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About keithb7

  • Birthday 05/21/1971

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  • Your Pathfinder Info
    1993 XE V6 with SE options added. Lego Stock rims. BFG A/T tires. Custom deer killer bush bar, Smittybuilt side steps. Tinted windows. JGC rear springs installed.
  • Mechanical Skill Level
    Standalone Tool Chest Mechanic
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  • What do you consider yourself?
    Rarely Go Off-Road
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  • Location
    Kamloops BC Canada
  • Interests
    Rock and Roll screamin guitars, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, almost anything with with horsepower and requires gasoline. Getting out with the RV and the dirt bikes.

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  1. You could test it by taking the steering column console off, and exposing the wires on the ignition switch, and testing it with a multi-meter. An aftermarket ignition swith is reasonably, priced and easy to change. If you suspect it, just order one from your local Pep-Boys or NAPA dealer and install it. Probably cost you about $35. Wiring problems can show a whole bunch of wacky symptoms, including your problem. There is a black wire with a yellow stripe from the ignition switch, that can be again found at a connection down beside the battery box. It goes from there into plastic loom, and travels along side the positive battery wire to the starter. You could check and see if a 12V signal is being sent when the ignition switch is turned. Could check it at the switch, at the connection near the battery box, and as well at the starter. You should have 12V at all points when the key is turned. I am not 100% sure, but I believe this 12V kicks in a built in relay on the starter, wich allows full amperage from the battery to turn the starter. I think I have narrowed down my problem to several corroded areas in the starting system. Including the ignition switch as shown above. I the negative battery cable is getting stiff and quite corroded inside, all this adds up to resistance and the starter needs all the amps your battery can give it.
  2. I took it apart so we could all see the wear and share it on here. I replaced the ognition switch today, and the intermittent starting problem is not solved. New starter, new battery and new ignition switch. Into it for about $500 now and still no fix. Pretty frustrating. I cannot seem to locate which relay is the starter relay, I'd probably try changing that if I knew which one it was. I have tried to find it in the Haynes Manual as well as the factory service manual, still unable to locate it. I tried pulling the main relay, the check relay, ignition , and accessory relay one at a time, and still the starter will crank over, so I figure I have not found it yet. Anyone know which one it is?
  3. I am experiencing the intermittent start problem with my 1993 V6 pathy. This is a Canadian model wo we don't have an interlock relay. I have replaced the starter with a new rebuilt, and also a new battery. Battery was negligable so I don't remind replacing it with new anyway. The problem is still persistant. I also swapped around the ignition relay with the accesory relay top see if there was any difference. There was not. I decided to go into the ignition switch. It appears to me the contacts are wearing. Attached here is a photo of 1/2 of the ignition switch. Both it, and the other half are well worn. I plan to replace the ignition switch and see what happens. Will let you know. Just for the sake of having this one file for others to see and possibly learn from, here is a photo of my iginition switch. Looks pretty worn to me. A point to mention is, the switch seems to be non-serviceable and is not supposed to come apart. I pried it apart to have a look inside. - Keith
  4. Thanks to all your input, I tackled my first 93 Pathfinder starter today. Had it replaced in record time (not counting all the time I spend reading this topic before I started). Starter came out quickly straight out the front over the torsion bar. You don't have to remove all the wiring to get the starter out this way, you can remove any wires once you get it fully out. A tip I did, that I did not read about on here was to carefully remove the rubber flaps in the inner wheel wells where they are pinned to the body. If you remove the RF wheel, part of the inner mud flaps, and the belly pan, the starter becomes fairly easy to remove.
  5. I downloaded and read the actual manual. It states to initially torque to about 125 ft lbs or so. Then back it off and re-torque to about 7 lbs I think it was. So I thought, why not try and remove with a screwdriver tip or an allen wrench. With only 7 lbs on it, it should come off easily. It did. No tool required for dis-assembly. I believe they want 125 lbs just to set the bearing in place. Then remove torque and re set at only 7 lbs. No need for a special tool for this. 2 drill bits and a hammer handle works fine to crank up and set the bearing in place. Back off tension, set by hand, then tap it slightly tight with a screwdriver and hammer. 7 lbs is not much. It all went back together with out any special tool. Upon researching this I don't think any special ordered or fabricated tools are required. We'll see I suppose. I re-packed the bearings but re-used he inner wheel seals. They looked great, besides my wife never takes the Pathfinder 20 mins beyond home. I am not overly concerned about wheel seals and bearings with these short trips. It's a second vehicle and only gets used in the winter. Thanks for your comments everyone. I too am now a firm believer in the old "2 screwdrivers" trick.
  6. I am trying to replace the front rotors, calipers and pads on my 1993 WD21 4x4. I cannot find the correct deep socket type tool to remove the bearing cover plate. I went to my local auto parts store and could not locate the right one. The closest I think is this one from OTC. See here: OTC Tool I would have to order this in, as they had no stock at any of their 100 stores here in Western Canada. Plus they want like $68 for it, plus tax. What did you use to remove the bearing plate? I could use some advice. Something that will accept a torque wrench would be preferred as I want to apply the correct amount of bearing pre-load on reassembly. Here is where I am stuck. You can see I need a tool with only 2 pins. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Keith
  7. My cool brother found a free bush guard from someone in the paper. Have no idea what it was designed to fit on. He fabricated some brackets and mounted in on the front of my 93. That was 3 or so years ago and it's held up great. Here is a shot from today.
  8. Any NPORA people in BC Canada? I was out 4x4'n today around the Kamloops area. Up Deadman Creek past Vidette and looped around to Batchelor Hills. Anyone else in my area frequent this site? Keith
  9. I own a 1993 Pathfinder. I found a good used 92 that has tranny problems. I can pick it up for cheap and was thinking I may buy it for spare parts. Are there many differences? Both have V6. Mine has cloth seats and most every other option. The spare one must be the top model as it has leather heated seats and a sunroof. How similar are these two pathfinders other than the obvious? Thanks.
  10. I need to replace the timing belt on my VG30. It's a 1993. I have done timing belts before on other engines, just not this one. I have a pretty extensive mechanical back ground so am pretty comfortable doing this myself. The problem is I don't have a shop repair manual. I had the 1994 manual on CD that I got off the net, but I cannot find it anywhere. Nor can I find a web site with it anymore. Does anyone have the proper shop manual? Would you be willing to attach the pages on the timing belt replacememt to an email and send to me? I think it is an adobe format, you should be able to email. Anyone? Much thanks. email to honda-deals@shaw.ca Thanks, Keith Kamloops, BC Canada
  11. I have been running Mobil 1 full synthetic 5W30 in winter, 10W30 in summer. 100% synthetic oil in the engine since the day I bought it. I change the oil 2X a year. Mar and Oct. She purrs and have had no problems since I bought it. Currently at 189,000 KM's.
  12. The Champion line of products that I have seen in Costco are made in China. I have not seen the winch but looked there at a Gen-Set and some other stuff. So take what you want from that. Me? I prefer to spend more and get a quality product that I can rely on for many years to come. (I spent 3X as much and bought a Honda Gen-Set).
  13. That crap is such a crock of s-it. We had photo radar here in BC but it would not hold up in the courts. It is no longer a problem here in BC. It's been scrapped. It's easy to say don't speed, not so easily done every minute of every day. Everyone at one time or another gets slightly distracted, or is late for a meeting, or your kid who needs stitches. You can try your darnest to be the world's best driver but that darn photo is still going to show up in your mail box one day. And you'll be furious.
  14. Good advise in cleaning the electrical contacts first, see if that fixes the problem. Otherwise getting at that reverse swith is not easy. I tried everything to get it out, I had no wrench in my large selection of tools, nor could I think of one I had ever seen. It is a very tight spot to get into with a wrench. I gave up and took it to a shop. I picked up a new switch from a UAP/NAPA store. Good luck.

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