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Yesterday we had a pretty sizable rain (at least for Los Angeles). That evening, I noticed a sloshing sound when coming to a stop. It seems to be coming from the front of the vehicle. I have not noticed this noise before. Anyone have any thoughts?
 

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Front of the vehicle? That is strange. There is nowhere for it to store. If its just sitting somewhere it should just evaporate but I doubt there is anywhere for the water to collect in a puddle. They design it so that it doesn't happen. Are you sure its not from the trunk?
 

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cfrp: It may well be coming from the rear of the vehicle. My wife believes that to be the case. The gas tank is 2 gallons down from full. I suppose it could be the gas?
 

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I think Nissan just cheaped out on putting a sound barrier between the gas tank and cabin. I have a couple cars that are like that, even when filling up fuel, being inside the vehicle as a passenger you can hear the gasoline being poured into the metal tank. Annoying.

it's nothing to worry about but if you really want to investigate it test drive another pathfinder.
 

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I have about 3000 Miles on my pathfinder. Never heard this sound. Do you drive off road? I probably play the music so loud and then everyone is talking all the time so I never heard it. When I drive it again I will turn off the music and listen...
 

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If there is a leak in the body there might be water in your trunk underneath the carpet.
 

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If there is a leak in the body there might be water in your trunk underneath the carpet.
That's a really rare thing, especially on new cars. Gas tanks and the whole gas tank assembly: pipes, lines, seals, etc... seat gasoline really well.

If there was a leak I bet he would of smelled it already, but I guess it's always good to check, never know.
 

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Keep an eye on the headliner, make sure it's not damp. My first PF had a missing bolt for the roof rack from the factory. An hour after I drove it off the lot, the headliner (toward the rear of the vehicle, near the hatch) was SOAKED. Needless to say, I turned that car right around and returned it to the dealership and took delivery of a different vehicle ;)
 
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Keep an eye on the headliner, make sure it's not damp. My first PF had a missing bolt for the roof rack from the factory. An hour after I drove it off the lot, the headliner (toward the rear of the vehicle, near the hatch) was SOAKED. Needless to say, I turned that car right around and returned it to the dealership and took delivery of a different vehicle ;)
You sir got luck it happened near the dealership and not when you were farther away. I know of some wet headliner horror stories, headliners that get so wet they depart from the roof. Be happy you didn't have to deal with that cause if it started falling of towards the rear, that would be a PITA
 

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You sir got luck it happened near the dealership and not when you were farther away. I know of some wet headliner horror stories, headliners that get so wet they depart from the roof. Be happy you didn't have to deal with that cause if it started falling of towards the rear, that would be a PITA
Oh yeah, I count my lucky stars that I noticed it right away. It just so happens that the dealer is about a block and a half from my work. I took delivery of it over lunch, then drove it back to the office. An hour later, I took a bunch of coworkers out to see it. When we got out to the parking lot, all of the windows were fogged up (no other car was like this) and then I opened the hatch to show my friends the auto-opener and one of them noticed a stain on the headliner.

Initially, they said they would fix it... but when I came to my senses, I demanded they replace it altogether.
 

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That's a really rare thing, especially on new cars. Gas tanks and the whole gas tank assembly: pipes, lines, seals, etc... seat gasoline really well.

If there was a leak I bet he would of smelled it already, but I guess it's always good to check, never know.
Not really. There are a few ways for water to get inside the trunk area. There is usually a vent around the rear wheels for venting air out of the cabin but if it rains hard enough I find some water will get in (this is one another car though)

And there are many seals and gaskets that could lead to water accumulating in the trunk. (trunk seals, tail light gaskets, etc)
 

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I think it was fuel in the tank as I have not noticed any damp areas. Given the number of problems with this vehicle, however, I would not be surprised if another problems appears.
 
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I think it was fuel in the tank as I have not noticed any damp areas. Given the number of problems with this vehicle, however, I would not be surprised if another problems appears.
im sure it is gas in the tank, a good number of cars have this "issue" nothing to worry about just an annoying sound. just gotta play your music louder to combat it LOl

if it really bothers some owners they can always install some sound barrier material to keep the sloshing noise away from the cabin.
 

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Actually I've never heard my gas slosh around on any car I've ever owned or cars I've driven.
 

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same noise

i have 6k on my base 13 pathfinder..and I have the same noise issue, when coming to a stop , light braking, especially when moving in and out of a parking space,,:mad:
 

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People, please take a deep breath and step away from the ledge. For weight distribution in the new pathfinder the gas tank runs parallel with the car all the way up the driver side to the back of the front seat. You are hearing gas slosh. If you don't believe me, crouch under and take a look for yourself. Because of the spare tire placement the tank is not all the way in the back. There is no problem with your vehicles, although there are several on here that what you to believe there is!
 
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