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#2892 of 4184 2002 Nissan Maxima SE Problem/Check Engine Light
Sep 28, 2005 (6:47 am)
I've had my car for about 2 years now and a few months ago I noticed the "Check Engine Light Soon" notification appeared on my car. I read the owner's manual and was advised to first try and make sure the gas cap was on tight. After making sure it was tight, after a couple of trips, the light will come on but will repeatedly come on and I will have to tighten the gas cap...but recently, I noticed that I changed the gas I was using in my car to the premium and the light came off for a few weeks but just a couple of days later the light came back on. I'm using the same premium gas. What do you think it could be at this point? Should I replace my gas cap? Almost 80,000 miles. No tune-up in a while...can someone PLEASE help me?
#2893 of 4184 00 Maxima Transmission Problem
Sep 29, 2005 (9:10 am)
My 2000 Maxima with 110k miles and automatic transmission has recently, on three separate occasions, slipped out of gear while traveling down the highway. The only common link seems to be that the problem occurred each time after about an hour of sustained high-speed (70-75mph) interstate travel. Upon exiting the interstate and driving at a slower speed, the transmission would shift into neutral, even though the selector was still in drive. Tried down-shifting through all gears and switching off the overdrive, but nothing helped. The only way I could resolve the problem was to coast to a stop, switch off the car for a minute or two, then restart. The transmission would then shift into drive and continue with no further problem. I had the transmission flushed and refilled after the first occurrance, but the issue has recurred twice since. Luckily, I have been in a position to coast safely to a stop, out of harm's way. I may not be so lucky next time. Any ideas?
#2894 of 4184 Re: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE Problem/Check Engine Light [claudiawood]
Sep 29, 2005 (2:37 pm)
Could be the gas cap, try replacing it first to make sure that you eliminated that possibility off your list. There's a couple hundreds of reasons for why the engine light would come on, it is best to take the car in to a certified auto shop for a diagnostic test to see what the problem is.
#2895 of 4184 Thanks for all your tips on Check Engine Light SES Code 420
Sep 30, 2005 (8:37 pm)
I just want to express my thanks to all those with helpful tips on my nagging 2000 Maxima SES (Check Engine Light) error code 420 problem
After wasting a few hundreds $ on my local mechanic, I decided to try my local dealer instead. The decision is a right move and the problem was fixed with a ECU re-program. The entire repair is free and covered under a 7-year warranty. My car even got a free car wash :>
So if you have a SES check engine light problem, try the dealer first since it may be covered with warranty.
#2896 of 4184 Re: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE Problem/Check Engine Light [claudiawood]
Sep 30, 2005 (9:04 pm)
Your situation sounds exactly like the issue I was having and I am sorry to say it didn't have a happy monetary ending. I too have a 02 Maxima with 78,000 miles on it. About three weeks ago the Service Engine Soon Light came on; however, the car was running fine. The light went off once during this time frame and then came back on (car continued to run fine). Finally I took it into the dealership yesterday and they diagnosed it as the 02 sensor (for emissions). The car has 4 of them and I had to have 2 of them replaced. Total bill was $625 (ouch!). So I am willing to bet that your situation involves the 02 sensor. The dealer didn't seem to think that I would harm the vehicle if I waited to replace the sensor; however, since I will need to smog the vehicle soon, I went ahead and got them replaced. This is the only repair I have had done to the vehicle other than normal routine maintenance. It has been very reliable. Good luck with your vehicle.
#2897 of 4184 Re: 2002 Nissan Maxima SE Problem/Check Engine Light [claudiawood]
Oct 02, 2005 (5:29 am)
WOW... seems to be an all year Nissan Maxima thing. Have about 70k miles on my 2001 and the same thing happend. Solid light dealer told me to check gas cap, but I always give the gas cap 3 clicks as the salesman so nicely told me years ago as he said if the gas cap is not tight I'd have to bring it in and pay $40 to clear the cold. The dealer said my problem shouldn't be bad as the light was solid, a BLINKING light is an emmision problem. Well it came on and off and when on I took it to the dealer and it was a simple upgrade on the computer console and the problem went away... NOW I have the blinking airbag light and and took that to the dealer and the airbag has (blah blah blah) bad and has to be replaced, thank heavens I have the extended warrenty that someone told me not to buy cause the issue costs $1500.
#2898 of 4184 Brake and Battery Light Intermittent Problems
Oct 02, 2005 (3:44 pm)
Hey everyone, first time poster on this site, seems to be a very valuable resource!
I've got a 2001 SE, and I double-cranked the car (turned the key while the car was still starting) and I heard a bit of a pop.
After saying a couple of prayers, I started again, and it ran beautifully.
However, the brake and battery light were on for about 5 mins, and turned off themselves.
So pretty regularly when I start the car, I have the same problem. All of my electrical components work slowly (wipers, windows, etc). However, a few mins into driving, the brake and battery light turn off and everything works perfectly.
I took it to the dealer to get checked out, and it passed all of their "electrical tests"
What do I do? Wait until the alternator dies completely? that *is* what those two lights represent, correct?
Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks guys and gals
#2899 of 4184 Re: Brake and Battery Light Intermittent Problems [drmaxima]
Oct 03, 2005 (8:44 am)
Replace your alternator ASAP.
Oct 03, 2005 (6:24 pm)
I get hesitation and engine light, Slip. TCS light. After reading codes it gives me P0301 and P1320. P0301 is cylinder #1 misfire and P1320 is ignition signal primary circuit fault. I recently replaced all the spark plugs with new Bosch platinum design at 65000 miles. What else is creating these fault codes may be the coil #1? What is P1320 means?
#2901 of 4184 Anyone with brake rotor problems?
Oct 04, 2005 (5:52 pm)
I purchased my 04 Maxima SE when they first came out and since then I had to have my tires rotated and balanced twice. I had the shimmy of the steering wheel also. I only have 14,800 miles on it.....stay at home Mom. Travel vehicle is our F-250 diesel....Well, I finally got tired of the steering wheel shimming when I slowed down and took it in to have the brakes looked at. Well, Nissan had to machine the two front brake rotors because they were warped. I ran into another lady who has 04 SL at my son's school and she said she has had to have her brake rotors replaced twice? Anyone else? I hope this isn't going to be an on going thing because my warranty is up in the Spring!