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  • Braden
    Braden - 2003 Nissan Maxima - Engine - 12/18/2014
    Startup knock and oil light
    2003 maxima vq35de 134xxx miles Hey guys Im having an issue with my wife's maxima and I just want to get a second opinion so I can prepare myself. Recently (within the last 4 months ) I have noticed a knock on start up lasts for about 1-2 seconds, and during ...
     
  • Jim Twyford
    Jim Twyford - 2008 Nissan Titan - Engine - 12/15/2014
    At initial start up it is running very rough and blowing white smoke, once warmed up the idle is high (900-1000)
    Service engine soon light came on , idle is high , running rough almost like timing is off or a cylinder is out , vehicle has 210,000 miles A month back radiator went out and truck reached max temp on guage for a bit , not sure if related or not
     
    • Teddy B
      12/15/2014 Teddy B
      Time for a rebuild with all those issues & that mileage

      I would guess the overheating is coming back to bit you

      Install a reman motor

      You could play with a that one & do some testing
      to learn things but it isn't useable like that

      Head gasket is shot & maybe other problems as well (white smoke)

      7 years or less & it's done-Hope my 2014 Nissan Frontier has a happier life

      There is nothing normal there with 30,000 miles a year driven

      May as well start leasing your vehicles
  • dezzz,
    dezzz, - 2011 Nissan Versa - Engine - 12/12/2014
    Bad gas will DryGas get my car started?
    I have a 2011 Nissan versa. I believe I may have a case of "bad gas". After putting in $5 from a Citgo yesterday, it ran fine, then after I turned it off it stuttered and refused to come on again. I pushed my car to the side, placed about $10 of from another gas ...
     
    • Teddy B
      12/12/2014 Teddy B
      Dry gas is Alcohol & will do nothing

      You already have 10% in the fuel by law

      The fuel tank will not even know you added 12 to 16 oz

      Check for OBD Codes
  • nichole
    nichole - 2004 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/10/2014
    Having trouble with engine stalling
    It's like it's not getting enough or too much air or gas. It starts but has trouble picking up like it wants to die and sometimes it does and then I'll have to try and start it again. This happens only sometimes on a good day and on a bad day it can happen about ...
     
    • ARVet
      12/10/2014 ARVet
      First of all, I wouldn't have taken it to a quick fix shop. Is it throwing any codes?
    • Teddy B
      12/10/2014 Teddy B
      There will be one or more real good techs/mechanics at all repair shops but
      the odds they will get your car are slim

      I agree-- forget the chain store,auto parts shops,find a local shop that has been there
      for 20 years or more with the same owner ASE Master Tech or not

      Not to butt in or be rude --but why are you continuing to use it for weeks
      & not getting it checked for OBD Codes & find a problem at least?

      Then decide what you want to do or spend

      A 2004 Vehicle is fairly new & nice & you should want to keep
      it that way

      You can not use a vehicle like that not knowing what is wrong or
      if your damaging something by using it

      Pep Boys can find all your problems IF you know how to deal with these shops
      & they know why your there

      Do you ever do any Preventative Maintenance a few time a year,that is a must

  • Edwin
    Edwin - 2001 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/10/2014
    Why does engine idle up and down when is cold.
    When is cold the engine idle raises up and down
     
    • ARVet
      12/10/2014 ARVet
      Does the idle vary after the engine is warm?
  • 828carguy
    828carguy - 2006 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/10/2014
    Vibrating noise and burnt rubber smell?
    Hi, I'm looking at a 2006 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition that's for sale and while test driving it today, I loved it. However, when I turn the AC on full blast, it makes this weird vibrating noise that seems to come from the passenger side of the dashboard. ...
     
    • Teddy B
      12/10/2014 Teddy B
      There is Never a cost for any vehicle repairs--- until you have found a problem to resolve

      So the question to you is --cost to repair What?

      The noise & vibration could be a failed HVAC Fan Motor
      Teddy B
      12/10/2014 828carguy
      Thanks for your answer. What I mean is, once the problem is found, how much would it cost to repair it? Like the vibrating with the AC, if its a failed HVAC motor, how much is it to repair it?
    • Teddy B
      12/10/2014 Teddy B
      Do not mean to be rude here but you do realize you have not had the vehicle
      checked out or diagnosed to even find a problem

      So as I said how would anyone know what repair costs would be

      Also no idea what country your in or the currency

      You surely must have been to repair shops & dealers many times

      Have they ever GUESSED for you at a cost

      Every business will have difference operating costs & prices

      You can not hold someone to a price

      I costs whatever it takes to find a problem & whatever is charged for that time
      Then the repair time & parts costs

      Think about a doctor or a car dealer--They NEVER give you a price
      up front & no one ever asks do they WHY?
    • ARVet
      12/10/2014 ARVet
      You will have to look it up or call your local parts store to see what the prices are and shop around.
  • John Coelho
    John Coelho - 2004 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/10/2014
    Service lite on today. 2 wks ago did oil change. Looked at oil today and carmel color. What might be problem?
    Took car in nov 29 to sears auto replaced tensioner belt, alternator, battery and secondary of other items. Less than two weeks later this, happens. Car has just over 100k miles
     
    • Teddy B
      12/10/2014 Teddy B
      Have you never had a check light on any vehicle in the last
      15 years or more?

      You have to check for OBD Codes to find the system with the possible fault

      Then use the Codes to diagnose that system & component test to find a problem

      So no idea without a vehicle to check,look at data & test
  • Grendler
    Grendler - 2001 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/9/2014
    Why does my car sound louder after being fine for the whole 200 miles home?
    After taking a round trip 400 miles no problem, the car sounds louder and the engine seems a different pitch. It has less acceleration but is still very drivable. the oil just got changed and it was checked out fine a month earlier. it has 83k and is in great ...
     
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      Mufflers can rust out inside in four years-- especially if you
      usually only go 15 miles one way, each day & start out cold each time

      Less acceleration is a problem you have to check into
      & do some testing to confirm

      83K is about 138,000 miles & the motor is 14 years old

      Time wise it may near it's end

      4 cylinders don't last all that long in some cases
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/9/2014
    What psi should my eng, have in the cylinders? AM I GOOD W/ 150 PSI ?
    1#- 140PSI. 2# -152PSI. 3#-150PSI. 4#-155PSI.
     
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      Your okey with those readings

      Seldom is compression psi avail

      I would do a cylinder leak down test &
      then you know the valves seal & compression
      is what it is,relative to whatever the engine design is
  • rich
    rich - 2002 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/9/2014
    Car normally starts & runs great. When ambient air is 20° or less it cranks fine but won't start.
    Usually smells of fuel. May start with partial throttle. If cars sits until warmer day it chugs but starts.new timing chain, computer, tune up. Etc. 92000 on odometer. Bought new. No codes.???
     
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      No Global Generic Codes ? --- if you have been using a code reader

      If you use a professional scanner you can look at lots of data

      If you smell fuel, then maybe the injectors are leaking down when it sits

      They may have to be mailed away for testing & Ultra-Sonic Cleaning
      & (no) fuel tank additives & professional cleaning won't work well or tell
      you if they leak or what the flow rate is

      Need further testing of vehicle systems & components

      MAF Sensor would be a place to test for acurracy

      Let a pro work on it ,don't install parts hoping you will get it right

      Find a problem through proper testing
  • Jeff
    Jeff - 2000 Nissan Frontier - Engine - 12/9/2014
    Is the 2.4 a interference or non interference engine? Jumped time replaced gears and chain won't start don't sound righ
    when turning over is it possible to be 180 out of time?
     
    • jdl
      12/9/2014 jdl
      One of my databases said yes, it is an interference engine. I tried to look up lists of interference engines, the lists weren't complete, some didn't list a 2.4L, engine, others said, all nissan engines are interference engines? I don't know if that is true or not? You might call a nissan dealership, ask to talk to the service department., ask them. Some service departments are very help-full, some won't help you at all. It just depends on what kind of mood they are in and whether or not they are busy.

      Usually you put number one piston on tdc of compression stroke before you do anything. Follow the instructions and timing marks.
  • Jaimie
    Jaimie - 2000 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/9/2014
    I just replaced my camshaft sensor now my car starts and runs but falls flat at 50 mph. What else should I try?
    I have a small radiator leak which needs fixed. Also new muffler 5 months ago... At 50 mph the car kinda studders. I can get to 70 if accelerated very slowly. Also shifts hard at the higher gears...
     
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  • Jaimie
    Jaimie - 2000 Nissan Sentra - Engine - 12/9/2014
    I just replaced my camshaft sensor now my car starts and runs but falls flat at 50 mph. What else should I try?
    I have a small radiator leak which needs fixed. Also new muffler 5 months ago... At 50 mph the car kinda studders. I can get to 70 if accelerated very slowly. Also shifts hard at the higher gears...
     
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  • jimmyv51
    jimmyv51 - 2001 Nissan Maxima - Engine - 12/4/2014
    Engine light came on
    Code PO174
     
    • CVO
      12/4/2014 CVO
      The MAF (Mass Air Flow) Sensor is dirty or faulty

      Inspect all vacuum and PCV hoses, replace if necessary

      Check for a dirty fuel filter and proper fuel pressure

  • Stratton
    Stratton - 2005 Nissan Frontier - Engine - 11/30/2014
    Total loss of electrical power intermittent
    All electrical goes into limp mode and will restart after a few minutes and run fine.
     
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