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Nissan Pathhfinder diesel , have had problems with slip light

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Nissan Pathhfinder diesel , have had problems with slip light coming on for no apparent reason , dry conditions , dangerous on motorway as the vehicle slows down and have to pull over to hard shoulder happens many times . Nissan cam't seem to fix it , it is now draining my battery over night according to the a private vehicle electric diagnostic workshop , fear of taking the vehicle on to motorways . It been happening ever since I bought the vehicle from Nissan , very disappointed with the vehicle . Nissan just cannot fix the problem . Have been isolating the battery terminal for the past 2 years so that the battery does not drain .
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Matt replied 11 months ago.
Hello if you've got the slip light on then the quickest route to repair is to have the car plugged into a diagnostic machine which will read off the fault code stored in the ECU (providing the light is still on at this point) and indicate which sensor has failed or whether the fault is more serious. However with ABS systems 99% of the time its a problem with one of the wheel speed sensors and I'd first check the connections at all four corners first for any signs of corrosion or chafed wiring.The sensor is located in the wheel hub so you'll have to remove each wheel in turn to inspect them all.Also check that the toothed wheel that the sensor points to is clean and free of any debris.you can check each sensor's function by plugging the two output wires into an AC voltmeter and spinning the wheel quite quickly, you should get a voltage signal that increases with rev's. Its possible that the fault is only a bad connection to one of the wheel sensors.This may be remedied by removing each wheel in turn and unplugging each sensor and cleaning the contacts with a squirt of electrical contact cleaner. Then refitting.
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