Nissan Xterra, Frontier, Pathfinder Squeaking Noise

The title is pretty broad for a squeaking noise. A car can make many squeaking noise throughout its lifetime but this squeaking noise in particular with Nissan Xterra, Pathfinder, and Frontier is unique. It sounds like a wild turkey under the hood when you drive over a bump. What’s the main cause? It’s a simple fix, an uneven rubber bumper under the hood.

You can find 3 of these rubber bumper under the hood at the front edge.

How do you imitate the sound? I noticed while standing outside and shutting the driver or passenger door can replicate the noise.

What’s the cause? Two things. Firstly, It’s the rubber rubbing against the metal frames that’s causing the turkey sound. I think since the rubber gets older, it’ll get harder and the noise will become apparent. Secondly, when driving the vibration is causing the rubber bumper to tighten into the hood giving it more room to move.

How to fix it? If you can, make sure you rotate it counterclockwise so that the rubber bumper comes out a little more so the hood doesn’t move and is tight when you shut it. Make sure you don’t adjust it too much or the hood will not be leveled to the fenders on the side.

Sadly, in my situation the rubber bumper was no longer tightening because it was getting old and warped.

Old vs New Rubber Bumper


Old rubber bumper. It wont stay in position when I adjust it.

New rubber bumper!

Lowest price I found was on Amazon! Part number is 65829-8J000. You can also try calling your local dealership, it might be cheaper.

I’ve been driving the Xterra for months after installing the rubber hood. It’s safe to say the annoying squeaking noise is gone!

9 thoughts on “Nissan Xterra, Frontier, Pathfinder Squeaking Noise”

  1. what about from the back? We’ve replaced the rotor, calipers, brake shows and rear shocks to know success. It is driving my crazy as that is her vehicle. 2006 Nissan Xterra – it is a rebuild.

  2. God bless the internet! A very detailed search turned up this article and it was exactly what I needed to fix the squeak in my Frontier. Thank you for this article!

  3. Just wanted to say thank you so much! I thought I was going to have to take it in for a complicated suspension repair or something, but this solved the problem immediately!


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