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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • yes O'Rielly's for 17.99 with gasket,,, get the kit with the rubber gasket (not cork) same price.. the Trans fluid at walmart save $4.00 LOL,, my filter had no gasket, but the filter comes with a pan gasket..
  • blown302blown302 Posts: 1
    I replaced my main drive belt the other day and could never get the belt tight once i put the new one on. Does anyone have any experience with this type of tenstioner and how it works?
  • shaynewshaynew Posts: 1
    My 95 Maxima has been running rough lately, but yesterday it died when the tank was very low, got it to the station to fill it up then it ran ok, next day would not start, or stay running if I touched the gas pedal at all. Sound coming from behind fuel management area sounds like a loud clock ticking (car on or key in acc mode). Think it might be fuel pump but can a car still run with a bad fuel pump?
  • acorns5acorns5 Posts: 2
    I have a strange sound which I cannot figure out. It sounds like a motor whinning. It sounds as if it is in the rear of the car. The faster I accelerate, the faster the whine sounds and louder. It is not real loud, but you can hear it. I have had the left rear wheel bearing replaced. Sound still there. I just had new tires put on the rear. Sound still there. Not sure what to do next?? Any ideas?? Acorns5
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Tires? You might check the tires for "feathering".


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  • acorns5acorns5 Posts: 2
    To Mr. Shiftright, I did that when I had the new tires put on last month. The noise seems to stay the same even if the pavement changes from concrete to asphalt. I can hear a difference on tire whine. Yet, this noise is different, Sounds more like a high pitched motor running. :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Oh, maybe your fuel pump?

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  • ruben07ruben07 Posts: 1
    tell me more in detail, what exactly your hearing and what you may think is wrong with your car?
  • lauren15lauren15 Posts: 10
    Actually, I took it to a new mechanic and he knew what the problem was. He said he flushed the transmission filter and put in a new one and now, voila! no problems!!!

    thanks for asking!
  • caugncaugn Posts: 30
    Turned out to be the high gear clutch drum. So I saved money by buying a 100k mile transmission from a salvage yard for $150 and changing out the tranny all together.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Has anyone with a 6th or 7th Generation Maxima with the CVT had any problems with it? I'm asking because I have a 2010 SV and I love the transmission for the most part, mind you I only have about 7k miles on the car but it seems to perform so smoothly and the fuel efficiency has just been excellent. But, and this is a big but, there are many people in the Altima and Murano CVT forums with horror stories of the their CVTs and wanted to know if the Maxima has been a recipient of any of those problems?
  • slealsleal Posts: 1
    I have the exact same problem, were you able to find out what the issue was? Its not tires as I've changed my tires and its still making that noise, its also not the muffler. I'd hate to have to go to the dealer to have it resolved and over pay for a simple fix.
  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    When I press gas pedal, my car makes a sound that I can only describe as bolts in a can. The car is not stumbling and accelerating without any issues. Any Ideas?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Sounds like "pinging". If it IS pinging (you should have a mechanic listen to it) that can be dangerous for your engine if severe and lengthy (a quick little rattle is not so big a deal). This is also called pre-ignition and has to do with improper engine (spark) timing. Usually your car's computer, in conjunction with a "knock sensor" will adjust for low octane gas or other timing variations but in this case perhaps the knock sensor isn't working, or the gasoline is really sub-standard octane.

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  • lauren15lauren15 Posts: 10
    Thanks, funny, my nissan max also started doing this just last week! ugh, I'm still dealing with the accelerator problem. Thought it was gone when my mechanic flushed the transmission filter - it was gone for several months, now that is back too!

    He said it could be also a transmission timing sensor of some sort.

    I love my car, but thinking it may be time>. ......
  • alexstorealexstore Posts: 264
    Thank you.
    I saw my mechanic today and he thinks same way so I added some gas treatment to see if it fixes this issue.
  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I have a 2006 Maxima SL with 53k miles. Over the last month or so, I've noticed that the suspension has gotten to be fairly rough. I've been vigliant lately in maintaining tire pressure but every little bump or seam feels like a blast to the wheels.

    I'm thinking of taking it in to get the suspension checked out, but I'm worried that if I take it in and complain of suspension issues, the service folks will simply start recommending replacing shocks and springs at-will rather than ensuring there's an actual issue. Any thoughts on ways to be more specific in determining what the issue might be and how to make sure I don't get ripped off?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    They could check for a "blown" strut, indicated by leaking oil on the strut itself.

    They can also do the "bounce test" but this is very subjective and proves little unless it were so extreme as to be obvious.

    53K is a bit early for new struts but not unheard of.

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  • hroppelhroppel Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 maxima that has had the same warning lights... TCS and SLP coming on now for at least the last 10,000 miles. When the lights come on the car runs very rough and shakes. This is an on and off problem. Seems to occur more when car is cold. I have taken car into dealer when lights are not on and they have not been able to trouble shoot. Any ideas?
  • sanjaysdcasanjaysdca Posts: 269
    Had the same problen in 2K I30
    Had to chanege oxygen sensors, Pre Cat, etc..
    I ignored/tried to fix it reading forums here and at
    Changed one oxygen sensor
    Ignition coils

    Problems will disapper only to reappear again. Finally took it to dealer...

    A known problems in 5th gen Maximas

  • poodog13poodog13 Posts: 320
    I have a 2006 Maxima SL with 54k miles (same car as potential suspension issues posting a few posts back).

    Now in the last few days, it feels like my transmission is "slipping" when giving a bit of gas while coasting in traffic. I'll be coasting through rush hour traffic and just need to give the gas a little tap to keep moving, and the whole car "jerks". Feels like the auto trans isn't catching the gear right away, but I'm far from a gear-head.

    Could this be as simple as the auto tranny fluid needing replaced? Anything other ideas?
  • meister4Umeister4U Posts: 7

    There are a few things it could be...Oxygen sensor and/or knock sensor. I experienced this one...sounds like your problem. This could cause the car to sputter and worst case completely stall eventually. Or, it could be as simple as a fuel filter, or needing a tune-up.

    If you have an AutoZone nearby, they have a decoder to your check your engine when your engine light comes on that can pinpoint parts problems so you know what parts to buy, like fuel injectors, filters, etc. You may just need a tune up. I would try that before I went to a mechanic and start spending a ton of money.

    Other obvious possibilities are the kind of gas you are using..could be water in your gas.
  • cogitojazzcogitojazz Posts: 14
    Greetings from OH. I have an 03 Maxima SE 6 speed, 101K, periodically check engine light comes on. Service Tech says it could be clogged O2 sensor. Light goes off, light comes on. Using Sunoco or BP high octane. Getting great mileage, around 400 miles a tank and car is very well cared for - NO problems. He says don't worry - so I worry. Thinking of trading. Suggestions? Much appreciated!
  • have a 2006 nissan maxima,wife hit a bump and now none of the gages work,they lite up but dont work,air also no longer works,have looked at all the fuses. and dismantled the lower dash and glove box,but still at a loss.
  • I have a 65K car and after sitting for 3 days went to start it and fired up with what sounded like top end noise, shut it off re started and no top end noise but nay have spun over a little longer than normal but my question is @ 900 rpm either going up or coming down with accelerator there is what sounds like a chirp coming from engine area more noticeable under side than above, doesnt matter AC on or off, Thought maybe an idle or tension er but wouldn't that make a sound throughout the rpms, Any ideas would be Appreciated..
  • Does not sound like a big prob;em. Try spraying with silicone spray on all the belts and pullys...when the motor is running and you can hear if it stops the problem.
  • Did you evry get that "bad Valve" looked at I have a 02 maxima with what souds like very similar sounds under the hood almost a chirp @ 900 rpm accl. or decel. Any new updates on your issues??
  • Thanks for the reply and will get back to you with "Good News" , i hope it is this eazy, oh and the car does have original belts 65K...
  • Have 2000 maxima and Check Engine Warning lights been on for 10K miles as well and finally driving rough. Had friend check computer codes, indicated bend 1 issue and a 2nd one dealing with catalytic converter. AS we peered where these items are noticed that the maxima has 2 or 3 catalytic converters, one next to engine block? and the 2 in line before the muffler. At bend 1 is an O2 sensor and just before and after the 1st cat are 2 more O2 sensors with the 4th o2 sensor next to cat on engine block. Happened right after I put high test gas (91 octane) in it!?
    Well see what it is?
  • rcmaxrcmax Posts: 11
    Guys, it would be a good idea to share the complete repair history of our cars just to get an idea of where Maxima stands in terms of onwership costs and reliability. Forget JD Powers, let us owners speak.

    Mine is a 97 max with 160K miles and had the following repairs till now.
    1) All four brake rotor resurfacing - once
    2) All four New brake rotors- once
    3) Rear brake calipers - three sets
    4) Front brake calipers - one set
    5) New CV joint - once
    6) New alternator - once
    7) New radiator - once
    8) Oxygen sensor - once
    9) Knock sensor - once
    10) PCV valve - once
    11) Mufflers - twice
    12) Exhaust pipes - twice
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