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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair

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  • I had a leaking CV boot and the dealer replaced the axle under the powertrain warranty. Since that repair, the car's ride seems noticeably more harsh. The tires are not overinflated. Is there something the dealer could have done to cause this? Thanks.
  • My 97 Altima has about 92K miles (32K on the engine itself-- different story). My struts are bad, but my mechanic says that won't cause any mechanical problems, only a rough ride. Over the weekend, my wife went a bit fast over a speed bump and the engine light came on. Now, when I start the car, it's a bit rough (i.e., it used to just start right up, now there I can hear a little struggle to start). Any thoughts on this-- whether the starting issue is related to the engine light? As to the speed bump, my wife said she wasn't going that fast (5 mph or less). I read about the distributor items noted in separate messages and wondered if maybe I have some problem in that area. Thanks for any advice.
  • Any suggestion on how/what to check for distributor malfunction?

    Thanks in advance.
  • What a difference a day makes. I made the mistake of driving the car to work; so, of course, it wouldn't start when it was time to go home. I had it towed to my mechanic and was told they had to put a starter in before they could even see if there was anything else wrong.

    So, a car with 92K miles has had: 1. New engine at 59.5K miles (supposedly a crushed oil pan-- no, I haven't run over any boulders); 2. New starter at 92K miles. There is a black cloud hanging over this thing. Anyone have starter problems on their Altima-- is this normal?
  • zueslewiszueslewis Posts: 2,353
    whether you or someone who borrowed your car crushed a boulder and smashed the oil pan...it doesn't matter.

    Engine replacement at 60K due to damage and a starter at nearly 100K - them's small beans, and one could have been prevented.
  • andy2470 (Thomas A McLelland) thanks for your advice.

    I have changed the distributor on my own, and the car is OK now.
  • aldan93aldan93 Posts: 202
    Have 97 GXE, 98K , sounds like a case of neglect, My alitma has almost been flawless, but I do a lot of prevent maint.

    1st I would never drive with the engine light on!!!

    If you have a CEL or engine light, take it to Autozone, they will pull the code for free, tell you what you need etc... If you want to clear the light after a repair has been made, disconnect the battery cable "positive" for 24HRS

    2nd Why a new engine?

    3rd, I would replace the struts, Excessive tire wear?
  • hi mashmad and someone knows it: I got the same problem with my nissan altima 1995, and the garage diagonized and told me the exact same problem as yours, they want to charge me $750 for that, since I think it is too much and decide to do by myself. could you please give me some suggestion how to do it, looks not hard. some suggestion like,
    where to buy distributor, spark plug, wire, cap and how much do you spend?
    the sympton of my car is stumble, stumble again, three days later, it died.

    MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS LIULHUS@YAHOO.COM.
    thanks,
  • rxurxu Posts: 5
    My 99 fuel tank has exactly same problem (difficulty to fill it up). I heard somebody called in to click and clack brothers' car talk show to report same thing on his altima. I feel nissan has abnormally high failure rate on this fuel tank and should recall it.
  • I am the owner of a 96 Nissan Altima with the automatic transmission. I bought it used in 1998 and I now have 201k on the odometer. If anyone with lower mileage has any questions on repairs or problems post it here. If I have any knowledge of it I will reply to you. Chances are that I have been there and done that and could provide info on symptoms and repair costs. By the way, I am not running on the original transmission. It died at 195k.
  • 95 Altima with 192,000km. Getting engine code for catalytic converter. Dealer wants $1500 to replace front cat, but can't say for sure if it's the problem (rear cat replace 1 year ago). A friend suggested that I can replace the front cat with a pipe and still pass emissions. Any experience with this?
    Thanks
    Ken
  • I got a check engine soon light on my 98 Altima with 47k miles on it.
    Took it to Goodyear and they told me to replace the fuel cap and charged me $80 diagnostic fee. i did it. they reset the light. came back on after 100 miles. another trip to GOodyear. they said i didn't tighten the cap. they reset it for free.

    after another 200 miles. the light came on again. this time went to the dealership and they said that the computer shows 2 codes.. 440 and 1448. and although 440 usually means fuel cap... 1448 supercedes that - and that is the evap control valve that needs replacement.. something about the fuel fumes being sent back to the engine to burn instead of letting into the air polluting the atmosphere. But they claimed that this is not covered under the federal emissions act.

    I checked my manual.. and indeed it says the same.. however, is there a way to verify that feds didn't insist that carmakers warranty this for longer period. Cost was $166 to replace it - $40 for parts and the rest for labor.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    All 1995 and newer vehicle emission control systems must be warrantied for a minimum 2 years or 24,000 miles. Carmakers may provide longer coverage, but are not required to do so. All 1995 and newer vehicle engine control computers and catalytic converters must be warrantied for 8 years or 80,000 miles:

    http://www.epa.gov/otaq/im.htm
  • When you lightly press the gas on my 98 Altima GXE it surges between 1000 and 1500 RPM. At higher speeds it is fine. Does the car require a tune up or is it something more?
  • My 97 Altima GXE, Automatic, is in the shop for the second time in as many weeks. I've seen messages here that point to the distributor rather than the fuel pump. Our mechanic says that no failures were showing up when they ran the report from the car's chip. Well, here's my failure report: First stalled at n'hood stop sign, then again while I turned into a Nissan dealership when I was sneaking around looking at new cars! (Sunday, so service was closed anyway.) Drove it home after another stall on the way out of the lot. Mechanic took over and did the 60,000 maintenance and we thought it was cured. Fast forward now to three days later and I've just pulled off I-95 and stalled twice on the way to the office. Car has about 58,000 miles on it. I bought it used and have had it for five very good years. When we get it back this time I will avoid the interstate until I know it was properly repaired. Any ideas? Specifically, the engine doesn't sound as smooth as it used to and then the warning lights come on and suddenly I realize I'm going nowhere -- very little fanfare!
  • Can anyone suggest a way to turn off the AC unit after you have turned on the defogger? Nissan has redesigned the 2003 so that once you turn on the defogger the AC comes on and you cannot turn it off. You can turn off the blower but when you turn on the heater, the AC unit comes on also. You can only turn it off by turning the car off. This kills my gas mileage and makes the car much colder. It never really gets hot once your turn on the defogger.
  • The defogger automatically turns on the a/c unit on every car made, not just the Altima. The defogger will not clear the windows without the a/c on. The a/c it dries the air, removing the humidity which causes the windows to fog up. You'll just have to live with the colder air & worse mileage if you want to see out of your windows.
  • I know the ac comes on but the problem is that there is no way to turn it off. This is new this year and Nissan claims it is a "safety" issue. That is bs. The ac unit will now never shut off in the winter, thereby shortening the life of my compressor and thereby shortening the life of my car. It is planned obsolescence on the part of Nissan. Not to mention the car never gets warm. I live in New England and if I had known this would never have bought this car and will never buy another Nissan. I am enough of an adult to turn on the ac unit when it is needed and to SHUT it off when not needed. I do not have that option now.
  • mehuljmehulj Posts: 15
    Hi,

    I've 2001 Altima GXE with 68K miles on it. I've done regular oil change but recently I've noticed a problem (after my oil change at dealer) that when I stop on signal (or any place) after 1/2 minutes the car starts shaking littlebit and you can feel it. Once I start driving it drives properly without any problem. I've noticed two things recently noise from my engine has increased and it is not driving smooth as it used to drive (might be bcoz now I'm also driving Honda Ody as a second car along with this). Would like to know if anyone else had similar problem.

    thanks

    MJ
  • Hi, just trying to inquire if it's just my car. I recently experienced 3 months and now a year after owning my car, that my driver side window would not go down. The dealer fixed it the first time, and I' ma bout to take it them again. Also now my lcd light when I push my alarm button on my key fob, does not blink any more. The car is locked but you do not see the red light on the dash board. Has anyone had these problems before so soon on a fairly new altima, and if so discovered what the reason was for it. I hope I don't have a lemon as I adore my jada (my altima). Thanks..
  • Hi, just trying to inquire if it's just my car. I recently experienced 3 months and now a year after owning my car, that my driver side window would not go down. The dealer fixed it the first time, and I' ma bout to take it them again. Also now my lcd light when I push my alarm button on my key fob, does not blink any more. The car is locked but you do not see the red light on the dash board. Has anyone had these problems before so soon on a fairly new altima, and if so discovered what the reason was for it. I hope I don't have a lemon as I adore my jada (my altima). Thanks..
  • Does anyone know of a good, reputable mechanic in the Montgomery County Maryland area? I have a 2001 Altima, and I've noticed a wet spot under my car for the past couple of days. I know it's not oil, I'm just not certain exactly what it is. I just passed emissions inspection a week ago. I don't want to take it to the dealer, but I do want to get it checked out, so if you know of a good mechanic I'd appreciate the info.
  • mehuljmehulj Posts: 15
    Hi,

    I drive Nissan Altima 2001 GXE (my first car) apart from my 03 Ody EX. I've nearly 70K miles on my car and since last two weeks I'm seeing an issue (after oil change at dealer). If I'm waiting at signal (or anywhere) for more then 30sec then car starts shaking lightly. Once I start driving the shaking is gone. Any idea what could be wrong ? My RPM meter starts moving between 500 and 750 RPM range during this period. Shaking of car is not happening during normal driving condition.

    thanks

    MJ
  • Does anyone know of a good, reputable mechanic in the Montgomery County Maryland area? I have a 2001 Altima, and I've noticed a wet spot under my car for the past couple of days. I know it's not oil, I'm just not certain exactly what it is. I just passed emissions inspection a week ago. I don't want to take it to the dealer, but I do want to get it checked out, so if you know of a good mechanic I'd appreciate the info.
  • OK, since I didn't get a response regarding a mechanic, I'm going to post the problem I'm having here. One of you guys HAS to have the answer to this. I have a 2001 GXE. I figured out what's leaking from my car is just plain old water, but it only happens after I've had the heater on (which is why I've just noticed it over the past week or so because it's getting cool in Maryland). Now, I know that it's normal to see a puddle of water under the car after running the A/C due to condensation. But none of my other cars have ever done this from running the heater. It is not anti freeze, it's just water. Is this something that I need to be concerned about?
  • This is in response to message #289 by dschan.

    I have similar problem in my '01 Altima...can you please let me know what was fixed in your car to resolve the problem (which part was replaced).
  • slov98slov98 Posts: 112
    we had good experience with the the Lake Amoco gas station in chevy chase, intersection of connecticut avenue and manor road, next to the chevy chase supermarket, exit 33 from beltway, I guess you could call them and ask if they know the answer, sorry I don't have their phone #.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    yltnelis

    If you were using the defrost with the heat your AC may be running. Some cars have the AC come on automatically when the defrost is used to dry the air. I have a 94 Altima, and although my son now drives it, I think that's the way it worked when I was driving it. Maybe someone else knows if that is the way they still work. Good luck.
  • Most all cars beep if you leave the lights on. My 2000 Altima does not. I bought it used so I don't know if it ever had one. Does yours? Is there any history of problems with this feature?
  • I have an '03 Altima and twice it has leaked gas from the exhaust or rear suspension mounting under the gas tank after fueling and letting the car sit on a 10 degree incline (engine up) for 12 - 18 hours. Only 1 or 2 gallons were used from the full tank. I have taken it to two dealers in St. Louis and they both told me they cannot find any leaks or duplicate the leak. I was told that the leak could be from the vapor line down to the vent valve if I had topped off when fueling, which I don't do. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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