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Nissan Pathfinder Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay in a 4th generation 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder.

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2016 Pathfinder Engine Bay
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Push In Tab - Release Clip
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Remove Fuse Box Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and probably also the updated 2017 model year) Nissan Pathfinder SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or a faulty relay in the electrical panels.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Sentra, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This 2016 Pathfinder SV was equipped with the relatively newer style of low profile mini blade fuses which can be purchased at any auto parts store, Walmart or online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the interior passenger compartment electrical panel.

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Gently Pull Back Clips
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Release Four Clips
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Lift Out Fuse Panel
The first step is to open the hood.

The main electrical panel is the largest square black plastic box located just to the right of the engine air filter box and behind the 12V automotive battery.

There is a smaller electrical box in front of the primary panel with a rectangular shaped cover and a triangular shaped cover.

Gently press in the tab on the front of the smaller fuse box to release the cover. Lift the cover and turn it over to view the fuse location diagram.

There is also a fuse location diagram in your owner's manual.

To access the fuses and relays in the primary electrical box, gently pull back the four retaining clips. There are two clips on the left side and two on the right side.

Lift the electrical panel out of the box and turn it over to access the fuses.

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Small Box - Left Rear
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Push In Tab To Release
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Fuse Box Cover Removed
There is another small rectangular shaped electrical box on the left (passenger) side of the engine just above the plastic engine cover and near the cowl (plastic below windshield).

Press in the release tab on the right side of the cover and pull it off.

There is a fuse and relay location diagram on the underside of the cover.

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Driver Side Dashboard
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Pull Out Access Cover
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Interior Electrical Block
To access the interior passenger compartment electrical panel, move to the left side of the dashboard near where the driver's left knee would reside.

Insert your fingers in to the slot on the access cover and gently pull it out of the dashboard.

There is a fuse location diagram on the other side of the access panel.



 

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White Plastic Fuse Puller
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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Remove the white plastic fuse puller tool from the left side of the interior passenger compartment electrical block.

Place the tool over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

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Hold Up To Light Bulb
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Push In New Fuse
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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
To check the old fuse, hold it up to a light bulb.

If the thin metal bar in the translucent plastic middle part of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, then it is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one.

If the thin metal band or "strip" seems to be intact, then the old fuse is probably still good.

Since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should be replaced as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

If you suspect that your issue is a faulty relay, you'll need to use a multi-meter tool to check it or you may find it easier to just swap in a new relay of the same amperage rating.

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25A) straight in to the socket.

(Older Pathfinder models might use the slightly taller mini blade fuses.)

Replace the fuse puller tool on to the left side of the interior electrical block.

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Fuse Location Diagram
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Re-Insert Access Cover
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Snap Panel In Place
Line up the access cover and gently pop it back in to place on the dashboard.
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Replace Fuse Block
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
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Replace Small Box Cover
Turn over the primary fuse block and push it down in to the box until the four retaining clips "click" securely in to place.

Replace the two smaller fuse box covers.

Check the electrical component you were having problems with such as the headlights, power windows, tail lights, horn, radio, windshield wipers, DVD entertainment system, A/C (air conditioning) system or the 12V power outlet.

If you are still having the same electrical issue, there might be a shorted wire somewhere or the component itself is faulty and will need to be replaced.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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