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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    1. Find a new Mechanic. Seriously!

    2. The Altimas in that year group do have a oil seepage problem. Can't be 100% positive that is your problem. I drilled the hole in mine. Had it cleaned up, you may need new parts if they are oily. No more problems.

    3. Just because the dealer says the computer says you need a part doesn't make it so. I.E. your computer. I had an 87 Reliant that was hesitating. Dealer said the computer found 3 bad parts. $200 each and no guaranty it will solve he problem. But, had to start there. I said NO, took it to a recommended GOOD mechanic. He found the problem in ten minutes, no diagnostics. $80 and no more problem.

    4. In my case the car just shut off, that's why I said I can't be 100% sure it is your problem. Do some research and find a very reputable private mechanic.

    Good Luck,

  • I just purchased my 2007 altima on 1/23/08. And since i have been driving it for a couple of days, have started to notice some rattling noise, as if the engine is going to fall from underneath the car. And when i go to brake, i feel as if im going to give myself whiplash because of the overly sensitive brakes. Please let me know if this is normal, or did i just purchase a dud.
  • The rattle you are hearing is probably the heat shields or similar exhaust parts, they come loose and vibrate and rattle. The screws that hold them may be loose or missing, or the shield(s) could be broken.

    I have never heard any complaints about the brakes before. If they are indeed oversensitive, something may be improperly installed. Get them checked by a mechanic.
  • I have heard that Thunking noise from the front many times. did you get your fixed? what was the problem?
  • sherqasherqa Posts: 1
    I have Nissian Altima 1989 Automatic Transmission, every thing is OK with the A/Transmission, it is shifting well.

    But the problem is when I put it in D mode and press the petrol peddle, the pickup is not at enough speed, e.g. I am waiting in the Signal Lights and the light is Green all the vehicles goes speed but i am the last one start move slowely.

    The Gear is OK, the Oil is Full and in OK condition but i don't know why pickup very slowely.

    is it possible that the gear filter not clean enough or any thing wrong with the transmission.
  • have 95 altima brake lihgts will not go off, i have changed the plug and the brake light switch, but still staying on would the reverse lock switch casue the brake lights to stay on, i san put it in gear without pushing the brake,,, anybody have any ideas thanks for any help
  • Sounds like it may a transmission problem, starting off in second gear or could be a torque converter problem.
    It needs to be checked by a transmission shop or dealer.
    Good Luck,
    E.D. in Sunny Florida
  • I purchased a new 2007 Nissan Altima from a dealer in a large city, about 35 miles from my home. When I got the car home, my radio reception was zero. While at the dealer, the reception on the local city stations was excellent. I took the car back. They SAID they replaced the radio. Same thing. When I got home nothing. The scan won't even pick anything up. My 2001 Toyota Camry, with the same antenna set-up, (rear window) picks up stations 75 miles away, crystal clear. The CD player,& aux for my ipod work fine. Has anyone else experienced a problem similar to this? I've had people tell me that the newer cars have FM modulators in them for after market use. They said they cause interference with the FM signal. I'm trying to get back with the dealer, but, he has went stealth on me. The car has only 7500 miles on it. So it is still under warrenty. I'd appreciate any help.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,961
    After 46k, the time has come to bid farewell to my OEM Bridgestones. What have others out there gone with? I was just looking at some Hankook Optimas in Pep Boys. They have a great mileage warranty and are a good deal at buy 3 get 1 free but I don't know anyone that's ever had them. What does everyone think?
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    I had Hankook tires as original equipment on a 2005 Chevy Aveo, and only got about 12K miles out of the front tires...but, the Aveo is rumored to be really hard on front tires, so it might not be the tires...
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I know a lot of people who really like the yokohama tires. at least from the standpoint of performance vs price.
  • winsanwinsan Posts: 36
    I've had this problem since my was 30K, 3 years ago. Now it's 110K. I went to dealership 4 times, and they claimed they couldn't hear the sound. We even drove together, but the service manager insisted that he couldn't hear the sound.
    There is a service bulletin that you can find in this edmunds.
    Anyway, my car runs fine, in that area, even though I would hear rattling from time to time. :D
  • winsanwinsan Posts: 36
    Once the OEM tires worn, I replaced them with Kumho - very satisfying, much better (and cheaper) than the OEM (Continental). I have Yokohama Avid TRZ currently on the car, since I think it has better value.
  • I have the same model. I have not had a noise problem. Replaced my OEM's with Goodrich, size 225. Costco told me that I could go up and the they are made by Michelin. I have no problems. I thought the law was that OEM tire replacement had to be the same exact size?
  • Can anyone tell me how to remove the sideview mirror so I can replace it myself? I am having trouble getting it off.
  • busirisbusiris Posts: 3,490
    This text was taken from the service manual....sorry, but I couldn't copy the associated diagrams that go with it....Hopefully, this info will assist you...


    1. Turn the mirror glass surface upward.
    2. Apply a protective tape (A) to mirror housing. Insert a suitable
    tool (B) into the concave gap between the mirror holder (1) and
    mirror motor (2) Push up tabs (3) (two locations) on the mirror
    holder to disengage the lower part of mirror holder, and remove
    the mirror body assembly.
    When pushing up tabs (3), do not forcefully push up only one
    concave position but try to push up two concave positions.

    3. Remove the mirror body (1) from the mirror housing assembly
    4. Disconnect the two terminals from the mirror heater connector.
    5. Remove the screws and power unit from the housing.


    1. Install the mirror motor.
    2. Install the mirror cover.
    3. Place mirror holder bracket and mirror body assembly (actuator) in a horizontal position.
    4. Connect two terminals on the heater installed mirror.
    5. Engage the upper tabs on the mirror body (1) onto the mirror
    motor (2) Then press the lower side of mirror face until a click
    sound is heard to engage the lower tabs.
    After installation, visually make sure lower two tabs are securely
    engaged from the bottom of mirror face.
    Make sure to insert the harness terminals into the correct connector.
    Do not confuse the locations.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,961
    If by Goodrich you mean BF Goodrich, they're not part of Michelin but they are good. BFG is American and Micheline are French

    I think that I'm going to go with the BFG Traction TA. They're 91 a pice at BJs and I know a few people with them that are pleased. I always had good luch with BFGs. I love the Michelins that I put on my wife's Pathfinder but the Alt doesn't get driven enough to justify that extra expense. I'm hoping that BJs will have that coupon in the next couple of weeks
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,961
    Prologue - I stand corrected. BFG is owned by Michelin but I think manufactured in the US. I got the T rated traction TAs and so far, so good. They're quieter than the OEM bridgestones and the traction feels good. I got a chance to test it out with the snow yesterday and really not bad.
  • mpcklbmpcklb Posts: 1
    do they sell n e type of sealant to fix a crack on a radiator or am i destined to get a whole new radiator
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I'm pretty sure you can buy sealants, but I wouldn't recomend it. just buy yourself a new radiator and save a lot of hassle and head ace in the future.
  • harry29harry29 Posts: 5
    Anybody having trouble with Nissan Altima w/V6, 240hp in snow conditions. Mine is bad and wanted to know if anyone else had same problems.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,961
    The sealant will clog the heck out of the entire cooling system. Definately penny wise pound foolish. There are some head gasket sealants that are worth the bother, but not just for a radiator
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    I don't imagine any car with 240 hp is going to do that well in the snow. not much weight for all that power.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,961
    Do you have traction control? With 240 going to the front wheels, it won't take much to break em loose. Even with my 4, I never found the car to be too good in the snow because the front wheel wells get packed with snow
  • I have a 2005 nissan altima, it has the check engine light on, it stalls many times on low speeds, I had the cam sensor and the crankshaft sensor newly installed and still have the same problem plus the RPMs are now higher than before, I had diagnostic test and the errors it gave me were the engine speed signal circuit, the idle speed is higher/lower than expected and i still get the crankshaft sensor error can anybody help me? What should I do next?
  • skinsfan3skinsfan3 Posts: 78
    In general, it seems that the most of I have heard is that don't bother wasting time on the check engine light. I had a toyota Mr2 and lived with it for 9 years and 220,000 miles. I live in Maryland and we get a radio and tv program called "Goss' Garage." This guy is a master diagnostician. He also takes calls while he is in his office. So, check him out. By the way, I am not related to him in any way. I do know that when he recommends a repair shop, they are usually top notch. Case In point. My sons has a 300Z which had a transmission slipping problem. The shop he went to on Goss recommendation did a ton of work fixing the problem, at a reasonable price.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    See if your altima has a throttle positioning sensor. My van stalled at slow speeds while turning and that was the problem

  • puripuri Posts: 16
    Help please!
    i have a 2008 Altima (sedan), last nite when i went out for dinner, left the lights on and after an hr and a half came back the car would not start. Called AAA and they jumpstarted the car. But interestingly the radio panel (radio, cd etc) does not turn on at all. Do you think something shorted or do i have to run the car longer (already ran it for 20 mins last nite and about 35 mins this morning). I want to see if there is something else that can be done before i take it to a Nissan Dealer.
    has any one experienced this?
    pls help
  • skinsfan3skinsfan3 Posts: 78
    The last time I used AAA for a starting problem, they sent one of their battery vans. The driver ran a diagnostic, which printed out the results. I ended up with a new battery. Fast quick and easy. With a good warranty.
  • puripuri Posts: 16
    so you think that if everything is working and just not the radio its a battery problem?
    i think highly unlikely!
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