3.0L Tdi Auto Patrol

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 13:24
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Help on two problems... driving a 2002 Patrol, done 59K, noticed two problems & wonder if anybody else experienced the same & maybe has an answer.
#1 On 2 occassions in 4 Low under heavy load up hill engine lost all power & would only idle, slip into N wait a few seconds & engine will build up revs as per normal. Problem occurred on different trips months apart.
#2 In 4 High at 40 KPH steering wheel jerked sharply from side to side & possible increase in noise from front drive train. Nothing obvious under body when briefly examined on a hoist by dealer.
In all other respects great vehicle, done many trips all over the Vic high country with great 4WD mate.
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Reply By: crowie - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:06

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:06

If yours is petrol I can't help - read no further.

You don't mention what engine you have. If it is the ZD3.0 diesel, the sort of problem you indicate in #1 was typical of some 2000 Series I models of this vehicle and was caused by a malfunctioning CPU which restricted turbo operation in the conditions you describe. As far as I know it only happened to Series I ZD30's built between June - November 2000. Myself and several people I know had problems very similar to this with the early models. We had to return the vehicle to the Dealer for testing. Nissan then made up it's mind whether to replace the unit. I had mine replaced and it is a totally different vehicle to the one I drive for the first six months.

It sounds like you probably have a Series II Patrol with whatever motor you have. If you do have a diesel I'm not suggesting a faulty CPU problem - but I would suggest it is probably in the same area. If you have the ZD30 or turbo
4.2 there may be something wrong with one of the senders or sensors and they have these for everything on the ZD30.

Could also be something as simple as a blocked fuel filter and I would start with replacing that if you haven't done so recently.

Can't think of anything in particular unless your steering damper has packed it in. Poor wheel alignment, excessive wear in the steering gear. Any number of possibilities. Steering damper might look okay on the outside. Should know anyway because steering would be heavy under all conditions.

The other problem my be the front hub bearings. Nissan never pack them with enough grease when new. I repacked adjusted mine well before before the 50000Km service.

Like you I have been really happy with mine. 55000 cliks and no real problems. Great economical and comfortable outback tourer.

Good luck

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:22

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:22
read the headin... 3.0 TDi
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Follow Up By: Ian - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:50

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:50
Thanks Crowie will take your suggestions to the guys looking at the vehicle - 3.0L Tdi engine assume Series 2
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Reply By: squiz - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:09

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:09
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Reply By: squiz - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:11

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:11
Could the second problem be you were on a good traction area
and the axals loaded up?
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:15

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:15

In addition to what Crowie said:

#1. Air Flow meter and sensor problems have been known too..particularly if not using OEM air filter....

#2. Could be a auto locking hub not having locked correctly or having been unlocked unintentionally by some backward movement? Regds

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Follow Up By: Ian - Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:53

Thursday, Aug 28, 2003 at 14:53
Thanks Bill & Squiz.. was on fair dirt track when i first noticed it. Will follow up on your advice
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