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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • thanks for the input, but it didn't really answer my question. can i drive the car a short distance after replacing the o2 sensor but before the reprogram, just to get it to the dealer?
  • Alright, I just changed the spark plugs and did a throttle body cleaning on an 03 maxima and after I put it back together the check engine light is on. Do nissans have that battery disconnection issue, I dont know. If some one could please help. Thanks
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    How did you clean the throttle body? Using throttle body cleaner, deep creep? Something that could affect the O2 sensors?

    Try disconnecting the battery for a couple of minutes. If the problem reoccurs could be something occured during the cleaning process that's throwing off the O2 sensors.
  • kanej316kanej316 Posts: 2
    I have a 1996 Nissan Maxima that won't start. When I put the key in the ignition and turn it all the lights come on and the stereo comes on, but when I turn the key further to start the car nothing happens. It doesn't even make any kind if noise or clicking or anything. I'm a single mom who knows nothing about cars, and I'm having to do this on my own for the first time, so any suggestions on what the possible problems could be would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Sounds like your starter died.
  • kanej316kanej316 Posts: 2
    On the lower dash of my car underneath the lever to pop my hood there are fuses. There has been no cover on them since the day I got the car, and I am now having someone look at my car and they have requested that I find something on-line that describes what the fuses are. Again, I know nothing about cars so my apologies if I am making no sense. Anyone know how I can find information like this? I have been driving myself crazy trying to find it on-line!! Thank you for all your help!
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  • tb4metb4me Posts: 41
    same here changed the plugs cleaned the uper manifold and throttle body and wa-la--engine light is on. I have been driving with it on for about 3 weeks and it went off finally. i did pull the battery cables off over night and it made no difference. Fuel economy is good so i'm just driving it.
  • pegasus17pegasus17 Posts: 536
    I am curious; at what mileage did you change your plugs? I am just below 50k on my 03 Max SE. Today i got new rear brake pads, the first real mx i had to do except for new tires at 35k. Still a great car...
  • ckone0814ckone0814 Posts: 71
    05 Maxima with 105k miles. Just yesterday automatic trans started "searching" all over, no consistency, sometimes shifted down, sometimes up, tachometer would shoot up then drop down suddenly - did this while accelerating and also at consistent speeds it sounded as though the gear was too low. Problem appeared after 45 min drive in 85 degree heat so it was hot.

    This morning I checked trans fluid per nissan recommendations driving car for 5-10 mins first. Fluid actually was above "hot" zone on the dipstick, even as far as where the bends in the rod are. Not sure how this can be. No fluid was added recently.

    Any ideas anyone? How is the auto trans fluid cooled on this model? Thanks in advance.
  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    interesting, Have you ever replaced tranny oil @ 30/60/90 k? If you did how much oil did you use? Interesing enough , though tech manual says 7.5q. for some reason 3.5 is enough according to a dipstick. After replacing , I drove 100 miles and went back to a shop and levels were fine. BTW since your car is now out of warranty( even extended one) , I suggest that you visit a tranny shop to have it checked.
  • heart2heart2 Posts: 38
    I can only open my trunk with the key. Push release on the remote or from in the car and can hear mechanism in trunk but it does not open. Any solutions?
  • jlee4171jlee4171 Posts: 1
    I have a 1990 Maxima SE, I have replaced the battery before but never had such an issue; today I bought a new battery, after I first connected the positive cable, then the negative cable, about 30 seconds later when I tried to start the car, the alarm went off. I don't have an alarm remote so I don't know how to turn it off. I tried turning the key to ignition "on" but it did not stop the alarm. Can someone let me know how to correct this problem? (Yesterday when I tried to jump the battery, it did the same thing.) Over the years of ownership I have replaced its battery many times but never had this issue.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
  • There is an switch in the truck, near the bottom. The purpose of this switch is so if someone breaks your window, the still can not open the truck. If you move the switch to the opposite side, the truck will open with the remote.
  • acriss3acriss3 Posts: 1
    hi kanej316

    I am having the same exact problem -- did you figure out what was wrong? Will you please post what the problem was or send me email.

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,007
    These lights keep coming on. Sometimes if I turn off the ignition, then turn it back on again, they go off and stay off. I took it to the dealer a week ago and they said it was build-up of grime on the rear wheel sensor, so they cleaned it up. A week later I am still having the same problem. They say I might have to replace the rear wheel sensor -- any idea what that should cost?

    The car runs just fine so it is rather maddening. Any ideas? What bothers me is that I don't know if these systems are all functioning, but it's a problem with whatever makes the lights show up on the dash, or if the systems really are shut down whenever the lights appear.

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  • swillkillswillkill Posts: 1
    my 2000 maxima with AT is doing a strange thing. after driving for an hour or so the trans will go neutral while driving and the engine will just rev. this happened a week ago while on the highway. i had to pull over to the side, shut off, let sit for 5 min. start back up and it was ok. it happens on and off. ive been to three auto shops who cannot figure it out.

    computer scans show nothing, visual inspection of removed trans oil pan show no signs of damage. my last option is to drop the tranny and pay 700 bucks for this. just wondering if anyone has heard of had this problem?

  • caugncaugn Posts: 30
    I have a 97 Maxima with 182000 miles. I replaced the front CV axles this weekend and now the ABS light is on and won't go off. I disconnected the battery thinking to reset the computer but that didn't work. I'm not aware of any wires or anything that got disconnected but who know. Any thoughts or suggestions of where to look?
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    CV axles are different for ABS vs. non-ABS models. The ABS ones have a ring with teeth on it, which are needed for the speed sensor. My guess is that either the non-ABS axle was used, or the ABS sensor or its wires were damaged during axle installation.
  • caugncaugn Posts: 30
    Is this ring on the passenger side axle? The new axles didn't have anything like this but the passenger side had a ring on the existing axle that we pulled off and placed on the new. I specifically ordered CV axles for the maxima with ABS.
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    No, what you are referring to is a support bearing. The ABS rings should be on each side. Look at the pictures in the link, you can see it in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The ring is silver-colored, looks like a bicycle sprocket.

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  • I bought an 1984 nissan maxima that has been setting up for a year or two, When I first drove the car the trans worked fine. Now It only goes into 1st & 2nd but want go into drive.. I had the trans fluid changed and a new filter kit installed, I also installed a new modulator valve, But no changes in trans. what else can I do? Change the electronic sylanoid???
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    You don't state the mileage on the car. I'm betting you're looking at an overhaul or rebuilt on that trans being that the car is 24 years old.
  • guuguu Posts: 10
    Does anyone know how to reset the keyless entry on a 1991 (might also help if there is a place to find an over-ride or default combination)
  • mdt_87mdt_87 Posts: 1
    I have a 00 nissan maxima and my SERVICE ENGINE SOON light came on due to my o2 sensor. 3 days later my TRAC OFF light and SLIP light came on. I used my OBD II to reset it but it came back on after about an hour of driving. Does anyone have any idea about whats going on?
  • I own a 2001 Nissan Maxima S and my car is experiencing the same problem. Have also taken to 3 different service providers, including dealer, and no one can solve issue. Thought it was related to bulletin posted by Nissan to replace transmission solenoid and computer. Wasted approx $1500 for that. My car only does this when it is 90 plus degrees outside and I have AC running full blast. Now checking the cooling system on car to see multiple parts are running properly. Dealer suggest that antifreeze solution should be 50/50 dilution and that if it is not it will cause car to run to hot and and thus cause transmission issues. Less expensive alternative to changing transmission but not sure it will work.
  • smith_gwsmith_gw Posts: 7
    Anyone have experience with the following issue. Blower for AC works normally at the highest setting, regardless if air is recirculated or not, but stops blowing at the 1,2 or 3 settings. Looking for a fix I can do myself or a rough estimate on cost. With 140,xxx+ miles, I am not looking to spend a lot on repairs. Thanks
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    There's a resistor pack in the fan housing that needs to be replaced. It's about $30-40 at the dealer. Look under the glove box, and find a harness that plugs into the resistor pack. The resistor pack is held by two screws. When you get the new resistor pack, DO NOT try it on until you put it back in the housing - it's cooled by the air flow, and will quickly burn out otherwise.
  • phopho Posts: 9
    I have a 2003 Max.GLE. Lately I found out there is condensation on the floor mat in the back of the passanger side. I went to my machanic and found nothing wrong. But I know there is something causing the condensation.Anybody have this problem before? The condensation only found when the car was running for more than an hour. Please help, thanks.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Sounds like the drain plug for the evaporator core is clogged.
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