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#3310 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [angie66]
May 22, 2006 (4:00 pm)
we had a 2001 nissan maxima se that the light kept coming on. we took it to any auto zone and they will check it for free. just tell them the SES light came on it might the o2 sensor. You can also take it to checkers for free dont take it to dealer they will rip you off that's what they get paid to do hopefully everything works out let us know.
#3311 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [suydam]
May 22, 2006 (4:38 pm)
Thanks. I didn't meant to give the impression that I was panicking, or that I thought Maximas were full of 'terrible problems' (I agree that they are generally reliable or I wouldn't have bought one). However, after reading this forum and several other sites, I think most people agree that there are issues with the emissions system that go beyond what one would typically expect. I certainly don't expect a '99 with over 100k to never need problems; on the other hand, I was hoping to at least get into my driveway with it, since I did have it checked out by an independent mechanic before purchasing (no problems he could find). No 30 day warranty - most used car dealers here don't seem to have that (some do), and lots of people buy cars from private parties without a warranty so I guess I was just hoping I would be ok.
I do appreciate your response. I took the car to Autozone today and they were great - ran the diagnostics and came up with the codes P0325 and P0138 (02 sensor and knock sensor). The person at Autozone said he thought the 02 sensor probably was the reason for the knock sensor code and once the 02 sensor was fixed, the other code would go away too. He reset the engine light and so far it hasn't come back on. Not sure if a bad tank of gas or loose gas cap could give a diagnostic code of 02 sensor, but I'll wait to see if the light comes back on and if it does, I'll get it fixed. Thanks.
#3312 of 4184 glad you found your problem
May 22, 2006 (5:50 pm)
and it is terribly annoying to have a problem right away, I agree. I don't think these kinds of emission troubles can be diagnosed until they go bad. Hopefully you will just have this one thing and then everything else will be fine.
#3313 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [angie66]
May 24, 2006 (6:02 am)
O2 sensors can be getting shabby, but not fail entirely, so resetting it seems to be the way I would go for while. Monitor things, and if needed replace the sensor. My 2000 has three O2's, hope you can ID the one that is bad.
Enjoy the car, hopefully you'll have a good one.
#3314 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [dirkwork]
May 24, 2006 (6:34 am)
Thanks everyone for the advice. The light came on again today on the way to work (after AutoZone reset the code day before yesterday). At this point, if I decide not to get it fixed right away, I'm going to need to get a code reader/resetter of my own (I can't keep running back to AutoZone every 48 hours). I still don't know if the 87 octane gas could have caused this, so I thought I would reset the light a couple of times (at least through this tank of gas) and see if the light kept coming back on before I get it fixed.
#3315 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [angie66]
May 24, 2006 (9:27 am)
I just purchased a 99 Maxima for my daughter, it has over a 100K but for the last two months has ran great, here in Minnesota we just started getting some pretty warm weather, and last monday her SES light came on after I did a oil change. Is there a way that I can reset this light without taking it in somewhere?
#3316 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [angie66]
May 24, 2006 (5:11 pm)
SES light usually points to an emission problem. My older Maxima (97 GLE) also had this problem a year or so ago. If you have emission problems, you will not pass inspection and you cannot get your car registered. I took my car to the dealer, and they replaced the O2 sensors. They also replaced the evap canister and hoses. It costed me a few hundred dollars. At least the problem has been solved, for now ... knock on wood.
May 24, 2006 (10:30 pm)
I have a 1995 Nissan Maxima which for the most part has been a pretty reliable car. My problem is that occasionally I can't get the car to shift out of park. I know I need to have a foot on the brake first to be able to shift the car, but every once in awhile it won't allow me to shift at all. I usually have to play around with it and it will finally shift for me. I know the car has a safety sensor on the brake lever before you can shift out of park. I have only had it happen about 4 times now and it's a real pain in the ass when I can't go.
#3318 of 4184 Re: Stuck in park [docmarkw]
May 25, 2006 (6:45 am)
This is normal on any auto tranny vehicle depending on the incline. If you back into a driveway, which is slanted down then you will get this problem, try to park on straight spots.
#3319 of 4184 Re: help... just bought '99 Maxima and SES light came on [nelsora]
May 25, 2006 (6:57 am)
I noticed on this forum that many people want to get the SES light reset when it comes on. Well, this is a completely wrong approach. SES light comes on after a certain number of warm-up cycles with a defective condition. This means that a problem occurred with a specific component a certain number of times, usually at least 2 times. This indicates that a certain component is defective and needs to be inspected. If you reset the light then you simply reset the internal counter of warm-up cycles and the whole thing starts again and you will monst likely get the SES again. One improtant thing to remember is that most components related to SES can cause further issues with the engine and you do need to resolve the issue as soon as you get SES light. IN some cases your on-board computer adjusts engine operation if it detected some component defective and that adjustment can cause strain on other components. The first thing to do is to goto AutoZone and get the error code from your computer and then you start looking into it. Do not just reset the light hoping that it would never come back on. The error code could indicate a simple and not neceserily expesive thing to fix... And then we get people saying that Maximas are not reliable...