• How to Fix Heater Piping for Rear Heater Nipple on Nissan Pathfinder | Part 92414 | Redneck Fixes

    by  • January 27, 2014 • Fun Stuff • 43 Comments

    I recently broke the nipple off of the heater hose assembly that connects to the heater core on my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.  In researching a replacement for the assembly (part 92414) I found that it was going to be between $180 to $250 to fix it.  In a failed attempt to look for just the piece that has the nipple, which is labeled 92415 on the schematic below (courtesy of Courtesy Parts) I was just about to purchase the entire assembly.

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    NIssan Pathfinder Heater Piping Assembly Schematic

    Nissan Pathfinder Heater Piping Assembly Schematic

    Then I got a call from my mechanic friend who was also trying to help me come up with a solution without having to buy the entire assembly.  He had a similar problem with a BMW that came into his shop and in speaking with a parts representative at O’Rielly Parts he was recommended Flow Mix Plastic Welder from VersaChem.  In trying it out on the BMW it worked great so we came up with a plan to fix my broken nipple.

    I purchased a 5/8 to 3/4 heater hose connector.  We then sawed off the connector just behind one of the lips, leaving about 2mm of connector behind the lip.  This created a perfect fit into where the nipple used to connect by creating a perfect union between the two lips.  We placed Plastic Welder on the inside just behind the lip so that we had a seal from the inside and inserted the hose connector into the opening of the other connector.  We then took the remaining amount of Plastic Welder and created a seal around the outside of where the two lips join.  (It’s best to have on latex style gloves when doing this)  Make sure to create the seal all the way around the connector.

    As you can see in the images below, the hose connector created a new nipple, which happens to stick out a bit further, and is stronger than the original nipple.

    We let the epoxy set for about 90 minutes before connecting the hose to it.  It’s been 4 days and it’s working like a charm.  There is no evidence of leaking at the seal.

     

    Flow Mix Plastic Welder by VersaChem

    Flow Mix Plastic Welder by VersaChem

    Broken Nipple - Before

    Broken Nipple – Before

    5/8 to 3/4 Hose Connector

    5/8 to 3/4 Hose Connector

     

    Fixed Nipple - After

    Fixed Nipple – After

     

    Good luck and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.

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    43 Responses to How to Fix Heater Piping for Rear Heater Nipple on Nissan Pathfinder | Part 92414 | Redneck Fixes

    1. jerry
      February 12, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Hey great write up. What about the bottom connection coming from the back heater core? The connection that goes on the bottom.

      • Tyler
        May 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Hey Jerry, sorry about the delayed response. I’d have to look at that piece again to see if it would work, but for the price, it could be an option worth trying.

        This isn’t designed to be a long term fix, but one that will get you buy until you can get it fixed properly.

    2. Chad
      April 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Hey Tyler,

      Great step by step instructions. worked great for me. I have been looking around for Ideas for this problem and yours was and is the best. The dealer wanted over $250.00 for the OEM part and this only cost me $11.00.

      Thanks again for the great advise.

      Chad

      • Tyler
        April 14, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        Hey Chad, I’m glad you were able to save some money! I was thrilled when my buddy Chris came up with the idea so I had to share it with others in hopes they’d benefit from this solution as well.

        Tyler

      • Ben
        September 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

        Thaks for posting this online! I have the same problem with my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE. I got the 5/8 to 3/4 Hose Connector from Autozone today for $2.99 and followed your instructions. I already have some JB Weld in my garage and I used it to bond the hose connector to the existing heater pipe together. It looks solid and will last a long time.

        Ben

        • Tyler
          January 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

          You’re welcome! I’m glad the fix worked for you.

      • lorrie
        March 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm

        My husband trying to fix my vehicle but is having problem finding the plastic connector have any idea where to find one

        • Tyler
          March 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm

          I believe I found that part at the hardware store.

          • Tyler
            March 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

            It could have been at the auto parts store also.

    3. Bob
      May 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Just thought I’d pass this along…

      Same thing just happened to my ’06 Pathfinder SE. I thought about trying this even before I saw your write-up today. I decided to do the opposite and suck it up and buy the OEM part. PITA to put on but I’m glad I did. Why? Because ALL the plastic crumbled on mine when I remove the old one. It was all dry-rotted. Imagine that. After only 6 years. 🙁

      I’ll be watching to see the longevity of this fix. The last thing I wanted to do was be on a trip to FL from NC and have another leak 500 miles from home. I can fix it myself (and did just this afternoon) if I’m at home but it’s not quite as easy and affordable at WDW. 😉

      I’m glad it worked for you but I’m glad I decided to “do it right.” Good luck. I’ll be watching for updates.

      No criticism. Just a different perspective.

      • Tyler
        May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

        Hey Bob, thanks for the comment! When mine broke we tested the remaining plastic to make sure it was secure, both before and after we applied the fix. Though, I don’t typically take my Pathfinder on long trips as my other car gets much better gas mileage. I expect that I’ll need to replace the whole OEM part in the next 6 months, but we’ll see.

        So far it’s held up well, even in this heat with the air conditioning running on full.

      • mayra rodriguez
        May 24, 2015 at 6:56 am

        How much did the part cost?? And did you have to go to the dealer?

      • Al
        August 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

        That was also my experience Bob. The plastic parts from the housing crumbled as I tried to take off the hoses. Its was a major PITA to arm wrestle the new assembly into place. Had to take the front passenger side wheel off to get better access. My pathfinder has been relatively trouble free up through 140k beside catalytic converters. Since then its been problem after problem but still better than a new car payment 🙂

        Hopefully all you Pathfinder owners have done the radiator bypass for the transmission cooling otherwise you will be in for a rude surprise down the road.

        When I see a circa 2005 pathfinder on the road, i am tempted to give a thumbs up because I know what the owner had to do to keep it running.

      • Simon Jardine
        March 2, 2017 at 5:10 am

        My company bought Nissan 2005 pathfinders; all experienced same problem after 100K. Some blew its engine block as water drained out and over heated
        Our vehicles were plagued with over heating issues due to failing materials at about 100,000 km. Its common knowledge the oil cooling heat exchanger will fail at 100K followed by radiator, aluminium block then hoses For all of our Nisaan vehicles over 100K, we placed audible overheating alarm as replacement part were outrageous.

        Needless to say, we no longer have Nissan issues

        • May 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

          You’ve got it in one. Codnul’t have put it better.

    4. rod baker
      June 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      My hose is fine bit the plastic housing broke and leaking antifreeze.

    5. Craig Whitehead
      July 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you very much for your idea. I used JB Weld instead of the plastic welder. However; my vehicle is now fix. I also used a 3/4 to 1/2 in plug no one had the 3/4 to 5/8 I just had to add more JB Weld. Thank you again, nissan wanted to much money. My full cost to fix was less than $15.00.

    6. July 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

      This is awesome! I did the same thing yesterday when trying to pull thw cam shaft sensor off the back of the block. A simple job turned into a nightmare. I had the same idea and this is complete validation that it works! For the time being, I was able to take a dremel and shave off the original lip so that the hose would slide over that, but I think this solution is a much more stable fix.
      Thanks for posting!
      Kevin

    7. yzrme@yahoo.com
      January 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      hey great post i just broke one. and yes all the plastic is brittle.sad design. so what i did was pull that hole piece and thru it away and put a 3\4 tee in place and a couple pieces of 3\4 hose problem solved. its the rest of that mess that will pose a problem down the road. good thing it isnt my car. good luck yall

    8. JO
      March 2, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks for sharing this idea Tyler. My neighbor just had the same problem this weekend; his mechanic was trying to fix something else and, I guess the guy put too much pressure on the hose and broke the inlet (or outlet) coupling (part 92415). Guy was thinking of buying a brand new part at the dealership and I told him about your fix. We just tried it, epoxy is setting right now and we will let you know how it turns out in a few days. We actually had to drill a hole in the coupling to make sure it will allow the coolant to flow from the bottom hose (92412). BTW, we did buy the 5/8 to 3/4 coupling. We are hoping this will buy us enough time to find a replacement part at a local junk yard ($50.00 – $75.00). The temporary fix, so far, came up to $3.15 for the coupling and $5.00 for the epoxy tubes 😉

      • Tyler
        March 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        Hey JO, I’m glad you were able to see my post and it helped you out! I hope it holds as well has mine has!

      • krystal
        October 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

        Jo did the epoxy hold? I just did this to my vehicle tonight but i used pvc pupe.. do u think the pvc pipe will b hold

    9. Francisco
      April 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you. I fixed my path. I broked too the another conection, I put a metalic 1/8 npt and 1/2″ hose.

    10. Jay
      June 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for posting. I performed this fix yesterday and worked like a charm. Saved me hundreds on parts and hours of labor. The original Nissan design is very poor.

      • Tyler
        June 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

        You’re welcome! I’m glad the fix worked for you!!!

    11. xiong
      June 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      This is just a poor design. I have a 2005 Pathfinder and having the same issue. Thanks for the comments. I will post up how I fix this issue in a few days.

    12. Lee
      August 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks for posting this DIY Fix. I did the repair like you suggested and it has worked great! Like the others are saying, the dealer wanted $211.00 for the part + $235.00 to install + the antifreeze ($20.00 a gallon”2″) + tax = $500.00(+)
      I did it all for $53.00. I had to buy the 5/8″ to 3/4″ connector, JB Weld Plastic, & 2 gallons of antifreeze.
      It seems stronger than the original, but I agree Nissan did not have a good design for this part!
      Thanks again for saving me hundreds of dollars!

    13. Dale
      October 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I love people who are resourceful AND share. Rediculous how Nissan makes you buy the entire assembly. They must know it’s faulty. If this holds the savings I guess will be about $450, saving tow, parts and labor. Hope my friend appreciates it. Some days I wish I was an attractive gal instead of a competent caring romantic FOOL. Somega will know what I mean.

    14. Israel
      November 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      I did what you said to do but took it a little further on my wifes 06 pathfinder. I notched the bottom of the fitting for the vertical line coming up so not to effect the flow to the rear of vehicle and made it so that i could slide the fitting in all the way

      • Steven
        January 28, 2016 at 9:53 pm

        Can you tell us how you did your fix?

    15. Tony
      December 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

      While tying to bypass the front heater core due to leaking,i broke three nipples off of the plastic manifold. I was attempting to remove the heater hoses. Might try this fix or find a metal tee and bypass the whole week WEEK design. I really don’t think that the oem will hold up either. Plastic and heat and cold don’t mix.thanks though for the post and being the guinea pig.

    16. Bill
      February 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      hey guys, thanks for write up, i did this fix to get home………plastic was brittle so went ahead and bought the entire part…….nissan in Chattanooga tn has entire assembly with heater control valve and rubber bends for rear heater for $260.67……OR a stripped down version with control valve and rubber pieces for $130…….also had strawberry milkshake in trans last year….. $3700 to replace trans with shift computer in 07 pukefinder…….so bypass your radiator cooler NOW if not already done……….appreciate the write up bro

      • Bill
        February 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm

        sorry meant stripped down version WITHOUT control valve and rubber bends for $130

    17. PaddyO
      February 2, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Tyler!! Just did this on my wife’s 2006 Pathfinder.

      I cut the 5/8″ (the smaller diameter) section off with a multi-tool, including its lip. I then used the multi-tool to shave off the little barbs remaining on the next-closest 3/4″ section. I sanded this section as well before it would slide in.

      Like Israel, I notched the bottom of the new coupler so I could insert further and still maintain the flow out the bottom connection.

      The little covered nipple on top of my original assembly also broke off, leaving a hole. The new connector covered about 3/4 of the hole when inserted fully, and JB Weld covered the rest. Also coated the inserted section with JB weld. The fit was tight (great!) so JB weld got pushed to the back to also form a nice layer at the lip union.

      Was hoping to attach pictures but doesn’t look like an option, so hopefully the description above is clear in case it helps someone else.

    18. Ben smith
      March 31, 2016 at 5:02 am

      I’ve created a permanent fix for roughly 60 dollars . Will post pics soon .

      Because even replacing with oem will inevitably fail again

      • Tyler
        May 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Awesome! I look forward to seeing the pics.

    19. May 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks a lot guys worked like a charm saved me 250$ did all steps instead of using plastic weld it didn’t work the first time so I got didn’t cut the pipe and I used the regular jb weld it has a higher psi …I put the glue on smaller end put it in glued around it let it set repeated until I ran out of glue

    20. Nichole Medeiros
      July 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Could this work on a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder for a while? until I get the money to fix out the whole part ? I just need it to work for about a month and a half .

    21. Anthony
      March 7, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Just had this happen…unfortunately I was trying to diagnose a misfire with the engine running, while doing so with my hand on the rear coil, this piece snapped off and I currently have a deep 2nd degree burn from the coolant. My hand was stuck and when the plastic nipple broke, I could not get it out in time. It covers about a 5″x7″ area on the back of my hand.

      Poor design and Ill be suffering for a while. Car is down until my paw gets better. Dr says 3-4 weeks.

    22. P
      April 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

      This post saved me about $600. Thanks Tyler. One small difference that worked for me was that I purchased a 3/4 by 3/4 heater hose connector. I sawed off the nipple on the end that goes into the fitting(not the heater hose end). I then sanded it down until it tightly fit into the connector. It took a lot of sanding, (I think down to about 11/16″), but I had to use use very little JB Weld. It has been working great for 4 weeks now. Thanks again.

      • Tyler
        April 6, 2017 at 10:13 am

        Glad you were able to save money with this fix! Thank you for sharing what you did to make it work for you.

      • Elise Jamison
        June 10, 2017 at 9:54 pm

        Is this still holding up?? I’m interested because the jbweld epoxy didn’t hold on mine due to heat.

        • Tyler
          August 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm

          Mine held for a couple years then I needed to have it replaced due to a different issue.

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