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    1988 Nissan Pathfinder SE 290,000 miles
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  1. Okay what I was looking at earlier wasn't the resistor. My resistor was all taped up to where I couldn't see it, so I was able to test it and it appears to be good as the resistance is right at 2.2k ohms. I'm thinking my gauge must be on the brink. Thank you!
  2. Okay thanks for clearing that up. So I found the connector that goes to what I think is the resistor pack which has four wires including the white wire. I wasn't sure which other wire besides the white wire to hook my meter up to to test resistance, so I tested the other 3 and against the white one and the only resistance reading I got was 1,460 ohms between the white wire and the blk/white wire below it (as seen in the crude diagram below). So the resistance is supposed to be 2.2k ohms? Since my reading is not 2.2k or really all that close I'm guessing my resistor pack may possibly be causing the issue then? White Blk/white Blk/white Blue
  3. Okay I found the wire you were talking about, and the wire itself was just about to break off from the plastic connecter. So I fixed it, but the tach still worked on and off with it unplugged, and I'm still having the same problems with the repaired wire. I'm just curious as to where actually the tach receives it's signal from? I'm thinking the issue is with whatever sends the signal, because the tach never jumps or reads incorrectly it just seems to loose the signal from the wire and then eventually get it back.
  4. Oh so the tach has a connection to the distributor as well? And where is this ground/single wire you mentioned?
  5. Try putting your transmission in neutral when shifting from 2wd to 4wd and vice versa. I don't think you technically have to since its supposed to be shift on the fly, but it just seems easier on things.
  6. Here recently my tachometer has been acting up. I noticed while driving one day the needle just dropped down to 0, stayed there for a while, and then started working just fine again. This happens every now and then and it seems to be totally random, and sometimes stays not working for a while and sometimes not long at all. I took the instrument cluster out and checked all the connections and the screws that hold the tach to the plastic case and circuit board. Based on the wiring diagram I have the tach gets its signal from the coil? I checked these connections too and they were clean and tight, so I'm not sure of really what else to check. Any thoughts greatly appreciated, thanks!
  7. Yep the 4 wheel drive systems, excluding the 4wd indicator light, is all mechanical. Its possible that there is a problem with the auto locking hubs, or maybe a linkage problem with the lever. Not too sure, but I'm sure someone with more knocklege will be able to help you out. Good luck!
  8. Michelin Hydro edge tires if they make them in the size you need. They are pretty pricey, but they last forever and perform very well.
  9. And for some reason people can't understand why I like these vehicles so much...
  10. What he said, I had this exact problem.
  11. I think usually the rubber comes unglued from the metal bracket that is attached to the frame, at least thats what happened in my case. I went to the junkyard a got a pair for next to nothing. The problem is that the bolts that hold the brackets on tend to be very rusty and break inside the frame, and it's a pain to drill out because of the small clearance between the axle and frame. I just spot welded mine back in place, however I was hesitant to weld to the frame since you aren't supposed to do that. So I welded to the top spring tower and tried to keep off the main frame. They have held up very well. I would recommend putting something back on there because if you have much weight at all in the back and your suspension is a little weak, your tires will rub the fenderwells.
  12. Yeah you're lucky to have one in that shape. Originally it was from PA (long long time ago) and it has been to the beach several times which hasn't helped things. Just about all of them at the junkyards are rusted out under the rear seats. If it were me I'd take the one you have and go get it rustproofed somewhere, because eventually you will start to notice rust popping up.
  13. If I'm not mistaken the fluid in the shock absorbers has some sort of magnetic material in it, which effects the flow of the fluid depending on the position of the switch. I think....
  14. The 88 we have is almost right at 300,000 miles and still runs incredibly. If these cars had better rust resistance they would probably last forever. Someday I would like to go and by a 2 door model from a very dry climate with no rust whatsoever. Then I'd undercoat and rust proof it like crazy, and I'd be set for a very long time...

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