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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • dhampdhamp Posts: 8
    That's a really big coincidence that it started after the belts were replaced. I would start the car and do a visual inspection while it's running. If the belt is misaligned w/the pulley grooves, this will cause it to squeal as well.
  • dhampdhamp Posts: 8
    I had this same problem. It started suddenly this winter. I knew I needed a knock sensor (KS), but I was told my friend that works for a dealer that he was almost positive that the KS wasn't throwing the timing off that much. I took it to Autozone and got the codes read. I got one for the KS (which I already knew about) and a second for a coolant temp sensor (CTS). My friend told me that the CTS was probably telling the computer that the car is running hot when it's really not, and then the computer was shutting the car off to keep from damaging itself. So far, it hasn't happened anymore. However, I'd noticed before that it seemed to do it more when it's was very cool or cold outside. If that was part of the catalyst, then it wouldn't be doing it now. All I know is that I installed the CTS on Sunday, and I've had no problems since. Another thing to check is the base idle by letting the car run to operating temp (until the fan kicks on then back off), unplugging the throttle positioning sensor (TPS) and seeing if the car holds idle and where. If that base idle is off, it could cause the car to stall sporadically when no throttle is applied.
  • alphadogalphadog Posts: 5
    My 01 is at the dealership for the same problem that you just
    described. I'll let you know what they find and how much it cost.
  • mevandemevande Posts: 190
    Hello everyone,
    I am contemplating purchasing a Maxima. Any "major" problems to look out for in current generation Maxima?

    Thanks in advance!

  • My 2003 maxima is on the second bose CD player. Nissan installed replaced the first one but this one still skips all the time, particularly in the winter. The problem reduces as the car warms up and the air inside gets drier. I thought a couple of my CDs were scratched .....but I am begining to believe that the car player is actually doing the scratching.

    I am going in for my #3 player next Wednesday. Very frustrating.
  • alphadogalphadog Posts: 5
    Before you purchase a new Maxima, go to
    and check out any recalls and technical service bullentins.
  • I just purchased a used '99 Maxima and had the battery replaced. How do I get the security system to shut off?? I do not have a copy of the owners manual.

    Help? :(
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    It is my understanding that the 8/80 Federal emissions warranty covers the cat. conv. and the ECM.......period. You should not have to pay for this yourself. imho.

    Also, this is a Federal warranty.... it has nothing to do with your state !!!!

    Find another dealer or , twist the arm of your current dealer. :mad:
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    I've had 4 in my 02 SE. Keep trying until they get it right.
  • thanks for the reply...i just got it back from a shop i got referred to and he cleaned the idle control motor...seems to be working fine now too...he did say something about the coolant temp sensor when i brought it up talking, but i guess it was fine...thanks again for the time though.
  • beanctrbeanctr Posts: 99
    Ahh, the skipping problem. My bose unit in my 02 SE has the same exact symtoms you have. I am still on my first unit and don't plan on replacing it because 1) I am out of warranty; and 2) because the replacements aren't any better. The radio is such an overpriced piece of junk. Big disappointment. Nissan failed miserably on this particular radio :lemon: . I like everything else about the car, just the radio stinks.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,105
    Everyone has such different experiences! For me the radio/CD player is one of the best things about my Maxima ('01 GLE). It sounds great, works just fine after 4 years, and is especially appreciated after the really crappy radio we had in our last Subaru Forester.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • ralph1ralph1 Posts: 5
    I no longer have my max but I the same problem.
    Try this. turn the key but not enough to crank the engine. Wait about 4 seconds then continue turning the key until the engine cranks. This will allow the fuel pump to engage before the engine cranks. My tech at the dealership suggested this and it did work.
    i never got vibration but the 1-2 hour thing was always when it happened.
  • lxpatellxpatel Posts: 34
    Have you found a solution for this, i have a friend who has the same problem.

  • dwill_22dwill_22 Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Maxima and I have the same problem while idling at the light. It gives these jerking/vibrating motions. The problem seems to get worse when it goes 1/4 of a tank and below. My check engine light was on and the code said right O2 sensor. I had this replaced , but the problem still persists. Did you ever find out what the problem was? Does anyone know what this could be?
  • Hi, I just wondered if you guys could tell me where to buy an Electronic Control Module or computer for a VE30DE engine on a 1994 Max. Also, anything else I should be aware of (brands, prices, etc.).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • alphadogalphadog Posts: 5
    Still Waiting :mad:

    I can't believe it, my car been at the dealership since April 2nd and they
    still can't figure out the problem. I called the service advisor and he said
    a Nissan engineer is on his way. They already changed the two 02 sensors,
    air flow meter and the throttle chamber. I already called the owner of the dealership
    and now he's getting involved.

    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • I actually bought OBD II reader on ebay for 44 dollars for japanese cars. Kept getting 1320 , never told me the exact coil that was misfiring. I just bought new coils on ebay for 260 (the ones with grey dot , indicates updated version of the coils). Also replaced the spark plugs at same time. (bought 6 NGK v power copper for 14 dollars at rs strauss auto store, didn't want to pay 7 times more for platinum ones). Now the car stoped vibrating / shaking and the light didnt come back yet. (I reset it with obd 2 reader). So far it seems 1320 most of the times means bad coils. Figuring out which one is bad takes forever ...
    (you can replace one at a time i guess and see if problem goes away or use a voltmeter somehow, they got procedure in nissan service manual for checking them but sounds too complicated). Btw It takes about 2 hours to replace 6 plugs and 6 coils , (faster if you have 10 inch extension for 10mm bolts, otherwise getting to the bolts / spark plugs in the rear is very difficult)
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Haven't posted in a while. My 2000 SE now has 79K on it and so far no major stuff besides alternator and 02 sensor. Right now both side marker lights are out, the ones on the front quarter panels. I can't see how to easily replace them. Anybody done these ones? I've done both headlights before but I can't see how to get at these marker lights.

  • my '95 turned 200,000 miles yesterday. It's never let me down, ever, and still looks great and everything works. (more than i can say for me)

    That's not to say I haven't replaced a lot of things as they needed to be. I replaced the starter last fall because it would make a strange noise after cranking that indicated it wasn't letting go of the flywheel for a bit. it had made the noise for about 50,000 miles, but started to get worse.

    Other than that, I'm on my third battery, 4th set of tires, change the water pump last year, and had a funny intermittent noise problem for years that was finally fixed by replacing the right front wheel bearing. The interior looks and works great (except for the stupid cupholder design). Amazingly, I've never needed change a marker or brake light! Headlamps yes, about six.

    Lesson Learned: Leather upholstery is not a luxury: It's a necessity if you want your interior to hold up.

    Since buying it as a young newly married guy, i've jumped several customer segments and am now expecting a third child. Any suggestions for vehicles you can put 3 kid seats (1 can be a backless booster) into and not be an SUV?
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,105
    Yes. It's called a minivan. And if you have 3 kid seats you will want one!
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • roar1roar1 Posts: 193
    For front marker lights, you need to take a small screwdriver ( wrap a small rag around it to protect the paint ) and slide the marker lens forward ( to the front of the car ) and off. This will expose the bulb.

    Same deal for a rear marker light except that you slide the lens to the rear to take it off. Btw, I believe this info is in the manual.
  • ccermakccermak Posts: 260
    Thanks, I'll give that a shot. I kept looking from the inside under the hood thinking hmmmmmmmm......

    Manual, that'd been too easy.
  • merdiemerdie Posts: 12
    What model/year do you have and what is the major problem/complaint? We have a car that has been in the shop quite a bit also. An 05 Max. Thanks
  • rahmanrahman Posts: 2
    To fix your car go and read message#1621 and you will find the solution to your problem. You need to change the AIRE MASS METER ( Aire Flow Meter).
    Good luck. :) :D
  • rafarafa Posts: 35
    Hi we have a 2001 nissan maxima se fully loaded with 76,000 miles last night we were coming from the store on the highway and the service engine soon light came on so we took it to auto zone to check the codes and two codes came as p171 which means replace the oxygen sensor they didn't have it in stock so they reset the codes and drove it home going to drive it tomorrow and see how it feels then going to replace the sensor should i go to the dealer and buy it is it bad to drive like that and wear is the oxygen sensor located at is it difficult to replace or should i take to a pro can someone help that you :mad:
  • alphadogalphadog Posts: 5
    Finally, After 28 days at the dealership I finally got the call to pick up
    my 01,Max. SE, Here's what they replaced:

    1. Volume Air Flow Meter
    2. Heated Oxgen sensor
    3. Oxgen Sensor
    4. Throttle Chamber
    5. ECM

    The major problem was stalling and hesitation during stop and go traffic.

    WOW, big difference the car feels brand new.
    Due to length of time in the shop and getting the owner involved I got all this
    done for under a grand. The customer relations manager also had a big hand in
    this matter.
    Good place to get parts is

    :) :) :) :)
  • ryanpdxryanpdx Posts: 1
    The "Check" light for emissions just came on. I have a 1996 Maxima 3.0 with 105,000 miles. Anyone venture to guess what the problem might be before I take it to the mechanic? I would at least like to know what the possibilities are before I enter the dance...
  • dirkworkdirkwork Posts: 210
    Take it to Autozone and they can pull the code if its a standard ODB-II code. These cars eat O2 sensors, that would be my guess.
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