How To Replace A Pathfinder Radiator Fan Assembly

If you’ve got a bad radiator fan, the best thing to do is to replace it as soon as possible. Doing so will prevent your engine from overheating. Luckily, you can replace your Pathfinder’s radiator fan assembly like a pro as long as you follow the steps outlined below.

Project Basics

  • Vehicle: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder (but this tutorial can be applied to another Pathfinder model)
  • Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Time to complete: 30-60 minutes, depending on expertise
  • Tools: 10mm socket, T30 Torx socket

1. Order A Replacement Pathfinder Radiator Fan Assembly

Nissan radiator fan diagram

You could visit your Nissan dealership and order an OEM radiator fan assembly through them, but it’s so much cheaper online. In fact, we have genuine OEM radiator fan assemblies at wholesale prices. Take a look at a few examples of how much money you could save by ordering from us:

  • Fan assembly #92120-EA200 (for 2005-2007 Pathfinders) normally costs $130 at Nissan dealerships, but you can get it from us for only $91.
  • Fan assembly #92120-ZS20A (for 2008-2012 Pathfinders) normally costs $184 at Nissan dealerships, but you can get it from us for only $127.
  • Radiator assembly #21460-3JA0E (for 2013-2018 Pathfinders) normally costs $635 at Nissan dealerships, but you can get it from us for only $475.

You could also save money upfront with an aftermarket radiator fan assembly, but we don’t recommend it at all. An aftermarket radiator fan could actually cost you more money in the long run. Here’s why.

Once you have your replacement radiator fan, it's time to move on to step number 2.

2. Remove The Air Cleaner Assembly

There should be a 10mm bolt on each side of the air cleaner assembly. Remove these bolts and then carefully pop out the air cleaner.

3. Pull The Battery Out

Disconnect the positive and negative terminals. Remove the bolts holding the battery in place and then slide the battery right out. This step frees up enough room for you to access the radiator fan.

4. Remove The Bolts Holding The Radiator Fan In Place

Using a T30 Torx socket, remove all the bolts on the radiator fan assembly.

5. Disconnect The Controller Box From The Radiator Fan

Behind the radiator fan is a small silver controller box with three electrical wires connected to it. Push down on the tabs and then pull out all three wires. Next, remove the bolts holding the controller box in place and then pull it out.

6. Pull Out The Radiator Fan

At this point, you should be able to slide the radiator fan right out.

7. Install The New Radiator Fan

Install radiator fan

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The new radiator fan should come with a controller box, so you don’t have to worry about connecting the old one to it. To install the new radiator fan, basically do everything in reverse:

  1. Slide in the new radiator fan.
  2. Connect the electrical wires to the controller box.
  3. Bolt in the new radiator fan with the T30 Torx socket.
  4. Bolt in the battery and then connect the positive and negative terminals.
  5. Bolt in the air cleaner assembly.

Got any questions about replacing your radiator fan? Feel free to call us or shoot us an email!