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Nissan Sentra Starting and Stalling Problems



  • Hi my 96 nissan sentra is now doing the same thing your car was. Did you ever find out what was happening? Thanks.
  • Well, it was the computer and I had it replaced. After spending $1000 the very next day the car did the same thing and the check engine light came on. Back to the dealership and they checked it out and said the check engine light was on b/c the catylitic converter was going out ($800 to fix), and the sputtering on start was b/c the head gasket was leaking ($900 to fix). Needless to say we should have traded it in at that point but not wanting a note we fixed the head gasket, they said the cataylitic converter was not a necessary fix right now.
  • Sound like what was happening to my 2004 sentra 1.8L. You check the orderwire throttle position sensor(TPS). It is possible that the throttle body is a mucked up and all you need to do is clean it with some throttle body cleaner and scrub with old tooth brush. You can buy a can of throttle body cleaner from walmart for $3 a can. This might solve the problem.
  • I have a Nissan Sentra 2001. I face this starting problem every 3-4 months. When the engine is cold like when I try to start the car in the morning, I have to step on the gas to start it properly. I have had this problem twice before, each time my mechanic replaced all the sparkplugs and my car became alright. The car runs smooth n fine, once its started. When I went for state inspection, they got some error codes and told me that my car's electronic PCU is faulty n I need to change it but I cant afford a new PCU which will put me back by a $1000. My mechanic told me, because of faulty PCU, the spark plugs burn out really fast and need to be replaced. Can someone suggest me some options here. Thanks
  • I have a 2005 Sentra SE 1.8. It has 193000 KM. I have done all the maintenance since I bought it new. While driving the car it suddenly stalls, engine is running and the car is on drive, but the car is moving very slowly, like when it is on neutral. I replaced the tranny - 198000 clicks and had Nissan check it out and they advised me that it maybe a alternator malfunction, no guarantees, but maybe the problem. I bought a alternator and will have it replaced hopefully today and I am clueless - what next??

    When the car is on drive and moving, it drives well, however, when I stop at a traffic light, it goes back to "Neutral mode" and does not move. I have put $.1500 until now on the car, but the problem still exists and no, mechanic including Nissan dealership can identify the problem and fix it.

    Can anyone who owns a similar car and who may have experienced the same problem, advise me? I can't afford to go to Nissan Canada or a mechanic once again - I just got laid off from my my job! To everyone out there: Please, Please think a 100 times before you get a Nissan.
  • rad4runnerrad4runner Posts: 1
    edited March 2012
    My 2004 1.8L Sentra exhibits same problem. Today I was driving and it just ceased responding to accelerator pedal. It did not shut off but I felt like it was running on idle - hence would not speed up (making others think transmission went bad). It happened months ago, too. I stopped, wated a few minutes, then it restarted. My brother-in-law who is a mechanic thinks Throttle position sensor is bad, or gets stuck. Makes sense. I will use this coming rainy weekend to stay in garage and take a closer look. Will report back as soon as I see anything. If easy enough to replace, TPS seems easy to find online: link title
  • did you guys ever fix your problems? i have nissan sentra 2005 and i have the same problem too.. usually thats the throttle body issue.. you can try to clean it with a throttle cleaner but some how it wouldnt start still and will go to idle and some weird vibrations.. what you can do next is to relearn the idle process...

    watch this video might help..

    i will do this tomorrow first day in the morning. good luck!
  • when i remove the gas cap on my 04 Sentra, it has a surge of pressure come from the filler tube(enough to blow fuel out). could this be the vent plugged? and where is the vent? the check engine light comes on when car is started and remains on while it is running,i am not sure if these 2 items are related though. i bought this car for my daughter 3 years ago and she 'gave' it back to me after she got an altima a few weeks back. the car has 171K on it and i just plan on driving back and forth to work in it mostly so i can let my silverado set(and save on fuel costs). has anybody had this happen or know what i need to start checking to solve this 'pressure' problem....i would really appreciate any one's input or experince with this type of problem.
  • luthfiya, the problem is your throttle body or throttle position sensor.
  • My Sentra will not start good battery. The car does not turn over, I had starter tested and they said it is good. What next any ideas?
  • Car will start fine almost all the time. Occasionally car will try to turn over, but will not start. I will need to hold down the gas pedal to the floor, crank engine and then pump gas pedal and the car will catch and start. Can anyone help me with this issue?
  • I hope someone can help me.

    My 06 sentra started acting up a couple weeks ago. When it is cold (first thing in the morning) it is difficult to start. Sometimes taking multiple tries and up to ten minutes.

    I can usually get it started and once I get it going - it runs just fine. I can usually get it started after work within two tries (a lot of times one try). Again it runs beautifully once it gets started.

    If I get home on time (before 6PM) and dont start it again until morning its difficult to start. I have noticed that when I get home late and there is less time between starts, it was ok to start in the morning.

    My mechanic neighbor was nice enough to clean the throttle body for me and other parts and it seemed to start fine once he did that. But once we turned it off it would not start again. then it did start later.

    We are very confused. He is going to check it with his computer tomorrow - but we were wondering if anyone has had this issue or has any ideas on what could be going on. Please help.
  • jobethjobeth Posts: 2
    Hi, I have a 2004 manual spec r and I have experienced over a year a very tempermental attitude, the car will "shut off" in mid stride... the battery is fine the radio will even keep playing but theres no engine work and just a ride till my brake pressure evens out and hopefully i stop in time. it also will idle low and shut off sometimes when im trying warm up the car. its has truoble passing emissions as the engine "check me" light will periodically turn on and off. i rountinely check fluids, change oil and sparks and spark wires. Ive also had vaccumed out the air filter to rid debris. I found that after replacing the alternator (which is still under warrenty and i plan on replacing again anyway), using a higher octane gas and starting/running the car for 10 mins before traveling has decreased the frequency of shut suspecting the fuel pump or lines leading into engine where it ignites is my next guess...there is defnately no gas or fluid leaks.. thanks to everyone else posting about this car, i see there is a recall part and im gonna get on that and also look into other suggestions. have a excellent day!
  • blue95blue95 Posts: 10
    Help! '03 Sentra 1.8 auto 87K miles starts right up and drives fine until warm (maybe 10 miles) then engine quits. No sputtering, just shuts off. If I wait about 10 minutes it starts right up and drives fine for another 3 or 4 miles and then shuts off again. I nursed it 15 miles home in 3 mile segments with a 10 minute cooling off wait each time. Any ideas? Thx...blue95
  • I have a 2001 Nissan Sentra and when I stop at lights for a long period of time. My car feels like it is trying to stall. I sometimes have to keep my foot on the brake and the gas to rev it a bit so it doesn't stall on me. I have had a new battery a new alternator and a new MAF put in. I also believe he said something about O2 sensors as well.

    Why is my car doing this. I am a single parent and cannot afford to get a new car so I need to keep this one going but I also can't afford to keep putting money into it if we can't figure out what is the issue. Can someone please help with some advise?

  • Did you find the answer? I just spent almost $600 replacing the fuel pump three days ago only to have the car stall a light. It's the same problem I have with my 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8L It's making me crazy!
  • My Nissan 95 GXE would stall, and not just at the stop lights but in the FWY as well. I know things can get very expensive...I figure with the help of my mechanic that one of the air/oxygen sensors was going out, and since these sensors can get expensive I paid a visit to the local junk yard in L.A. (Pick Your Parts) and found a sensor from a 96 Nissan sentra, and it worked.

    I suggest you visit the junk yard...the sensor is not difficult to replaced as it sits on top/near attached to the main air conduit.
  • I has the same problem in my setra 2005 ? Any idea what going on?
  • Alrighty here it is and def hoping for some good advice. Well I have a 2003 nissan sentra gxe engine with a electronic throttle body well I got another body for my engine didn't know afterwards that the 2002 nissan sentra gxe has a cable throttle body with a different throttle position connector so what i'm trying to get at is I'm going to convert my throttle body to a cable throttle body and maybe just leave my TPS connector unhooked will it affect anything??
    I'm kind of in a tight bind here not sure what route to take on this one...
    I have a couple ideas but want to def get some input here.. My ideas include getting different throttle body leaving TPS unhooked or possibly swap out with a 2002 sentra throttle body with the different TPS and possibly just snip my connector and attaching the other connectors for this TPS..
    Plz if anybody could help me out with this one I be really appreciated with it!!
    I could possibly help u out also if u can help me out i've done plenty of car work and know a d**n good bit about them
  • Nissan sentra start right up and drive fine until warn,
    maybe 10 miles and engine quits, no sputtering just shuts off.
    It wait about 15 minutes start and drive fine another 4 miles and shuts off again.
    Any idea?
  • CHECK YOUR SPARK PLUGS! i replaced the MAF & Throttle body and it didn't do anything. It was months with this problem and the computer wasn't reading things correctly. Maybe it was a combo of things. My head gasket was messed up too so maybe water went into the spark plugs after that. 3 plugs were messed up and one had rust from water. Hope that helps and hope my car doesn't give me any more problems for a while.
  • I have 2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8, automatic, 36,000 miles, stalls and will not accelerate after I stop for a red light or STOP sign. This only happens when it rains. It takes a minute or more before it accelerates and takes off It also does not start right away, but takes a few cranks to ignite and turn on, this happens always. I had a mechanic check the spark plugs and sensor codes. All checked out okay.

    I researched and learned about the following 2 Nissan class action lawsuits and owner if the same is occurring to my 04 Sentra.

    1. Notice of proposed settlement -Lawsuits were filed regarding the 2005-2010 model year Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Xterra, and Nissan Frontier vehicles... lawsuits alleged that these vehicles contain a defect that permits cross-contamination of engine coolant and transmission fluid, ultimately causing the radiator and transmission to fail or need substantial repairs and further allege that Nissan failed to disclose the alleged defect to consumers. See details at

    2. consumer class action concerning secondary timing chains, secondary timing chain tensioners and secondary timing chain tensioner shoes (“Timing Chain Systems”) installed in 2004 -2008 Nissan Maxima vehicles, 2004 – 2009 Nissan Quest vehicles, 2004 – 2006 Nissan Altima vehicles (with the VQ35 engine), 2005 – 2007 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles, 2005 – 2007 Nissan Xterra vehicles, and 2005 – 2007 Nissan Frontier vehicles (with the VQ40 engine)... When the timing chain systems fail, they can cause a variety of problems, including the inability of the vehicles to accelerate and maintain speed, as well as catastrophic engine failure...
    For details go to: t-alleging-failure-to-disclose-defect-in-timing-chain-systems-which-results-in-p- remature-failure/

    There is no mention, of the 04 Sentra, I am wondering could the same or similar be happening?
    Experts, please advise, i need help on how to proceed. Thank you.
  • I'm not sure about the acceleration problem, but the hard/multiple cranks is probably your fuel pump. I have the same car and mine has the same problem. There was a service memo sent out when this car was still under warranty with a fix for the fuel pumps. Obviously it's not covered now but I would recommend replacing the fuel pump first, it might be going completely bad which would explain your acceleration problems too. Good luck.
    PS. If you're a do-it-your-selfer there's a video on youtube showing how to change the fuel pump on your own. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners though.
  • ok, this is for everyone with a sentra with starting problem. first off long crank....sometimes a long crank can be a fuel pump...u have fuel pressure while it is running but once u turn it off the fuel pressure bleeds away.....its a seal in the fuel pump....for certain years there was a seal kit to repair that but for 50 buxs more ...just get a fuel pump. the next thing would be a crank or cam sensor...sometimes they go bad, sometimes they have a porous leak and oil leaks through them into the connector...something to look for...check both. last is ur worst nightmare...the headgasket leak...pull the spark plugs and coolant there in the cylinder then u need a new headgasket. hope this helps everyone...take care and good luck.

  • I drive a 2003 sentra xe automatic with a 1.8 and about 140k miles on it. I had some trouble with it stalling while idling, but this was fixed by replacing the battery. Now it will stall rarely very soon after I start driving. After this happens the car won't start until I put it back in park. It is fine after that. I love my car despite it having multiple issues, this being the worst, and have been trying to fix it up after buying it recently from a truly awful dealership. This problem is very dangerous and I need to fix it, but don't know what is causing it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • hmmreallyhmmreally Posts: 1

    I have a 2008 Sentra. I've replaced the key, battery, alternator, and checked the fuses. And the car wont start. Doesn't crank, can't even jump it. I've been reading about the BCM, is this possible? I don't even have 29K miles on it. I feel like the dealer is bleeding me dry. HELP!!

  • If your Sentra doesn't even CRANK, then I'd say there's an issue with your starter motor. Maybe it has failed or the connections are so bad that even trying to jump it won't work.

    OR...the engine has seized up. I think that's the worst scenario.

    No posts here for 9 months! Is everyone's Sentra working now, or have you just given up?
  • So I have a 2001 nissan sentra 1.8 an the starter went and the check engine light said the idle control system was bad. 
    we put a new starter new idle control.  Check engine now says mass air flow.  Starter now sometimes cranks.  An as long as I don't turn it off it'll drive marvelous.  Turn it off an it won't stay on. 
    We changed the clutch switch and the ignition relay plug thingie behind ignition lol.  
    But currently won't crank.  Starters good. Would cleaning the throttle help. Wondering from reading this site
    . Any suggestions?  
  • I drove half hour to work no problem. As soon as I shut it off.  It took forever to start.  I deliver so I drove a ten hour shift no problem because I didn't shut it off all night.
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