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#3014 of 4184 Re: Nissan Maxima 2000 cold start problems [jbrock718]
Dec 14, 2005 (1:12 pm)
According to the manual the car is designed for 91 octaine so even if you use 87 it should give you pinging or bad performance but not stalling. It's not the gas. I am looking into this problem on my car. I am pretty sure it's sensor related but I havn't figured out which one yet. Latest guess - Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor. Will let you know when I replace it if it helps. It's only a $27 part and takes a little work to do it yourself...
#3015 of 4184 Re: 2002 SERVICE ENGINE LIGHT [carnut14]
Dec 14, 2005 (1:20 pm)
Sorry, my previous replay with grade of gas was for another post, please disregard.
If the light is on then there is definitely a code stored in the computer. The light will come on after two occurrences of a specific problem, usually sensor related, don't reset it, take the car to a place with a code reader and have them determine what the code is and then supposedly if it's some sensor then replace it and only then reset the computer. Did the dealer give you an idea what exactly was the engine light indicating. What was the code they got? I have a worse problem with my Maxima where I have the sysmptom(stalling) and no service engine soon light and of course the dealer can not determine the cause of the problem. If you are saying that you have the light on and the dealer still can't fix it then I completely lost my trust in dealers. This industry should be regulated better!!!
#3016 of 4184 female needs help
Dec 14, 2005 (1:42 pm)
I have a 2002 nissan maxima SE I have had the battery, alternator and fuel pump changed with in the month. reason being cause it would not start.. Well after all that my car starts one day and the next it will not start i have taken the battery terminal off for 24 hrs and then put it back on it would start and run for a few days i even had the keys and security code reset.. now im back to square one again it has been in the shop all day it would not start for them they went to lunch and came back now it starts they dont have a clue can some one please help me ..
#3017 of 4184 Re: female needs help [criddle]
Dec 14, 2005 (6:37 pm)
you have to describe what exactly happens when they try to start it. When you turn the key, is there any noise at all? If so, what kind of noise? If you turn on the head lamps, do they work with engine off? Does the map light work? Did mechanics run a computer diagnostic, what results did they get. If you provide enough info then I am sure someone here may be able to help you.
#3018 of 4184 Re: Nissan Maxima 2000 cold start problems [dmaljunk]
Dec 15, 2005 (1:02 pm)
I found a Technical Service Bulletin issued that addresses this issue. I have e-mailed one person that had the fix done, he says the car runs great in cold weather now. He found it after the dealer did a bunch of work on his car trying to fix the problem. He said the real fix is reprogramming one of the computer controllers.
I don't have access to the full bulletin online but here is the summary. Hope this helps.
Service Bulletin Number: NTB00008A
NHTSA Item Number: 610995
SOME VEHICLE WITH VARIOUS VIN RANGES MAY EXHIBIT LOW / NO IDLE WHEN SHIFTING INTO D OR R RANGE AFTER COLD START. *TT
I re-read your OP. You said the dealer told you that reprogramming didn't need to be done? I would go back to the dealer and have them do the reprogramming specified for this TSB anyway. If it REALLY doesn't need it then the reprogramming won't hurt. But if they don't know what they're talking about then it just might do the trick.
#3019 of 4184 Re: Maxima Shimmy /vibrations [jvel7]
Dec 15, 2005 (5:41 pm)
I just got home from the dealership. Trip #3 - and day #3 of not having my car which I is vital for my job. Shimmy starts at about 55. It did it when I bought it with 2500 miles (a demonstrator). Today was the first time I was told that a tech actually experienced my "mysterious" shaking. They said I need to get the tires balanced to fix the problem ($60). I must bring it back for that.
Last week, in desperation, I took my car to a tire shop. He put it on the rack and said it was obvious I had a bad seal on the passenger side front end (not sure what part or joint). He instructed me to take it directly to a dealer for a warranty repair - which is what I did this morning. The dealer said that the tire guy (who didn't want any money for looking at the car) was pretty much smoking crack about the seal.
I'm going to write to Nissan - but at this point all I really want is someone to make my new car stop shaking when I'm on the freeway.
#3020 of 4184 Only when it rains
Dec 16, 2005 (8:01 am)
My 89 Maxima starts fine but when it rains it won't turn over--sounds like I'm out of gas. I was told it's the relay box, but I don't know. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
#3021 of 4184 Engine rev slowly after water pump fix
Dec 16, 2005 (12:26 pm)
My 1996 Maxima was making some weird noise when the car got warm up, so I had an auto shop checked it. They said the water pump was making the noise, so they replaced it.
I got the car back today and the car feels very differently. The engine is irresponsive. Even when I floor it, the engine rev just increases gradually from 2000 rpm to 4000 rpm in couple seconds. The car used to rev really rapid from 2000 rpm to 6000rpm in 1 or 2 seconds resulting in a strong force pushing from the seat. Now the car accelerates so slow. I felt like I'm driving a 4 cyclinder car.
What could be wrong? Would it be that they removed the timing belt tensioner or timing chain during repair and they didn't set the right tension or engine timing correctly? I'm very frustrated now. I felt like I'm driving a different car. Any idea, anyone? Thanks!
#3022 of 4184 Re: Nissan Maxima 2000 cold start problems [jbrock718]
Dec 16, 2005 (12:50 pm)
Thanks, I saw this FSB before. I wish it was it but my car stalls even in park while it's warming up. When i had an old computer they reprogrammed it but it didn't help. They say that the new computer already has the update in it and so this is not the cause of the issue. Thanks though, I do agree though that most of the times they have no idea what they are talking about...
#3023 of 4184 High Perf. Exhaust anything but!
Dec 18, 2005 (8:33 am)
I just put a cat back high performance exhaust on a 1997 I30. Now the car is suffering in MPG and does not seem as powerful as the OEM system. Releaving backpressure should have the opposite effect. Any thoughts?