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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair

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  • About a month ago I took my 2003 Altima SE to the dealer because of a "thumping" noise coming from the front. It happened when driving on uneven roads, but not all the time. They replaced both front struts and I brought the car home. Within one day I started hearing another noise from the front end, this time more like a rattling noise in the glove box area. I have checked in the glove box, opened the hood looking for something loose, etc. Nothing. I am taking the car in tomorrow morning. Hopefully it will get fixed this time. Other than this, I love this car. Especially the power and handling. I will let you know what happens when I get the car back.
  • I took my car in this morning to get the noise taken care of. It seems the right front strut gasket came unsealed which was causing the noise. The lubricated it and resealed it correctly. No more noise. (hopefully!)
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    Having to go back a second time is frustrating, but it's confidence building when the second visit turns out to be something minor and quickly remedied. We'll keep our collective fingers crossed for ya'! :)
  • yes, I have an brand new 05 altima I purchased in Aug05 and I have had to take the car to the dealer 6 times for squealing and grinding brakes. they have attempted to repair it 5 times and it temporarly goes away and is back. Nissan says the noise is normal whenever the vehicle has been sitting for awhile but of course they never can duplicate the grinding, its funny how everybody but nissan can hear and feel the grinding! the transmission is slipping and it is hard to shift into gear. what I thought was a good car is turning out to be a nightmare especially since I cant get any help from the manufactuerer in fixing the problem, guess I should have kept the Honda! even at 100,000 I had no problems!
  • jatpjatp Posts: 1
    I BOUGHT A NISSAN ALTIMA IN JULY 2005 SPORT PACKAGE. WHEN YOU OPEN THE SUN ROOF ALL WAY BACK AND DRIVE IT IT MAKE A RATTLING NOISE. THEY SAID IT IS A BENT RAIL AND FOR THAT
    REASON IT WILL BE NOT COVER BY THE WARRANT BECAUSE IT IS NOT A DEFECT. I WONDER IF SOMEBODY ELSE IT HAVING THIS PROBLEM.
    JATP34@HOTMAIL.COM
  • gmhgmh Posts: 1
    yes, I have the same problem with my 03...problem existed since it was new
  • Does the EGR valve cause idleing and pinging I know it needs to be changed , but I wanted to know if this causes all these other problems it also has a rough start. Will this all be fixed when I replace it. Also my overflow tank for my radator is leaking but my radiator is full. Is this a problem? I have a 95 Nissan Altima :lemon:
  • I have to say, I have NEVER had any problems with my brakes grinding, stalling out, etc. I have a 2003 Altima SE with automatic. It is a great running car. I did have the noise problem (read above) but that was fixed at no charge (with a complimentary loaner car). Great service at the dealership. Great mean running machine.
  • This morning my 2005 2.5 SL Altima did not start. It was a cold morning (17 degrees). I tried several times with no luck. I called AAA. After a few times the car was OK. The AAA guys advised me to put Dry Gas in my car. He said he always recommend people to do so, specially in winter time. I need to know if it is safe to use Dry Gas on Altima's. Please help. Thanks!
  • Just bought used, mint condition SE 3.5L Altima and absolutely love it. But, carfanatic, you are scaring me. I am hearing a thumping noise, thought it was bad tire and figured I might have to buy new tire in spring. But it isnt a tire?? Are struts a problem for this vehicle?
  • MY 2002 ALTIMA 3.5SE HAS PROBLEMS! IT WILL NOT REV PAST 2500 RPM NEED HELP! ANY INFO WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    Has the fuel filter ever been changed? How long has the current air filter been in service? (Suggestion - turn off your "Caps Lock", OK? :))
  • Sorry about the caps! I took my car to get computer checked out due too service eng light on & codes for tpi & maf sensors came up but they don't know which it is or is if it's both.
  • By the way no the fuel filter has not been changed out & yes i have a new k&n filter intalled
  • WhenI start my car in the morning and put it inti Drive the rpms go up and down when I give it gas the car sputters it only does this for about 5 - 10 minutes then it seems to be fine. I just changed the EGR valve and their are no lights on. Does anything know what this could be? My overflow tank leaks too but the radiator remains full! If anyone has a solution please let me know! THanx :confuse:
  • I have a 01 altima, My front headlight is always going out. i have replaced the bulb about 10 times in 6 months. My stereo is almost always full of static, the power locks have a tendency to lock on there own. I just had to get my rotors cut ($400) now something called a rack imperian (not sure if thats how you spell it) just went there goes another $1200. Should i just junk my car? I still have monthly payments of $400 i feel like i work just to pay for this car. Are there any other major problems i should know about?? :sick:
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "rack imperian"

    rack & pinion - the steering mechanism assembly. Yep, they're very expensive to replace, though a good wheel alignment shop would probably do it for less than the dealership. As to the constantly failing headlight bulbs, a couple of possibilities:
    1> you're touching the halogen bulb glass (actually fused quartz...) with your fingers when you replace the bulbs. Any moisture or oils from your skin will cause these bulbs to fail very early.
    or
    2> a loose socket - the bulb ends up drawing excessive electrical current and subsequently fails sooner. An auto-electric shop can check this possibility and may be able to retension the socket's contacts.
    Normally, halogen bulbs are good to go for up to a decade. (I'm 3 1/2 years into the originals in my Hyundai. Koreans do NOT know more about headlight bulb design than the Japanese.)
  • I can not really say if struts are a problem with this car or not. On mine they were obviously. The second visit to the dealer was caused by them not seating the "boot" of the strut correctly. It was fixed with no problem. As of today (2/18/06) it is still quiet. Is your car still under warranty?
  • Thanks for the info. Rack & pinion got it. I got a good deal. the dealer wanted $900 just for parts i got a place to do it for $700 including labor. i will try a new bulb and make sure we dont touch it. thanks again!!
  • dballdball Posts: 15
    I had the roof strips replaced as well. The trippy thing is, I visited two heavy volume dealers in FL and bought at the second. They both had over 100 Altimas each on their lots and a vast majority of the cars had the strips popping up on them! Mine got blown off in the car wash like yours and thank the lord they didn't scratch the paint when it happened. I think it's extremely humorous, and sad that Nissan always acts like the problem NEVER happened before...
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