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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • brandy06brandy06 Posts: 7
    I have a 06 2.5s Special Edition and I could not get my key into the ignition all the way today. I could here the ding noise from the car but it would not go all the way in. I took it out flipped the key over and the steering wheel was not locked. I put it in N and my foot on the brake and all that and nothing would happen. So I had to ask a guy for help, needless to say he was drunk and stunk. He literlly punched the key while to was in the ignition you heard a popping noise and it went in. Well then it started up. So I turned it off and did it and have no problem with the key now. But what i do have it that it takes the radio about 10-20 sec. before it comes on. Now also, you can hear a grinding noise when you put the key in.

    Has anyone had this??? :confuse:

  • i have the same problem with my radio since i bought my 05 altima in august of 04.... ive had my struts replaced twice because of the porr suspension... with more than 2 people in my car...its horrible ride...
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I just bought a 97 Altima GXE with 2.4 L/ 5 spd man.
    I am wondering about timing belt change on this engine. I heard a rumor that this engine uses a timing chain not a belt. Is this true??? It seems highly unlikely to me in a DOHC engine.
    Also does anyone know if this in an interference or non-interference engine?? If its non-interference I won't mind waiting until there is some warmer weather to do the timing belt change, otherwise I want to do it ASAP. (the car has 101K mi. and I don't think it has ever been done. Thanks all for any info. Catam
  • angelb1angelb1 Posts: 3
    The problem is there are no dry days..the carpet is always wet or frozen. I thought that maybe there was some sort of plug that came out at one of my visits to the carwash that does the underbody wash. I'll know soon as the car goes in for service on Tuesday. I'll be sure to update here in case someone else has the same problem.
  • araiyearaiye Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Altima. When I turn the heat on full-blast, the car will blow warm air from the driver's side, but cold air from the passenger's side vents. I have to close the passenger-side vents . . . it does not improve even as the car runs and warms up.

    Is this a problem anyone knows about? Will it be covered under warranty?
  • mikebowemikebowe Posts: 1
    I have the same problem with a 2000 altima I just bought. The instrument cluster turns off while driving. No speedometer, fuel, tach., or anything. It goes back to normal after a while or after the car is turned off.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Hi catam: the 2.4L engine has a single steel chain to an idler gear and a double steel chain to both camshafts.
    The chains are good for the life of the engine. Sometimes the chain tighten er might have to be replaced if the chain gets noisy. Steve
  • The air bag light on my daughter's Nissan Altima has started flashing and the dealer wants a lot of $$$ just to look at it. Does anyone know what I can do to stop the flashing?
  • inertia1inertia1 Posts: 8
    Sad sad Nissan.... I will start from the beginning because at 82k my car is dead :(....
    At 78k was told need new engine, took it to an independent who said it was fine, later at 80k replaced the O2 sensor (400) , then cat (800) , then found out the engine was indeed bad, best deal i have been offered on a new engine is about 4k..... from a dealer, thinking about a rebuild engine? Or trading ?? would the next dealer notice (i might be niave but an independent shop did not notice the problem). i figure if i can get about 5k for the trade i would be better off? What do u guys think? ... i am very upset with this car considering that i am 21 yrs old and really cant afford to repair this issue.

    Wish me luck in trying to trade this OVERSIZED paper weight :sick: . Even though i know this is a 2002 only problem, TRUST ME... i WILL NEVER buy a Nissan again. I dont expect others not too (everyone has a right to choose) i myself am done with Nissan as a car company.

    BTW my nissan also needs a new left strut (565) and the heater is not blowing, we might try to get a used engine or just repair the blown gasket to see if that would remedy it? Anyone have any input on just trying to repair the gasket, or would the engine be to severely damaged already???

    Thanks in advance, and sorry for just a mis organized response.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,415
    airbag repair really isn't a DIY operation. Maybe the sensor that measures deceleration is bad. You don't want to be messing with air bag circuitry unless you really know what you're doing.


  • I have a 00altima with 130K. In the past 2 months because of SES warnings, I've replaced the water pump, knock sensor, and most recently a O2 sensor. The light came back on the same day after the O2 sensor was changed. Went back, autoplace checked, they said there's nothing wrong, turned off light, light came back on 1 day later. They said that the other sensors were working fine. Of course I failed the inspection last week and it showed the code P0420 TWC function. What does that mean and do you have any ideas what could be truly wrong with my car?
  • kmasonkmason Posts: 3
    re: water sound, there is air in a vacuum line----your dealer should be able to correct easily- i had the same problem
  • kmasonkmason Posts: 3
    periodically , i will put my 2004 altima in drive nad hit the gas, but nothing happens for about 5 seconds, then it will engage and start moving forward, or in reverse. could this be a transmission issue? my dealer cany find anything
  • jbrazjbraz Posts: 7
    I recently purchased a used '02 3.5 SE with the Bose stereo. It also had a buzz, only when the stereo was turned on. The dealer I bought the car from replaced the stereo. This fixed the problem.
  • I recently bought a 1997 Nissan Altima and every time i stop for too at a red light or in line at a drive through, idling, my car goes dead, and it smells like its flooding,and takes forever to start back up,but, of course it doesn't do it for my mechanic,so if anyone has any suggestions i would be very happy to hear some.
  • catamcatam Posts: 331
    I recently bought a 97 Altima with manual tranny. The shifter is a bit balky especially when the engine is cold. It is very difficult at times to shift into first gear.
    I am planning on doing a full tune up and fluid change this spring, so I was wondering if anyone has changed their manual tranny fluid to synthetic, and if that helped with the balky shifter problem, which I gather is pretty common.
    Thanks, Catam.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    there's a post on the fix to stop the flashing, done mine a couple of times. it is a ways back, you may be able to do a search for it.

  • wd74wd74 Posts: 1
    I own an 05' 2.5s and after while it started to make a chirping sound from the rear window when driving above 60mph. It sounds like a cricket lives inside. Has anyone had similar problems? If so, please advise.
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