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#2096 of 4184 Re: 1999 Maxima GXE won't start [aristotle]
Sep 07, 2004 (6:59 pm)
I own a 2001 SE and have had starting problems. I don't know how similar the 99 and 01 is but I have learned that the temperature sensors are very finicky. In the 01 manual it even states that if the outside temperature is real hot or real cold you may need to depress the gas pedal while starting.
I get this every now and then. I was recording time and temps and it happens in consistently in 50-60F weather. I depress the gas and it starts up. Nissan says this ok. I was not happy with that but I have lived with it for a few years.
O2 sensors can be associated with this problem. Again, that is if it is similar to the 5th generation.
Another possibility (and I hope this not your case) is that your engine is burning oil. I had this problem with an old car and it started out by not starting intermittently. It would only start right away when the engine was cold. As months progressed, it began to stall out all over the road. And when it would stall it would not start for hours. That cost me a couple of tows. It was very difficult for the technician to diagnose since I could never recreate it for them. Does this only happen on cold starts or does the engine have to be warmed up?
Sep 07, 2004 (7:35 pm)
Thanks for your response. You may be right on this one. Outside temperature was in the 50 to 60 degrees range when the starting problem happened. It always happens on a cold start. I hate to think that it is an oil burning issue.
At 60K miles do the O2 sensors need to be replaced routinely?
The car has not exhibited the start problem in the last 2 days. It drives very well ( just like a new car ) when it is running.
The only other problem I have noticed sometimes is a strange noise that comes up after the engine has started but the car has not started moving yet.
A Nissan dealer who did a courtesy check on the car said that the belts are showing signs of wear. Do the AC and Power steering belts need to be necessarily replaced at 60K miles? I have no problems in doing that but the dealer wanted $150 for parts and labor. I checked with Autozone who said the parts cost only about $16.
Is the dealer being greedy in charging so much for labor? What is a good place to get the belts changed at a reasonable rate? And what is a a resonable rate for this?
#2098 of 4184 Re: stermen [aristotle]
Sep 08, 2004 (3:48 pm)
If you don't have a personal reference for a local mechanic, just let the dealer do it. That price is about right for a dealer estimate. The belt will probably cost a little more and labor is probably $70+ hr. And you should get some sort of warranty with the dealer like 12m/12k miles. Not much but better than most.
#2099 of 4184 Re: stermen [aristotle]
Sep 08, 2004 (4:06 pm)
I don't think that O2 sensors need to be serviced. But if you read through this message board you will find a lot of people who had problems with them. It is a strong possibility.
I have never heard of a loud noise problem on start up.
I had wear on my belts at 40K and had to replace them. So yes 60K is about when you should have them done. That is if they last that long. The dealer always charges an arm and a leg for anything other than an oil change. My dealer wanted $150 for the job and I used a coupon and some bargaining to get it down to $120. It depends if you trust that Autozone to do your belts. It is not major repair so you may be ok with them.
#2100 of 4184 loss of power during acceleration 2k GXE
Sep 09, 2004 (3:16 pm)
Hello all, car seems ok when called on for normal acceleration but actually loses power when really pushed or, say, going up a steep hill. Another possible symptom is that it seems to be missing badly for the first 30sec or so of driving and has to be babied until it warms up some. I purchased this car in April and have had no trouble up until now. I've read about the coil issue but I never see the engine light come on and it would if it was the coils right? My first guess is that its a fuel delivery problem. Any suggestions has to what to replace/fix first? Thanks!
Let me add that my Mom borrowed the car for 3 weeks and didn't know to use premium fuel during this time. It was knocking badly when I got it but I added octane booster and have gone back to premium. The bad pinging is gone but I've had pretty noticable pinging ever since I bought it. The only thing I've done to it so far is to replace the spark plugs. Thanks!
#2101 of 4184 Starting problem disappeared on my car
Sep 09, 2004 (4:24 pm)
Starting problem seems to have disappeared magically. My 99 Maxima starts just fine on the first turn of the key now. Perhaps there was some moisture in my fuel tank that had to work its way out. The car starts and drives very well now.
The sound I was talking about seems like "resonance" which happens for a couple of seconds only at idle time. Also, it happens intermittently. May be the belt wear has something to do with it.
#2102 of 4184 Re: loss of power during acceleration 2k GXE [tom12]
Sep 09, 2004 (5:43 pm)
Yes, it could be the coils. I haven't had this problem with my Maxima but I had exactly the symptoms you describe with my Subaru Forester -- loss of acceleration, missing when it first starts and then driving fine -- and it was the coil pack. I'm not sure if the CEL came on because I also had a sensor problem around the same time which caused the light to go on, in addition to the coil problem.
#2103 of 4184 Re: loss of power during acceleration 2k GXE [tom12]
Sep 14, 2004 (10:45 am)
I have a 2k SE with 80k and I am in the midst of trying to solve the exact problems you described. I have had the injectors, combustion chambers and throttle body cleaned. MAF sensor checked. The car accelerates well, up to 3500 rpm and then it feels like it starts missing and the acceleration slows to nearly nothing. As soon as it shifts and the rpm drop back below 3500, full power is back. I am convinced it is electrical, since it happens exactly at 3500 rpm in every gear. This problem is starting to frustrate me and I would greatly appreciate any information on this issue.
Sep 15, 2004 (5:26 am)
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#2105 of 4184 Re: loss of power during acceleration 2k GXE [tjz71]
Sep 15, 2004 (11:07 am)
It is the coil problem.
Replaced all 6 on mine at about 75k.
Bought the coils in Canada for cheap.