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#3178 of 4184 Code P1320 Ignition Coils - 2000 Maxima
Mar 17, 2006 (8:41 pm)
I got the infamous P1320 code with no other codes so there is no way to know which cylinder misfired. I actually know how the code came on - I felt the rpms drop momentarily on a red light a few times. It only happenned a few times. I had the code reset and inspected all coils myself. The part numbers for front (left) coils are 22448-2Y005 and for the rear (right) are 22448-2Y000, there are no grey dots on the coils and so I assume these are originals. The car has 77K miles on it. I measured resistence on terminals 2 and 3 of each coil and it's not 0 Ohms, which would indicate a broken circuit and resistence is consistent between all six coils.
I know there is a TSB out there and everybody just says to replace all 6 coils with upgraded ones with the grey dot and I know that every Nissan dealer does just that but this is all very strange. Can someone explain how coils can run fine for 77K miles and then under assumption that they are somehow defective to begin with should be all replaced and how come there is no way to determine which one caused code P1320 to light up? Does anybody know what exactly is wrong with the original coils?
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
#3179 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coil Issue [dmaljunk]
Mar 18, 2006 (5:47 am)
My car is a 2000 maxima and is doing the same. I am being told to replace all 6. I guess that you could buy 2 and replace them 1 at a time and keep moving them through the banks. That would work unless you had more than 1 bad coil in a bank?
#3180 of 4184 2000 Nissan Maxima
Mar 18, 2006 (6:27 pm)
I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima. It likes to cut off after I start it. I turn the key and the rpm needle goes up and then comes down. It won't cut off when I am turning it on for the first time of the day. It seems like the more I turn the engine on the more likely it is to cut off until I let it rest for a while. If I need for it to stay on after it has begun its foolishness reving the engine before it cuts off usually keeps it on. Does anyone know what is going on?
#3181 of 4184 Re: 2000 Nissan Maxima [amatthews]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:04 pm)
if the problem goes away as the car warms up then check EGR Valve passages, they often clog up with time, they need to be cleaned.
#3182 of 4184 Re: Ignition Coil Issue [tdk930]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:16 pm)
I also checked the ECCS (same as ECM) relay by tapping on it while engine was running. The TSB states that it can be the cause too. No results as is shaking the wires on coil harnesses while engine was running. I did notice that the light seems to come on as you put more load such as on highway and so moving a new coil around might actually work if you can trigger the light to go on by driving a certain way, once you replace the right one then no light should come on. I am assuming of course that you can reset the light and by the way the manual says that disconnecting battery for 24 hours will in fact erase all error codes from ECM.
Any way, the above paragraph was just smart ass talk. You can't fight the inevitable I guess. I did all I could to diagnose and now I found a set of 6 coils for $270 shipped on eBay and I just got it, that's $45 each, I figure it's worth it. There is still one for $295 + shipping on ebay as well, so go grab it. Good luck
#3183 of 4184 Re: 2000 Nissan Maxima [dmaljunk]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:20 pm)
Wow that was a quick reply, thank you. However the car is more inclined to cut off when it is warm. And this is when it is turned on. It doesn't happen while I am driving or anything like that. Finally since I don't have all that knowledge is checking the EGR Valve passages something that can been done relatively easily? Can I find how on the internet or would you be willing to tell me? Thank you for your time.
#3184 of 4184 Re: 2000 Nissan Maxima [amatthews]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:26 pm)
no, you need to remove intake manifold to get to the EGR Valve pipe, which often clogs up. On the bright side, once the manifold is removed you get to replace the manifold gaskets and really clean the throttle body (by actually takinng it off the vehicle with the manifold). You also get easy access to rear valve cover and so you can easily replace the valve cover oil gaskets as well. This is good service to do if you have over 70K miles any way. The not so bright side is that the job may be around $300. I wouldn't do it myself because there are so many wires and sensors and hoses to remove that it's not even funny. My mechanic was working 6 hours on this job.
#3185 of 4184 Re: 2000 Nissan Maxima [amatthews]
Mar 18, 2006 (7:34 pm)
but don't just take my word here, the EGR route is one possible cause. You should really have a knoweldgeable mechanic there when your car stalls. When I had an EGR Valve tube clogged up, the car was mostly stalling on cold mornings and was shaking real bad before eventually stalling. If yours cuts off without any shaking then this can definitely be something else... Good luck and don't you wonder why these things don't happen to Honda Accords.
Mar 18, 2006 (9:30 pm)
Where did my message go? Well dmaljunk if you didn't see it then "thank you" is basically what I said.
Mar 19, 2006 (2:44 pm)
Contemplaing buying a 2006 SL. Has anyone had luck with using a phone not listed in Nissan's website as compatible? I have a Treo 650 and wonder if it will work and if so to what extend. I'm a bit miffed that Bluetooth isn't the "standard" it is marketed to be.