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Nissan Altima Engine Failures



  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    Anyway, I Googled 06 Altimas for sale, and couldn't find a single one with more than 90K on it, and I'm wondering if these things can even MAKE IT to 90K

    You cannot find a '06 w/ 90k miles b/c very few people put 90k miles in 4 years. I just trade in my '07 w/ 18k miles. ;)
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,647
    That's 60+ miles a day for every day of the 4 years. That's a lot of driving.
  • ndiboyndiboy Posts: 36
    edited April 2010
    Regarding all the problems of stalling, nozzle etc. It was later discovered that the top cylinder gasket was flat and mixing oil and water b/w 2 and 3 cylinders. After changing the gasket all the issues troubling the car since November last year stopped. The car is running good now and has covered about 3000miles since then. no more topping water.
    This is to give a feedback to the forum and to E.D
  • ndiboyndiboy Posts: 36
    My friends 2005s altima refused to raise after an electrician tried fixing the A/C after an accident. There was a spark and that was it. We have changed the throttle body and even tried it on another car, my 2002 and it worked fine. What can be the problem please?
  • #510 of 536 Stalling while starting by ndiboy Jan 12, 2010 (4:06 am)
    "I just noticed that my 02 altima stalls when started but picks up later. What might the problem be? Is it the nozzles, injeector or what. It drives well once it gets over it whih takes few seconds.
    Onuchukwu Chuma."
    "#535 of 536 Stalling engine, 2002 Altima by ndiboy Apr 19, 2010 (8:16 am)
    Regarding all the problems of stalling, nozzle etc. It was later discovered that the top cylinder gasket was flat and mixing oil and water b/w 2 and 3 cylinders. After changing the gasket all the issues troubling the car since November last year stopped. The car is running good now and has covered about 3000miles since then. no more topping water."
    "#536 of 536 Engine not raising after starting by ndiboy Apr 19, 2010 (8:06 am)
    My friends 2005s altima refused to raise after an electrician tried fixing the A/C after an accident. There was a spark and that was it. We have changed the throttle body and even tried it on another car, my 2002 and it worked fine. What can be the problem please"

    Responses to above:
    Dear Chuma.
    #510 & #535, I am glad you got the Head Gasket problem fixed. This is common problem on the 2.5L I-4 engine.
    #536, Since the throttle body is known to be good by trying it on another car, it may not be working properly in your friends car because of a computer or wiring problem. The throttle body is operated directly by the cars computer, so check that the plug and wiring for the throttle body is ok and not damaged. The accident might have caused a jar that damaged the computer or wiring, and the damage may not be evident on the outside. Computers can be damaged by impact and still look good on the outside. The computer should be scanned for any bad codes (DTC's) and the wiring and plugs carefully checked. Also check the other computer input devices & their wiring to the computer, as they may also effect the operation of the cars computer & engine.

    Additional Information on this engine:
    The Nissan QR25DE engine is a 2.5 L (2488 cc) version built in Decherd, TN. Bore is 89 mm and stroke is 100 mm. Output is 175 hp (130 kW) at 6000 rpm with 180 ft·lbf (244 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm in Altima and Sentra SE-R Spec V models. Engines in the Sentra SE-R model have 165 hp (123 kW) at 6000 rpm with 175 ft·lbf (237 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm. It has an aluminum engine block and aluminum DOHC cylinder heads. It uses SFI fuel injection, has 4 valves per cylinder with bucket tappets and features forged steel connecting rods, a one-piece cast camshaft, a timing chain, and balance shafts.

    Good Luck,
    E.D. in Sunny Florida
  • ndiboyndiboy Posts: 36
    Thanks ED for all your concern, I am really lucky that the cylinders were still good. My friend had to change his cylinders and the radiator to double cell instead of the usual single cell that come with the car.
    Is there any end to this problem or does one need to be changing the head gasket after sometime? What is the cause of this problem so that one can avoid it in future.

    With regards to the 05 Altima I'll relay your info to my friend.
  • 1mrbig1mrbig Posts: 5
    i own a 95 altima and the cruise control stop working. the cc light on the dash will flash on and off but as soon as i try to set the cruise it turns off, and nothing happens.
  • I am stumped! I have a 2006 Nissan Altima SE and I have taken very good care of it. I am the only owner. I do all my own oil changes. This car has been awesome up until yesterday. I haven't had to replace anything except maintance things. I was away for the weekend the car remained in the garage. I started it up and it has a horrible knocking noise. I immediately turned it off knowing this was not a good noise...more like a deadly noise! I have had absolutely no warning signs the care ran perfect when I parked it. So...I immediately checked the oil levels which are normal and oil is clear since I recently changed it, there are no engine lights on the dash. Anyone have suggestions???...I'm in panik zone!
    Thanks for suggestions!
  • rondholrondhol Posts: 32
    It is your timing chain tensioner, It needs split of second to build enough pressure, don't worry about it. If it is more than 3 seconds, you need to change the tensioners+timing chain guides but it is costly repair $500.
  • rondholrondhol Posts: 32
    edited May 2010
    Post: 531 GOLLS reply:
    Then fix the head gasket first and bring it to different dealer, tell that you get p0420 and need get new pre-cat for free if they can. If not just get a cheap header and O2 adapter to fool the computer.

    I had my head gasket fixed from local shop before the dealer found it and 3 months later claim the pre-cat.
  • Thanks for the info...I had a bad feeling it would be timing chain. I have a guy thats going to look at it this weekend. He thought maybe fuel injectors but I'm leaning towards the timing. Just weird that I had no warning signs? and no lights?

    Thanks for your reply
  • ndiboyndiboy Posts: 36
    What can be the problem of this 05Altima. Wire sparked while trying to fix the A/C and since then it does start but cannot reeve above 1.5revs per minute on the tachometer. Can it be the brain box or the fusebox. Its been on for the past 7weeks and its really hurting.
    Can anybody come to our aid as different electricians have tried to no avail.
    The car is presently at Abuja Nigeria and belongs to my friend.
  • rondholrondhol Posts: 32
    Please, don't worry. Both V6 and I4 engine have this kind of noise after more than 1 hour park. It takes 0.5-2 s to build the pressure on the timing chain tensioner. That's normal. The engines also have tapping noise during idle after the the engine is warm from flat solid tapper valve lifter. It sounds like "quiet" diesel engine. This kind of lifter is noisy but more durable than hydraulic valve lifter. These noise problems will not trigger engine light.

    Injectors are fine as long as you don't have hesitation/bogging during acceleration and good mpg. Sparkplugs need to be change after 113k miles although this laser NGK platinum could last more than 200k miles.

    Just drain and refill ATF every 60k miles, synthetic motor oil 6k miles. powersteering fluid=atf fluid never need to be changed. Brake fluid can be changed at SEARS for $35 every 5 years, but I never did it since the brake is never faded in Florida.
  • rondholrondhol Posts: 32
    do you have check engine light? check it at autozone for free. The worst scenario, your ECU shorted and you need to buy it from junkyard from the same year and reprogram it. If the MAF(air flow) sensor failed you also cannot rev above 2k rpm, buy it from, never buy China made MAF, only OEM/Hitachi/bosch.
  • sjv3sjv3 Posts: 5
    I have been reading the posts with great interest after some recent troubles with an '03 2.5L Altima at 95k miles. The car has been perfectly maintained and in for all recalls from day 1.

    Had some rough idle at start up recently along with P0304 code (cyl 4 misfire) and thought it was a dirty injector. It would go away when warmed up, but then come back occasionally even after changing plugs, filters, using injector cleaner.

    Before a recent trip the coolant was a bit low and then the car would not start a few days later. Dealer found fouled plugs and the car started for him- they suspected cat problems but called later to say the head gasket was bad. Could not wait for them to fix it so drove the car home. One dealer here says trade it in or replace engine. Another says change HG for $1200. I do not think I have the pre-cat problem yet (oil consumption is zero), but am wondering if it is worth fixing this car. Any thoughts?
  • electricdesignelectricdesign Posts: 677
    edited July 2010
    Because your Altima is an 03, it may not be worth enough to spend the money to repair the head gasket. I did the work myself, and it cost me about $600.00, getting the head rebuilt at the machine shop and new gaskets and new head bolts. It's not an easy job. You might be able to get it done somewhere for about $1200, if you shop around enough. It's your car and your money, If you like the car and can afford to get it fixed, and the engine doesn't burn oil, it may be worth fixing. However, if you do fix it, you must fend off the PreCat problem by hollowing out the Pre Cat that is located inside the exhaust manifold. A $5 O2 Cheater is put on the Second Oxygen Sensor to keep the Check engine light off, or spend more money and buy an exhaust header pipe. Search for posts about all that, I have commented about it many times. See my posts and comments about replacing the head gasket and working on the engine, starting with messege #98 through #156. My first post was #75, it might be good to go back that far for general information.
    Good Luck,
    E.D. in Sunny Florida
  • altimaoilaltimaoil Posts: 6
    Hi I have just discovered this forum and I as well aprreciate all your information regarding the matters with altima's. Very impressed. I have an 2006 altima 2.5s that i need to last. I have had some of the similiar problems I have read in your postings. If there is any way you could point me in the right direction I couldn't thank you enough. I have no warranty and i'm not sure the easier way to find out if the recalls have been done? I bought the car when i was 18 in aug of 2006 with 17k miles on it and payed a fortune more than i should. like you say it was an awesome car. I've always did oil changes every 3000 or so. pretty much i'm going to be the one to fix this.

    like others The problem also started with ses light coming on and code reading catalst effiecny below threshold.Things that i can tell you are that it burned alot of oil on two separate occasions. The first time it happened it burned oil it was like two quarts low. never got a hot reading. it wasn't wanting to turn over. maybe low compression? I took off the air filter and got the oil level correct.eventually it started. It threw out alot of whitish smoke but could have been gray.Didn't smell like anything really. Also it was violently shking for a few moments then it stabalized. I changed oil, air filter and spark plugs. The plugs didn't look bad. they were tan in color but the tip was kinda black with carbon maybe? after that it ran for another 20k miles with no obvious problems. Then today my it went dead at a couple of redlights. Started back up both times fairly easy compaired to the first time. When i got to look at it i checked oil was kinda low. i added half a quart and it started fine with no problems after that.

    Thats when I found this forum. I guess my questions are ... what steps should i take from here that i can do myself that would possibly point me in the right direction to diagnose. I mean how many diff. problems are there? I know about the cat stuff but there was a few other things like pcv i think right?

    thank you so much for everything you've posted so far.
  • altimaoilaltimaoil Posts: 6
    Hi i have a 2006 altima that did this today. also it burned a lot of oil between changes on two separate occasions. what did yours turn out to be? did yours burn oil?
  • altimaoilaltimaoil Posts: 6
    Hi I have a 2006 2.5 s altima and i have experienced these problems as well. its like the air and the heat only work correctly at high speeds and rpm's?
  • pibzzpibzz Posts: 6
    It is very very bad. Watch this video on You Tube, everyone that owns one of these 2.5 Altimas, you MUST MUST MUST get the pre-cat out of your engine before your car reaches 80K miles

    After 80K your pre-cat warranty expires, and you are SOL

    Briefly: The PRE CAT inside the manifold, runs way too hot - and it breaks down the gaskets in the engine, leading to an oil leak

    Oil drips into the PRE CAT causing it to plug, and break apart - the PRE CAT is ceramic type media, and when it breaks down, it turns into a fine crystallized dust

    The CVVT engine has an air pump, that recirculates some of the exhaust air back to the cylinders , this is how bits of the PRE CAT gets sucked back inside the engine - unfiltered.

    By the time your engine starts burning excessive oil, its too late, the engine has been scored and scratched with this crystallized ceramic dust - and the engine is trashed

    If the car has less than 80K the Nissan dealer SHOULD give you a new (re manufactured) engine - but prepare for a fight - the PRE CAT has a federal warranty for 80K regardless of manufacturer warranty

    Once you get a new engine - get the PRE CAT OUT OF YOUR CAR ASAP !

    See videos

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