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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair

My '92 Nissan Maxima SE automatic has been stalling frequently and various mechanics are unable to determine the problem.
-The situation: Car stalls at a red light while engaged in drive. If it is shifted into neutral it will not stall, however the tachometer will jump. Typically, (but not exclusively) this problem occurs when I have been driving at low speeds. Additionally, the car may sputter and knock while in city traffic. To alleviate this I must take my foot off of the accelerator and then depress it again. If I try to "gas it" through the problem it will only keep sputtering.
-Suggestions by mechanics: Clogged fuel lines (checked, not the problem), Fuel pump (checked and replaced, not the problem), Electrical ( one mechanic suggested replacing the engine harness wires. Costs about $1000).
Does anyone have a suggestion?
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  • My Maxima has been making a weird noise every time I start the engine in the morning. The noise occurs right after I start the engine. I have used 93 Octane gasoline for the three years I have owned the car. I took it to the dealership and they said that they couldn't duplicate the problem. This only occurs when the engine is cold. Is anybody out there having or have had the same problems?? PLEASE HELP!
  • I have a nissan 240 sx and I had the exact same problem you are having,, took it to three mechanics and they had no idea. finally we found out it was just a clutch switch,, hope that helps,, its cheap and easy to fix as far as I understand. If not then have them diagnose your cylinders or fuel injectors and one may be ready to be replaced. good luck! Amy
  • kdsaykdsay Posts: 2
    I was having the same problem, but my car is a "93 Maxima SE. It sounded like a rattling noise. Anyway, I took it to the dealer - they said it was the VTC sprockets that needed overhauled. Noise got better, but seemed to come back eventually. I just found out from another mechanic that there may be a crack in the sprocket causing the noise..I'm taking it back to the dealer next week. I hope this helps! My experience has certainly been frustrating, but makes it alittle more bearable if I can pass on the info to spare someone else! Good luck!
  • riceyricey Posts: 2
    Just read your problem with the noise. My wife's 97 Maxima does the same as did her 95. The VTC sprockets may need overhauling but usually it is the hydraulic dampers for the main chain drive for your two overhead cams. They work off oil pressure from the motor running and upon start-up they are not "charged" with oil and the main chain slaps a little until they get filled with oil. As they fill up they put pressure on the chain to "stiffen" it up. I've used Mobil 1 5W-30 to help lubricate them sooner and that seems to help a little. Cracks don't make noise and if the sprocket is cracked it would have failed by now because of the massive amounts of force they are subjected to while you accelerate. I hope this helps.
  • I accidently tried to re-start my motor while it was running. I guess the motor is so quite that I didn't realize it was already running. Does anyone think I might have damaged the starter or the motor? I have not noticed any problems but I am still concerned.
  • cbtechcbtech Posts: 3
    My Maxima is making the same noise. Dealership said it was the starter. I'm changing starter today. I'll post later if it stops noise.
  • jw18jw18 Posts: 1
    RichITF

    I did that a couple of times on my sentra and altima. Don't worry.

    Jerry
  • cbtechcbtech Posts: 3
    Changed starter today. Dealership wanted $350 for starter plus labor. I did it myself for $150. It took about 2 hours. Noise is gone. I'll post later if it comes back.
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    Change to a Purolator oil filter...the noise will go away. The noise you hear is oil starvation at start-up because the flow-back valves on NISSAN oil filters, FRAM and a few others are garbage. Change to Purolator, WIX, or MOBIL oil filter.

    Joe
  • vik3vik3 Posts: 1
    Hi, I just bought a Nissan maxima 95. I had a 94 before. The 95 makes a loud engine noise when i press on gas.Its is not too loud but it is a lot louder than the 94 i owned before. I was just wondering if its the new engine type or if there is a problem with my car. Thanks
  • kdsaykdsay Posts: 2
    Thanks for your help regarding the sprockets. What you described as far as the oil pressure is what another mechanic had told me some time ago...he is the one who told me to take it to the dealer in the first place. When the service manager lifted the hood and listened to the noise he said, "oh yeah, sounds like your sprockets..we've had alot of trouble with those." I called the first mechanic back and he said that could be true. My point being is that I agree with what you are saying and what another post said as far as the filter, mainly because the noise is still there. Do I have a case with the dealer if they say they fixed "a" problem, but I don't think they fixed "the" problem? It sounds like, by what you all are saying, there isn't much to do for this problem other than changing the filter or oil. True? Any thoughts on how to approach this with the dealer? Thanks.
  • gioia1gioia1 Posts: 1
    I have a 96 maxima-96k miles. A electrical short caused a fire in my trunk (next to gas tank). Service said they've never seen anything like it, and they don't know what could have caused it. Anybody have any ideas or has anyone had a similar problem?
  • edwardh5edwardh5 Posts: 130
    I fixed it by not using the Nissan filter.
    I use Pure One.Better anti backflow valve. No more clatter on cold start up.
  • I have a 1995 Nissan Maxima. Have had a intermittent problem over the years. It takes a least three tries to get the car started.( seems to only be in cold weather) They have changed the starter, battery, fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel resistor and rear computer and I still have the same problem. In one months time frame I had my car for about 3 days!!! Has anyone had the same problem? I posted in the wrong area more details under 1995 Nissan Max hard start problems.
    Thanks
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    Has the coolant temperature sensor been checked? The engine controller needs to know the engine temp to provide additional fuel for cold startup
  • qx4qx4 Posts: 99
    i have the exact same problem as djames1
    since the car had about 70,000kms the problem
    started. they replaced the starter 2 or 3 times
    under warranty. and it never fixed anything. and they never seemed to understand that.

    unfortunatly i have been busy for a while....the car has 175,000kms on it and the problem is still there. my extended warranty is over.

    when you i turn the key i don't get ANY response
    try again ... same......keep holding it and the car starts but the rpm drops and engine shuts off if i don't force the engine to be over 3000rpms.
  • Thank you for your responses...I don't think the coolant temperature sensor has been checked? They are getting a fuel specialist from Nissan to look at my car sometime next week. Yes I can relate they just don't seem to understand..Will keep you posted and I will look for more responses until then.........
  • itsgtitsgt Posts: 3
    I just purchased a 97 maxima at an auction...

    My 'soon service engine' light indicator on the front panel lights up.

    I had my mechanic check out my car, including engine, and he told me that everything was fine. Passed inspection 1st time also.

    Does this pose a serious problem, is it electrical, or what?

    thanks.
  • Thanks AMY t1976 for the suggestion. Since my first posting, I took the car to a top-notch mechanic who was sure that it needed to have the idle speed control solenoid replaced. He replaced it, then took it for a spin.....and it stalled again. He put my old solenoid back in and didn't charge me a cent. When I asked if I should bring the car back in next week he said, "No, it could be one of many things and we haven't got a clue." So items that have been checked include: fuel lines, fuel filter, idle speed solenoid, plugs. I love the car when it's cruising but at a stop light it will stall if engaged in drive and at low speeds it will occassionally sputter. If I can't correct the stalling the next stop for the car will be to donate it to a charity. Ah what happened to my old 1970 Camaro that always ran well?
  • I also have a 97 Maxima and have received the Service Engine Soon light (@28K). I took the car to the dealer and they said that it was a sensor and that it is not uncommon (though they couldn't explain why). Since it is covered under warranty, there was no charge. I also have experienced (alike everyone else) the engine noise and to no avail, it still continues after numerous trips to SEVERAL service departments. Hope this helps.
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