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#1994 of 2519 1999 Quest loses power under load
Aug 13, 2005 (12:10 pm)
I bought this quest new and have put about 130k on it. It's been a good van until now. My wife said it was gutless. I thought the coil wire may be bad. I had never changed the plugs or wires on it. We had the timing belt changed at 107k. It has no coil wire, so I just replaced the plugs and wires. Problem is still there. I googled around, and couldn't find the problem. A diagnostic guy said the egr had triggered the service engine soon light. He couldn't find a problem with it and said to have the catalytic convertor checked. It tested fine. I replaced the fuel filter. I got tired of throwing money into it and took it to the "experts" at Nissan. They sat on it for 4 days and charged me $250.00+ and said they had 3 hours of shop time into it and checked to make sure the timing belt hadn't jumped. They also tested the fuel pump, and a bunch of stuff in the fuel/emmissions system, and determined that the airflow meter might be bad. They wanted 500.00 for the part and an hour and a half labor to replace it. I went down to this dealership in Fayetteville AR, and picked up the van. I put the part in myself in 10 minutes for $129.00 from O'Reillys. It did not fix the problem. I had the transmission flushed as well, since my wife insisted it was in the transmission, and I got tired of her whining about it. I just want it to run like it should. Does anyone else have this problem? It seems to idle OK and the distributor cap looks fine, but I don't know, and am going to go broke if I keep throwing expensive parts, and misdiagnosis at it.
#1995 of 2519 Re: 1999 Quest loses power under load [daddyizzle]
Aug 15, 2005 (12:43 pm)
I would try the Haynes manual. It offers step by step troubleshooting at the front of the book and the chapters offer great details and diagrams. I've even brought the book to my mechanic at times, though of course with discretion.
I've had the '93-'98 manual for years, but since I just bought a new '02 Quest, I just ordered the '93-'01 version for about $20 with shipping. If you're interested, I'll post the link.
#1996 of 2519 Re: Weird Mystery Rear Brake Problem [jmishka]
Aug 15, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I think I have a similar problem with a 99 villager, every time I have new front brakes put on (which I should not need every 6 mo.), I drive away from the repair shop, a few miles down the road and at about 65 miles per hour and the rear brakes engage (I don't have my foot on the brake) and they start grabbing and shaking the car something fierce. No one can figure it out, if fact I have it in a shop right now.
Anyone have a clue?
#1997 of 2519 Re: Weird Mystery Rear Brake Problem [bploe]
Aug 15, 2005 (6:05 pm)
We have had the same problem with the brakes on our Quest. This has happened several times and then one or both drums are warped and the van shakes whenever you put the brakes on. We have had to replace the front brakes 4-5 times in the last 4 years about(25k to 30k). It is almost like the back brakes stop working so the fronts are doing all of the work. This is probably normal anyways. I have found the left caliper frozen twice. Check to make sure that the pad closest to the caliper piston is not warn excessively more than the outside pad. It should be worn a little bit more but not extremely. The force of the piston will naturally wear the inside pad more. We (I) replaced the left front caliper twice(65k and 130k) Appearantly we have a hard right off ramp that comes at the bottom of a steep hill. I think it makes the left caliper hot and causes the piston to freeze or take in excess dust. Caliper replacement is easy, don't let a shop rip you on such an easy job. Have someone help you if you are unsure the first time. After you have done it the first time, it should take less than an hour including bleeding brakes. Now as far as the back brakes go on yours, They may need to be turned. Keep in mind though that each time you turn them, there is a little less drum to dissipate the heat. It only takes a cold puddle on hot drums to cause them to warp. What probably is happening on yours is that they are slightly warped and when they get hot, they get a little bit more warped until they cool down. There is only a small amount of space between the brake shoes and the drums. If there is any warp to your drums, you will feel it in your back end. To make a short story long, make sure your rear bearings have good clean grease in them, and try a new set of drums. I also wonder if they may be putting a pair of shoes with a composition causes so much heat that it warps your drums. Hopefully the new drums aren't out of true to begin with. As far as my van, I was told to try disconnecting the battery and see if the computer will reset and recognize the new part. If it doesn't, then I will have to take it to a dealer that can reprogram the computer to recognize it. Still, I don't know if that is the fix, but I will try it and see.......... Incidentally, I normally replace my rear brakes about every 3rd or 4th time that I do the front brakes. I don't trust too many shops anyways.
#1998 of 2519 Re: 1999 Quest loses power under load [jr714]
Aug 15, 2005 (6:23 pm)
Sure, I think I will pick one up. I think they were better years ago, and now only give some basic information. It's like they took the old Haynes, and the vehicle owners manual, and printed up something inbetween. Hopefully they have gotten comprehensive again like they use to be. I thought I would actually save money by letting the dealer diagnose it, and maybe once the computer is reset, the problem actually will be solved. I just thought that they should have been able to diagnose it in less than an hour. I think they intentionally dragged it out to work up a bill. They should have checked the simple things first, not tearing into the timing belt. I could have lived with a $70.00 bill, and a $130.00 part. Instead I had a $254.00 bill and a $130.00 part, not to mention the $150.00 in parts and non Nissan diagnoses I payed for prior to taking it into Nissan. It just seems that there are so many special computer parts anymore, that it would be hard to test them all, and expensive as well to replace on a guess. Besides, I don't know how you could test them all without a factory shop manual containing all the specifications, test procedures, and necessary tools. Thats why we rely on someone posting the same problem and already having gone through all the trial and error of getting it fixed.
#1999 of 2519 '94 Villager needs knock sensors and EGR valve?
Aug 17, 2005 (12:27 pm)
So says the Ford dealer, according to the computer printout. Carbon build-up will really cause problems someday. $1400 is the quote--$730 of this is parts. The van runs and looks great. I sure hate to fork out $1400 without some feedback or a second opinion. Is this price somewhat reasonable,--or should I try and see if something else is the problem? Thanks!
#2000 of 2519 Re: 99 quest GXE many problems please help [cruznmama]
Aug 17, 2005 (4:35 pm)
The drivers side headlight probably has a problem with the connector. I think it is seperate from the turnsignal issue, although a suspicious coincidence Ours actually needs to be replaced on our 99(when I get tired of defective headlight warnings) The sticking gas pedal- you can fix yourself with a can of carb cleaner and a rag. Compressed air is optional. Just spray the inside of the throttle body, and wipe out. The throttle body is essentially the carburator equivelance. I refuse to pay the dealer 100.00(or whatever) for something I can do in 5 minutes. You'll see how easy it is when you pull the aircleaner apparatus off. As far as the belts, make sure your power-steering is full. If it isn't, throw in some stop leak. If it still squeeks, make sure the tensioner pully is not frozen. On ours, at about 105k, we had the timing belt changed and I let the shop replace the other belts since I was busy, and they had to pull them to do the timing belt anyways. Low and behold, the belts started squeeking. I told them to check the tensioner pulley when they did the belts due to the squeek. They figured out the power steering leak, but put the tensioner pulley on wrong. After careful investigation and reasoning, I put it back together right, and it hasn't squeeked since. Good luck!
#2001 of 2519 Re: 99 quest left front brake sticking [arkiegirl]
Aug 17, 2005 (4:41 pm)
Kind of late, but on ours, I have replaced the caliper twice. Once at 65k and again at 130k. The piston froze for some reason. I did the work myself for cheap, so it doesn't bother me too much. I just thought it was caused by a hard right off-ramp we take a few times aday.
#2002 of 2519 1996 Nissan Quest
Aug 17, 2005 (8:48 pm)
I have a series of strange problems with my 96 Nissan Quest GXE, it has started with the back blower that stopped working, then the fan for the radiator burned up and was bout melted so we replaced the fan and it worked half way, whenever i would be stopped in traffic the fan would be running but the van would start to overheat and when it did this the van just did not want to go. So now the new fan is burning up. What is goin on with this silly vehicle????
#2003 of 2519 Re: PCV Valve [jr714]
Aug 18, 2005 (9:45 am)
Thanks for the info and web site. Figures they put it in a spot more difficult to do yourself. Thanks again the the help.