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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • was wondering if anyone experienced this before.... my front passenger tire on my 2000 maxima is wearing out alotttt quicker than my other 3 tires... it looks to be wearing evenly though, so i don't think its an alignment problem... anyone have a clue?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    That would not be uncommon on a FWD car with decent horsepower, especially if you don't rotate the tires frequently. The right front tire generally takes the most torque from the engine.

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  • Mike, Did you ever get an answer to this question? Jane
  • gtwgtw Posts: 46
    Does anyone have a link with instructions on replacing a Xenon bulb? It is not as simple as raising the hood and replacing one from what I see. Looks like several pieces need to be removed in order to get to the housing.
  • I seem to have similar problems. Could you please guide me? Five months ago I got a SES light and stalled car. Took the 01 Max to a mechanic and he said I had to have MFC replaced and I had it changed (~$700). A month ago the SES light started coming back on. I took it to a parts store and they gave me the two codes you mentioned in your earlier posts, P0420 and P0430. The mechanic told me that I have to replace the whole catalytic converter etc (>$3000). The car is not under warranty since it has 93000 miles. According to one of the TSB's I read, ECM reprogramming may be a solution. But since I got both the codes now rather than earlier, I am suspecting that may be something wrong on some parts. May be my oxygen sensors are bad. Do you think that may be something I should try? Do you suspect I may have to go through the expensive cat replacement?
  • I have a 2002 Maxima SE and occasionally when i use my cd player the left speakers front and back go completely out and most recently the front passenger side has been going out but once i switch back to the AM/FM stereo all speakers work again. So its only when the CD player is on that this problem is occurring. I have no clue where i would begin to look for the problem. Has anyone else experienced any issues like this? I have been debating to just take it to a nissan dealer but i just dont want to spend a whole lot of money... I appreciate any help i can get. ;) Thanks!
  • phopho Posts: 9
    I had the same problem years ago .I went to the dealer & they fixed it for free. This is a known issue on that problem because Nissan use the cheap Bose system. There is a TSB# but I could not find it.Anyway the dealer should replace the system with no charge. Good luck
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    I am not sure what's MFC, may be a MAFS (Mass Air Flow Sensor)? - that costs $105 from dealer and replacement is 15 minutes, if that was it then you should use another mechanic.

    Any way, P0420 and P0430 are specific codes for three-way catalysts. Your car has 2 pre-cats and then one big main cat. You seem to have error codes, which may indicate that both pre-cats are bad. These codes are produced as a result of rear O2 sensors monitoring the amount of oxygen exiting the catalysts. Some people say that replacing rear O2 sensors is the right thing to do. I don't really know, a bad O2 sensor has its own error code... When I had P0430 code, it was really one of the cats but the dealer made me change the rear O2 sensor on it as well otherwise he wouldn't honor the warranty. The O2 was good, that I know for sure. So, I am not sure if your O2s are bad.

    Bad catalysts usually smell, give your car some gas, see if you feel the sulfur smell, if you do then this is it.

    Search online for Technical Service Bulletin(TSB) NTB00-070a. There is a ECM number under your hood and if it matches the ones listed in this TSB then your ECM needs to be reprogrammed. Should be around $90 at Nissan dealer. You should also check for intake and exhaust leaks as they can be the cause of these codes as well.
  • You are absolutely right. It was the Mass Air Flow Sensor that the mechanic changed and charged me $700 for it.
    I am not sure if the dealer would honor my catalyst warranty since the car has >93000 miles, but as you suggest, I shall take it to the dealer to see if they say I need to replace the entire catalytic converter or change the O2 sensors.
    You guessed it right again. I was getting sulfur smell when the car was parked in the garage immediately after it came back from a road trip. I had the TSB you referred to for the last month or so and was hoping that it might just be a matter of reprogramming. It does apply to my car. There was no easy way for me to locate the ECM part #. The only suspicion I have is why didn't the SES light come on now rather than long ago. It kinda leads to me to agree with your earlier statement that there may be bad catalysts or malfunctioning O2 sensors. There may also be intake/exhaust leak as you suggest.
    So, I guess I will take it to a dealer and have them analyze and hope it is not the same $3000 job the other mechanic says my car needs.
    Thanks a lot for taking the time to analyze my problem.
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    well, if are taking it to the dealer then keep in mind that the dealer is always interested in replacing parts and as many parts as they can justify. I am sure they would suggest replacing both cats and all O2 sensors. The visit to them with SES light on will definitely cost you $90 just for diagnostic and in that case you should get the dealer to re-program your computer as per that TSB and clear the error codes at that visit. Do that and drive until you get the SES light again, it's possible that because of reprogramming, the codes may be more specific to O2 sensors next time.
  • Fully loaded 2000 SE auto bought new (now has 68000 miles). My first problem with the car happened yesterday. Tried to start the car and nothing happened. The battery is new and is fully charged (lights, wipers, htr, fans, etc all work). Tried to jump the battery results. All the instrument lights come on and don't dim when I try to start it. All the fuses and relays check out perfect. I tried wiggling the shift lever in case it was the neutral results. Tried wiggling the key in case it was the ignition lock...even tried a different results.

    After about 120 attempts...all of a sudden...all by itself on the 121st attempt, it started perfectly. I tried it 20 times in a row after that and it started 20 times. Then the identical thing happened today. Used it all day with no problem, then at the mall, it just wouldn't start again. After 2 hours, it started just fine.

    What's up with that???? Any ideas? thanks!
  • I have a 2004 Maxima SE with 70k+ miles. According to Nissan I need a new engine. I am taking the car for a 2nd opinion next week, but considering NISSAN is saying a new engine is needed I'm wondering what the...

    I realize 70k is alot for an '04 (even though it was purchased in '03), but still a new ENGINE?

    My question is simple... has anyone here heard of or experienced any engine problems from the 6th generation Maximas? Thanks in advance!

    PS... I'm considering purchasing an engine from eBay. Nissan is quoting me $8k for a new one. yikes!
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    what's wrong with the car? what are the symptoms?
  • We have had this problem with our car before. Nissan replaced the ECM and some sensors. It never fixed the problem. We also have other problems as well that Nissan has been unable to fix. I apologize for not being able to hlep you out.
  • i took it in because there was a definite power loss (seemed "sluggish"). once i actually listened to the engine i was able to detect a pinging...

    i took it to nissan and they replaced multiple sensors, in the end they said it's "likely" the engine. i would need to pay another $400 to have them diagnose the problem and they recommended that i didn't go down that road since it would basically mean a new engine. they quoted me $8k for the engine stating "the nissan engineers helped us diagnose this". i decided to seek a second opinion from a local mechanic who specializes in engine upgrades for those who wish to race or improve performance.

    i'm waiting for the second opinion. i've also starting looking for a used engine finding a couple on ebay $1k with $400 shipping. not too shabby... averaged 10k-20k miles on the engines.
  • kadskads Posts: 27
    Is this a common problem with 2005 maxima, or just unique to mine?

    The automatic temperature control is nearly worthless, however, the dealer claims it is normal.

    1. Occasionally it locks on in heating or cooling and won't control. Have to shut it off to go back to normal operation

    2. It won't allow cooling compressor below 60F, so on sunny days I have to go to manual mode to get enough outdoor air in upper vents to be comfortable

    3. Cabin temperature is nowhere near setpoint. Had to set it at 80 on a 35F morning to be comfortable. 3 hours later, had it set down to 70 trying to cool the car in 60 ambient.

    Would appreciate any feedback on similar problems and fixes.


  • mitechmitech Posts: 3
    I just bought a 93 Max with the DOHC, I already have a 94 SOHC that runs great. But the 93 has a problem I have never seen, there is one cylinder that keeps flooding with fuel and I have already replaced the coil, fuel injector, and spark plug ran great for 3 days then started flooding that cylinder again and now blowing white smoke out of the tail pipe, smells like fuel and oil. There is a loud knock coming from the rocker arm on the opposite side of the head. I don't think this would effect this cylinder. If I pull the plugs from the front (left) 3 cylinders only the flooded one is smoking. I'm stumped....Help
  • I finally took it to the dealer who checked and said that the ECM was reprogrammed earlier with the Mass Air Flow Sensor replacement. They also suggested that both my catalysts and oxygen sensors were bad and need to be replaced ($1600 total) with after market parts. There was also a ruptured transmission line they found which were also replaced and serviced along with new front & rear brakes. Chaged a couple of belts. After all these they were cheaper than the previous mechanic who quoted $3000 for just catalytic converter replacement. So I went for it. Thanks for your suggestions and time. That is how I had the SES light problem with (P0420 and P0430) taken care of along with other necessary repairs.
  • I had a similar problem last week. The engine was not turning over - got the starter motor replaced.
  • cowanscowans Posts: 4
    Hi,new to the forum, have 01&03 maxes, o6 Murano! Problem is with son's 03 max. continuously getting both O2sensor 1 codes(P0132,P0152).
    P0132 - Heated Oxygen Sensor 1 Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1)
    P0152 - Heated Oxygen Sensor 1 Circuit High Voltage (Bank 2)
    I changed out the rad side sensor(new OEM), still both same codes. If you drive this car with a light foot, no codes will be created! As soon as it's spiritedly driven these 2 codes will appear. It, very occasionally runs rough at a stoplight. My thinking is the maf sensor. Today, I cleaned the maf with some MAF cleaning fluid, but still the codes appear! Should I(or my son!) bite the wallet and spring for a new Maf or is there anyone out there that has had this problem and solved it! His 03Max has only 37K kms on it!
    thanks, Sandy
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    if you are using regular gas then switch to 93 Octane. If already using 93 then switch to another gas station. Reset the codes and see if they come up again. O2 sensors may get fouled by bad gas or gas additives.

    It is also definitely possible that your MAF is bad but it would usually throw its own code, I would just replace it, it's expensive on a 93 Max since it has a heated element built in. What you can try on the intake side is clean your throttle body and check your air filter too.
  • kwk1kwk1 Posts: 39
    The '02+'03 MAF's have a heating element that the older one's don't. You can buy a MAF for an '01, take the element out of your's and put it on the '01 MAF. There is a spot for it to go, just not sure if it has to be soldered on or not. It's a little work but a MAF for an '01 is about $90- ish and the MAF for an '02/'03 is about $400.
    So quite a substancial savings.
    Read about this on a big Maxima forum.
  • cowanscowans Posts: 4
    Thanks so much for your reply. My son is now back at University,(another city) so he will be taking it in to the stealership to get a diagnosis (only). Your info on the MAF is great! I will research that changeout(heater element) and (if needed) send him the info.
    much appreciated. He does run premium, as he occasionally listens to his dad!!! LOL! Maybe I'll suggest for him to change his gas station(although, to come home at Xmas((8 hr drive))he's filled up numerous times..... this problem with the o2 codes has been around a few months!His air filter is new!
  • maro1maro1 Posts: 1
    I have a '95 Nissan Maxima. i love the car - but why is it so hard to maintenance. i had my check engine light come on over a year ago, and the engine sometimes has trouble turning over(about once every three times i turn it on). It cranks but it just doesn't turn on or if I keep the key turned after about 10 seconds and lots of "bad" noises it will doesn't matter if it's the engine's hot or cold - it does it whenever it feels like it. I have taken it to 4 different shops and all have told me something different. I got the sensors checked and two sensors showed - the knock sensor and the crank shaft position sensor. I had both crank shaft position sensors changed, and did the diagnostic again, and it still shows the crank shaft position sensor. I've spent over $400 trying to fix this problem and am scheduled to go to Nissan's service place on tuesday, but i know they will rape me on cost - is there anyone that can help me or tell me what they think? Or even direct me in the way of a good mechanic? I live in fairfax county, VA. Please help!

    Thank you
  • heart2heart2 Posts: 38
    Own a 2K Maxima with only 32K miles mainly driven locally. Had transmission fluid flushed and drained a little over 3 yrs ago at 16K miles. No problems with car but thinking about flushing it again not so much for miles but time and type of driving. Actually dealer did it last time to the tune of $150. Is it reasonable to do it again at this time? I know with the Maxima they do the full flush etc and with other cars like Acura they do not rec a flush but just drain and replace. Nissan dealer says for maxima the flush is the correct way to go.
  • cowanscowans Posts: 4
    UPDATE:.... As it turns out the stealership comes up with the same diagnosis.... replace the MAF and reprogram. I have sent him a good MAF, he will clean throttle body, install MAF, and take it back to the stealership to reprogram ($100.with idle adj,). Incidently, they quoted him $1000.CAN to do the complete job! Unreal!!!
  • kwk1kwk1 Posts: 39
    they quoted him $1000.CAN to do the complete job! Unreal!!!

    That is insane! But it is what they charge.

    Let us know how the car is after the MAF and re-programming is done.

    Good Luck! :)
  • dmaljunkdmaljunk Posts: 160
    transmission isn't really supposed to get serviced, at least not that often. It's not even listed as a serviceable item in the service manual. All you get is a piece of mind if you do it every 15K. I would stick with older car rule - every 30K miles for tranny fluid change. As far as getting a flush - yes, flush is better then drain and refill but not because the dealer said it, if you know what I mean.
  • Nissan would have cover it if your car has less than 12000 miles. Things such as brake, wiper blade are covered for 12 months or 12k.
  • Hi, I saw that you posted your message over a month ago and was wondering if you ever discovered what the problem was. I'm having the same issues and refuse to pay someone to lie and overcharge me, i.e. dealership work. My engine turns over but will not run. When I turn on the ignition I can hear the fuel pump boot up, but seconds after the ignition is on, the security light illuminates and then the engine refuses to start. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate some advice.
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