this guide will show you how to fix the nissan pathfinder wobble problem with the suspension links. This turials contains step by step instruction with pictures as I repaired the suspension links to fix the wobble problem found on nissan pathfinders SUVs 
Eduardo - pathfinder owne
Sun Dec 07, 2008
Nissan pathfinder problems
i have a 1998 Nissan pathfinder, and I need to replace the upper and lower control arm links in the rear suspension because its not safe to drive because of the problem I am having. you see the problems I am having with this SUV is that when I am driving it rocks side to side and you feel like the car is going to roll over or something, its feels very unsafe when it does that. to fix it, I will have to replace the bushings.
upper and lower control arms are also known as links.
i went to the dealer and they told me there was a service bulletin on this. I bought both of the upper and lower control arms, the whole thing cost me $620 dollars.
then I went to my local equipment rental, and I rented a pneumatic impact wrench and an air compressor, it cost me $60 dollars for one day. you will need an impact wrench, otherwise, you will not be able to do this. the bolts are just to tight to remove them by hand, trust me, I tried.
I have created a complete list of all the tools I have used on this project. Please review this list I have put together so you can get them ready when you start tackling this project on your own. This will is very helpful. I wish i had all these tool ready before I started replacing the suspension links. Make sure you have them all
You cannot do this job without high impact sockets, I didn't have these, usually i don't do big jobs. I was thinking about just using the regular socket set i have at home, but trust me, you will need a set of high impact sockets. Otherwise, I don't recommend you go any further. For your safety.
Before we start, a little bit about me.. Hi my name is Eduardo, I am from the country of El Salvador. El Salvador is a small peaceful country in Central America. We have many Nissan cars there. I want to apologize for my English is not perfect. My primary language is Spanish.
the first step is to make sure you are aware of shop safety, you will be working under a car, proper safety should be practice. DISCLAIMER: I don't take responsibility for any injury you may have. this is tutorial is only meant as informational purposes, its up to you do the repairs. don't try this if you are unsure of any of the steps. Its best to pay a professional to do it. Now that you are aware of my disclaimer, lets get started, below is the step by step tutorial on how to replace the links on a Nissan Pathfinder:
Step By Step Tutorial
These are the steps you will need to complete in order to successfully replace the suspension links on your Nissan Pathfinder. Please note the the issue with the wobbling is the rear suspension. You do not have to do anything with the front suspension. I will show you each step I took. I included some pictures for each step so you can see exactly what I did. I know pictures help a lot. OK. Lets get started, Click on the Start button to begin this tutorial.
HERE IS THE TRICK. to neutralize the tension on the links, get your jack and put it on the axle. Raise it just enough as the tires get off the ground. raise the vehicle as soon at the tires come up from the ground:
Now that you've remove the brake cable and plastic cover to gas hose, you will have access to removing the bolts holding the lower and upper control arms. remove them and replace them with the new ones. as you can see from the last picture above, I replaced mine with the new one.
now once you have install the upper and lower control arms on the driver side, put back all the bolts your removed and put back everything together and install the tire. and move to the passenger side.
the passenger side will be easier. all you have to do is remove the two bolts holding the sway bar link. (green arrows)
NOTE: This picture shows two green arrows pointing to the two bolts, but its the bolts I am talking about are actually under neath the bolts the you see on the arrows on this picture.
installing and replacing these control arm links is straight forward process, you just have to be patient and not rush it and use the proper tools. here is a picture of where I had the air compressor while I worked on the truck next to my 300zx.
after the installation was complete, I went for a test drive, and it was amazing, the truck didn't have the problem of swaying back and forth side to side. It was great.
a cheaper alternative would be to replace the bushings only. each busing costs like $25 bucks. It will be much cheaper. the only problem is that in order to remove the bushings and install them in the control arms, you will have to take them to a machine shop to press them out and back in. you can't do this without a machine shop, that will probably cost you an additional $50 dollars. there are ways you can do it yourself, but the costs from the machine shop will be worth it, you wont have to deal with taking them out, plus it will also save you time in the long run, I recommend you take it to a machine shop. If you replace only the bushings, you will only spend 250 dollars instead of 650 dollars. I had to buy the control arms because I had to take a trip to Reno the following week, I couldn't wait, plus, since I have never done this before, I didn't want to take any chances. If you only replace the bushings, please take some pictures and post them here, I would appreciate any feedback or comments from you.
Pathfinder Suspension Diagram:
the whole thing I was able to replaced it in about 4 hours. Here is a diagram that will help you find where the parts are located and shows you the torque specs