The Nissan Path Forum Index The Nissan Path
The World Wide Nissan Pathfinder Owner's Forum
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Use Google to search TheNissanPath forums ->
Towing with a 2014 Pathfinder
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Nissan Path Forum Index -> R52 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Mbear12



Joined: 27 Oct 2018
Posts: 4
Location: North Carolina

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.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumpah
Moderator


Joined: 20 Nov 2013
Posts: 157
Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut

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?
_________________
2013 Pathfinder SL w/Premium in Brilliant Silver
(replaces 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT)
2007 BMW 530xi in Sapphire Black
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mbear12



Joined: 27 Oct 2018
Posts: 4
Location: North Carolina

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.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mbear12



Joined: 27 Oct 2018
Posts: 4
Location: North Carolina

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.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
palmerwmd
Site Admin


Joined: 31 Jan 2017
Posts: 857
Location: Virginia

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.
_________________
"Rifle first, Rifle last, Rifle always"

2012 V6 4WD, in Grey over Grey
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumpah
Moderator


Joined: 20 Nov 2013
Posts: 157
Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut

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)

_________________
2013 Pathfinder SL w/Premium in Brilliant Silver
(replaces 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT)
2007 BMW 530xi in Sapphire Black
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Armourerdoug



Joined: 04 Jul 2019
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 2014 has cvt shudder at about 20mph when at low or very little throttle .
I towed my 1.8 ton Studebaker weasel on a 500kg trailer almost 3000 miles in 6 days last October, through the alps to Croatia and back, no overheating issues at all, but with the Tow mode engaged the mpg drops a lot 😄
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumpah
Moderator


Joined: 20 Nov 2013
Posts: 157
Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut

PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that Tow Mode does is increase the engine compression when descending hills so that you don't have to use the brakes that much. Other than that, it should not affect your mileage.
_________________
2013 Pathfinder SL w/Premium in Brilliant Silver
(replaces 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT)
2007 BMW 530xi in Sapphire Black
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Armourerdoug



Joined: 04 Jul 2019
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That’s strange as when driving if you push tow mode the revs increase as though it’s in a lower gear. Also the hand book says to use it at all times when towing so as not to damage the gearbox .
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Armourerdoug



Joined: 04 Jul 2019
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does in increase compression? That’s interesting
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
palmerwmd
Site Admin


Joined: 31 Jan 2017
Posts: 857
Location: Virginia

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Armourerdoug wrote:
How does in increase compression? That’s interesting


I think he means using the engines compression for engine braking.
I do not own a R52 and Grumpah knows alot about them but my expectation would also be higher revs to reduce lugging for engine and tranny
_________________
"Rifle first, Rifle last, Rifle always"

2012 V6 4WD, in Grey over Grey
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Armourerdoug



Joined: 04 Jul 2019
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep that makes sense, I’m new to CVT and know very little about it.
Thanks for your input guys Cool
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumpah
Moderator


Joined: 20 Nov 2013
Posts: 157
Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup! It's like downshifting a manual transmission to slow vehicle motion without using the brake in snowy conditions.
_________________
2013 Pathfinder SL w/Premium in Brilliant Silver
(replaces 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT)
2007 BMW 530xi in Sapphire Black
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Armourerdoug



Joined: 04 Jul 2019
Posts: 19

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it’s an automatic engine braking then? As hand book says to have the tow switch on all the time while towing
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Grumpah
Moderator


Joined: 20 Nov 2013
Posts: 157
Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you should keep it on while towing. It doesn't make sense to keep switching it on and off because you don't know when it's going to be needed on the upcoming road and it won't affect anything when it's not engaged.

Note that it will need to be turned back on after the vehicle ignition has been shut off, such as when you stop for gas.
_________________
2013 Pathfinder SL w/Premium in Brilliant Silver
(replaces 2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT EXT)
2007 BMW 530xi in Sapphire Black
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Nissan Path Forum Index -> R52 Engine, Driveline and Powertrain All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group