Nissan Pathfinder Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly
Tips on Nissan Pathfinder Shock Absorber and Strut Assembly Cleaning and Maintenance
Nissan Pathfinder owners often relegate the maintenance of the shock absorbers and struts to their trusted mechanic, but there are some things you can do on your part to care for these suspension components. If you're game for some elbow grease, here are some key tips on how to care for and maintain your Nissan Pathfinder shock absorber and strut assembly:
- Hose dirt off.
Dirt, mud, and road salt can quickly build up around the shocks and struts especially if the SUV sees frequent use off-road. Aside from being unsightly, dirt and mud also tend to absorb water that can cause onset of rust. Road salt is also particularly corrosive as it can quickly wear down the metal and rubber seals, leading to dangerous leaks.
Once the shocks and struts get dirty, remove the wheels and cover the brake assembly with plastic sheeting taped in place. Next, using a garden hose set to high pressure, hose mud and debris off the shock and strut body. For hard-to-reach areas, use a stick and a stiff brush to dislodge any stubborn debris.
- Grease the suspension on a regular basis.
Lubricants can help minimize friction, therefore saving the shocks and struts from premature wear as well as shielding these parts from corrosion-inducing moisture. Ideally, the shocks and struts should be greased up every 10,000-15,000 miles (16,000–24,000 km). It should also be lubricated every time the underside is washed or whenever the tires have been changed or rotated. Make sure not to get the grease anywhere else on the vehicle. Oil on or near the exhaust pipes may vaporize and coat the oxygen sensor of the catalytic converter, resulting in inaccurate exhaust readings.
- Remove grease with engine cleaner.
While grease is good for the suspension, lubricant that's contaminated with dirt and other impurities can cause the seals to wear and the shock or strut body to rust. To fix this, spray the suspension with engine cleaner and rinse it off with a garden hose. Once it's clean, reapply a new layer of oil onto the shock and struts.