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Nissan Altima Maintenance and Repair



  • forthillforthill Posts: 35
    Some clown drove too close to my Altima and knocked out the drivers side view mirror. He didn't knock off the entire non-movable housing but the mirror broke and a little of the outer edge of the mirror housing. I called Nissan and said I wanted to purchase the mirror all they gave me was just the mirror panel but when I tried installing it it looks like there is yet another piece that sits between the mirror panel and the mechanical part still on the door.

    Does anyone have a maintenance/repair/shop manual for the 2008 Altima that can tell me what the parts is that I need to order (other than the panel which I just bought which is part 96302-JB15E)

  • jtap0916jtap0916 Posts: 3
    I have a 1998 Altima and this happened to me too. When I turn on the headlights, the clock, radio, speedometer & tachometer lights turn off. The radio and clock works fine. When I turn off the headlights the radio lights turn back on. Is this a fuse or a switch problem? Thanks for your time.
  • jtap0916jtap0916 Posts: 3
    How do you fix the windshield washer tank or reservoir? Do i have to replace it? I read in Popular Mechanic's that you can use Permatex Plastic Tank Repair Kit from an auto parts store to fix the cracked tank. Is this true?
  • jd10013jd10013 Posts: 779
    it may be true, but the easiest thing would proabably be to go to a junk yard and get one. probably $10 or so if you take it out yourself.
  • danny44danny44 Posts: 14
    It's the bad design from Nissan that caused lot of problem on intake manifold leaks
  • danny44danny44 Posts: 14
    It's the bad intake manifold gasket
  • jeep20jeep20 Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem, what was the end result with your altima?
  • kileekilee Posts: 1
    Great car until... it just quit on me. i was parking and pulled forward hit the brake put it in reverse then it died. battery is great(brand new) i cant even get the interior lights to come on no power to any thing. at first i thought ignition switch then neutral safety but now im not so sure there is no power to anything.... any suggestions? i would greatly appreciate some.
  • cybercoolcybercool Posts: 117
    Hi all,
    My drivers side power seat control wont work. I can still move forward and backwards and slant. The control that lowers and raises the legs and buttocks is not working.

    Is it a fuse thing? Is it a DO-IT-YOURSELF thing I can fix?

  • WoW. This is one problem I would not get into. You know, one of those seemingly 5 minute jobs that takes forever, except if someone tells you that a fuse needs replacement.
  • Hello, I am in need of the part number for the gear shift solenoid/relay. I can't get the gear shift out of Park without manually pressing in the small release button with a screwdriver everytime. I've checked the fuses and they are all ok. I've called the auto parts stores and they don't stock the part or can't test it either. My brake lights work and so does the interior light. I haven't been able to find the part or number anywhere online. If someone can assist, I would appreciate it. Also, if you know what price it would roughly be. I've heard that the entire gear shift may have to replaced?? Ouch!!! Thank you. It is a 2006 Altima.
  • tlear55tlear55 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Nissan Altima Manual -- just had a new clutch put in and after the repair would not go into first or reverse THEN was told needed a new transmission, ok got the new transmission put in now it won't go into ANY gear !! My machanic and Nissan repair men can't understand, anyone that can help us figure this out PLEASE do
  • It is amazing that the mechanics are stumped by this. If anyone could diagose the problem, it would be them. The logical questions to ask are:

    1. Did they put in a new pressure plate, new throw out bearing and resurface the flywheel?

    2. Is the clutch release mechanisim adjusted properly? Is the clutch verified to be releasing properly?

    If the clutch is not releasing properly, it can cause the gears to not engage.
  • Thank you for the post. It worked! I just reset the airbag warning light, which had been flashing for QUITE a while (a couple of years, maybe?). It first started flashing after I degreased the engine, where water might have gotten into places it's not supposed to go. I went to the dealer and for about $90 they turned off the flashing warning, but wanted $900 to replece the module/chip (I can't remember what exactly they said), which I don't believe it's defective anyway. I balked and did not spend the money. After running battery down because I left the key at 'ON' position, the warning light came back on and stayed flashing until I read this post.

    Thanks again! By the way, it worked after second try.
  • I replaced the distributor on 96 Altima GXE because the engine oil found its way into the distributor, messing up the timing causing misfiring. If your engine is similar in design, you might want to take apart the distributor cap, remove the rotor, and check if there is any oil in the distributor. A new O-ring probably will seal it up and fix the problem. Good luck!
  • I am looking at 2006 Nissan Altimas. What are some opinions on the reliability of the car? Are their any maintenance quarks or known problems I should look out for?

    I was looking at 2007s but did not like what I read about recalls and the CVT.
  • I have owned the 2002 2.5 and now the 2005 3.5. The only issues I have had is the sunroof creaking when turning into driveways,a new radiator was leaking when it was new,the cup holder door broke,the leather steering wheel wore out quickly(cover it),The engine was smoking on intervals during start up when newer but has since stopped? I had a major leak with water coming in from just beneath the windshield. It apparently was a separation from the body & firewall,(easy fix). The Bose system has a visual quirk as the sun prevents the screen fron being seen at noon until one pm.EST and finally the front seats are not really that comfortable as the headrest is too far forward unlike the same year Pathfinder I would suggest that you hit Yahoo answers for the best & least expensive extended warranty avaliable. I hope this helps as I really like this cars performance but, I did drive the Pathfinder 4x4 for two weeks and found the seats most comfortable,the ride equally as impressive,handeling was just like the Altima and the fuel economy equavelant too.
  • hi did you ever find out about the clicking noise i had just replase the ac compressor the same day i first heard this clicking noise thanks
  • The steering wheel mounted button that sets and coasts (lower right hand) broke off. It looks like it just snaps into place, but the button itself has broken "clips". Does anyone know where I can order this button...or find the part number?

    Thanks in advance.
  • I leased a 2006 altima. I have had to replace the tires after 2 years. My lease is up in 4 weeks and I came out of work one day and I could not start the car. I thought it was the battery. It was tested and the battery is fine. Every time I turn the car off I have to get it jumped to start. After researching this appears to be a very common problem from 2005 to 2007. Apparently there is a recall and the ECM needs to be replaced. The car is running horribly and I cannot wait to turn it it. I would not get another nissan altima
  • Mine kept from starting after a few days of standing still at a friends house. I ended up replacing the battery from AAA and getting a new generator. the problem was cured.
  • Engine mount rubber is shot, I see a few comments about vibration, that's what it is, can get new ones on ebay
  • My 05 3.5 SL has developed the timing chain problem at 69000. Having same problems with Nissan customer service. They are unwilling to stand behind their product when it is known that their design caused the problem. NTB07-042a (service bulletin)


    This problem is a design problem and Nissan should pay for all repairs. In most cases nothing the owner did contributed to this manufacturer defect.
  • It is my understanding that there is no timing chain or belt in the altimas.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,974
    All engines have either a timing chain or belt. The 2.5 has an chain, with no recommended service interval.
  • This car usually runs great, no problems, no CE light. This morning the car would turn over but would not fire. What should be checked first?

    I plan to check the plug wires. Any suggestions?
  • Hey Guys,

    I just recently gave back my Infiniti G35 due to getting older and getting engaged so saving money right now is a smart thing to do so I picked up an 06 altima special addition from someone on craigslist.

    The car runs great and only has 33k miles on it and I just got a new battery and tires which I already new before I got the car.

    Anyway, the owner advised me about the driver side window not closing automatically due to a security glitch all nissans and infiniti has. I had the same problem with my Infiniti but the fix was different than it is with the altima.

    Basically when i close my window with the "one touch up " push of the button the window goes all the way to the top and then back down about 4 inches as a security measure as if there is something in the window. I believe there is a switch to turn that off under the door panel but I want to make sure before I do this myself. The car is no longet under the warranty and the dealership will prob charge me 50bucks or so so I fiugre I can just do it myself. If anyone here knows the fix please let me know . Thanks!
  • avalaavala Posts: 1
    Engine Mechanical problem
    1997 Nissan Altima 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 95000 miles

    Hi, Thanks for the service.

    I all started on one fine day when my car started shaking and smoke started coming out of the engine. I took it to a mechanic and he said my Distributor is gone. I got it replaced.

    Then after couple of days the engine got cut off while I was trying to stop my car for a red light. But started again. I googled it and read somewhere that it might be a knock sensor problem and we can easily start it back easily after the engine shuts off. Then one day it stopped again and this time it did not start again. I could also smell some gas inside my car. I have to get it towed. Then after a couple of days it started. It stopped again and again I have to get it towed and again it started after a couple of days.

    Yesterday I took it to a mechanic and he said he could not check anything if the car was running and could only help me if it stops and doesn't start again. So I took it to a Nissan Service center. He looked it up and told me that the Battery Positive Terminal was not properly cleaned and that's what is causing the engine to shutoff.

    But this morning it stopped again at the signal.

    I am fed with spending all my earnings to the towing company. Even Nissan Service Center could not help me.

    Please tell me a possible reason for this so that I could get it fixed one last time.

  • I have a 2008 altima coupe. while washing the car and sponging the right fog light, it pushed in and is now loose. Anyone have this problem and what was the fix. Thanks. rr70
  • This is an issue for your warrenty to cover and continue to watch for the infamouse water in the tail lights too. remember (Bumper to Bumper means just that).
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