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Just picked up an 02 xe crew cab and turns out I could have spent a bit more time looking at things.

My To-Do list thus far:
1) New tires and rims
2) Passenger side window goes up but not down from the driver control (assume this is just a bad electrical contact)
3) Fix the hack job the previous owner did on the installation of fog lights.
4) Bad leak in high pressure AC line coming off of the compressor.
5) The front passenger side wheel sits about an inch further back than the driver side wheel.

The first three seem pretty straight forward. I believe replacing the AC line is as simple as throwing a new one on (line has zero pressure a couple days after charging it so I assume i'm good to take it apart?)

The one that I am really unsure of is #5. I crawled under the truck but didn't see anything obviously wrong. That said, I don't know what I should be looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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#5. I would start by picking like points to measure from on driver and passenger side and compare. Is it possible that it is a body misalignment versus a suspension or frame issue?
 

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Word!! What he said! ^^^^
 

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Just picked up an 02 xe crew cab and turns out I could have spent a bit more time looking at things.

My To-Do list thus far:
1) New tires and rims
2) Passenger side window goes up but not down from the driver control (assume this is just a bad electrical contact)
3) Fix the hack job the previous owner did on the installation of fog lights.
4) Bad leak in high pressure AC line coming off of the compressor.
5) The front passenger side wheel sits about an inch further back than the driver side wheel.

The first three seem pretty straight forward. I believe replacing the AC line is as simple as throwing a new one on (line has zero pressure a couple days after charging it so I assume i'm good to take it apart?)

The one that I am really unsure of is #5. I crawled under the truck but didn't see anything obviously wrong. That said, I don't know what I should be looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for the post.. Gives me another thing to look at..

I am going to another state on Friday to look at a 2002 SC long Bed with 105,000 miles. Will be sure to look at the issue you mentioned.

As this is my first Nissan and small truck, any one with suggestions on what to look for will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Bob
 

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Just crawled under the truck again to measure things. Strange that when I measure from similar points on the control arm to the frame, the measurements are consistent. I did the same for the body and again, the measurements are consistent.

Nothing looks bent, taking it in for an alignment in the morning.
 

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Update:. Alignment guy said theres hothibg he can do to correct the offset. Said it's likely a bent part (coulde see if one) or a frame issue.

Has anyone on here had a frame pull done? What does that cost... I imagine it's not cheap.
 

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Update:. Alignment guy said theres hothibg he can do to correct the offset. Said it's likely a bent part (coulde see if one) or a frame issue.

Has anyone on here had a frame pull done? What does that cost... I imagine it's not cheap.
Was the truck in alignment? And as a follow up, does it pull or track badly.
I'm sure this is not your issue, since you had an alignment guy look at it. But when my son was in college he had to get a new tire, afterwords he complained to me, when he came home, about it not handling right, I looked could see nothing wrong. Took a few head scratches and a trip to a friends house who is a mechanic, and to make a long story short, we finally found, that they sold him a slightly smaller tire. Replaced, issue gone.
 

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I've still gotta follow up with the tech who looked at it. Id be surprised if it is aligned correctly. It does track a bit.

The question is, if it's not an alignment issue causing the wheel backset then what is it?

I imagine if a bent part was responsible then it would be fairly easy to spot.
 

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Just spitballin here. Does it track to the shorter side, (to the right since the passenger wheel is closer to the back) I'm almost wondering if you have a completely rusted and shot camber bushing that allowed the shift. These trucks have a reputation for having to cut off upper control arm bolts to replace, bolts and bushings, for alignment. My alignment is pretty good, but I can't have it aligned without replacing the upper control arm bolts, and camber bushings. I'm toying with a lift from Rancho. When the time comes. Good luck.
 

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Just picked up an 02 xe crew cab and turns out I could have spent a bit more time looking at things.

My To-Do list thus far:
1) New tires and rims
2) Passenger side window goes up but not down from the driver control (assume this is just a bad electrical contact)
3) Fix the hack job the previous owner did on the installation of fog lights.
4) Bad leak in high pressure AC line coming off of the compressor.
5) The front passenger side wheel sits about an inch further back than the driver side wheel.

The first three seem pretty straight forward. I believe replacing the AC line is as simple as throwing a new one on (line has zero pressure a couple days after charging it so I assume i'm good to take it apart?)

The one that I am really unsure of is #5. I crawled under the truck but didn't see anything obviously wrong. That said, I don't know what I should be looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Bob, on item #4. There's more to repairing A/C system than folks realize. Once you replace the bad components you have to pull a vacuum on the system before you charge it. Item #5, if you took your truck to a place like Firestone or Pepboys these mechanics aren't always specialists. Sometimes it's better to go to a shop that specializes in suspension systems. You pay more but you normally have guys that really are able to troubleshoot problems. I hope you're able to find your problem and move to enjoying your truck
 

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Alright, it all came down to a massive amount mud pressed between the flaps and fender (enough to pull screws out of their holes). It's a bit embarrassing that this took as much effort as it did. At least its not a big $$ issue.
 

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Alright, it all came down to a massive amount mud pressed between the flaps and fender (enough to pull screws out of their holes). It's a bit embarrassing that this took as much effort as it did. At least its not a big $$ issue.
A 4x4 caked with mud is never something to be embarrassed of ::wink::
 

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I just have to ask. Who spotted the mud problem?

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After the alignment guy said there was nothing he could do (but he couldn't see any bent parts) rather than screw with the alignment he just did I decided to start taking things apart at which point I quickly found the mud and sand.
 
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