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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • chaimchaim Posts: 2
    Does your altima have the navigation ?
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    nope. no navigation
  • whatsupwhatsup Posts: 1
    I have a 1993 nissan altima for the last two weeks the engine started making a rattle soound. When the car is idle it feels like it is about to cut off. The acceleration is sluggish please help me.
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    not much of a mechanic but my 3 guesses are

    1 needs tune up
    2 spark plug is misfiring
    3 timing needs adjusting

    one or any or all of the above until you isolate it
  • broklynnbroklynn Posts: 1
    I have the same problem on my Altima, only mine is a 2005. The problem started about 6 weeks after I bought it. It will start fine sometimes then other times after it's been driven around it takes 2 -3 times just to get it started again. I took it to 3 different dealerships to have it looked at and they all said the same thing, they didn't know what it was and that they don't know of any problems with the Altima. I've had the car for 18 months and it still does it.
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    thats sooo nice to know. *sarcasm* Great to hear what I have to look forward to. I think if we all contact Nissan Corporate then they will take this seriously. A dealer will just write it off as customer stupidity or paranoia and that's as far as it gets. But if it gets the attention of higher level they will really look into it and then issue a recall to fix it. ok maybe I'm dreaming but if that fails then there's also the Better Business Bureau

    best of luck to us all :surprise: :confuse:
  • lsnethlsneth Posts: 3
    Has anyone notice acceleration problems with their 2006 2.5 S Altima? We just purchased ours 2 weeks ago and took it on it's first long distance trip on the highway. It doesn't seem to change gears (it's an automatic) past 45 or 50 mph. It changes gears just fine until this point (maybe 3 times?), but once it goes over 50 the gears don't change again at all (I've gone up to 80 just to see). It feels as if I'm dragging the engine is working way too hard. The rpm's never get above 3K, but this feels too high to me (sounds too high too). Is this something we're just going to have to live with, or is this a mechanical problem with the car? Trying to decide whether to take it in to the dealer, or if I'm just being paranoid. We did test drive it on a highway, but never really got much past 60...up until this point things still feel's mainly 65 mph and higher that seem to be problematic. Thanks for your input!
  • It sounds like it is not shifting into Overdrive (4th gear) The new Altimas have a very clever way of shifting into Overdrive. The gearshift has a wide slot at the drive position. If the lever is slid over to the left side, it will stay in 3rd gear. Push the lever to the right side of the "Drive" slot and it will go into Overdrive. You will notice the difference at high speeds (rpms will be lower). Also on the instrument panel there is a display showing what gear you're in. When in 3rd gear, it says "3" when in Overdrive, it says "D" Hope this helps.
  • lsnethlsneth Posts: 3
    Thanks for the response! It's definitely in Overdrive, but we're still having trouble...I always make sure I've got it over to the right and see the "D" on the dash. Any thoughts on that?
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    I've noticed this to from day 1. Somewhere around 35-45mph when the car is changing gears there's a momentary lag as if the tranny is slipping. Maybe this is what they are calling their new "CVT Continuous Variable Transmission" or maybe this applies to manual trannys, but either way it sucks. I will pay closer attention to the over 50mph issue, though so far I haven't noticed much other than the 35-45mph shortcomings, oh and the starting issue - or lack of once so far :(
  • lsnethlsneth Posts: 3
    As I've driven a little more, I think that the engine is just a little louder at high speeds than I was expecting. I paid close attention as I drove yesterday, and it does shift into 4th gear right around 45 or 50 mph. From what I've read, this is normal (?). I think I was just surprised by the noise and paranoid that something was wrong. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to listen to the radio a little louder on the highway!
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    chalk it up to higher (louder) horsepower revs or they got cheap and didnt insulate the front well enough to allow for engine noise. :(
  • thetabethetabe Posts: 2
    I have an '03 Altima 2.5 and recently got a transmission flush, new spark plugs and an oil change. A few days after I got this service, my "Service Engine Soon" light came on (it stays on constantly). This is the first time the light has come on for me ever since I got the car in '04... I took it back to the mechanic that performed the service and they told me that the code my computer produced says there is a problem with the Crankshaft Position sensor (didn't tell me the actual code). They said they will have to charge me to dig a little deeper to see if my sensor does indeed need replaced...
    From what I have heard, it is very rare for one of these sensors to go bad and most of the time it is just the connection to the circuit board... Does anyone have any insight on this? Should I get a second reading from another mechanic? Also, could it have been something they did while doing my transmission flush and other services that has caused my light to come on?
    My car seems to be running fine and has been no noticable changes since the light came on...
    Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated!!
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    if its the SES only theres a way to turn it off. also, some of the parts places like autozone will loan you the device to check the code yourself or do it for you if they aren't too busy. I think something the mechanic did triggered the sensor to go off and he should just reset it. Then wait to see if the sensor comes on again then think of putting more money into it to dig into the matter. get a 2nd opinion either way

    good luck
  • thetabethetabe Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice grumpfish!! I'll definitely do that...
    Btw... mines the 2.5 S... Which one is the SES? Is there a way to turn it off in the 2.5S?
  • I haven't went through the entire forum, but I had to comment on this issue. I to have a 2002 Altima SE. Early on, I encountered this problem and was told that I had no leak, but this problem has continued to occur. I now have 98000 miles on the car and believe me, this problem didn't just start. I can get my oil changed today and in about two weeks, I have to put oil in the engine. As the previous person asked, does anyone have any suggestions?
  • brozinekbrozinek Posts: 1
    We have a 2006 Altima with 2622 miles on it, have had it for 1 month. Saturday my husband went to move it into the garage, but it in D and it rolled backwards down the driveway. The only gears he could get to work successfully were R and 1st. This happened twice. When the dealer got it to their service department yesterday it worked fine. When they went to move it after driving it they were finally able to mimic the issue. They have no idea what the problem is. BE CAREFUL.
  • ipaq101ipaq101 Posts: 1
    Hey guys, I have my 2003 Altima for three years, and I can't get more than 22-23 mpg. Am I measuring the mileage correctly (can anyone describe what the best way to measure mpg)I just divide the miles driven on the last tank by amount of gallons I fill up.

    Also, the car makes a sqeaky noise when I start the car in the morning and then goes away later in the day as the car heats up, could it be the drive belt? I have 35k on it right now.

    Any help would be sincerly appreciated!
  • alan_salan_s Posts: 362
    I don't have an Altima (just a problematic new Avalon :lemon: that I want to get rid of and get something else, which is why I'm beginning to prowl other forums) but I had a Maxima and a Quest about 10 years ago and they all had a common starting problem.
    The problem surfaced when the engine was started and turned off after running for only a few minutes. The next start attempt would be a problem. For example, backing out of a garage, turning off and then restarting a while later. At the time a Nissan dealer told me that it was a known problem - the engines tended to flood if turned off only after having run for a short time. They told me to run the engine for 4 or 5 minutes minimum before turning off, and while sometimes inconvenient, this did solve the starting problem.
    One would think that after 10 years this problem would have been resolved, but who knows. It may be worth a try.
  • 99altima99altima Posts: 6
    I have a 99 altima and recently i've noticed that the engine shakes quite a bit whether it is in park or in gear. It has gotten worse - i can feel the whole car shake now. The best way i can describe it is that it is similar to a car that is about to stall out but it never stalls. I also notice that there's alot of sputtering coming out of the muffler. Could it be an exhaust issue? I don't think its the spark plugs - i had those replaced a year ago. Distributor cap maybe?
  • HELP! My daughter has a '94 Altima that has been a great car. Recently the tranny started acting up. Most of the time, but not all the time 2nd gear does not act right when it is in drive. Now it acts like there is no 2nd gear while in drive. While accelerating slowly it will slip for a second in 2nd and then go right to 3rd gear. If you stomp on the gas, it downshifts into 2nd, but acts like it is in neutral. But if you put it in 2nd at very slow speed 2nd gear works fine. I checked the codes by counting the flashes on the computer and it read 32 and 34 which is the antiknock sensor and the EGR valve - which should have nothing to do with the tranny or speed sensor. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
  • I also have the same water rushing noise on the passenger side of my Altima. It started after Nissan replaced the engine do to a faulty engine knock sensor at 57000 miles approximately. A week after the new engine it started making the noise. We were told it was due to air trapped in the cooling system because the system had been exposed when the motor was replaced. The system has been flushed 15 times or so, they have had my car for over a month for three separate visits and after I complained to their Consumer Affairs they called back and decided to replace the heater core. That didnt work. It still does it. This past Saturday night 4-15-06, at 10 pm, the engine light came back on like it did originally and the temp. gauge was pegged past the hot mark. I am now seeking replacement of the vehicle through their Consumer Affairs and plan to file complaints with the BBB, general attorneys office, and seek lemon law protection. They told us theyve done everything they know to do and are trained to do, that I would have to wait for them to figure out a fix. How long I asked? What customer service. Nissan is a joke.
  • I have only had my car for 4 months. Over the past 2 months, I have noticed my breaks squeeking. The dealership states this is normal b/c of the semi-metallic brakes. I hate the fact that I have a new car, but I am driving around with a car that sounds like it is 10 years old. I am seriously considering trading it in.
  • brandy06brandy06 Posts: 7
    I have the Special Edition Altima and it does not do it at all. Have you considered to take it to someone else or a different dealership to see what they say?
  • grumpfishgrumpfish Posts: 19
    I have a new Altima and the brakes have squeeked maybe once.
    its a normal occurence though nothing you'd expect from a new car. sometimes its the pads sometimes its just built up brake dust, cracked or misaligned pads. it happens. so long as it doesnt start eating the rotars.
  • I have a 95 Altima since 96. I had the same problem a few years back. Back then it was a seal in the distributor. Oil got inside the cap and a camshaft sensor could not read. If you open the distributor cap you should see some oil. I replaced the distributor and everything was fine... until now. The darn this is doing it again and the distributor is clean inside... I did get a Auto Zone distributor though...
  • akashmerakashmer Posts: 12
    Hey there ladies and gentlemen.... have any of you checked out if not please check out "common problems with the nissan altima. here in is your salvation most of these repairs can be done by yourself.

    stalling with the 02+ altima 2.5 in generaly comes from 2 things; Bad Cam and crank position sensors or the fuel delivery settings "Learning" are incorrect.

    Bad Cam and Crank sensors work together to replace the EGR system and to reduce emissions as well as reporting to the computer the phase of the intake timing and the position of the cranks and cam at all times. they are "identical" sensors "twins".

    altimas made in 2002 are under recall for these sensors. however IT ONLY COVERS 2002 MODEL YEAR!!!!! My car was made in 02' but called an 03' guess what mine went bad!
    But mine are not covered by this recall. if these are going bad your engine may stall, run poorly and get horrible gas mileage, the failure usually occurs when starting the car or if the motor is hot.
    You can take it to a service ctr. to have them switched out, I suggest not going to a dealer they will charge you a lot of money to do this, or lie to you and tell your your MAF sesnsor is bad (New "mass air flow" sens.=$800). keep your receipts for this repair and hope that the recall is extended for a refund of service.

    MAKE SURE YOU COMPLAIN!!!!!! to NISSAN USA. and the government.

    I did it myself. for $42! car quest or autozone have the part for $21 ea. they are Identical, eventhough they have seperate part #'s
    the cam sensor is a small black sensor on the drivers side of the motor it has a grey plug and is next to one of the coolent hoses. you will have to take off the plastic motor cover and the air intake. to get at it, 1 - 10mm bolt holds it in take it out, put the new one it and done. for now.
    If you replace the cam sensor YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE CRANK SENSOR TOO!!!!!!
    this one is much harder. lay on top of the motor and look down through the air intake plenum. look for a green plug sandwitched inbetween the tranny case and the motor mount. use the thinest wall 10mm socket you have to get this one out. the one designed for a power drill will work. the plug will be the hardest thing to get off. its a push lock system, push to unlock and then gently pry it off, this will piss you off to the highest level and you will then swear never to buy nissan again :mad: after that, if you manage to get it off without scaring your right bicepts. put the new one on. and your done for now.

    then you have to teach the car to breath and for that I will have to em you the instructions. but it to is relitivly easy and will explain it next.

    If you have a new car and it floods on starting or won't start, try pushing the gas padal down and then try starting, it should start right up with a big puff of black smoke comming out of the exhaust.

    they call it "Idel air Learning", yes your car has to learn.
    you can teach it using the ignition "on or off" the gas pedal and a stop watch. your car is fly by wire the gas pedal is all electronic, not cable like they used to be. got to the nissanclub web sight and look it up. 15 min will solve all your issues. you must also do this if the battery is bad or disconnected for longer than 5hrs.

    this will help your gas milage to, it will adjust fuel delivery to air ratio and set the car to its end running setting.

    not so hard hmmmmm ya right.

    aaron K
    please post for further info
  • cranky1cranky1 Posts: 1
    My father in law has a 2004 Altima 2.5sl with 16,000 miles on it. In the last 3 months this problem described below has occurred about in the few months 6 times.

    In apparent random occurrences, the car is unlocked by remote, the key is placed in the ignition, the key is turned, All dashboard lights intilally go on, but when key reaches the start position eveverythingoes off. The Car will not start, no sound no nothing. After walking around opening and closing doors. And trying to start the car sometimes approaching hours eventually the car starts. After many visits to the dealer and complying with their recommendation to change the battery, the problem continued.
    After more visits to the dealership the other recommendations to shut off the alarm system. Since that time and after shutting off the alarm system. The problem has not occurred.
    He seems to have a conflict with his alarm, auto locking of doors and starting system.
  • I feel your pain,I had the same problem. I also have a 2002 Nissan Altima with the same amount of miles. And, in February I had to replace the Engine. I purchased a used Engine and when all was said and done it ended up costing around $3,500!! I owed to much on the car to trade it in, but if I could of traded it in, I definitely would of. I'm a single mother so this has been devestating for me, I will never buy a Nissan again.
  • lilblilb Posts: 4
    Update: the problem was an improper seal near the firewall. Problem has been resolved....although now my car smells very musty when turning on the cool air vent (not a/c). YUCK!
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