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#1 of 4180 Nissan Maxima Stalling
Dec 26, 2000 (3:16 pm)
My '92 Nissan Maxima SE automatic has been stalling frequently and various mechanics are unable to determine the problem.
-The situation: Car stalls at a red light while engaged in drive. If it is shifted into neutral it will not stall, however the tachometer will jump. Typically, (but not exclusively) this problem occurs when I have been driving at low speeds. Additionally, the car may sputter and knock while in city traffic. To alleviate this I must take my foot off of the accelerator and then depress it again. If I try to "gas it" through the problem it will only keep sputtering.
-Suggestions by mechanics: Clogged fuel lines (checked, not the problem), Fuel pump (checked and replaced, not the problem), Electrical ( one mechanic suggested replacing the engine harness wires. Costs about $1000).
Does anyone have a suggestion?
#2 of 4180 possible answer to car stalling
Dec 29, 2000 (1:06 pm)
I have a nissan 240 sx and I had the exact same problem you are having,, took it to three mechanics and they had no idea. finally we found out it was just a clutch switch,, hope that helps,, its cheap and easy to fix as far as I understand. If not then have them diagnose your cylinders or fuel injectors and one may be ready to be replaced. good luck! Amy
#3 of 4180 1997 Nissan Maxima (Engine Noise)
Dec 29, 2000 (11:49 am)
My Maxima has been making a weird noise every time I start the engine in the morning. The noise occurs right after I start the engine. I have used 93 Octane gasoline for the three years I have owned the car. I took it to the dealership and they said that they couldn't duplicate the problem. This only occurs when the engine is cold. Is anybody out there having or have had the same problems?? PLEASE HELP!
#4 of 4180 re: engine noise for '97 maxima
Jan 05, 2001 (6:32 pm)
I was having the same problem, but my car is a "93 Maxima SE. It sounded like a rattling noise. Anyway, I took it to the dealer - they said it was the VTC sprockets that needed overhauled. Noise got better, but seemed to come back eventually. I just found out from another mechanic that there may be a crack in the sprocket causing the noise..I'm taking it back to the dealer next week. I hope this helps! My experience has certainly been frustrating, but makes it alittle more bearable if I can pass on the info to spare someone else! Good luck!
#5 of 4180 re: 1997 Engine Noise
Jan 11, 2001 (2:34 pm)
Just read your problem with the noise. My wife's 97 Maxima does the same as did her 95. The VTC sprockets may need overhauling but usually it is the hydraulic dampers for the main chain drive for your two overhead cams. They work off oil pressure from the motor running and upon start-up they are not "charged" with oil and the main chain slaps a little until they get filled with oil. As they fill up they put pressure on the chain to "stiffen" it up. I've used Mobil 1 5W-30 to help lubricate them sooner and that seems to help a little. Cracks don't make noise and if the sprocket is cracked it would have failed by now because of the massive amounts of force they are subjected to while you accelerate. I hope this helps.
#6 of 4180 Did I damage anything?
Jan 11, 2001 (10:19 pm)
I accidently tried to re-start my motor while it was running. I guess the motor is so quite that I didn't realize it was already running. Does anyone think I might have damaged the starter or the motor? I have not noticed any problems but I am still concerned.
#7 of 4180 re: 1997 Maxima engine noise
Jan 13, 2001 (7:40 am)
My Maxima is making the same noise. Dealership said it was the starter. I'm changing starter today. I'll post later if it stops noise.
#8 of 4180 re: did I damage anything
Jan 13, 2001 (11:17 am)
I did that a couple of times on my sentra and altima. Don't worry.
#9 of 4180 1997 Maxima Engine Noise
Jan 13, 2001 (4:47 pm)
Changed starter today. Dealership wanted $350 for starter plus labor. I did it myself for $150. It took about 2 hours. Noise is gone. I'll post later if it comes back.
#10 of 4180 maxima engine noise at start-up
Jan 13, 2001 (9:38 pm)
Change to a Purolator oil filter...the noise will go away. The noise you hear is oil starvation at start-up because the flow-back valves on NISSAN oil filters, FRAM and a few others are garbage. Change to Purolator, WIX, or MOBIL oil filter.