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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Please don't blame the car. When batteries charge or discharge they emit hydrogen gas. What could have happen is when the starter was engaged there might have been a spark between the battery post and the clamp on the post witch would ignight the gas and split the battery. I have a '95 Altima and the positive post corrodes alot under the red plastic post cover. Was there alot of corrosion on the posts? I have
    seen the tops of batteries blown off due to sparks around batteries!
  • sam2k1sam2k1 Posts: 1
    Hey everybody i'm new to this chat room,so please excuse me if i do something wrong.Anyway,i need to find a power window switch for my '94 alty gxe
    i need the one for the driver side.Anybody knows
    where i could get one at a discounted price?

  • Hi, everyone. First time user of the Town Hall. I am looking at 1994 Altima with 114,000 miles for about $4,500. The car will be for my daughter to use for school and work. Any serious problems that I should know about. I've scanned the posted messages (quickly) and have noticed problems re: the distributors. Anybody have any comments. Thanks in advance.
  • shmangshmang Posts: 297
    At that mileage, even Altima is relatively reliable, anything can happen to it, especially in electric and tranny.

    If that is for a boy, maybe I will take the chance, but for your daughter, IMO, I will get her a low mileage car to be safe and she can drive longer if she opt for.... Just my 2 cents.
  • clarkrfclarkrf Posts: 2

    I am looking to purchase a 96 Alty GXE w/ 67K mi. Owner indicates there is still ~10K warranty left. Pulling the tranny stick and oil stick reveal no indication of problems. Car looks in clean condition. Owner said the alternator was replaced at ~55K mi. Seems a little early to go out.

    Anyway, after reading all the posts, is there any other things I should consider? If we agree on price, I plan to take the car to my local mechanic for inspection.


  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    I have a 95 GXE with 72k and it runs like a top. No problems except I just
    replaced the battery. No falt of the car,battery just developed an open cell
    the guy at the battery store said there was no electrical issues with an Altima.
    Might need front brake pads . The engine has a steel timming chain so don't
    let the dealer or any garage talk you into changing the timming belt. This happened
    to a co-worker that has a '95. The chain is good for the life of the car. Good luck!!
  • shemzshemz Posts: 34
    Dear People,
    I just bought a 1995 Altima GXE, its a great car when i first bought it...yesterday. I drove up to 80 MPH and no noise or anything....when i was driving i realized that the engine light was on. I read the manuel and it said that its the emission control (whats that?), it needs to be replaced. there is a kinda tick tick sound from the engine but i dont think its a problem. Could the fuse be burned or whatever for the engine light?????? Plz send me inf in my e-mail:
    Thanx 4 u allz help
  • Last week, I purchased a used 1999 Altima SE Limited. This week, for the very first time, I filled my tank up completely and did (approximately) 75% highway driving and 25% city driving. I ran the A/C occasionally.

    I reset my trip odometer to zero whenever I fill my tank so I can gauge my mileage. Currently, I am at slightly under a half tank but I've only driven 145 miles. At this rate, it would appear as though I may only get 300 miles out of a full tank of gas. I believe this car's tank holds 15.9 gallons(?) I drive CONSERVATIVELY--no full-throttle starts, not much variance in speed on the highway; I usually use cruise control.

    Does anyone else seem to have feeble gas mileage like me? I hope that it's not bad gas mileage but rather that my fuel gauge falls quickly at first, then slowly thereafter. It better hold above empty until I've put at least 350 miles on it! I certainly can't afford to fill my tank as much as it seems I may have to.

    Thanks all. :)
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    This engine is not the most fuel efficient one. Plus, I think it has a gas guage that is rather conservative. My gas light comes on and the guage reads below empty and yet it will only take a max of 11 gallons. I have a 97.5 Altima Limited Edition with the same engine. Is yours an auto or manual? Mine is an auto and it can only muster 230 miles in all city driving. On the highway, it got 34 mpg at a constant 60-65 (went 380 miles), but that number fell back down to 27-28 when doing a constant 80 (only 280 miles and reads empty). So, dont expect a miracle with this engine. It just is a rather thirsty engine, mainly because of its large size, and it has a too conservative fuel gauge. Overall though, this is a very reliable car and an excellent value as a used car.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    With now almost 12k on the car, the mileage still seems rather on the low side, in the low 20's which makes me unhappy. This is really the only problem with the car so far so I guess it's not that bad. It's the wifes ride and she still loves it so...
  • I have had my 94 Altima GXE for a few weeks now and I too at first had concerns with the gas. But, the problem is not with the engine (if you figure it out, you should still get 25/29 which...isnt awesome, but its not horrible either) If you notice, when you get to E and fill up, you can only put about 12 gallons in, which means you still have about 2 gallons to use (according to the size of the tank) when you get to Empty. I don't recommend banking on this though and trusting it totally, to be safe, I would still not go past E. So, the problem is not that you are getting bad gasmileage, its just you have to fill up more often but hey, I don't mind filling up and it only costing me 11-13 dollars, :) :) :)


    Any other questions, I can try to help, RukahsATC@Yahoo.Com
  • Thanks guys, for all your input. At least now I feel as though I didn't buy a car with some sort of gas-leak problem. I'm still disappointed that the mileage is as poor as it is. My father drives a Buick with the 3800 Series II V-6 and it gets 34 miles per gallon when he drives it smooth and steady on the highway. To me, it's not right when a 3.8 liter, 6 cylinder, 12 valve, 205 HP engine (pushrod, no less!) can out-mileage a 2.4 liter, 16 valve, DOHC 4 banger with 150 ponies. It's more than just "not right"; it's absurd.

    Oh least I have Nissan's build quality going for me. Oops--I forgot--my passenger window rattles like crazy so nevermind about the build quality. :-( There's a technical service bulletin on that shows Nissan is actually aware of this problem but it was never recalled. Oh well...I guess I got off the point...

  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    The reason there is a huge difference between mileage of those 2 cars on the highway is rather simple: it has to do with gearing and highway rpms. My Altima revs at about 3K when doing 80 whereas the Buick probably does the same with only about 2400 on the tach. Those low low rpms reap high mileage gains (my Altima achieved 34 mpg as well when kept at 2400 rpms which is 60 mph). Also, that Series II engine is known for a lot of friction reductions that improve mileage. The Nissan 2.4 liter is a rather old design that hasnt seen much in the way of engine modifications. This engine dates all the way back to 1989, with the only change being the twin cam head that was added in 92. No special variable valve timing to help it gain efficiency, no variable volume intake, etc. As you can see, its a low tech engine that can't quite compete with engines that have these features. Also, remember your car was only rated at 21/29 city/hwy, so expecting more than 29 is futile. The one good thing about this engine is its good low end torque and amazing power for a four banger. When you push it, it feels like a six.
    As for the rattling window, since there is a service bulletin, that means the dealers are aware of the problem and know what to do to fix it, so take it in and see if they can't fix the problem for you. Many minor problems like that never make it to recall status. Good luck and enjoy your car! Don't let the fuel economy get ya down!! I let it bug me for the first few weeks I owned the car as well, but I got used to it and realize the loss in mileage is worth the power.
  • I know what ya mean about the RPMs. One of the FEW things I admire about my dad's Park Ave. is the gear ratios. It's overdrive gear is really long-legged. That car feels like it could coast forever without gas; it's really amazing for an American made drivetrain.

    Anyway, I'm going to take a printout of the service bulletin in to my Nissan dealer and see if they don't scare me when they give me a quote to rip the door apart and fix the window rattle.

    I'll start to enjoy the car more, just as soon as I learn to accept its flaws. I'm hyper-picky about my cars; I'll get over it. :)
  • Anyone familiar with the proper way to take out the trim piece around the tranny shifter (on an automatic) for a 99 Altima? I'm thinking of just pulling it up but I don't want to crack it.

    I guess they don't yet have a Haynes repair manual published yet for Altimas that are newer than 98 or else I would have bought the book and learned on my own.

    Good day all.
  • shemzshemz Posts: 34
    this is a common problem and it may be sooooooooo cheap to fix..i have talked and reaserched could be the OS sensor but FIRST BEFOR TRYING ANYTING TRY THIS PLZ IT WILL HELP BECAUSE IT HELPED ME AND IT WORKED:
    1) Use higher gas octane (93)
    2)CHECK Your GAS CAP if it is not secure in and iz not clicked 3 times the eng. light will come on!!!!
    3) Take out the negative wire in ure battery for about 2 hours or so...(this is what helped!!!)
    4)Do tune up change oil and spark plugs and all
    GOOD LUCK!!!!
  • jft26jft26 Posts: 35
    I had my '98 Nissan Altima to the dealer yesterday and I was told that it needed
    a right front hub bearing. Luckily it is covered under the Warranty. The parts are
    on order. I asked the Service Advisor if they would be performing a wheel
    alignment during the course of the repair and he said that it wouldn't be
    required. Is that a true statement? It sounded like the front end would be apart
    for the repair.

    Thank you for any insight / information.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    shemz: The noise could be caused from loose lifter. These engine have solid lifters and have to be adjusted from-time-to-time. I have a '95 and found one valve a little loose .002-.003. There is disks of different thickness to change the lash. Easy to do.
    front hub change: Yes you have to have the front end aligned because the tie-rod end is removed
    from the hub to change it!!
  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    The issue is whether alignment is truly affected. Books say that many steering repairs like struts don't need alignment.

    Personally though, I always align after a steering repair. I had many years where I didn't align, and tire replacement costs were definitely high.
  • Is anyone experiencing a persistant rattle with their Nissan Altima 2001.
    My car has had the passenger side bushing replaced twice since i brought it a month ago. Service said nissan is redesigning the bushing. But the noise is persistent. It is definitely coming from the rear passenger side. Some passengers say its coming from under the seat, others think its the window. It is driving me nuts. Plus there is a lot of wind noise in the car. It sounds at times like metal on metal. I can't seem to figure it out.
  • Can't find the pcv valve on my engine. I saw part in store and it is threaded on one end. Specifically, where is it located? The tech at Nissan dealer said it is on back of engine but he couldn't show it to me. Do I need to view it from under the motor? I've looked everywhere.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Well, my Alty let me down :( This morning when I went to start my 97 Altima, I heard a loud pop and nothing happened. The battery literally blew off one of the caps where you fill it up with water and is cracked and distorted on the top. What would have caused my battery to do this?? I find this disturbing as I only have 65K and read a very similar post only 20 messages ago. I had just replaced a rear brake light that had also literally exploded. Could these two incidences be related, or did I just have a fluke bad battery and bulb? I'm worried I have some sort of electrical overcharging problem. Would appreciate some advice here, thanks!
  • shemzshemz Posts: 34
    Hi all,
    I still have my Altima...very good car. i just put over 2,500 miles on it and its running lie a only problem is, does it have slow acceleration due to the low octane (87) fuel that i put...and is it ok to put additives like fuel injector cleaners and octane booster, would they really clean and improve the cars performance?
    Thanx for youre help guys...
  • nikecarnikecar Posts: 460
    well it might hesitate at first, but defintely more acceleration than the others in the class I 've driven... try changing fuel brands.. I've gotten sluggish performance with brand X, and Brand Y is ok... same with other folks iknow.
  • shemzshemz Posts: 34
    My god, i was proud of that car i had (Altima) that i was bragging about until yesterday when the Chek Engine Light came on....what should i do.? I kida hear squeaky noise but i dunno where they r from . thanx for replying....
  • Hi folks,

    I have a 2000 altima GXE. The rear passenger door has a problem in that I cannot open the door from inside. I am guessing this is not a major problem and should not take a lot to correct it.
    Now is this something that can be repaired under factory warranty or should just go to a local mechanic and get it fixed?
  • Aero: Make sure the child safety door lock isn't activated (in the lock position). If it is the door can NOT be opened from the inside only from the outside. Reset it to free, then you'll be able to open the door from the inside. The child safety lock levers are located on the edge of the rear doors.

    Semper Fi
  • Car has 21,000 miles and today when I filled it up, the gasoline fumes started to come through the air conditioner vents for about 15 minutes.
    Anywho ever have this problem????????
  • Thanks for your quick reply oehrlein ..

    Now let me go and hide.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Anyone have this one. My gearbox squeeks when I shift. It has been doing this for years. I took it in for service, when it was still under warranty, and they told me it was "normal". After being so frustrated with them after the 3rd time trying to get it fixed and my warranty ran out, I decided to drive it until it really needed repair (other than just being annoying). Now it rattles, and makes a "bad" noise while accelerating and needs to be repaired. It still squeeks. I am hoping to have the squeek fixed at the same time. Anyone know what part it is that makes this squeek?
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