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  • m
    m - 2010 Nissan Sentra - Preventive Maintenance - 3/26/2015
    Make repairs or sell as is?
    My 2010 Nissan Sentra has 70,000 miles on it. Check engine light came on recently and the diagnostic test pulled code p0420. Had mass air flow sensor cleaned out and the code cleared. Check engine light came back on a few hours later. I need the car for another ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/26/2015 Jimm
      P0420 = Catalyst system efficiency below threshold (bank 1)

      A code P0420 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      Leaded fuel was used where unleaded was called for
      A damaged or failed oxygen sensor (HO2S)
      Downstream oxygen sensor (HO2S) wiring damaged or connected improperly
      The engine coolant temperature sensor is not working properly
      Damaged or leaking exhaust manifold / catalytic converter / muffler / exhaust pipe
      Retarded spark timing
      The oxygen sensors in front and behind the converter are reporting too similar of readings
      Leaking fuel injector or high fuel pressure
      Cylinder misfire
      Oil contamination

      Only you can decide the vehicle value / replacement cost - based on the overall condition.
  • PR
    PR - 2012 Nissan Altima - Preventive Maintenance - 3/14/2015
    I have a 2012 Altima V6. Dealer mentioned about 2 yr service that will cost $800. Is this right? Seems very expensive
    My car has low miles (19k in 2.5 yrs). I always had Ford & did go thru these service milestones (2 yr, 3 yr etc.,). But they were not high cost like this. Can any Nissan owners advise? $800 seems too high. The dealer claims will change all fluids, filters, etc., ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/14/2015 Jimm
      According to Nissan - here is what the 2 year / 24 months service items consist of; the only fluid and parts are the engine oil filter, brake fluid, air filter, cabin air filter. This may total around $70 -$100 in parts if purchased from local parts stores.

      The balance of the 'service' is inspection only -in summary, it sounds expensive and overpriced at $800.00 - however recommend to obtain another quote for the same work from another repair shop, not dealership.

      Replace engine oil and filter
      ❑ Replace brake fluid
      ❑ Replace engine air filter
      ❑ Replace in-cabin microfilter
      ❑ Rotate tires (except all 370Z)

      These items are inspection only; note the service does not state they will add any fluid - only inspection....
      ❑ Inspect the following: __ Automatic transmission
      fluid __ Axle & suspension parts __ Brake lines & cables __ Brake pads, rotors, drums
      & linings __ CVT fluid (cube, Murano, Altima, Altima Coupe, Maxima, Rogue, Sentra
      and Versa) __Differential oil__ Drive shaft boots __ Exhaust system __ Front suspension ball
      joints __ Fuel lines/connections __ Fuel tank vapor vent system
      hoses __ Manual transmission oil__ Propeller shaft (4WD/AWD/RWD) __ Steering gear and linkage __ Steering linkage ball joints __ Transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)
      Jimm
      3/14/2015 PR
      Thx Jimm
  • ercarrin
    ercarrin - 2004 Nissan Maxima - Preventive Maintenance - 2/25/2015
    The speedometer on my 2004 Nissan maxima is not working. What is the problem?
    I changed the wire harness, abs module and the cluster. It has 62,000 miles
     
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  • ChicagoNissan
    ChicagoNissan - 2014 Nissan NV1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 2/21/2015
    Malfunction Indicator Light stuck "on"
    Wife's 2014 Nissan Versa Note MIL light has been on and won't go off. Car is handling fine. The manual says this signal has (2) modes. 'Blinking' or 'On' mode. For 'on' it says to check to make sure the fuel-filler cap is on tight, then keep driving and the ...
     
    • Jimm
      2/20/2015 Jimm
      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem.

      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.
      There are literally hundreds of possible codes - so this first step is important to begin any diagnosis.
    • ChicagoNissan
      2/21/2015 ChicagoNissan
      Hi - p059f - autozone said there were two of them but couldn't tell me what they meant. Thanks again
    • Jimm
      2/21/2015 Jimm
      NISSAN VERSA 2014 Technical Bulletin #NTB-14-009

      Date Reported
      MARCH 06 2014
      NHTSA Reference
      #10054917
      TSB Reference
      #NTB-14-009
      Description: NISSAN: THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) IS ON AND DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODE (DTC) P059F, (ACTIVE GRILLE AIR SHUTTER A) IS STORED IN ECM. MODEL 2014 VERSA. *PE UPDATED 4/22/14. *PE
      Repair Information for NHTSA #10054917

      Because the ice restricts the active shutters from closing and or opening. Once the ice or snow has melted it operates as normal and the MIL light (check engine light) will go out after a few drives. Ice and snow will get into the active shutter area if you are on the freeway following other cars or trucks.
      Jimm
      2/21/2015 ChicagoNissan
      Thanks!!
  • Btj91
    Btj91 - 2013 Nissan Maxima - Preventive Maintenance - 2/9/2015
    My car has done 30,000 on the clock its 10,000 over its service haven't driven it in 5 months will there major damage
    I'm just wondering if I have caused the engine any sort of major damage I haven't been able to service it due to money but have a service booked in for 2 weeks time she still kicks over every time I start her up
     
    • Jimm
      2/8/2015 Jimm
      No major or minor damage will occur due to the extra mileage.
      Jimm
      2/8/2015 Btj91
      Thanks for getting back to me jimm it also says on the dash oil and filter maintenance I'm just stressing out abit for when I get it serviced they will sting me over my capped service pricing
    • Jimm
      2/9/2015 Jimm
      The costs will vary - shop for this service like major surgery - on your wallet...get several estimates, and learn to perform this routine work yourself to save costs.

      Several inspections (free):

      Rotate Wheels & tires
      Replace Crankcase Oil Filter
      Change fluid Crankcase
      Inspect Drive Belt(s)
      Inspect fluid level Continuously Variable Trans/Transaxle
      Inspect Constant Velocity Joint Boots
      Replace Cabin air filter
      Inspect Brake Friction Material
      Inspect Brake lines & hoses
      Inspect Brake rotors
      Inspect Suspension
      Inspect Steering system
      Inspect Steering linkage
      Inspect Fuel vapor lines
      Inspect Fuel lines
      Inspect Front differential
      Inspect Exhaust system
      Change fluid Brake system
      Replace Air filter element
  • ella hill
    ella hill - 2000 Nissan Pathfinder - Preventive Maintenance - 2/8/2015
    My signal and hazard lights work at times and at times will not respond and at times while working will just stop
    I also need to know the amp size and where to locate the fuse and replacement bulbs for my vehicle.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2012 Nissan Altima - Preventive Maintenance - 1/15/2015
    How to reset wheel warning light after snow & ice-cake has left the wheel well?
    There seems to be no problem with wheels, tire pressure is good, no shimmy-shake to steering, so I just think the warning light came on with snow & ice build-up surrounding tires at one time during this bad winter. How do I reset the "wheel maintenance" warning light?
     
    • Steve
      1/15/2015 Steve
      Doesnt sound like a tire problem. Sounds like a maintenance reminder, Altimas have mileage countdowns for tire ware. just like for your oil. navigate the vehicle information display in your dash with your steering wheel buttons. you need to goto settings>maintenance.>tire and reset the mileage counter.
  • jimmyv51
    jimmyv51 - 2001 Nissan Maxima - Preventive Maintenance - 1/9/2015
    Front passenger window closed by smacking drivers side switches, loose wires mybe?
    Front passiger window was not closing, but closed very slow!
     
  • Jackson
    Jackson - 2012 Nissan Altima - Preventive Maintenance - 1/8/2015
    Emission test problem Trying to get emission test done was told that no power When connecting the device
    Was told normally you will get 12 volts displaying
     
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  • Jackson
    Jackson - 2012 Nissan Altima - Preventive Maintenance - 1/8/2015
    Trying to get emission test done was told that no power When connecting the device
    Was told normally you will get 12 volts displaying
     
    0 answer
  • jimmyv51
    jimmyv51 - 2001 Nissan Maxima - Preventive Maintenance - 1/3/2015
    Front passenger window don't close!
    All other windows work!
     
    • John's Auto Repair
      If it doesn't close from either the master switch ( the one on drivers' side )
      or the passenger switch, chances are one of these switches is defective.
      The other possibility is that the window regulator has failed. Do you hear
      any noise coming from the passenger window motor when you try to put
      it up or down? Let me know.
  • spike1129
    spike1129 - 2008 Nissan Xterra - Preventive Maintenance - 12/30/2014
    So its come to my attention that my Xterra has a squeak. I wasn't sure if it was the cold or the serpentine belt.
    I had inspected the belt from plane sight without removing it and its brown in color? I had bought the Xterra at 56,000 miles and now at 90,000. Don't know the last time the belt was changed or when the pulleys have been inspected should i replace the belt? It does ...
     
    • lug
      12/29/2014 lug
      If the noise if fairly consistent one way to check if it is the belt is to spray a little wd-40 on the belt if the noise goes away for a bit the noise is coming from the belt and not somewhere else in the engine. Some of the 4.0l engines can also have a misaligned p/s pump. You need to check the alignment of the p/s pump pulley with a straight edge to make sure it is in line with the other pulleys and tensioner if its not in line or shifted to one side you have to loosen the pump bolts and the 3 lower bracket bolts shift it back in line. On the tensioner body there should be some marks to tell if the belt is past what the tensioner can tension. Some aftermarket belts can fit loose as well causing a noise. If replacing the belt I would recommend using a Nissan belt.
    • Jimm
      12/30/2014 Jimm
      Always replace the belt tensioner at the same time when replacing the drive belt. By the way, do not use WD40 spray on the drive belt, as this will deteriorate the belt.

      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the drive belt from around $15.00, and the belt tensioner from around $28.00 for your vehicle.
  • Redlil
    Redlil - 2008 Nissan Titan - Preventive Maintenance - 12/20/2014
    Slip light on won't start
    Check engine light and slip light on and vehicle won't start
     
    • Teddy B
      12/20/2014 Teddy B
      What OBD Codes do you have?

      Did you not google your codes, to see the issue with the check light?

      Battery Original & Worn Out-- dead--you tested that?
  • Ervin Hill
    Ervin Hill - 2007 Nissan Armada - Preventive Maintenance - 12/13/2014
    When starting the ignition swich there's a clicking noise
    And the clicking noise last for atleast 10 seconds
     
    • lug
      12/13/2014 lug
      If the noise is coming from inside the car It could be coming from the hvac actuator motors to check and see which one it is, try to change the positions of the mode door from foot all the way to defrost and see if you get the same noise , move the temp setting from all the way cold to all the way hot and see if it makes the noise switch from fresh air to recirculation and see if same noise. The mode doors and blend doors will make the noise when they reach the end of there travel, If it is coming from the engine compartment check the exhaust manifolds for cracks and leaks it is very common for the manifolds to crack between the back two runners.
  • Teddy B
    Teddy B - 2014 Nissan Frontier - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2014
    Looking for Dealer or Factory Quality-- Service,Diagnostic & Emissions Manuals as well as wiring diagrams
    I only see Nissan Publications @ www.nissantech-info.com / I only see a CD offered & no mention of wiring diagrams Only want the professional materials
     
    • CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      This site doesn't have published yet for the 2014 Nisssan Frontier wiring diagrams, just take a look.

      http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html


      Factory Quality-- Service,Diagnostic & Emissions Manuals as well as wiring diagrams, call Nissan dealer.

      Note : i have a 2010 Toyota Camry, they asked for $500.00 dollars for a complete car and body repairs.
      CVO
      12/11/2014 Teddy B
      I have purchased factory manuals from Helm.Inc for Gm,Ford & Chry for 50 years &
      as you said paid $400.00 or more for the last ones

      Those dealers don't have anything to do with manuals

      On to the Nissan--as I said, it appears they are only on CD & only avail
      from Nissan,don't think a dealer will do any more than give me the nissan site

      II will take your suggestion & see if the Nissan Parts Dept can order the CD or
      the service folks know what is consists of & is worthwhile purchasing

      CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      It's a true, i paid $20.00 dollars for my 1975 Rabbit and $30.00 dollars for my 1982 Toyota Corolla, I talked to the parts sale man, it seemed to me, the car factory discouraged the owners to have a car repair manual.
      CVO
      12/11/2014 Teddy B
      The problem I have at some parts dept's, is I show up with a State Sales Tax ID & they kind of give you the cold shoulder, as if your the competition, instead of an independent wanting to give them money for parts & a friendly working relationship
      CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      i paid for $5.00 for 1972 Dodge Van and ordered from the order ticket came with the owner's manual.
      CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      All my previous car repairs came from their car factory.
      CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      I showed up with a State Sales Tax ID at Chevrolet Dealer, they gave 25% discounts, but i had to pay the sale taxes.
      CVO
      12/11/2014 Teddy B
      When they accept an ST-3 tax form in my state, they are not to charge you tax
      It may be best to pay it, if your buying parts for yourself
      The tax form eliminates them from tax liability & puts collecting or paying it in your hands
      CVO
      12/11/2014 CVO
      " The problem I have at some parts dept's, is I show up with a State Sales Tax ID & they kind of give you the cold shoulder, as if your the competition, instead of an independent wanting to give them money for parts & a friendly working relationship ", they did to me as well, it's awful.