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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair

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  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,644
    No, I don't THINK so!

    A strut can only be tested by either showing you where it is leaking badly, or by driving the car. If your struts are really bad, the car will POUND on hard bumps and feel very squirrely going around turns or while hard braking.

    The symptoms of bad struts are not subtle.
  • tobinaztobinaz Posts: 4
    CAN ANYONE HELP ME LOCATE BLOWER RELAY THAT IS STUCK ON HIGH SPEED. I ALREADY FOUND ONE BELOW GLOBE COMPARTMENT BUT EVEN IF I DISCONECT IT BLOWER IS STILL RUNNING.

    ALSO, ANY OTHER SITES WHERE I CAN FIND VALUABLE INFORMATION FOR MAX REPAIRS

    THS.

    :cry:
  • WENT TO AUTOZONE FOR DIAGNOSTIC.CAME UP WITH SPARK PLUGS AND KNOCK SENSOR.JUST MORE REGULAR MAINTENANCE.CHANGED PLUGS .THE KNOCKSENSOR WAS EXPENSIVE COST FOR PART $135 AND A LOT OF WORK .CAR BACK RUNNING IN TOP SHAPE . CHANGED OIL AND AIR FILTER AT SAME TIME AS LONG AS WAS DOING WORK
  • trey1013trey1013 Posts: 1
    Allright i know this seems crazy,but i've seen plenty of posts about about starting issues in the cold. i have the opposite problem. My 98 Max with 140,000 miles wont start in the warm weather, i can turn the key and all of my lights come on but i'll get nothing (doesn't even attempt to turn over or crank at all). It always eventually starts which may mean 2-3 tries later or as much as 20-30 tries later.I do nothing different to make it start, it just seems that all of a sudden a small miracle occurs and it cranks right up as though nothing is wrong.I do not have this problem at all i the winter. This car has been a dream for me with very few problems since i purchased it in 99 other than regular maintainence.however I'm getting a little tired of sitting in my car for 15 minutes soaked in sweat waiting for my daily miracle.Any suggestions???
  • coommcoomm Posts: 1
    There could be two reasons in addition to what others may have mentioned.

    1) Mass Airflow Sensor (Approx $200)
    2) Engine Knock Sensor (Aprrox $500)
  • holmes12holmes12 Posts: 3
    I have a 1991 maxima Coming off the interstate it dieded,Batt good i try jumping it still on go. when i turn the key nothing not a sound. light,horn, radio and all other power work. please help!!!!
  • holmes12holmes12 Posts: 3
    I have a 1991 maxima Coming off the interstate it dieded,Batt good i try jumping it still on go. when i turn the key nothing not a sound. light,horn, radio and all other power work. please help!!!!
  • jason2005jason2005 Posts: 1
    99 MAxima GLE, 5 speed. 145K miles. have being running fine until yesterday. the car won't start in a hot day after I refilled at gas station (#89 gas). towed to a mechanic, the mechanic checked and told me: fuel, spark and air all looks fine. the car cranks like normal. the mechanics suspect and order a the remanufactured ECM ( engine control module or called ECU) for $800, however the car still won't start.
    and mechanics is out of idea what's the problems

    so I'm going to have it towed a nissan dealer. what should I check
    the make sure the dealer do it right this time? what if dealer want to
    replace ECM again? thanks.
  • lntlnt Posts: 188
    My son has a 99 maxima. He bought it used and has no book. Does anyone know if it has a timing chain or a belt and when does it need to be changed? He has 115K on his car.
  • DAVID VS GOLIATH
    2002 NISSAN MAXIMA
    I’ve had my headlights stolen three times, the stolen headlights are only part of the problem the real problem is how easy it is to get into the Nissan Maxima. Due to the design of how the door handle is attached to the door, with a flat head screwdriver the thieves pop out the driver side door handle to get to the electronics which allows them to lower your windows, unlock your doors and disarm the factory alarm so they can get into your vehicle and pop open the hood to get to the headlights without damaging them and taking what ever else you may have in your vehicle. This is more then a headlight problem, it is a flaw in the design of this vehicle. And Nissan is unwilling to except responsibility. Shame on you Nissan, you have lost one more loyal customer.

    I urge everyone that has or had this problem to call Nissan and file a complaint 1-800-647-7261 and just don’t stop there file a complaint with the Consumer Reports www.consumerreports.org and the Better Business Burrow www.bbb.com anyone you think that can help us little guys with this problem.
  • 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!!!!!
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