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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • potts1potts1 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 nissan altima. It quit a week ago. I have bought a brand new battery and altornator for it, but it still will not run. What is the problem? How can it be fixed?
  • mrsksmrsks Posts: 1
    I own a 2004 Altima 2.5S which I purchased in December of 2003 and have been dealing with problems with the tires/balance/alignment since the fall of 2004. I noticed that the front end of my car started to shake when I reached about 50 mph but not below and not above. I have always had the tires rotated and balanced on schedule. When this started, I had them done at the dealership where I purchased the car and another Nissan dealership in a town close by. The shaking went away for a couple of months and then came back in the spring of 2005. I again took the car to the dealership where I purchased it and they informed me that the car was balanced and in alignment :confuse: . A week before my wedding this August, the shaking returned. I took it back to the dealership and they took one look at it and informed me that I needed new tires because they were all worn. My car only had 22000 miles on it :surprise: ! My husband and I had a horrible time with the dealership's service department. They said they would put the car up to check for alignment but that if it needed it they would charge us the service fee :mad: . They finally agreed to put the car up and they replaced the two front tires after much deliberation. Needless to say, the shaking did not stop. When we returned from our honeymoon, we took the car to a friend of ours who owns a tire shop and has a front end specialist who works for him. He looked at the car and told us that the two front tires are out of round. He balanced the car as best he could but said the only way to fix it would be to replace the tires Nissan put on the car. They informed us that this was a problem they had seen before from these tires and that they don't even work with them they are so bad :( . ANYWAY, I said all that to say this, in our case it is TWO SETS of bad factory tires but I don't know that I am completely convinced that there isn't something else going on here. Now we are dealing with a rushing water noise under the dashboard on the passenger side which we have taken the car in for twice. They flushed the coolant system the first time and said it was "fixed" but are now telling us that it is a "standard" noise for Altimas since they don't have a heating filter in the coolant system and the water flows freely back and forth. I just want to know why I don't here it all of the time and I don't really care to have a car that makes strange noises that are "standard."
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    I have never heard of a heating filter? I would carefully check the coolant level for the next few weeks. If you are loosing coolant, bring the car back to the dealer and tell him to perform a pressure test on the cooling system. This will tell you whether you have a head gasket leak or leaking water pump. I had a similar problem with my Toyota and it turned out to be a leaking head gasket.
  • Hey group,

    2004 Altima 3.5 SE has been completely enjoyable in the 19 months I have had it. I have noticed some bumps and noise on rough roads. I expect to have some of this because of the low profile tires and the fact that many Japanese sedans have a slightly bumpy ride (late model Hondas are much the same way).

    I have noticed a muffled thumping noise that appears to be coming from left-front when I go over rough or wash-board type roads. This does not happen when going over single bumps, and is only audible from the interior. I have heard that Nissan suspension components aren't that great, but I haven't noticed any of the hallmark visual signs that my struts need replacing. Anyone else have this problem? I will probably have a dealer take a look at it and replace the struts before the 36/30,000 is up. I would like to know if anyone else has had a similar issue. Is this possible some other loose equipment (besides suspension) that is rattling?
  • I had the same problem with my 97 the cure was to change the Distributor there is an o-ring in the distributor that fails and lets oil in. what stinks is that that distributor [used] is about 400 clams. Good Luck
  • My 2005 Altima 2.5S Odometer seems to be off a bit. I've had a hunch since purchasing the car that the speedometer read a bit higher than actual speed traveling. So I did a little test while driving on I-94 in Wisconsin. Checked my odometer against mile markers. After 50 miles, my trip odometer read 50.9 and main odometer read 51. I know this is off only 2 miles per 100, but when the car's gone 98,000 miles, it will read 100,000. Anyone else experience this? Would you recommend I demand it be fixed? Thanks...
  • alpine1alpine1 Posts: 51
    The difference between 50.9 and 51.1 is 0.2 miles or 0.4 miles per 100 miles. After 100,000 miles it will be off by 400 miles. Totally unacceptable!!!! Demand it be fixed immediately!!!! ;)
  • taz1taz1 Posts: 1
    At about 105,000km, my Altima engine is noisy on a cold startup (marble type sound). Goes away in less then 1 second. The engine runs fine and will startup without the noise, if the engine had been running less then an hour ago. I imagine that as long as all engine components are wet with oils, there is no sound. If the car sits for a while, some components are no longer wet with oil, and make the marble type sound on startup. Would this be a sign that the rings are bad?? or worse??
    Please advise.
  • rumansrumans Posts: 13
    I think he was talking about the difference between the 50 mile marker and the 51 miles showing on the odometer. This adds up to 1 mile extra on the odometer every 50 miles driven. It will come out to an approx imate 2000 difference at 100,000 miles on the odometer.
  • Yes, rumans is correct. Both the trip odometer & the main odometer are off 1 mile after going 50. This is easy to test. Try it out and let us know what you find. Thanks, Jack
  • I have a 1997 Altima and have not had any trouble out of it except this. My volume will not go down it is stuck on the highest volume. All of the other knobs are working so I am not sure if it is something to do with the knob or some sort of short. I am not sure if I should take it in but it is really annoying to have to listen to the radio full blast or nothing at all. I read the manual and of course there is nothing in it concerning this sort of issue. What should I do?
  • Hello,

    I own a 2003 Altima 3.5 l., and I just had my car in for minor maintenance. I had the same rushing water sound under the dash on the passenger side, and I took it back to the mechanic, who said there was air in the system, which had gotten in there after they flushed my radiator. It's a little tricky getting the air out of the lines of an Altima, and with my car, they ended up hoisting it up in the air at an angle to get the air out. My mechanic also said that he would use a vacuum to get the air out as a last resort. It is not standard to hear this water sound. Good luck.

  • bgpabsbgpabs Posts: 2
    i own a 98 Altima, great car but just last week the dashboard lights went. I tried checking the fuses but they are fine, i tried playing with the dimmer switch, still nothing any ideas what can it be?-bgpabs
  • mjjmmjjm Posts: 1
    Any help out there? My 05 Altima has terrible but only sporadic vibrating at highway speeds. Seems to occur after car has been sitting awhile. Dealership blamed it first on balancing of tires, then replaced the tires, but problem still occurring. Like the car, but getting sick of being in and out of service dept..
    Any help would be appreciated??
  • I have the same problem except mine want go up higher when i have a cd in and sometimes with just the radio.
    Also on my electric windows on the driver side when it is cold i can hardly get it to go up. When it warms up there is no problem. What could this mean. Is the motor bad or is it just a cold natured puppy. all the other windows work great. I think it is the lever that rolls the window up. any advice is appreciated.
    I just found out to day the cv boot is busted ont he right side. Where can I get on cheapppp! It's a 99 Altima
  • sounds like a front end alignment. Shouldn't have that problem on 05. I would demand it be fixed you should still be under warranty
  • rodleorodleo Posts: 2
    Hi everyone,

    I am having a 2002 Altima with about 68K miles on it. Recently, I discovered the engine oil level was extremely low or nearly empty. I had the oil changed (filled up, in fact) 2 weeks ago and the oil was burnt out completely in spite of just driving <1000 miles in these 2 weeks. Then I brought it to the mechinaics and they told me there was no oil leak.

    Does someone have any insights? Any comments are welcome.

  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    The shop probably didn't fill it up all the way. If you were burning it that fast, you'd see black smoke everywhere you went.
  • I have an 04 Altima 2.5 S with the same symptoms. I took it into the dealer and they told me I needed new brakes (at 32000 miles). I have never had a car that developed a front end thumping noise due to brakes! I did not accept the repair and have not had a chance to get the car to an independent mechanic yet. One reason for the delay, is that I am now dealing with a bad radiator. Seems the top seam has come apart and I am now out of warranty. Trying to deal with Nissan Motors to get that rectified first!
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    I got a recall notice from Nissan over the weekend for Engine Repair and/or Replacement.

    It came just in time, as I was on vacation going through the Mountains of Tennesse and Kentucky when my check engine light came on.

    I'm getting rid of my Altima as soon as I graduate.
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