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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • hey altimadude00 i had the same problem. i have a 05 as well and i went to the dealer to find out the clicking noise. the dealer said the clicking is a part that releases the joy stick to allow you to shift gear, for example: if you have the car in park and you try to put the car in drive you cant because the gear is locked. now once you step on the brake pedal you release the gear and thats when you hear the clicking noise. the dealer say its normal,
  • Most Nissan models do not need a tune up until 105,000 miles - that's most of the newer ones for the last few years , and is the same with most newer imports, and some domestics ... most cars today have direct ignition and platinum-tipped spark plugs and no longer have the rotor, points, and distributor cap that necessitated the tune up at 30K or 60K miles ... hard to tell with brakes as brake usage and wear, like clutch wear, varies with the driver - some people are just naturally harder on brakes ( I drive a mountain road with 91 turns in a 7-mile stretch - that's hard on brakes when you drive it the way I do ) ... usually brakes are inspected at oil changes and if less than 15-20% left on the pads the customer is advised of that and a brake job is recommended; that's usually the pads and turning the rotors ... unless you have a "Z" and they recommend replacing the rotors - I know because I'm needing my fourth set at 90K miles, but, as mentioned, I am harder on brakes than most ... be well ...
  • just had same problem with 2002 3.5se v6. Took it to dealer and they sanded area around gas cap. They also told me I had to replace cruise and brake switches. They had to order the switches. After they sanded area around gas cap the check engine light went out. I doubt the brake and cruise switchs were bad.
  • FTobFTob Posts: 1
    I also had the same problem. Had to make a fuss at the dealership because they had it 3 months ago and "could'nt recreate the squeak", but it continued and I was just under 12,000. They finally replaced the front calipers (said it was a Nissan technical concern) fixed the problem and the brakes feel right and NO squeaking anymore.
  • Agreed on the front calipers being replaced on my car, also. They said they couldn't hear the squeak either but I looked very serious and said I knew they could drive it til they heard it....they also looked and had developed a new kit with different material composition for the rear brakes so they replaced those too. It did fix the problem and the brakes do feel better, no squeak. I must commend Nissan for constantly coming up with new kits to fix problems, though I'd prefer not having to be the test guinea pig on the problem with the belt torsioning bolt snapping before the recall and the squeaky brakes before someone tells me to come in for new kits. this time they asked for my e-mail so Nissan can keep me posted. Hmm....2 more years to go on this lease....700 days.
  • Hey,
    I have noticed that my Bose stereo sytem in my 2005 Altima tends to adjust the volume on it's own. Has anyone encountered this problem?
  • I have a 2005 Altima which has recently started to pop or click in the front end. The happens while turning the wheel at a stand still. It only has 61 K on the car. Any idea what it might be?
    Quick Silva
  • I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 and, have noticed that since it was new has a tendency to plum white smoke at the start up. This has happened onlt four times to my knowledge and, stops once started. I have been told that Nissan didn't do a good job with the rings in this engine and, the dealer when it was under warrenty could find no problem as it is intermittant.. Any solutions?
  • I have an Altima with a sunroof. This cars roof has been making an annoying rattle since 30K. I note that it is coming from a plastic piece that is across the front when opened. Is this plastic part needed?
  • I have had an issue with cup holder cover. I imagine that they had to remove the arm rest in my 05 altima to replace the door spring. My issue is that they left a screw under the arm rest that when it moves drives me crazy. Anyone know how to remove the arm rest to get to it?
  • Car is overheating and will not produce hot air when car's heat is on. Problem has happened on two other occasions over the past year for which repairs were made. First time we took to dealership....they refilled the coolant and replaced rear brakes....they wanted to replace a purge control canister but we opted not too. Second time car died on highway....dealership replaced thermostat, radiator cap, and bleed system. Now it seems we are back to the same problems. What should I do? Replace the purge control canister....would like to try to do myself. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • I have a 2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 with a VQde35 engine. It blew a puff of white smoke once when new and, I paid it no mind but, since then it has done this about six times. Once recently after changing oil. The dealer could find no problem. I note smoke also when getting into it during acelleration but, only at first. The car has had regular oil changes. What could this be?
  • I want to put copper header gaskets on my VQ35DE Altima 3.5 when putting on my headers but, can't seem to find any. HELP??
  • I have an aggravating roof rattle coming from the plastic cross member above the sunroof. Is it possible to cut this plastic off w/o causing any problems? It seems to be useless.
  • Can anyone tell me if its easy or not to attempt changing my cabin filter on my 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5 lt ? I understand it thru the glove compartment. :confuse:
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    most of the time white smoke is caused by antifreeze getting burned in the cylinders.
  • I cannot imagine that the brakes have anything to do with this problem. My guess is that you have a bad radiator. Did you have enough anti-freeze and was it exposed to extremely cold weather? It may pay to check to see if the hoses are connected tightly. Maybe they are leaking?
  • It is located behind the glove box and, it is really easy. Remove the door look for the compartment housing with a few screws. It should not need to be changed until 30,000.00 miles unless you live in a dusty envoirnment.
  • I don't know if this paints a perfect picture, but my new 2009 Altima 2.5 SL feels like it is letting loose at slow speeds when coming to a stop. At less than 15 mph when braking to a stop, the transmission lets out of gear and I need to brake a bit more than prior to the slippage. Not a big problem, but this is more pronounced on this car than any other I have ever driven. Does anyone else experience this?
  • Thanks for your response.

    The dealer also said that it was normal. It is the resetting of the brake-interlock. I hardly think that an audible resetting of the interlock is normal operation. However, the click hasn't gotten louder nor hasn't interfered with the operation of the transmission. Looks like I'll have to suffer through having that click. :(
  • Greetings ... as far as the clicking noise when applying the brake to put the car in gear, that audible click is the actuator releasing the shift interlock ... I've heard that on all makes, so it is not unique to your car ... Audi introduced it in the '80's when people unjustly accused the car of unintended acceleration because they were pressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal - the interlock assures your foot is on the brake and not the accelerator when you put the car in gear ...

    The Bose radio, and many others, have SSV - Speed Sensitive Volume ... the volume increases as the noise level in the car increases ... this can happen as you increase speed which can increase noise from tires, engine, wind noise, even crying babies or kids acting up, and will raise if you yell at them to stop ... you can adjust the sensivity level from the "audio" button on your radio ...

    When slowing down, CVT transmission will "give way" a little as the belt and cones adjust themselves ... happened to me first when I was selling the old Subaru Justy ... it's a little unnerving at first - just have to get accustomed to it, sorta like getting used to the car's behavior when the Dyncmic Control activates, or, in the case of the Altima Hybrid, when the car shifts into and out of electric mode ... just one of those things technology brings into play which we are not accustomed to ...
  • So I have a 2005 nissa altima and it has 115k miles. I haven't given it a major tune up and now of course its making funny noises. Help me please.

    The AC doesn't do its job anymore...when i turn it on, it makes a "dzzzzzz"...sorta like a hose emptying its last amount of cold air.

    When I drive, I can hear a da-dump, da-dump, da-dump sound coming from my back tires....the back tires have slight bumps found in the middle of tire tread.

    When I try to start the car, it fails to turn on immediately...rather it sounds like the motor doesnt have gas, after pumping the gas peddle it turns on and when it does the motor shakes.

    when the motor is in park and idles, it now makes a noticible bu-bump, bu-bump sound until I place it in drive.

    I never done a spark plug change....

    I now jack about car maintenance...what do i do? help
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    Find a good local mechanic and take it in for service.

    New tires and recharging the AC may solve two of the problems. You may want them to check with die for a freon leak in the AC system.

    Other problems will need someone to look at. Can be a number of possibilities.

  • Thanks Ken,
    I thought I could just take it to a mechanic, but I wonder how I could do this on my own....where do I look for information about these basics and more advanced things? I'm trying to cut on costs. I'm quick learner, but I need info.
  • rugmankcrugmankc Posts: 133
    You can google each separate problem or ask friends and coworkers. Problem with trying to fix problems over the net is that a symptom can have a different resolution on two different cars. If you have plenty of time you can experiment with the different answers you get. I don't have that time or expertise, so I take it to my mechanic. I do some googles on the symptoms, because on occasion I have found a loose hose or very easy to replace part. But, very seldom has this occurred. Most of the problems you listed are not in my opinion very easy to diagnose over the net. But, someone with exact same car and symptom may have a suggestion.

    Good Luck,

  • I have a 2006 Altima SE-R that developed a whining from the engine at about 64,000 miles (warranty expires at 60,000). It starts at about 2,000 RPMs and gets louder up until about 3,000 RPMs. I took it to my local mechanic for an oil change and asked him to look into the problem. We both figured it was a bearing that went bad on a belt pulley. He took off the belt to see if he could isolate the pulley, but to his surprise the noise was still there. After some research he finds a TSB (classification EM07-001 Reference: NTB07-042 dated 7-17-07) describing the exact noise and the resolution which is to replace both secondary timing chains and tensioners. Parts are not bad at about $125 but the labor is a killer: 13 hours total repair $1,900 to $2,000.

    I contact Nissan NA to ask for some assistance, they say I need a dealer to diagnose the problem. So I take it to my local dealer, pay the $110 diagnostic fee which confirms what we already know. I get back in touch with Nissan and they open a file and tell me someone will get back to me shortly. Emma calls me with a robotic scripted response that she is obviously accustomed to reciting. "After a review of your file, Nissan is not in a position to provide any financial assistance". I asked her what the decision was based on, but received no details. I offered her copies of all of the maintenance records (oil changed every 5,000 miles but not at the dealer) but she doesn't want to see them. I ask her to have a supervisor to contact me.

    About 2 hours later I receive a call from the supervisor, Christopher Lucci. What a beauty! I explain the situation to him and let him know that I can supply him with the service records and let him know that this is my second Nissan and that I will be purchasing a new vehicle in 2010 so their decision will weigh heavily on whether or not I purchase another Nissan. I explain that there is no way a timing chain should fail with just over 60,000 miles and that I hope Nissan will stand behind their product. I also explain that I'm 45 years old and probably in a demographic that they want to attract. He states that as Emma stated "Nissan will not be able to provide any financial assistance and we did stand behind our product by honoring the warranty". I ask if there would any additional consideration or is this decision final. His response is that the decision is final.

    So I say "thank you for your consideration, but you lost me as a future customer and I will make it my business to make sure I tell everyone I encounter not to buy a Nissan". His response "that is awesome!, it's great that we live in a country where you can do that, spread the word if you like". I said "excuse me?" He repeats it with a real smug attitude. So I respond 'with a customer service attitude like this, I think its time a start buying cars that are made in this great country, after all, they stand behind their product (GM 100K, Chrysler Lifetime). The bonehead could care less.
  • This is quite common for Nissan and, seemingly why an extended warranty is needed. You mention Chrysler but, I've noted per consumer reports that they aren't among the most reliable nor do they have very good re-sale value. Honda/Acura,Toyota/Lexus,Subaru seem the way of the future!
  • i have a 05 altima s. the steering wheel doesnt have the radio controls therefore i would like to change the steering wheel with the radio controls. does anyone know if this will give me any problems? plz write back. :confuse:
  • karsickkarsick Posts: 312
    We put Blizzak ice tires on our stock 16" alloys for the Seattle winter (worked great in our record snow-packed January).

    Now that spring is almost here, I'm hoping to get a second set of 16" wheels to put our summer tires on (to avoid mounting & balance charges each year).

    I was hoping to get a matching set to our existing 2008 6-spoke OEM alloys, but since it has a very common bolt pattern (5x114.3), I've considered 16" wheels from other cars (Mazda6, Ford Mustang, Mitsubishi, etc).

    Would I encounter problems with hub sizing or offsets using wheels other than Nissan's????

    BTW- If anyone in the Seattle/Portland area wants to sell their current Altima wheels & tires, I'd consider buying.
  • I have 64K miles on my 05 Altimas 3.5 and, notice a popping noise coming from the front end although not noted when in a turn it normally does it at take off or while still and, turning the wheel. I've never had a lube and, hopefully I don't need CV joints already. Any ideas??
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