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1989 2wd 5spd 4cyl Nissan Hardbody

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Question From derekking21 on 1989 2wd 5spd 4cyl Nissan Hardbody

i have a 1989 2wd 5spd nissan hardbody. the transmission in this truck is bad. i have found a 5 spd. in a 96 nissan hardbody 2wd. 5spd. with this transmission being 7 years newer, will it still fit in my 1989 truck? i can give more info if needed to answer

Response From Discretesignals

Probably not. Which engine size are you working with?

Response From derekking21

4 cylinder

Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

Both the 1989 and 1996 use the same 5 sp transmission FS5W71C. I honestly don't know if there were any changes made such as the bell housing or how the clutch set up is. The only way you can really tell is a side by side comparison.

lights out

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Question From Guest on lights out

Quick and easy question here

Both my brake light and blinker light on the back right of my truck are out. they went out at the same time.

One person is telling me to change the bulbs.. but why would they both go out at the same time?

Another person is telling me to check a fuse.

Any recommendations? thanks.

Response From Guest Top Rated Answer

The vehicle is 95 nissan hardbody. I went and bought bulbs to raplace them... when i got home i removed the right light unit and saw that one of the two connections was unplugged. I checked the other side and it was plugged, so i hooked the right back up and it works. I had my truck painted withing the last year. I suspect that they might have removed the tail lights when painting and not hooked them both back up completely.

Response From DrElectrics

Easy win this time. Woo Hoo!!

Response From DrElectrics

Do your hazard lights work? If so, check your fuse. If not, let me know

Response From way2old

What kinda vehicle are we working on? Make it easier for us to find information.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Does this truck use Amber for directional? If just one bulb and red brake and directional suspect the bulb first. Multiple bulbs with these not working probably share the same ground that isn't making a good contact in that housing,


1993 Nissan Hardbody (KA24E) - Timing chain rattle, tensioner failure

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Question From Mattcooper93 on 1993 Nissan Hardbody (KA24E) - Timing chain rattle, tensioner failure


I have a 93 Hardbody with the 2.4L 4 Cylinder (KA24E). At the time this problem began, it had around 160k miles. It is now up to 201k.

This truck has been in the family for years, and for as long as I can remember, the engine would make a loud obnoxious rattle for about 2 or 3 seconds every time it was started cold. A little over a year ago, it got to the point where the rattle was heard faintly while driving. It became a little more of a problem as time went on.

One day as I was driving, the truck began to overheat. I pulled over and noticed that most if not all of my coolant was gone. I filled it with water and drove it home. This happened two more times before I checked my oil and noticed that that is where my coolant had gone... the oil level was twice as high as it should be, and was a light brown milkshake-ish texture. Perfect indication of a blown head gasket or cracked block, right?

Wrong...well, at least in this case. Once I started tearing down my engine to replace the head gasket, I noticed the cause of the rattle over the years. The timing chain tensionor had failed, and the timing chain was grinding into the back of the water pump housing/front cover, making a small hole and causing the water to mix with the oil... After some research, I found that this is a very common problem in this engines .

I replaced the timing chain, tensionor, sprockets, as well as the front cover. I also refilled the coolant and changed my oil, of course.

Now, over a year and around 30k miles later, this problem is coming back.

Has anyone found a solution to this? Clearly the tensioners in these engines aren't any count, but I'm also concerned that maybe it's not getting enough oil pressure to function properly? Any input is appreciated! Thanks!

Response From Hammer Time

You have over 200K on the odometer. You have to expect that the oil pressure is going to be less as everything wears.

Response From Mattcooper93

Any suggestions for improving it?

Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

Unless you just enjoy throwing money away, look for at least another engine if not a new truck.

What is this electrical piece?

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Question From jasonspelts on What is this electrical piece?

Hope I'm in the right place...

I have a 1993 Nissan Hardbody pickup truck (V6). Had a short behind the fusebox and burned a few wires all the way across the dash. Now I'm in the middle of replacing burned-up wiring.

One burned all the way to what I'd call a "jumper box". Here's the photos:

The wire burned all the way into the connector at that box. Problem is, I have no idea how to order a new box. Looking at the cover, it seems as though this "box" just connects wires together. But then I start thinking it might be some sort of relay, so just cutting the connecting wire with the new wire might not be such a good idea.

Can anyone tell me what this box is or does? Should I find a way to get a new one? Or can I just splice a replacement wire to whatever the old wire connected to?

ANY advice is greatly appreciated!


Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

I do believe your correct that it is a jumper connector. That can't be a relay because there are too many wires and it would be a lot taller.

It may have been a connector for an option that isn't installed in your truck, so they installed a jumper cover to keep the circuits complete.

You could cut the bare wire off a few inches from the back of the connector. Then solder another wire to it. Slide heat shrink over the joint and the bare wire. You could have corrosion issues though.

Another option is to find another Nissan in the salvage yard and look for a connector with the same style terminals. I'd cut the whole salvaged connector off with as much wire hanging off as possible. Then remove the terminal from the salvage yard connector and swap it out with the one in the truck's connector. Then all you have to do is make a splice.

Response From jasonspelts

Hey, thanks for that!

In the end I just cut the two wires and used a barrel connector, a temporary fix.

Now I'm on to the next problem...