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Hood flutter at highway speeds

Just curious, does anyone else notice that their hood flutters quite a bit at highway speeds? It seems to be latched down pretty darned tightly, but I do see some road salt intrusion under the hood and signs of splashing, so I'm not sure that it's sealed quite right. Even still, there seems to be ample weatherstripping and again, the hood is cinched down pretty tight - it takes a good slam to close it.

Also, all the seams are perfect, not off-level at all anywhere around the perimeter and the gaps are uniform. This really has me scratching my head.

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Usually my wife drives the Pathfinder but I drove it twice this week, last being today and I have noticed this. I actually checked the hood on Thursday to see if it was latched down, which it was. Agree that it is tight but there is a slight flutter that one can see. Might ask the service department when first oil change comes due.
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Adjusted the stops down a bit. It didn't mess with the alignment at all, but the weatherstripping seems to compress a bit tighter. We'll see how it goes I guess. Next remedy will be to adjust the hood latch.

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Adjusted the stops down a bit. It didn't mess with the alignment at all, but the weatherstripping seems to compress a bit tighter. We'll see how it goes I guess. Next remedy will be to adjust the hood latch.
Yes ours did the same thing. When we took it in to have the CVT checked, the mechanics adjusted the hood and its fine now.
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Yeah, still fluttering, though I'm not sure if it's as bad as it was before. It could just be the skin flexing too. Not sure what to make of it as it is definitely cinched down / no give at all.

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Welp, I took off my hood deflector and guess what? No flutter.

It seems that the way the hood deflector juts out at the tip of the hood creates a lifting action. No hood deflector, problem solved.

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Mine does this on windy days. I figured with an open grill like the pf has a lot of air is going through there causing the hood to flutter. I thought this was normal.
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Adjusted the stops down a bit. It didn't mess with the alignment at all, but the weatherstripping seems to compress a bit tighter. We'll see how it goes I guess. Next remedy will be to adjust the hood latch.
It`s awesome that you`re trying to fix this issue yourself but have you tried taking it into the dealership. For all we know there could be many more 2013 pathfinder owners experiencing the same issues that aren`t on a community like this that have got the problem solved at the dealership.

Might just be some text book approach to this issue at the dealer.
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It`s awesome that you`re trying to fix this issue yourself but have you tried taking it into the dealership. For all we know there could be many more 2013 pathfinder owners experiencing the same issues that aren`t on a community like this that have got the problem solved at the dealership.

Might just be some text book approach to this issue at the dealer.
I haven't, only because I'm not due for my first service yet.

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My front hood on my Path also shakes. I will have Nissan dealership check it out.
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