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Old 10-23-2018, 11:55 AM
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I have a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder with 205K mikes. Still runs great. However, it is now giving me problems starting when the engine has warmed up. If I go to the store and park, shop for a while then come back and try to start the car, it will crank over but will not start. After a few tries and waiting for 5 minutes, it will eventually starts. But it runs very rough and stalls the first time of two. it eventually starts and runs fine. The parts that have been replaced already are, Battery, Fuel Pump, Crank Shaft Sensor and Coolant Temperature Sensor. The Fuel Pump was replaced when the gauge stopped working and it gave an error code. After a few months I got another error code which said I had a bad Crankshaft Sensor. That sensor was then replaced. The problem of NOT STARTING WHEN ENGINE WAS WARMED UP started a few months after the fuel pump had been replaced. I DON'T have any errors code on the hard starting problems. Could I have a bad fuel pump? Could a Throttle Body and Sensor be giving me a problem? Very Frustrating as I don't know when this will become a hard problems and end up never starting. Then will need to get a tow to a garage. When I brought it to my mechanic, it started ok and he could find any error codes. Thanks
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:03 AM
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If it were me, I would first have the fuel pressure tested; it should be 50 PSI. You could also do a leakdown test at the same time to make sure one or more fuel injectors aren't bleeding down during a sit or the regulator has failed. If the fuel system checks out okay, I would replace the two cam position sensors. A bad cam position sensor can cause a crank position sensor to trigger...and, it can also be faulty and not trigger any codes. Often, the failures occur when they get hot, which seems to be what your vehicle is doing. It's best to stick with genuine Nissan sensors, if possible. Some of the aftermarket sensors tend to be of poor quality and either don't work right brand new or don't last long. If you can't get Nissan sensors, than Hitachi brand or an aftermarket sensor that was made in Japan, like Standard Motor Products/Intermotor brand, would be the next best. Avoid sensors made in China, Taiwan or Korea and other countries close by. Hopefully, you did that when you replaced the crank position sensor.
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Old 10-25-2018, 11:31 AM
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Yes the Crank Sensor was an OEM product but it was upgraded, from its original form factor. The mechanic had to call Nissan again to determine how it could be modified to fit. Once modified and the codes were cleared, I still had the problem after a day or two. I will certainly give the suggestions to my mechanic and make sure they do the fuel injector pressure test as recommended. If that doesn't fix the problem, the cam sensors are next. I will let everyone know the outcome. Thanks again for your suggestions. I love the car when it runs.
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:31 PM
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Did you solve this ?
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:02 PM
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sorry to give my input so late. Same thing happened to our 2002 pathfinder, it would start cold just fine, it would start hot, off for a few minutes, just fine, but 20 minutes ish it had a hard time starting. Long story short turns out to be a fuel damper leaking by, changed it out and no problem since, at least for this set of symptoms.

I had pulled spark plugs and smelled a lot of fuel on the plug, not the norm. I also had the famous valve cover gasket leak, was into that project and was going to try to see if injectors were a problem but discovered thine damper bad instead.

good luck to anyone else

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