway you're talking about, especially at highway speeds.  Just had mine replaced for about $800.  There is a TSB issued by Nissan about this problem


stokesell wrote at 2007-07-03 20:41:20
I have also a 97 Nissan Pathfinder.  I encountered the same problems.  I replaced the shockes and struts and that didnt solve the problem.  I had the tires rotated and balanced whiched didnt solve the problem.  So I checked the rear control arms and the left one I could shake side to side the bushings were bad,  So I am looking for parts to replace them.


Chris wrote at 2008-01-28 23:18:33
I replaced all 4 arms (2 upper and 2 lower), it cost about $800 from the dealer plus $180 for the installation.  Much cheaper than replacing the truck.  I have tested it for about a week and have not been able to rock the Pathfinder at all.  The biggest issue I have is that the dealer, my repair shop, or any of my mechanical friends could not troubleshoot the problem.  It took me finally finding this site to know how to fix my Nissan.  Thanks for posting this.


henry wrote at 2008-03-24 22:13:09
The problem is probably your 8 rear bushings.So before you go out and buy new tire,struts,shocks etc.have your rear bushings checked.


susan wrote at 2008-11-25 16:21:02
the problem is sway bars.  you will need to take to dealership to get repaired or have someone with lift.  very hard job.  I work at a Nissan dealership as well as own a 1997 pathfinder and had same problem.    owners service man. is not gonna help at all.  problem will only get worse.


scboatlvr wrote at 2008-11-25 16:30:54
marie, the problem is trailing arms. had same problem on my 1997 pathfinder, feels like the truck is going to roll over.   hard job to do, will need lift and maybe a torch to cut off old arms...........


Sean wrote at 2008-12-07 00:50:45
If it only does it at high speeds with no weight in the car, your problem is in your control arms and bushings.  This is a common problem with the 1997 1996 models.  Dealers charge about 900$ to fix it.


Blumpkin wrote at 2009-07-24 16:45:50
this is caused by the lower rear control arm bushings. You can either replace the bushing or replace the control arms. i own this vehicle this fixed the problem.


Mark wrote at 2009-08-04 23:54:42
We had the same problem. Did the tires,shocks, front stabilizers. Took quite a bit of hit and mss but the fix was replacing the rear stabilizers. Completely took care of problem.


sam wrote at 2010-08-12 19:11:28
I have the same problem, I have replaced struts, rotate tires, got the tires balanced, and the problem is still there, I'm going to change the bushings, will update when the problem has fixed.


Tony wrote at 2010-11-04 22:57:42
I have '97 Pathfinder with the "Death Sway".

The problem is DEFINITELY the rear Control Arm Stabilizer Bushings (also called"Link Bushings"). There's 8 total(4 upper 4 lower). The upper are $12ea. and the lower are $25ea. If you paid for the whole bars... you got RIPPED OFF by your mechanic. All you need is the rubber bushings replaced.


Gary wrote at 2011-04-16 23:27:13
I had the same problem - searched and it turned out to be the 'rear control arm bushings. They inherently go bad. I replaced them several years ago and the problem went away.


jason wrote at 2012-02-13 00:04:37
so if i tell the mechanic to just replace the bushings and not the whole control arm i should get out cheaper right?? we just recently bought a 97 pathfinder and i was about to have rear shocks put on and was told that they were fine and that it was the rear bushings, so that is what brought me to this thread. just not looking forward to having to pay 800 dollars for them to be installed


andres wrote at 2013-04-02 18:51:59
Please don't remove this forum threat. It took me several month to find someone with the same problem. None of the repair shops I consulted were able to told me what was the problem.  


anonymous wrote at 2013-07-05 15:23:17
oh yeah about 6 years ago i had this problem. lucky i hand a friend who was a mechanic... he figured out it was the bushings, we replaced them all around to be safe. all in all the parts were less than 100 dollars all together.


Birdie wrote at 2013-07-30 21:00:47
Happen to find this as I was searching for information regarding the same issue I have w/ my 1997 Pathfinder.  My garage said it will cost me about $1,300 and about 4-6 hours of work and that I will not pass inspection without getting this done.  (I am in PA)  They said that the bushings went bad and that the control arms aka trailing arms and bushings are one part so they just can't replace the bushings alone.  From what I'm reading here, it seems that I can just get the bushings replaced.  Though I have been with this garage for a long time, the charges caused me to shop around. Another garage said they can do it for about $530 with about 2 1/2 hours labor.  I think I will go on line and see if I can find arms/bushings, buy them and take them to my garage and negotiate on the labor.  I'm glad I'm not alone with this problem and I will bring up with them that apparently there was/is a TSB on this issue.


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