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#2853 of 4184 ELECTRICAL SMOKE FROM STEERING COLUMN
Sep 09, 2005 (1:23 pm)
My 1995 Nissan Maxima SE with 195,000 kms periodically has wisps/curls of heavy white smoke coming slowly from behind/under the steering column housing (which covers the steering wheel) and sometimes wisps of smoke appear to be coming from the headlight & turn signal stalk on the left side of the steering column housing (it appears to creep out of the area where the switch tip(of the stalk) adjoins the stalk.
This occurs in daylight (not when the headlights or fog lights are ON.
The local dealer opened up that whole housing and claimed all looked "as new".
The symptom comes while driving.....without any subsequent effect besides seeing the smoke. It lasts perhaps 2 - 3 minutes, then stops. The smell is of burning electrical wire (the smell produced when an insulated electrical wire is carrying too much current).
#2856 of 4184 Re: Pads and Disks problems Maxima 2005 SL [warrior_pr]
Sep 09, 2005 (5:47 pm)
I believe most warranties are related to the engine and other such things that are "related/connected" to the engine. Disc and pad can be considered as wear and tear usage.
#2857 of 4184 Re: ELECTRICAL SMOKE FROM STEERING COLUMN [rmrmrm]
Sep 09, 2005 (5:49 pm)
Do you have a premium sound system like bose ? If so it may be your cd/radio player. It might be draining your battery so becareful.
#2858 of 4184 Re: 2000 SE Strange Noise [david001]
Sep 10, 2005 (8:06 pm)
I own an Altima 2003,3.5 SE and I had been searching the web several days, visiting many Nissan forums to resolve the noise from my car. I too am hearing this noise from the front engine compartment which sounds like the zoom on a camera.My service advisor has ordered the motor mount and will install it under warranty even though I am out of 36 months warranty. I was not convinced that a motor mount has any thing to do with the sound of a tiny motor. After all the mount is filled with liquid and they are not replacing any electric motors. Also
my car runs very smooth and has only 15000 miles on it. Did you have any vibration issues and did you find how the motor mount was making that sound?
Sep 11, 2005 (7:53 pm)
I am having some problems with my 1995 Nissan Maxima every great once in a while it sputters and dies. I also have the check engine light on 24/7 now it used to be every once in a while but now it stays on from start to stop. Now I am having problems that started today. I came out of a parking lot and it started to sputter but it never died, and it sounds like it is missing on a cylinder or something. We had a Nissan Pathfinder that sputtered forever and a day and it turned out that it was two bad fuel injectors to the cost of $400.00. Can anyone tell me what or if they had the similar problem. I am also getting noise like all you have been with the starting first time except mine is doing it all the time.
#2860 of 4184 2000 Nissan Max SE stalls. RPM unstable .. HELP
Sep 12, 2005 (10:48 am)
Months ago I've taken my max to a dealership for a diagnostic (check engine light on & car starting to buck and run rough). After diagnostic, I was told my ignition coils were going bad and that all 6 would have to be replace. They said it will cost about $600+ and I say forget it for now. 9 months later, car starts to run rough again and check engine light appears. Now it won't stay on unless in drive and giving a little gas. The RPM drops from 500 RPM ( when in park) to O RMP and then turns off. AC helps to keep the idling up which keeps the car running a bit longer before turning off. Well I decide I had to replace the ignition coils, all 6. I replace all 6 with new spark plugs. Car still stalls after running. New diagnostic testing says it's now the O2 (Oxygen) Sensor going bad. Okay, O2 sensor is replaced, car still stalls after running for a little. The smell of gas is constant under the hood, air mass filter is checked and fine. You can see black smoke from exhaust and the car seems to be burning or dumping gas twice as much. I have to put in about $20 every 2-3 days because it's seems like it's burning rich.
It's starting to look like it might be the car's CPU now but not 100% sure. Can any one help ? This is costing me an arm and a leg.
Sep 12, 2005 (4:13 pm)
my car used to start & idle at approx 2000 rpm.
Soon the car would start then suddenly idle low (almost turn off) and
then go back to 1500-2000 rpm.
Then some days later it would shut down after starting up - too low
Today it started and immediately shut off - now it does not start. It
cranks and battery seems fine.
#2862 of 4184 Re: Back-lit instrument-panel switches don't illuminate [rln1]
Sep 12, 2005 (6:47 pm)
I'm not sure what your instrument panel looks like, but it sounds like a bulb or a few bulbs have blown. I owned a 93 Mazda 626 in which the dash lights started to fade on one side. I got a haynes manual and pulled out that part of the dash, with the odometer and simply replaced the bulbs. I'm not sure your's is that simple but just a suggestion.