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Nissan Quest 2004+



  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    edited July 2010
    My code reader can erase the codes. I knew what P0340 was but had no idea about the P1800 which is why I cleared the codes to see if it was a one time deal. The codes came back the next day and the van shut off twice on my wife. I replaced both camshaft sensors (aftermarket made by BWD) and this fixed the problem.

    It was pretty easy to find the sensors. Getting them out and re-installing the new ones took some dexterity. On another Nissan forum, I had access to the full TSB describing how to deal with P0340 and it showed the exact locations of the camshaft sensors. It made it very easy.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Could you post a link to the forum for my future reference, in case I need to get my hands dirty one day? Thanks.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918

    If you become a subscriber (no cost), you can download two files a day.
  • i have a 2004 quest and i dont know why its handeling so bad!!!..... I replaced all the rotors and pads and also 2 of the calibers on the front.....the van now has 110,000 miles on it. at 80,000 i had to replace the front hub bearing. Also I keep up on my oil changes and always run synthetic. I just put new belts on it and also had the tune-up done. Now latley when i drive it ...the steerin g wheel shakes, its hard to keep it in the lane because it just is handeling so bad..!!!.. Could it be my shocks and struts?? does or has anyone else had this problim??? what could it be??
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    edited July 2010
    it could be a number of things. The items you replaced have nothing to do with the handling.

    I would have a good mechanic look over the suspension and steering components. The van could also be out of alignment or tires out of balance.

    how many miles are on your tires? Does the steering wheel shake all the time or only during certain situations?
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    edited August 2010
    Dont know Dtownfb if you resolved this thing or not but sorry for not posting earlier. I had the exact same problem as yours. I was driving- the van cut off,shut down and the 3 lights SES,Slip and TCS came on. I shut the van --restarted again and drove straight to the dealer. The van was driving kind of rough.Dont know if it is a safety issue or not -b`cos the van just shut off on the road. Luckily there was no one behind on the road. :P

    The problem is the Camshaft Position Sensor. The dealer replaced the sensor and said there were 2 error codes--the same ones you mentioned. He said this is a common issue with the Quest. The cost was $350 including parts and labor.

    Also , I would be very wary of using aftermarket parts like sensors and computer/electronics on any [non-permissible content removed] 3 vehicles. These parts can mess up the engine and driveability as everything nowadays is computerized and has to be reprogrammed. One of our office staff had a O2 sensor/cat.converter problem on his 2000 Nissan Sentra -- both had to be replaced-dealer cost was $1500.So he went aftermarket and purchased aftermarket O2sensor and the cat.converter-- and it messed up his engine as it could not be reprogrammed and his engine needed replacement .Was not worth fixing it with 140k miles-so he dumped it and got a Corolla. ;)

    Mechanical parts like tires,brakes,batteries are fine but for sensors,chips,cat. converter or computer electronics -- I would always go OEM instead of aftermarket ones- more so for Asian makes. Hope this helps.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Thanks deltheking. There is a TSB on this issue that recommends replacing both camshaft sensors. I did use aftermarket parts and so far, so good. I understand the hesitancy with using aftermarket parts but I did read up on this issue and did not find anyone that had a problem with aftermarket camshaft position sensors. Plus there is a bigger market for this engine since the Maxima and Altima share the same basic parts.

    I did have issues with P1800. It doesn't trigger a "check engine" light but does bog the engine down esp. at take off. Basically you have to change the VAIS intake sensor. This is a Nissan only part. I ordered it online from a dealer and replaced it myself.

    We just returned from vacation to Atlanta (over 1600 miles) and no issues.
  • Hi I have an '04 quest and all of sudden the driver seat which is electrical, stopped moving backwards, all the other features work fine but the rear activation not. I called the dealer and they told me that I might need to replace the whole chair together with the motor. I need to know if there's any other way to fix that. At first I thought that the switcher was the problem but later while searching for answers was told that it could be the motor. At this point I'm lost and I have no clue what could be the problem or how to solve it. Please help!

    Thank you.
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  • udisterudister Posts: 5
    edited December 2010
    Hi you can change ball joint ($23) instead of whole control arm ($350) dealer price. I did on my 2004 nissan quest easy to do it.
  • Hello,
    Was driving on the parkway today and couldnt avoid some moving road debris and it struck the front of my car......put a hole in my oil pan and it ripped up that big black plastic piece underneath the front bumper. I am trying to see what that black plastic piece would cost from some online parts dealers but cant seen to find that particular part described anywhere. Does anybody know what it is called and where i may find it online? Thank you for your time!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    edited January 2011
    Try searching for an "engine splash shield". I had to put some zipties and new screws in mine a couple of times when it got loose underneath. You could probably punch some small holes along the rip and ziptie it back together. But they don't look all that expensive online.

    Have you got a quote for the oil pan replacement yet? Mine has a bunch of dings in it but it's not leaking and the oil pickup seems ok.

    Mine's a '99 Quest btw.

    Steve, visiting host
  • Hello,

    I took my van to the dealership for alignment. They sais they can not do it coz I need to replace front driver/pass lower control arm and that would cost $950.00(labor+parts). I didn't do it. I was not sure you can change just the ball joint on this 2004 quest??? I was just checking the control arm pricing on internet and it is lot lower than dealer and just came through your post. Just want to make sure again that you changed only ball joint and not the control arm? Looks like Nissan do not sell ball joint seprately...just another way to rip off customer.

  • Hi, yes you can do it. I did it 6 months ago.
  • Thank you for quick response.

    Any particular web site r u using to order auto parts? Actually I am doing this first time so need any recommendation if you have any reliable web site?

  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    For me...I don't put my phone number online...or even email address.
  • ebay $43 for both lower ball joints. only 3 bolt to take the control arm off plus tire thats it.
  • Can you tell me where ican get the lower ball joints to buy?
    Maybe the part no>

  • At ebay motors, 2 FRONT Lower Ball Joint Set For Nissan Quest 04-08 94487?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=

    Sell one like this
    2 FRONT Lower Ball Joint Set For NISSAN QUEST 04-08

    i hope this helps you if not massage me back
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