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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Cost was $110. I trust my mechanic and since I can barely screw in a light bulb, lol, it was worth it to me. Also, when the wife is happy, and it's her car, I'm happy!

    The Sandman :)
  • ricam78ricam78 Posts: 1
    Well it is nice to see that Nissan isnt doing much to fix any butterfly screw problems. My 2002 with 84000 miles had the exact same thing happen 2 weeks ago and I am trying all I can to get Nissan to realize this is a manufacturer defect. You can read my story and see pictures of what happened and also see HOW COMMON THE PROBLEM IS by going here:

    Butterfly Screws

    If anyone else has had the problem and knows how common it is please speak up as Nissan will not recognize a problem without a TON of complaints about it. I am just wondering how long they will let this problem go on without fixing it. Imagine if a family had the screws fall into their engine and as they are turning and accelerating to cross some oncoming traffic their car stutters and stalls and they end up getting hit. OOPS....just because Nissan didnt spend $1 to put some loctite on the screws that are vibrating loose people must suffer. It just amazes me. RECALL THE BUTTERFLY SCREWS. :mad:

  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,970
    This is scaring the heck out of me. How much would a local shop get to locite in these screws before it happens?

    Sorry about your troubles.
  • smiley10smiley10 Posts: 24
    I have 9200 miles on my 3.5 SE altima and i noticed that the black paint on the muffler is peeling. Is this something that would be covered under the warranty and what causes it to peel.

  • mawalkermawalker Posts: 1
    I took my 01 altima in to the dealership which was offering a free 100 point check. They are telling me I need to replace the power steering and transmission drive belt in order to flush fluids for about $500 total. It seems a little hokery with only 56k miles on it. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  • Hello all,

    I have had a 93 with the heads-up-display for a year now (101K miles) and have been pretty happy with it. About 3 months ago the speedo and HUD stopped working intermittantly. When they are off the car runs fine with good pickup and smooth acceleration. When they come back on they both read 35 mph at idle and the transmission seems to think it should be in 2nd gear when I start to drive. On a hill it is the kiss of death and really annoys the other drivers behind me (there are a lot of hills by me). I skimmed through the posts and did not see anything that helped.
    Any suggestions??
  • pbrownpbrown Posts: 1
    No clue about the HUD or the speedo but whenever I hear that there's problems going up hills, I instantly think "Fuel Filter!"

    It's simple enough to replace except for removing the hose, which can easily be damaged during the process. Have a dish handy, for the old fuel filter will contain, and spill, a quantity of gasoline. Maybe some spare hose just in case there's not enough length to keep the same one after trimming the damaged portion with a razor blade. :D
  • msahmedmsahmed Posts: 13
    I have a 95 Nissan Altima that has leaking rear struts, and the struts need to be replaced.

    I would appreciate feedback from any one who has attempted to do this on his/her own.
  • perky2perky2 Posts: 1
    i also have that problem with my nissan sunny 2001. but i met in an accident three months ago. i don't if thats the reason why. how can i know whats wrong?
  • Thanks, I did try to eliminate the regular problems first. I had all the filters (and normal periodic stuff) done in November. this problem (hills) only happens when the speedo is reading 35mph at a standstill.
  • gino45gino45 Posts: 52
    $500 for a power steering & transmission flush is kind of steep if you ask me. I have a 98 Altima SE and have had the tranny flushed for $150 (Cdn) and the power steering for $90(Cdn). I didn't have to change the belts at the time. Later on I had the power steering belt changed since it was squealing. That cost me $75 -labor and belt included. The work was done at my nissan dealer who has a charge rate of $100/hr. You don't need a power steering flush unless your fluid is dirty. I flushed my at 100,000miles and I doubt your PS would require changing at 59K, unless you got dirt in the reservoir. I would get a second opinion if I were you.
  • hello, did you ever get the non flashing light issue resolved. I have a 02 altima and I am experiencing the same problem, but in my case, it flashes sometimes and sometimes it doesn't.
    I called the dealer, service department, and they can't even find a part number for the led light, they told me that it does not exist.
  • 1652116521 Posts: 11
    I own a 2005 3.5SE. I've noticed that when the parking brake is fully engaged a squeaking noise can be heard coming from underneath the car when you sit down. When the brake is only partially engaged there is no noise. Anyone else have this problem?
    Could it be a sign that there may be a problem with the parking brake?
  • i also have a 2001 altima. it has had service engine light on for about a month. three different mechanics are telling me three different things. intake manifold gasket....800.00 cam position sensor...60.00 or injector o-ring. Computer code comes up misfiring in #4 cylinder. Don't no who to believe. It's making me sick to my stomach Anybody have any suggestions or experiences
  • ritasacritasac Posts: 1
    Just came back from 90 k service and mechanic pointed small leakages of coolant on top of radiator. he told me radiator are made of iron and plastic and could not be welded. Replace radiator. thats expensive.
    Now I see that top part of radiator has grooves and holes which is how the radiator is designed. Since leak is small, will applying epoxy resin at the grooves and holes work/
    Can I cover all the grooves?
  • ral160ral160 Posts: 1
    I bought a 99 nissan altima a while back and had the engine blow, this was a secondary car so I was in no need to fix it.
    I just got, yesterday, a replacement motor for this vehicle it cam from a 99 nissan with 100,000 miles on it. I dropped the motor in the vehicle and I am all ready to go except I cannot find my notes on the vacuum lines. I haven't a clue as to the layout of such lines. I have the Haynes manual but it doesn't go into detail and I cannot get enough clear pictures out of it to see where the lines should go.
    Does anyone have either a detailed schematic of how the lines run or some pictures of a 99 nissan's engine showing some of the lines?
    This is my last resort before I bite the bullet and go to a mechanic..
    Any help is greatly appreciated
  • jvercherjvercher Posts: 1
    Car became hard to start (15seconds starter engagement), followed by constant on check engine light. Dealer service writer says the diagnonis is not covered by warranty since the problem is not emission related. When asked how he knew that before running the test, he said "if the problem was emissions related, the check engine light would be flashing rather than steady on". Can this possibly be right? I have a friend that was a service writer for a Ford dealership and he never heard this tale.
  • alcanalcan Posts: 2,550
    A solid check engine light means the engine control computer has detected a fault in one of it's monitored circuits. A flashing check engine light means the computer has detected a fault which, if not corrected, will probably damage the catalytic converter. AutoZone will retrieve stored trouble codes gratis.
  • subhumansubhuman Posts: 1
    Does anyone know how I can just get the rear driver side window up on a 93 altima, while i try and find out what's wrong with it? I think the switch is good because the relay clicks everytime i use the switch. i think the motor is bad. i don't have a multimeter so i can't get all technical on it. i just need to know how to get the window up in the mean time.

    subhuman :confuse:
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Sorry bud, ours was the drivers front window and it was the switch. We were lucky enuf to get it back in the up position and just left it there until my mechanic fixed it 2 days later.
    If you have a trusted mechanic like I do, call and drop by and see what he can rig up until he can fix it properly.
    That's the best I can tell ya for now. If my son goes 2 the Harvard summer program as planned, the Alty will probaly be gone before labor day. If he stays home and works before he returns to his senior year at prep school, we'll keep it so he can use it for a work car and our time table for the wife's new ride will be pushed up to buying around Memorial Day.
    Keep me posted on the window situation.

    The Sandman :)
  • space1space1 Posts: 1
    Where did you purchase your HUD? What brand is it, how much did it cost? I have a 2000 Altima and I am look for one. has a unit for $145 and Defi has one for $165.
  • latinkidlatinkid Posts: 1
    I installed my audio and it works. The yellow cable is hooked up to the connector and it works ok. The red one does not. Hook it up to the fuse box and it works ok. The power widows do not work, speedometer and pressure indicators do not work. Clock work, wipers work but none of the instruments lights work
  • mitch56mitch56 Posts: 1
    My fuel filter keep getting clogged, I must have bought some dirty gas. The car has 175000 on it. Is it possible that there is sludge build up in the tank? I was thinking of installing an afterrmarket large gas filter until it clears up. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.
  • I assume it was a factory option in the '93. it is part of the dashboard and has a reflective panel in the windshield.
  • buzwabuzwa Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, great forums.
    I own a 2000 Altima SE with about 77,000 miles. I bought it used about 6 months ago. I have had no problems except for the last 2 weeks or so. I was in start/stop traffic and I went to take off and my car felt like it was about to just turn off, and the SES light popped on. It didnt do it again, so i kept driving. The next day, I was turning at a light in similar conditions and the engine turned off and all the lights on the dash board lit up. I put it in park, turned the key and the car immediately started back up and gave me no more problems for the rest of the day. Today, I was about to back up and put the car in reverse, it immediately shut off when i released the brake and began backing up. Again, it restarted just fine and had no problems for the rest of the trip home.
    Does anyone have any idea what could be going on? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • I have a problem that started recently on my 93 Altima. When I start the car while it is cold outside or has been sitting for a while, a high-pitched screeching/squealing accompanies the idling. However, when I rev the engine a few times, it usually will stop. However, the screeching noise will return when I turn the car around a corner, but will vanquish when I accelerate out of the turn. The most peculiar part, however, is that this only happens during the first 5 minutes of driving. If I am driving any significant distance, none of this occurs when the car has had time to warm up. I had the guy at the oil change place check out my belt, which he said looked fine. My power steering fluid if full as well.

    Any ideas as to what this problem is? The car has 138,000 miles on it and this is the first problem I have had since buying it used about 1.5 years ago. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  • stomperstomper Posts: 1
    You might want to take it into a tire shop. I think it could be your tire barrings. If that is the problem you will want to replace it ASAP. I waited to long and it was a mess. The wife didn't get her car back for a week.
  • doyindoyin Posts: 22
    Hi,im starting to suspect i have a problem with my ECM especially with its relation to the TCM. It works ok when i turn the screw to get readings on the MIL but i suppose there's supposed to be an LCD blinking on the ECM also.There's no light on the ECM and i think it's affecting the transmission shifts.Just had the TCM replaced bcos it jerked while changing from 1 to 2.That stopped but now the trans changes pretty quick and lags after every shift plus the rpm drops drastically to 1000 after the third shift then starts to pick up speed again.How exactly can i tell if there's a problem with the ECM without trouble codes. :confuse:
  • dballdball Posts: 15
    Well, I'll tell ya.. I bought this car in Nov 04 with 22000 miles on it. 2.5S and I have got to tell you after 7 road force balances, new Michelin Symmetry tires, one new wheel and new rotors, I still have a wheel shimmy between 50-75 and a general vibration throughout the car at highway speeds. Although it's still under warranty, the dealers here in Fl (three of them) refuse to do anything else for the car claiming the issue is a "design characteristic." Actually, one dealer's service manager levelled with me and told me this is a known issue that has existed since 2002 and still exists in 2005. He also told me the Titan pickup truck is chewing up brakes at 15 - 20k and other than turn the rotors and finally replace them after three turns, the problem is a known issue with no fix. Funny thing is, the dealers all offered me a chance to drive a 2005 altima 2.5S so I could see that what I "felt" was "normal." They all had one sitting conveniently ready to drive and yes, all the 2005s had the same problem as mine, some were a lot worse. I have 2 friends with 2005 2.5S' and both of them have recently started to experience the wheel shimmy, vibration, etc problem. One of the cars is a lease so they are probably going to turn it in if the problem isn't resolved. I guess all I can say is it's sad that Nissan has had 4 years to fix this problem and has not done a thing. This is only one of MANY quality issues with this car. It looks great!, but you'll pay the price in the long run....
  • sbalisbali Posts: 1
    I just bought a Nissan Altima 2000 GLE. The problem is that when I start the car and turn the steering wheel completely to either side I hear a sound from front. This sound comes only when the car is start and stationary (started but not moving) and the sound does not come when the car is moving.
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