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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • My 2003 Nissan 2.5s is making a noise on one of the belts on the passengerside. It started out as just a regular belt whining and then has now gone to a noise that sounds like a bearing that needs grease or something. It only makes then noise when cold over night. Once warmed up it is fine. I called the dealership and they stated that in the Nissans they have noticed that noise in other cars and have discovered in most cases it is the fact that that the power steering fluid is low or leaking. I always check the fluids and they are fine. Dealership said that you need to warm the car up then check the fluid and fill it up just a little above the warm full mark. only about a 1/4 of an inch or so and then it takes care of that noise. He said if that does not do the trick then let him know and they will check out the system. Anybody else have this problem on there Altimas and did you hear the same thing.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,002
    On mine, there is no discernable difference in power steering fluid level when the fluid is hot or cold (it stays full all the time). Belt noise is usually due to a worn out belt or tensioner or pulley misalignment (rare). Seems to be fairly common on these cars. Mine makes a very faint chirping on a cold start, but after that it's quiet (mine's a 2002 2.5s with 50,000 miles, for comparison). I haven't done anything yet and won't until it gets more bothersome.
  • Can anyone tell me how to reset the service engine light on a 2000 Altima GXE?


  • I have a 2001 Altima GXE and I have an intermittent antifreeze leak. I've had a couple of different people take a look at it and no one seems to be able to tell where it's coming from. It only seems to happen when the weather starts getting cool and the car has been sitting parked for a few days. I first noticed it last fall (2003). Took it to a mechanic, he said he could only see a little trace of green and he tightened some hoses. I didn't really notice it after that. Went all spring and summer and didn't notice anything. Now as of late Oct. (when it started getting cool), it's happening again. There seems to be more leaking now than last year because when it does happen there is a puddle on the ground, and now we can clearly see where it has dripped down onto the transmission below. But it doesn't do it after the car has been running so whenever I take it to someone they can't tell where it's coming from. I thought it might be a hose, but there aren't any cracks or holes in any of them so the guy I took it to today said he doesn't think that's it. This is driving me crazy! The car isn't overheating or anything, but I want to catch the problem before it gets to that point. Has anyone else experienced this? Do you think it might be a bad gasket? Thanks in advance for your input.
  • This past Monday, I purchased a 2005 Altima 2.5 SL and one of the perks in the vehicle was heated seats. Well, the weather here in Charleston, SC has been pretty cold and those leather seats are really cold in the morning. When I flip the switch to activate the seat heating mechanism, the light comes on as if the system has been activated -- but the seats never heat up. As this is a relatively small item, covered by warranty, I am not in a huge rush to get to a dealership to have this looked at (after all, who wants to spend 3 hours in a dealership service waiting lounge during the Holidays). However, I am a bit disturbed by this. Could it be that I am missing a simple step??
  • adradr Posts: 3
    Regarding the warranty...I purchased a 2.5 sl and paid $775. for the gold preferred 60mths/100k.
  • adradr Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a 2.5 sl. The air and heat unit whistles when the unit is on auto or when the unit is on manual blowing from medium to high at any temperature. Any similar problems.
  • That part number would really help me. If you have it or can get it easily, it would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks in advance,
  • adradr Posts: 3
    I recently purchased a 2005 2.5 sl. The dealer is presently attempting to order a blower unit that is on backorder idefinitely. Thanks for the headups. Perhaps, I will inform Nissan not to order the part because it won't fix the problem...and I won't have to wait 3-6 months for the part.
  • domvdomv Posts: 2
    I recently purchased a 2005 Altima 2.5S. When I go and sit in the car I hear a squeaking noise. Has anyone experienced this.
  • domvdomv Posts: 2
    My 2005 ALtima 2.5s feels like its pulling to the left when I am driving. Its only 2 months old. Does anyone have the same problem or a solution. I have a 1996 Sentra with 255,000 miles on it and never had a problem with it. Has the quality at Nissan decreased over the past couple of years?
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,002
    It's not uncommon for a car to be delivered with the alignment messed up. The warranty covers adjustments for a limited period of time (not 3/36), so get it to the dealer and have it checked out. You might check the air pressure in your tires first, if one is low that might be causing the problem.
  • alpine1alpine1 Posts: 51
    I had a similar antifreeze leak with my 1999 Altima GXE. The problem was with the hose connections and clamps. It leaked in cool weather, but was O.K. in warm weather or when the engine was warm. Tightening down on all the hose clamps seemed solved the problem. And they had to be tightened several times. Each time a clamp was tightened the rubber, in a few days, would compress allowing for a leak. I suggest to keep tightening all the hose clamps.
  • my 98 altima ate through the outside edges of its front tires in a year and a half due to bad alignment from factory. i got a firestone lifetime alignment, well worth the price. the toe adjustment goes out of spec quickly, it's always really far off when i take it in every 5k or so.
  • me too, 98 SE, mine leaks a tiny bit under the overflow tube attachement under the radiator cap, and it drips a little from the underside of the hose that connects to the metal pipe that goes down towards the bottom center of the engine. it runs down the underside of the tube and drips, but like yours, only when it's cold or sits for a couple days. coolant level hasn't gone down more than a 1/2 inch in the overflow. i plan on changing the hoses at next 30/60/90 coolant change, not worth the trouble now.
  • don't worry about it - my 2001 Altima is at 101K

    miles, service engine light came and gone 2-3 times already. i even passed inspection in jersey.


    i fixed the service light for my 96 towncar and it cost me $450. i have seince ignord this check engine light issue.
  • Hi guys,


    I have a Nissan Altima (year 2001 at 101K miles).

    Recently I have started having

    problem where the car is about to stall at low RPM (600 to 500)

    while stopping at the traffic lights. Any ideas where to begin?


    I have replaced spark plugs, cable set myself at 99K miles

    thinking that this should fix the problem. No, same problem came

    back when stopping at lights. Low RPM (600 to 500).


    in a difference instances I also replaced the pulley cable

    and lower radiator hose at $100K miles; the cable broke while driving

    and I begin to lose my power steering, check battery light on and check

    engine light is on too, it die on me by time I pulled into the gardge.

    after fixing the pulley cable I am still having the same problem - low

    RPM at the light and I have a feeling one of these day he will die on me.


    Any ideas??




  • took the car to Nissan @ Flemington New Jersey.

    very professional and a very nice facility.


    Check engine light came on and off. low rpm at the light.

    Diag: Error code P0171 - fuel system lean B1 - Intake manifold gasket leaking.

    Price: $830!! are you out of your mind?

    a quick search on this forums, found similar problem and repair cost at Message #296 and Message #297.


    Final decision: do nothing.

    car run great at 101K, push to Park at the light

    or run the light while no one watching.
  • I have a 2000 Altima GXE with 99k miles, and no problems (knock on wood). Does anyone know at what mileage the spark plugs need to be changed? I am of the belief that this car has platinum plugs, so around 105k. Would appreciate any assistance.


    Also, are there any other parts that I need to replace at this mileage? Thanks
  • on my 01 Altima, i changed mine at 99,000 miles because my car has a low RPM at the light. see message 876 and 877.

    Qty 4 spark plug from pepboys $8.36

    Qty 1 wire set from pepboys $$47.59

    ever since i did the above myself, i have spend

    another $181 to replace the valve cover gasket

    because oil leak inside the spark plugs.

    $536 to replace drive belt idle pullie, alternator p/s belt, new battery and radiator lower by pass hose plus labour;

    because the idle pulley cable broke while i am driving to work.

    all these happen right after i replaced the spark plugs in one month time frame.

    ....and i am still low on RPM at the light.
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