Nissan Pick-ups and Pathfinder 1989-1995



See Figures 1 and 2

Refer to the illustration for correct placement of a floor jack or safety stands. A good hydraulic floor jack is worth the investment when working on your vehicle.

Your truck is equipped with either a pantograph-type (scissors) jack, or a screw-type (bottle) jack. The jack should be placed under the side of the truck so that it fits into the notch in the vertical rocker panel flange nearest the wheel to be changed. These jacking notches are located approximately 8 in. (20cm) from the wheel opening on the rocker panel flanges.

On 4wd models equipped with a bottle jack, be sure to put the adapter on the jack when raising the front of the vehicle. However, do not use the adapter when raising the rear of the vehicle.

When raising the truck with a scissors or bottle jack, follow these precautions:

Never crawl under the vehicle while it is supported only by the jack
Use the jack provided with the vehicle; DO NOT attempt to raise the vehicle using a bumper jack
Use only the designated jacking points
Never jack up the vehicle more than necessary
Never use blocks on or under the jack
Do not start or run the engine while the vehicle is on the jack
Do not allow passengers to stay in the truck while it is on the jack
On models equipped with a limited slip differential, NEVER run the engine with one rear wheel off the ground; this may cause the vehicle to move

If you're going to work beneath the vehicle, always support it on safety stands. NEVER use cinder blocks, as they could crumble, causing personal injury or death.

  1. Park the truck on a firm, level spot. Put the gear selector in P (PARK) for an automatic transmission, or in Reverse for a manual transmission.
  3. Apply the parking brake, then block the front and rear of the wheel that is diagonally opposite the wheel being changed.
  5. If applicable, position the adapter on the bottle jack.

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Fig. Fig. 1: When using a floor jack and/or safety stands, always position them as shown

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Fig. Fig. 2: When using a bottle jack, always position it as shown

  1. Place the jack directly beneath the designated jacking point.
  3. Loosen each wheel lug nut one or two turns with the wheel nut wrench.

Do not remove the wheel nuts until the tire is off the ground.

  1. Carefully raise the vehicle until the tire clears the ground.
  3. Remove the wheel nuts, then remove the wheel. Do not remove the brake drum with the wheel.

To install the wheel:
  1. Clean any mud or dirt from the surface between the wheel and hub.
  3. Place the wheel over the studs, then tighten the wheel nuts finger-tight.
  5. Using the wheel nut wrench, turn the wheel nuts alternately and evenly until they are tight.
  7. Lower the vehicle slowly until the tire touches the ground. Again tighten the wheel nuts securely in a crisscross pattern. As soon as possible, retighten the wheel nuts to their specified torque with a torque wrench.