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Mbear12



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:39 am    Post subject: Towing with a 2014 Pathfinder Reply with quote

I added the hitch when we bought it...have towed a smaller trailer long distance but not something this heavy. I think a trans cooler was standard on the Pathfinders from 2013 models but can’t confirm this. It does have AWD.
Thanks for your help.
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JayArras



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard the same also. Have you tried contacting a dealer service department to confirm?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Towing w 2014 Pathfinder Reply with quote

Getting the transmission serviced this week....will know for sure about the trans cooler....will post the answer.

I understand from this forum that the CVT belt changed from rubber to steel in 14 models.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Towing w 2014 Pathfinder Reply with quote

Getting the transmission serviced this week....will know for sure about the trans cooler....will post the answer.

I understand from this forum that the CVT belt changed from rubber to steel in 14 models.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: Towing w 2014 Pathfinder Reply with quote

Mbear12 wrote:
Getting the transmission serviced this week....will know for sure about the trans cooler....will post the answer.

I understand from this forum that the CVT belt changed from rubber to steel in 14 models.


From a certain model year on all the V6s from Nissan had the steel belts in the CVT.

It may have been 14, yes.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On another Pathfinder forum, there was a discussion about this, and here is what was said about the CVT in Nissan's models:

The prior CVTs were belt driven, and they were known to be highly problematic in their earlier incarnations in both the Altima and the Murano. In fact, Nissan had to extend the powertrain warranty to 10 years / 100K to further instill consumer confidence. They were doing this all the way up into the 2010 model year. At some point, they discontinued the practice.

For the (R52) Pathfinder, Nissan redesigned the CVT to use a chain. The intent was to increase towing capacity to make it competitive in the class. The (Infiniti) JX35, though a platform-mate, continued to use the earlier belt-driven CVT up until 2014 when the name was changed to QX60. As soon as Nissan made that change, the QX60 started exhibiting similar symptoms. (the shudder)

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