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About ryjaytay38

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    2001 pathfinder
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    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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    Do Not Go Off-Road
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  1. ryjaytay38

    Replacing Head and Valve Cover Gaskets

    Slartibartfast, this baby has been leaking oil externally for many moons. Im going to need about 5 gal of degreaser to be able to do anything with it. Oil leak has ruined two alternators and power steering pump. Gotta at least get valve cover gaskets done. Good tip to see about antifreeze. If i don't need to mess with the head gaskets, i'd be a happy man. Im kind of excited about replacing the valve cover gaskets. Working on that truck is the one place where i seem to have some peace in my life. I sometimes have to sabotage the thing just to get ot of the house. I'll download the manual and let you know how things go. Im sure I'll have more questions in the next few weeks, but thanks much for the tips!
  2. Hey guys, I have a week off coming up in February and thought I'd replace my valve cover gaskets and fix this damn oil leak. When I checked the oil the other day, it was a half qt low. I went to put oil in and what do you know, milky looking something on my oil fill cap. I asked a friend what that is and he said you've got antifreeze leaking into your oil, time to replace the head gaskets. So now in February, I'll be doing both valve cover and head gaskets. I looked on youtube at a guy doing just valve cover gaskets and it did not appear that he was having a hell of a lot of fun. I've fixed and replaced A TON of things on this truck. With help from all of you, they've all been successful and are maintaining. This is going to be by far the deepest I've dug into this beast and if anyone can tell me any shortcuts or tips, I'd really appreciate it. I'm nervous about it already. Are there things that I need to be looking out for? I read somewhere that digging in this deep will require a timing chain replacement? That didn't sound right but please let me know!! That, from what I've heard, is territory I don't think I should tread into. Is there a thread with step by step instruction on the best way? Anything, and I mean ANYTHING, you guys can tell me to help me on this fun little excursion would be great!! I'm going to order fel-pro gaskets and if there's anything I need with them, talk to me! I changed valve cover gaskets in my 99 Trooper and the vc gaskets took no RTV. I'm guessing these are the same? I think it's the head gaskets that I'm nervous about. I'll start posting on here I'm sure after day 1 begging for help.Thanks in advance!!
  3. ryjaytay38

    Voltage Regulator or Battery Problem?

    Hey guys, I put in a new duralast gold battery in my 01 pathfinder two weeks ago. A few nights ago, all lights on the dash came on(same thing that happened last time the alternator went). I kept going and it went back to normal. Stopped at autozone and they said the battery is overcharging. Swapped out the battery and then last night it did it again. A friend said its probably the voltage regulator. #1) where is the voltage regulator? #2) Would it be better to just replace the alternator? Any advice would be really helpful! Thanks!!
  4. ryjaytay38

    Rear Brake Vibration

    When I initially started this little venture, I replaced everything except the adjuster. I replaced the drums, shoes, and springs. You made a good point that I didn't think of. I didn't think that it may be a small piece of something inside. I blew it off with my compressor and cleaned off the flat spots where the shoes ride and greased them. I wasn't thorough so that might have come back to bite me. I didn't think about the e-brake like that. I guess it sounded kind of harsh, but heck, I'll try anything. It felt a little smoother tonight when I drove. I don't know if it can get smoother with time? The Wagner shoes feel a million times better than the Acdelcos though. After work tomorrow, I'll pull off the drums and see what I can get out of there with a wire brush and go from there. I'll definitely let you know
  5. ryjaytay38

    Rear Brake Vibration

    I pulled out the Acdelco shoes and put Wagner in. The drivers side Acdelco's looked liked they were burned. I took the drums and cleaned them with brakekleen. Put the Wagners in and was careful to adjust them the same. There is still a vibration but nothing like it was. I've read some crazy @!*% like driving 100 yards with ebrake on? Is that really an option? I read a few different posts about sanding the drums? I don't know what else to do! I'm not taking it to a shop. Drum brakes can't be THAT difficult....or can they?
  6. ryjaytay38

    Rear Brake Vibration

    Hey guys, I haven't been on here for a little while, but as usual, when something is a little off, I need to ask your advice. I put new rear brake drums, shoes and springs on my 01 Pathfinder. I read that to break them in, you need to go about 45-55 and brake relatively hard down to about 15, back up to speed and repeat 8-10 times in a row. Then drive for 10 minutes about 25-35 without using brakes to cool them. I did this and now I have a wicked vibration when I apply the brakes. So, what did I do wrong? Is it fixable? Should I get new shoes and start over? Go ahead and get your laughs in but any suggestions, are welcomed!!! Thanks Guys!
  7. ryjaytay38

    Fuel Pump in '01 Pathfinder

    Oh @!*%, maybe im not as bad as I thought! I definitely wasn't going to pay for photo bucket. Thanks for the tip on the site to go to and have a good one!
  8. ryjaytay38

    Fuel Pump in '01 Pathfinder

    I finished the pump last night. I got my arm down in the tank and pulled upward on the middle tab of the pump bracket housing with a little more force than I had before and it released from the bottom of the tank. I found a few posts on a google search and the pics were exactly what I was dealing with. I've loaded them onto photo bucket but apparently I'm not as computer savvy as I thought because I can't get them on here. Once I got the housing released, it was clear sailing. It was a little tricky getting the housing bracket to line up with the bottom of the tank after replacing the pump but only took a few minutes of feeling around.
  9. ryjaytay38

    Fuel Pump in '01 Pathfinder

    Hey Slartibartfast, Yeah, the pump itself is in a plastic housing which is clipped to the bottom of the tank. There are a few tabs at the back of the housing. Apparently you need to pull up on the center tab for it to release from the bottom then the whole thing comes out. I couldn't figure out if I needed to push down or pull up but after reading a little more and seeing an actual illustration from nissan, you have to pull up. One other guy said he pulled the whole housing unit apart(it's two pieces clipped together) and left the bottom clipped in, took the pump out without the housing. Since it's about 1030pm here, I think I'll go try my luck one more time. I'll let you know if I get it the right way or if the damn thing is coming out in broken pieces because this should not be this difficult.
  10. Hey Guys, Can someone tell me the easiest way to get the fuel pump out of the bottom of the tank? I've been looking/feeling for a clip or some way that it's held down and I can't find anything. The last thing I want to do is pull too hard and break something. I figured there has to be something easy holding it into the little reservoir that it's sitting in. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!! Thanks!!
  11. Hey Guys, Does anyone know an easy way to replace the alternator? I thought I had seen a shortcut on youtube at one point. I think the guy was taking it out from the bottom but I can't remember. Every way I look at it, it looks like it needs to come out from the top. Any helpful tricks or hints would be appreciated!! Thanks!
  12. Hey guys, Last night I changed my spark plugs and ignition coils. Put it back together and now it won't fire, like it isn't getting any spark. What can or should I be looking for? I went over the vacuum lines that I pulled, all connections into the ignition coils and it looks like everything is correct. I can't figure out what I'm missing. Thanks in advance!
  13. ryjaytay38

    01 Pathfinder Clicking noise

    I took the front drive shaft off and what do you know? Smooth as can be at 60, 70 80. I will have to figure out the shaft though and get it back on eventually, but at least for now I can drive it and not worry about the shaft coming apart going down the freeway. There's a place here in Phoenix called Dicks Driveshaft that seems pretty reputable. Thanks everyone for you help and input. I'll talk to you all when I decide what other kind of sticky situations I can get myself into with this truck. Thanks again--
  14. ryjaytay38

    01 Pathfinder Clicking noise

    Wow! This has been going on too long. So I figured the shaft was probably bent and went and got another at the salvage yard. Put that one on since u-joints felt good. Same vibration at 60. Put new u joints in that one, same vibration at 60. I had changed out plug and ignition coil. That made it vibrate, but this is clearly drive shaft. What would happen if front shaft was it all together? I've owned it since 2010 and never used 4 wheel drive so I don't think I'm getting rid of much if I don't have it. just wonder if it will affect any other parts or systems?
  15. ryjaytay38

    01 Pathfinder Clicking noise

    Good call. I'll switch around and see what happens.

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