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#3255 of 4184 PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF
Apr 25, 2006 (1:42 pm)
i own a 2000 maxima that has given me nothing but trouble. i have heard some owners with the same problem but no real solution. the car shakes when idling. no shaking is noticed at higher speeds; mostly just when you have your foot on the brake and are stopped. i have been to the nissan dealership 7 times. they have done these things which have fixed the problem for various amounts of time:
-checked all sensors
-replaced all ignition coils
-replaced all spark plugs
-replaced 2 fuel injectors
-replaced mass air flow sensor
-unwired and rewired the engine
This same problem has now come back to haunt me after i just replaced the compressor. If anyone can please help me with any advice i would greatly appreciate it. I have already spent a great deal of money and can't afford to fix the wrong thing anymore.
Apr 26, 2006 (6:22 am)
just wondering if anyone can answer my question about removing serpitine belts? #3254
#3257 of 4184 Re: PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF [pleasehelpme1]
Apr 26, 2006 (6:25 am)
As i suggested to many other Maxima owners - EGR Valve tubes and passages clog up with time and cause idling issues, pinging and so forth. Clean out your EGR Valve passages.
#3258 of 4184 Re: 1997 maxima [slugger]
Apr 26, 2006 (11:04 am)
There is a plastic cover held by 2 bolts and 2 plastic rivets behind the right front wheel, when removed it gives you easier access to the belts.
To remove the alternator belt you first need to loosen up the bolt that holds the pulley - it can be done from top or bottom. The bolt may be stuck, so be careful to not strip the head. Once it's loose, you need to loosen the belt by turning the adjustment bolt that's seen at the top of the pulley.
To remove the power steering belt, you need to loosen the bracket on the power steering pump, but I've never done this, so can't be sure what's involved. It's done from the bottom.
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Hope this helps!
#3259 of 4184 Re: PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF [pleasehelpme1]
Apr 26, 2006 (12:12 pm)
what is "unwired and rewired the engine"? What exactly did they do?
#3260 of 4184 Re: PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF [dmaljunk]
Apr 26, 2006 (12:52 pm)
Sorry for lack of details on this one. They basically told me that they disconnected many of the wires(to the engine/sensors) and reconnected them and the problem was magically fixed. they claimed that no wiring was actually switched around.this fix lasted for a month or so.?!?!?!?
another note: service engine light comes on and off sparatically day to day, usually on when idling is roughest. The light then usually gets to a point where it stays on and then i take it to nissan where their computer feeds them a bunch of crap.
i have been told, not by nissan, but by a friend that my egr valve needs to be replaced. whenever i turn my car off or am moving at slow speeds and stopping(-ex. fast food drive through) i get a series of wah wah wah wah wah noises, usually 5 in a row. i didn't think that this was related to the idle problem because this noise occurs when car is running smooth and when i'm having problems. perhaps i should start by getting these lines cleaned out?
thanks for responding to me.
#3261 of 4184 Rust in rear door jambs - '05 Maxima
Apr 27, 2006 (3:34 pm)
I was a bit dismayed to see some rust on the rear door jambs just above the plastic trim that runs along the wheelbase of the car. I believe that dirt is coming in through a gap between the door and the plastic trim (kicked up by the tires at high speed), sandblasting the paint in that area. Both the driver's and passenger's side have these rust spots that are about the size of a pea. I have brought the car to the dealership - they took pictures and sent them to Nissan for evaluation. I am currently waiting for a response about the problem. To me, this is clearly a manufacturing defect - it's the same on both sides. If anyone has heard of this on other Maximas or has any suggestions - especially dealing with the dealership/Nissan, I'd be interested.
#3262 of 4184 Re: PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF [pleasehelpme1]
Apr 29, 2006 (7:56 pm)
Well I own an I30 which is basically the same thing. i experienced the same problem you did and found information online that hinted towards blocked Airflow. This is y the dealer sold u a new air flow meter(Kinda Expensive). I also looked into buying one of these, but my very honest mechanic(kinda rare) advised me not to because air flow meters rarely go bad. So I continued my research and came across this http://www.motorvate.ca/mvp.php/517.... a detailed aricle on how to clean ur throtle body. My car feels like it did when I bought it. No more shaking (engine knocking) or poor acceleration... I've been doing this to my car every six months for about a year and half now as part of my full tune up and have since experienced no similar problems.... i would recomend u change the air filter if u do decide to try this and clean out the air box.
#3263 of 4184 2004 Maxima Clunking noise
Apr 29, 2006 (8:19 pm)
I have a 2004 Maxima with 37,000 miles on it & just recently noticed a "clunking" noise coming from the rear (or so it sounds) - doesn't happen but once in awhile and seems to only happen when I'm doing 70 & then slow down to either exit or turn to the right - only seems to do it when I'm veering off to the right & again doesn't happen but once in a while. I asked the Nissan service manager & of course they have to hear it to be able to determine what it is - he doesn't have a clue. Any help??????
#3264 of 4184 Re: PLEASE HELP ME BEFORE I KILL MYSELF [pleasehelpme1]
Apr 30, 2006 (10:55 am)
I get the rough idling when my traction control lights on the dashboard are lit. The dealer has reset the computer, at a cost of $200 but. of course, they light up every so often anyway - accompanied by the rough idle/car shaking. The lights stay on for a while then turn off for a while. So your problem may be related to your car computer.