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Nissan Maxima Maintenance and Repair



  • Thanks for the Re: :)

    The engine doesn't shake on start, it shakes when its really warmed up (10-20+ min of operating).

    I had my mech. check the cooling and sensors, and I had a bad Knock sensor, so I replaced it, and nothing... :confuse:

    This is really frustrating :( :mad: I also had all my rotors, and brakes replaced, as well as all my calipers and hoses. and right now the car passes a computer diagnostic with flying colors. But the problem persists. Please help.

    Thank you.
  • drdannydrdrdannydr Posts: 1
    I have a Nissan Maxima 96, and I had the starter replaced a few months ago and after it was replaced the check engine light came on. But the car runs fine. Also had a tune up done and replaced both front axels. Today the battery and brake light turn on. checked brake fluid and its full. Also checked all my fuses and they are all ok. What can make the battery light and the brake light turn on?
  • johnf2johnf2 Posts: 2

    Did you ever come up with a solution to your problem?

    I am having a similar problem with my 96 Maxima. It has 113K miles on it.
    This problem started occurring over that last week now that we are getting
    80 degree weather here in New England. In the morning when its around 60 the car starts fine. It sits in the parking lot at work all day in the sun and when I
    go home it won't start. The only thing that seems to work is put the key in the
    ON position in the ignition and wait around a minute and then start it.

    There is an after maket alarm with the car. I suspected the relay between the
    ignition and starter may be affected the the interior heating up during the day.
    But keeping the windows open when it's parked didn't help. So I bypassed the
    relay by rewiring the ignition back directly to the starter but no luck there.

    I saw some notes in the forum that said the 95-99 Maxima need periodic starter replacements. I already replaced mine back in January 2002 but it is not too hot
    in this neck of the woods that time of year.
  • hankshanks Posts: 1
    Hi, there. I recently have a strange problem with my Maxima. When I start the car, sometimes there's no response at all. The engine doesn't beep but the brake is OK to push down. I happen to find the solution to this problem is just to change the shift from P to R ( the car will not move as the engine actually not work yet), then back to P, then turn off the key and turn on again. Although this solution works, it is really annoying.

    A related symptom is that when the car is started already, I reverse the car, and then begin to drive by changing the shift to "D" and pushing the gas pedal, the rotation speed will be very high but the car moves very slow. I'll have to change the shift to "2" to make it normal. After the car is moving, I can change the shift back to "D" and drive smoothly.

    I suspect it's something wrong with the transmission system. Someone told me the inhibit switch might not work. However who are familar with this part? I google it but no luck! Any help will be appreciated.
  • mastjmastj Posts: 14

    I have exactly the same problem - there are other posts on here as well with the same complaint. Look back 6 months or so to find them.

    I've not yet complained about it, since it sounds like its just a part of the 5 speed auto tranny. I've heard in one prior post that the dealership reset the ECM so that it had to relearn its shifts (non-technical version). This person reported that it seemed to help, but then the abrupt shifting returned in a few days.

    I know this is disappointing, and I don't think's right, but I will say that after having mine 6 months now, I tend to notice it less. But I have to say it still bugs me... because my driveway is about 250' long and just as I get near the garage I let of the gas and I always get that abrupt pulsation.

    Please write back and let us know if your dealer comes up with any solutions. I've got other fish to fry with my dealer right now.

  • elecboyelecboy Posts: 2
    If the mechanic does not know how to find your problem, do not let him work on your car.
    Check the inhibitor switch on the transmission.
    Ground from the switch goes to inhibitor relay in engine compartment.
    To find all this your mechanic should get the ALLDATA software. :cry:
  • rtyrty Posts: 1
    the problem is the alternator if you have a wiring diag you will see that the brake lights and battery lights are connected together the way you can tell is if both lights are are and you raise the emergency brake and the brake ligh gets brighter its the alternator
  • warrior_prwarrior_pr Posts: 28
    2005 Maxima SL Auto- transmission got the same problem. My dealer say that is part of the new shift logic feature that Nissan is proud to announce in their advertising, so they don’t believe Nissan its going to do any fix about it. I want to know who was the Japanese engineers that convince Nissan to say that that transmission programming will be a successful one. My Ford Explorer get better transmission shift than my new Maxima. That is embarrassing. That is my first and last Nissan. I am very frustrate with my Nissan Maxima. :( :mad: :cry:
  • bschottbschott Posts: 2
    Can anyone offer advice for my 98 Maxima? My a/c was not working and I went to the dealer who recharged my system and subsequently told me my compressor was broken inside and needed to be replaced. I did that today and recharged the system. Plenty of air blowing, but it is not cold. Seems like the flapper valve is stuck and will not allow cold air to enter the car. I have checked all fuses and relays seem to be fine. Also did the self-diagnosis (hold down "off" when starting car for 5 seconds and going through the diagnosis). Does show code 25 (sunlight sensor) which I replaced. Would that stop the whole system from operating?


  • kanakana Posts: 2
    Hi, I have a 2001 Max, and I have a rotten egg smell coming from my car's exhaust. I heard there could be a potential problem. Is this true and did anybody have any experience with it??? It might be useful to know that I noticed the smell after driving the car for a long time with AC on. However, I smelled it when AC was off.
  • rsollarsrsollars Posts: 1
    I've just purchased a 95 Maxima and am looking for the recirculate air intake...The previous owner was a smoker and I bought an aerosol duct cleaning product from autozone to try and eliminate some of the odor. I know they are typically on the passenger side under the glove box but I can't seem to find this one...Thanks for your help...
  • kjhuckkjhuck Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 Maxima, and have the same problem. It only does it sometimes and I can figure out a pattern to it. I have balance and alignment done twice, and it still does it. I thought maybe I had a defective tire.
    So it is the struts?! Mine is about 6 months old.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    I had a similar problem with an old Mazda 626. I took it back to the dealer and they forget something like an O ring. It worked fine after that. It could be something that simple.
  • highrollerhighroller Posts: 351
    Probably could of been your usage of a particular octane gasoline. What octane rating of gas do you use? Most nissan maxima that i know recommends using premium, but i've heard that using mostly premium can produce rotten egg smells from the exhaust. Maybe try unleaded plus or regular and see if that helps some, if not than probably a big fat nasty juicy bug is in your muffler hehe j/k =)
  • johnf2johnf2 Posts: 2
    The local mechanic traced my problem down to the ignition switch. This may be a common problem in that when the mechanic called the Nissan dealer to get the part the dealer asked how many would he like. It has been running fine since the
  • bschottbschott Posts: 2
    Thanks for the suggestion - I did replace the O rings on all hoses.
  • My remote for locking and unlocking doors does not work any longer. It did at one time work. I changed the battery and it still does not work. Does anyone have any other ideas that might help fix this problem? Thanks
  • My have a 99 Maxima and the A/C stopped working in all positions except off and high. I heard that there might be a fuse that needs to be replaced. Has anyone heard anything like this or maybe something else? Thanks
  • just_philjust_phil Posts: 86
    Do you mean your fan only works on the highest speed? If so, this is caused by a blown resistor pack. It's located underneath the glove compartment, right in the air duct. You can identify it by a two-wire connector, and it's held by two screws. Very easy to do it yourself, the part is around $30-40 from the dealer. DO NOT be tempted to try the new pack by turning the fan on without inserting it back into the duct, it is cooled by the air, and you will burn it.
  • kmc3kmc3 Posts: 1
    I also have a 2001 Maxima that had to have the gas tank door replaced. I have actually seen a few other Maximas while driving that have the door either missing or not mine was for a while before I could replace it.
  • Thanks, I will give it a shot.
  • sfreitagsfreitag Posts: 4
    I had 2002 Nissan Maxima SE and also had a problem with Gas Door.
    It would not fit/close properly, so parts of the door extended beyond the body of the car. Because of this problem, I couldn't go through car washes, in fear it would be ripped off. I'm sure it is only a matter of time before the Gas Door will come off.
  • georgeb2dgeorgeb2d Posts: 1
    That makes so much sense on mine. Where would you go to get an after market rotor that is larger? Do the calipers have to be replaced as well?
  • ltslts Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Maxima & also have vibrations / rattles in the front dash - driver's side, in the rear panel by the speakers, hard shifting when accelerating, steering wheel shimmy when applying the brakes at 60 - 70 mph. I'm as frustrated as you guys with the dealership. I haven't even had this car a year, and it's been in the shop so many times! What to do? I'm so tired of feeling like a chronic complainer! Where can I find these "Service Advisory" notices? :mad:
  • rimarkrimark Posts: 1
    What a combo, eh?

    2000 Max, 135k miles, and it seems the cooling fan is running constantly. During the recent hot weather the temp ran very high and almost overheated. Anyone else experience this? Tips? Ideas?

    Also, I have electric seats and the forward and back function on the drivers seat has stopped working, all other seat controls work fine....anyone? Bueller??

    Thanks in advance for any ideas!

    Mark in RI
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    Thanks for your post. I am experiencing exactly the same problem. The brake light and the battery light come on. If I apply the hand brake the light gets more intense.

    My problem is intermittent, though. It normally happens the first time the car is started and then tends to go away for a few days.

    Do I need a new alternator?
  • robbie05robbie05 Posts: 2
    The car is near perfect. The only problem is, if I drove the car for a while, then shut down the engine, and try to immediate start the car again, it will stall. Everything sounds right the second I started the car, then the tachometer pointer went to around 1200 rpm and started to come back. Normally it should stop at 650-700 rpm, instead it went all the way to zero.

    However, as long as I step on the gas and rev it to 2500 rpm in such situation, it WILL start and everything will be just as normal.

    I have no problem with cold start, or start several minutes after shutting off the engine.

    Could it be the gas? The previous owner used 89, but since the manual recommended 91 or better, I used 93.
  • mastjmastj Posts: 14

    That's very interesting.... wonder if it came from the factory with the navi and then something happened to the screen and they just replaced it with a standard orange screen??? Do you have the original window sticker anywhere in the car? That should show the navi charge, and maybe prove my theory... who knows.

    As for the buttons, have you looked in the owners manual (yes, I know its thick) and checked to see whether the buttons are just mislabeled? Maybe they accidentially put the Navi buttons in your car, but they actually do the no-Navi functions. I'd look at the non-navi setup and see whether by pushing a button whether that gives you the non-navi feature. As I recall, there are the same number of buttons and same layout regardless of the system, they are just labeled differently.

    If that doesn't help, email me and I'll send you a photo of my buttons (don't read anything into that!!!) - I have an 05 w/o the navi.

  • highrollerhighroller Posts: 351
    I dont think it has anything to do with the type of octane you use for your fuel. Just to ask, have you change your timing belt or spark plugs recently?
  • I have the same problem and it's not the bulb or fuse. How did you remedy your repair? Need advice.
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