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#3 of 4184 1997 Nissan Maxima (Engine Noise)
Dec 29, 2000 (10:49 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 4184 re: engine noise for '97 maxima
Jan 05, 2001 (5:32 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 4184 re: 1997 Engine Noise
Jan 11, 2001 (1:34 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 4184 Did I damage anything?
Jan 11, 2001 (9:19 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 4184 re: 1997 Maxima engine noise
Jan 13, 2001 (6:40 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 4184 re: did I damage anything
Jan 13, 2001 (10:17 am)
I did that a couple of times on my sentra and altima. Don't worry.
#9 of 4184 1997 Maxima Engine Noise
Jan 13, 2001 (3:47 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 4184 maxima engine noise at start-up
Jan 13, 2001 (8:38 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.
#11 of 4184 vik3
Jan 14, 2001 (1:41 pm)
Hi, I just bought a Nissan maxima 95. I had a 94 before. The 95 makes a loud engine noise when i press on gas.Its is not too loud but it is a lot louder than the 94 i owned before. I was just wondering if its the new engine type or if there is a problem with my car. Thanks
#12 of 4184 re: engine noise
Jan 14, 2001 (3:53 pm)
Thanks for your help regarding the sprockets. What you described as far as the oil pressure is what another mechanic had told me some time ago...he is the one who told me to take it to the dealer in the first place. When the service manager lifted the hood and listened to the noise he said, "oh yeah, sounds like your sprockets..we've had alot of trouble with those." I called the first mechanic back and he said that could be true. My point being is that I agree with what you are saying and what another post said as far as the filter, mainly because the noise is still there. Do I have a case with the dealer if they say they fixed "a" problem, but I don't think they fixed "the" problem? It sounds like, by what you all are saying, there isn't much to do for this problem other than changing the filter or oil. True? Any thoughts on how to approach this with the dealer? Thanks.