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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair

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  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    Timing chain, actually 3 of them. Usually last for the life of the engine.
  • hdaohdao Posts: 20
    95-99 Maxima don't have timing belt. They have timing chain and should be last for the life of your car.
  • hdaohdao Posts: 20
    Lori, I have the same problem with my 99 Maxima. Mine also has about 88k miles. The engine is stalling like misfire at low RPM every time I stop at traffic, especially with A/C on. Since the Service Engine Soon light is not on, I rule out the ignition coil and mass air flow (MAF) problem. Did you have your car fixed? How? Thanks
  • ambrosjbambrosjb Posts: 3
    Hi there, I have a 95 Max, 130,000 miles 5 spd with the same exact problem. So far I have changed the starter, battery and ignition relay (the one inside the car with the other fuses) and also switched around the relays inside the engine compartment to see if any of them were bad. I wish I had an exact solution to the problem. This may sound stupid, but for some reason if you rock the car pretty hard from inside while you hold the key in start and hold clutch down, you have a greater chance of it starting. That leads me to believe it's a loose connection somewhere. I read on a couple of other forums that it could be the ignition switch. I'm hoping it's something a little simpler, because the last thing I want to do is change my key on my locks and ignition. Please keep me posted if you find out anything and I will do the same.
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    Well, if rocking the car makes it start, it's possible that the culprit is your starter solenoid. I've this problem on my '97 Max, and I also heard from other owners with the same symptoms and the same resolution. Next time it does it, try to tap the starter with something, like a tire wrench. The solenoid gets stuck, and if it doesn't engage, the starter won't turn. At that point, it might be better to replace the entire starter (with the solenoid). It's a fairly easy job for someone with basic skills. (Hey, I've done it :-))
  • ambrosjbambrosjb Posts: 3
    I actually discovered my problem as of this past Sunday. It was the ignition switch that was bad. However, my problem was unique. I had an aftermarket keyless entry done by BestBuy and they did an awful job wiring the thing into my car... I found two random wires twisted onto and electrical taped to two wires on my ignition switch. My theory is that in heat the tape would loosen and the twisted wires would lose their connection. Hence the no start. Shaking the car would cause the loose wires to connect and the car to turn over. Once I put the new ignition switch in, no problems whatsoever. Only problem now is that the keyless entry doesn't work because I didn't reconnect the rogue wires. I plan on giving BestBuy a call and giving them a piece of my mind about how their shoddy wiring cost my over $200 in a new starter, new battery, and new starter relay... In retrospect, I probably didn't need the new ignition switch either. Just needed to clean up their wiring. Hopefully this helps someone out there.
  • I have a 180K mile nissan maxima. I have had trouble with it starting lately and when you give it some gas it starts fine. Other times after sitting in the parking lot for 4+ hours where it is unshaded and very hot, the car will shut off while going over speed bumps or coming to a stop. :sick:
    The dealer could not diagnose the problem b/c they could not replicate it. The battery connections are good and the engine seems to be running well. I am pretty sure that it is not the starter. Perhaps ignition switch or ignition relay??? Please help ... need to car to get me through grad school.
  • 95max295max2 Posts: 9
    Thanks I will try this.
  • 95max295max2 Posts: 9
    It has a timing chain, and should be change a 200K
  • 95max295max2 Posts: 9
    Sometime my 95 Max takes about 10-15 minutes to restart when it gets warm, sometime it shuts off when pulling off. I changed my gas pump. No I am scared to go on long drives with the car, please help!!!!!
  • terraboiterraboi Posts: 2
    Can someone pls respond and help me, I'm in TX and it's hot!!!
  • tobinaztobinaz Posts: 4
    you may find answers at maxima.org good luck
  • acarbyacarby Posts: 2
    THIS IS TO ANYONE WHO IS HAVING THE PROBLEM WITH STARTING THEIR MAXIMA! I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM, AND I FOUND THAT IF YOU PUT SOME FORCE ON TURNING THE KEY TO YOUR IGNITION IT WILL START EVERYTIME. THERE IS A FAULY IN THE IGNITON UNIT IS MOST NISSAN MAXIMAS THAT HAS BEEN UNDISCOVERD. I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM SENSE I STARTED TURNING THE KEY WITH MORE FORCE!..TRY IT AND GET BACK TO ME!
  • hdaohdao Posts: 20
    Did you have your Maxima stalling problem fixed? What caused the problem? Any advice will be appreciated since my 1999 Maxima having the same problem but the Service Engine Soon light does not come up.
  • juandafuljuandaful Posts: 1
    Hello, I have had the same problem with my 2004 Max I bought it new in Mar04. It has 46,000 mile on it. I was unable to get a jump from another vehicle however, I was able to get a jump once the tow company came. They were able to jump the car however once I turned the car off it wouldn't start again. I attempt to get another jump from another person again it wouldn't jump it again. Therefore someone else assisted me with the jumper kit and it worked. However, once I got home and turned it off, I was unable to restart it. This is crazy!!! I have found other people that is having the same problem, did the start fix the problem? Please let me know. Thanks!
  • 04mxasl04mxasl Posts: 3
    I had a similiar problem and it turned out that I needed to repleace the starter but I think your issue might be the battery instead when you try to start the car can your headlights come on?? If your headlights and dashboard lights can come on then it will probably be a problem with the starter.
  • madmax01madmax01 Posts: 1
    Can anyone give me a how-to on changing spark plugs on my 01 Max. Any help will be greatly appreciated
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    the front 3 are easy, you remove the plastic cover by the oil cap, which is held in place by 6 or 8 screws. You will then see the 3 iginition coils. There is one screw holding each ignition coil in place, take it out, carefully disconnect the coil from the harness and pull the coil out. The spark plug is in the ignition coil well, you will need a long extension for your spark plug socket to get it out. That's it for the front 3, the rear 3 are more difficult to get to but the concept is the same, locate the ignition coils, take out the screw holding them, disconnect the coils and carefully pull them out. You may need to to temporarily move some cables or disconnect some sensors to get to the rear ones, this really depends on the extensions you have for your spark plug socket. I worked with one long extension and it was difficult... Good luck.

    Oh yes, advise, remove one coil and replace one plug at a time and start the car after each one is done to check for any shaking, this way you will know if you did something wrong and with which plug/coil.
  • A couple of days ago my '95 Max started trying to stall when I would get up to about 30 mph. I thought maybe I just had trash in my line because it stopped until today. I was sitting in the drive thru at lunch and the car just died. :blush: It started again and as long as I kept my foot on the gas it was fine. It is also making some kind of noise while it is trying to stall. It jerks very hard, like I hit the breaks, even at 40-45 mph. I was told it could possibly be the fuel pump. Any suggestions? I will be happy to answer any questions, but as my name says... I don't know cars. :)
  • My '95 Max gets stuck in park. The safety (shifter ??) button will not push in. It takes brute force to get it out of park. I am having to leave the car in neutral so I am unable to put the ignition in the lock position and can't lock the doors. Any suggestions? Besides buying a new car... Any help will be greatly appreciated. :-)
  • kposty007kposty007 Posts: 5
    MY '02 MAXIMA JUST STARTED MAKING NOISE UPON COLD STARTING! I IMAGINE ITS THE STARTER ANY IDEAS?
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    wining sound may be a starter or belt
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    Hi, got some buring smell (sulfur) from my Max 2K front undercarriage after driving 80 miles on a highway. I thought it was transmission or hot breaks but everything looked fine. Next day I got service engine soon light with code P0430. I also notice some power loss when going up hill. The code is for Left Bank(B2) three way catalyst function. The car is still under 80K emissions warranty and the cats are covered. I want to take it to a dealer to get the pre-cat replaced for free but I heard that they like to replace the cats along with both heated oxygen sensors. I am pretty sure it's the front pre-cat based on symptoms and code. Anyone has any idea how to pursuade the dealer to replace the cat only? The dealer wants to charge $100 for diagnostic and it will be refunded if it's just the cat but I am sure they will say that both O2 have to be done as well...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Be careful here. Replacing the cat may only cure the symptom, not the cause. The cat could be freaking out from an over-rich fuel mixture and the smell is only a call for help. This car needs to go on the air/fuel meter or else the problem could recur IMO.

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  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    Yes, but wouldn't I get a code or at least a pending code for mixture being rich if that was the case. I would expect to get something like P0175 for a rich mixture. The code I got, the P0430 does not list over-rich mixture as one of the possible causes, and not even oxygen sensors for that matter... I don't know, that's the reason I don't want to take it to a dealer, this is all open for debate and I don't trust the dealer to do proper diagnostic and tell me the truth. My personal opinion for the cause of catalytic error code - I had the infamous P1320 not long ago and had to replace all 6 coils, the cat may have gotten fouled at that time since I drove some few miles before replacing the coils.
  • maximafanmaximafan Posts: 592
    If it's a whining noise, does it also happen
    when you're turning the wheel or just from a
    cold start? I had this noise on my '02 Max
    and it would happen on a cold start and I
    noticed when I was turning the wheel to
    approach the upramps in my parking garage, I
    could hear it. I decided to check the level
    on my power steering fluid. Alas, it was
    pretty low. My neighbor filled it back up
    and the noise has stopped. I'm waiting to hear
    from my mechanic who said that the hose that
    goes to the power steering pump, or whatever,
    has a leak. He has to order the hose since he
    doesn't have one in stock. Other than
    replacing the "evil" rear 02 sensors, the car
    hasn't had any problems in four years, 60,000
    miles. Good luck and hope your problem gets
    solved and without too much expense!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,549
    Well you could be right...the problem is that the computer doesn't tell you what to fix...no car computer identifies precisely the defective component...it only tells you the system or circuit affected.

    Now cats do fail in normal use, but usually that takes quite a lot of mileage. If the failure is premature, one has to logically at least suspect an outside cause. 02 sensors do wear out.

    but even a code for an 02 sensor doesn't mean your 02 sensor is bad. Lots of people waste money on that code.

    ah, well, maybe I'm just being over-analytical and the simplest explanation might be the correct one. Just throwing ideas out. I'm just a little skeptical of early cat failures.

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  • kposty007kposty007 Posts: 5
    ITS A METAL SOUND. I READ THAT THERE IS A LITTLE ARM THAT STARTS IT UP AND IF IT DOESN'T RETRACT IT MAKES THAT NOISE SO I ASSUME I'M GONNA HAVE TO REPLACE THE STARTER.?
  • I have a low sounding grinding noise that come and goes-- I had new brakes front and rear- The tires are ok-- the noise seam more evident at low speeds-- I would think its the tires but the noise goes away
    96k miles
    any ideas?
  • sriramsasriramsa Posts: 1
    Hi - I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE - have not driven it much though, its just at 29,500 miles. For the last 2 days, suddenly its showing the "Service Engine soon" message - sometimes along with the "Slip" and "TCS Off" messages. Everything works well though and it drives perfectly fine - I am thinking that it shows this message to remind me of the upcoming 30,000 mile servicing ?!?! Can someone pls confirm this.

    Anyway, I am planning to take it for 30K mile servicing this weekend - want to know if the problem could be something else which is serious and I need to take it to the dealer asap?

    Thanks a lot for any tips. Very much appreciate the help.
    -Sriram
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