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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • It is mys understanding that the timing chain does not require replacement. On most of my other cars, 60k was the magic number. I have a 2003 with 65,000 miles onit. Looks better than the day I picked it up. I always change oil every 3,000 miles. Even though the manual says more. I also change the air filter around 10,000. Doing that is an easy job. Loosen a clamp and a couple of clips. I also have to check the water in my battery. Ye gods, I thought that would never be the case. Why Nissan decided to go that way. Then, like the other advice you received, find a good mechanic. Although I wam ot the smartest person on the planet, I bought bumper-to-bumper when I got the car. From Geico. For next to nothing. That paid off when I needed a new alternator. Dealer's price was around $800. In the old days, I would make the change myself, but, as an old codger, these new engines tied to computers make me hesitant to go much further. I won't even dare the plugs. If you think your dealer wants too much $ for your maintenance check, wait until you get further down the line with mileage.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    My son has been driving the Altima for the last 7/8 years at low mileage, so I don't remember amount the timing chain. But, chain is the key word. Without looking it up, I don't believe my Altima has a belt. So, it may go forever. Don't know if newer models are the same.

  • All Nissan models have timing chains ... the Altima has always had chains, never a belt ... belts on most cars DO need changing at 60k, 90, or 105k, depending on the year and manufacturer ... chains need no maintenance but should be checked periodically because they can looen over the years and usually make a clicking sound when that happens ... I also change my 5W30 synthetic oil once a month ... the 1993 Nissan 240SX SE Convertible I gave my daughter had 288k miles when I gave it to her and had all original equpment except for radio, radio antennae motor, and radiator - even the AC still blew cold ... my '04 350Z Touring Roadster has 85k now and my goal is to get 500k on that engine ... Nissan makes incredibly reliable engines but they will go the extra mile if you do and take care of them ...
  • jlb57jlb57 Posts: 1
    My son-in-law is serving the US in the middle east as a civilian in Bahrain. He can start his car with no problems in the morning but the starter just turns over later in the day and will not start. It has 105,000 miles on it. The speedometer has also quit working. Any help with the starting and could the 2 be interrelated?

  • Beware the dealer that tells you that your Altima has a belt which iis to be changed. Rugman kc got it correct.
  • degdemsdegdems Posts: 1
    I got 2004 altima 2.5 4cyl. I was hearing as if the time chain was loose and making some noise inside and decided to open time chain cover and oil pan. I found out that the harmonic balancer gears were all broken. I took it off, when I took it off the shaft was moved. Now after I replaced the balancer put time chain how the guide book says the car won't start. There is no comprasion pressure. Some one tolled me that time chin is put back wrong so that the intake and exhaust valves are not opening or shut to make the pressure. This is a challenge for me, I have no idea how to find out if they are opening properly or not? Is there any body who can help with some idea?

  • bear26bear26 Posts: 12

    I have a 2006 Altima, 2.5 with 62000Km

    Just recently have a 'service engine soon' light come on, and my mechanic hooked up the computer to it and it said Electronic Throttle Control P2101

    Any ideas what this is and what is involved to fix it? Approx cost?

    My mechanic cancelled the code to see if it would come back, a week later it's come back and of course he's away on holidays now.

    Any help/feedback/comments/jokes are appreciated in advance!


  • mjones8mjones8 Posts: 1
    I have a brand new 08 Altima with 4000 miles. The power steering often feels like it is no longer working and it is extremely hard to turn the vehicle. It is in the shop as I type and of course the techs can't duplicate the problem and say it is fine. Its not fine when when you can't turn the vehicle. Anyone out there have the same problem or idea what it could be. Thanks, MJ
  • rts1963rts1963 Posts: 1
    the latch will not work. how in the world can i open my hood with out it. i need help.
  • I have a 97 Altima and when driving the car shifts fine but when I stay at a steady speed the car does not idle down to the correct RPM range. For instance I'll be goin 60 and the car will idle between 2500 and 3000 RPMs what could be the problem.
  • I want to buy a used 05 altima. But becasue yesterday was raining, so i happened to find that the trunk is leaking water. The people told me that this car has an accident on the right side of the trunk.

    The water leaking is not so severa, only the floor got wet a 10 inch area, directly under the top right side of the trunk cover.

    Can anyone tell me what caused this? and how much will it cost to fix?

  • Tsk,Tsk for not checking carfax when you bouth the car. There have been so many flood cars on sale everywhere, hope that you are not the owner of one. Same goes for the background check.Here is my best guess about your problem. If the car was
    rear ended, they may not have installed the trunk deck properly. You can tell by comparing how both sides of the trunk line up with the body. Also, I think that your insurance company claims inspector would be willing to look and give you an opinion. Check and see if your gasket in the trunk area is ripped or deteriorated. You might get away by having a windshield repair company or install a new one for you. I would also stay out of car washes. Costs - Pedrhaps who ever repaired the trunk, if they did, provided a warranty for their workmanship. I doubt that they would stand behind their work if they didn't do it right in the first plce. A new gasket, Under $100 installed.
  • bear26bear26 Posts: 12

    I bought a 2006 altima last year...found a leak in the trunk..right side, under where the jack was. Took it back to be "fixed" over 3 times...still was leaking....they ended up just letting me pick another Altima.

    Be very alert and wary when they say it's fixed. Leaks are sometimes impossible to find.

    Good luck!
  • Thanks for the reply, I've checked the carfax already and also took this to a mechanic to check.

    The carfax is not a reliable resource to get the history of the car, on carfax, it was totally clean and one owner car. The only problem is that this car is from Louisiana. So i had the concened that this car might had been flooded before.

    And later i took the car to the mechanic, they told me the car haven't been flooded before, the engine and transmission are all good.

    But they found the trunk water leaking problem
  • Thanks for the reply.

    When they fix the car, what did they say the water comes from?

    Yes, my problem is almost same as yours, Just above the jack. The jack hole doen't has a lot water.
  • I too have been battling with Nissan North American Inc. with regards to a recall campaign #03v084000. My catalytic converter went out on August 8th 2008. My car has 96,764 miles right now. They say my vin# was not included in the recall but I'm having the same problems all the other 2002 Nissan Altimas 2.5s are having. I filed a complaint with NHTSA. If they get enough complaints they may have to re-open this camaign for the rest of the vin#'s that are within the range of vin#'s that were recalled.
  • Hope you found the problem to your air conditioning. I would check for a recall on that problem. Are you by any chance having problems with your catalytic converter. There was a recall out there #03v084000. This is only one of many recalls for this make model and year. I just found out by going on the websites and found so many recalls with the Nissan Altima 2002 2.5s. Hope your car is doing better than mine. I have 96,764 miles and my catalytic converter went out. I'm trying to get Nissan North America Inc. to honor the campaign that went out on these models but they said my vin# even though fell in the range of the vin#'s it was not included. I filed a complaint with NHTSA. Hope they can help me. And good luck with your car.
  • I too have a Nissan Altima 2002 2.5s. I purchased it with 26,000 miles on it. Unfortunetly I did not do my homework. When my catalytic converter went out at 97,000 miles I went on line and found that this car has so many recalls and lot's of internal problems. I am currently trying to get Nissan North America Inc., to honor their recall on my car but they say because my vin# is not listed (even though the vin # is within the range of vin #'s) They say it is vin specific. Well there are so many other Nissan Altima 2002 2.5s out there with the same problem that I feel they did not take care of all of the cars that had the problems. I filed a complaint with Nissan and with NHTSA. Check the recalls for this model on line. I wouldn't be surprised it your car is under some kind of recall for your fuel problem. Good luck!
  • I was online and saw some recall campaign's on the 2005.
  • I agree with your wife. Return the car if at all possible. Nissan is not owning up to their problems. There are so many recalls on the Nissan cars. The 2002 2.5s is a perfect example. If you can get into a Toyota or Honda you will be better off.
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