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#4024 of 4180 1990 dash lights out
Jul 27, 2009 (1:43 am)
Hi...I just bought a 1990 nissan maxima se. When I turn the headlights on the dashlights do not come on, tried the dimmer and it didnt help. I checked the fuses under the dash and under the hood. Anybody have any ideas, also the cigarette lighter doesnt work, the clock doesnt come on, speedo lights dont come on. I noticed my tag lights arent on either but havent checked the bulbs yet. Can someone help please?
#4025 of 4180 Maxima 1997 engine truns off on stops and lights
Jul 28, 2009 (4:39 pm)
I have a 1997 Nissan maxima and the engine turns off today on every light and stop sign. Anybody can tell what is going on? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
#4026 of 4180 Re: Maxima 1997 engine truns off on stops and lights [georgios10]
Jul 28, 2009 (7:46 pm)
It's probably the power steering pressure switch on the firewall, passenger side. I replaced my IAC and MAF before discovering it, I only found ROCKAUTO on EBAY selling them for about $60, but I just discoed mine and it idles perfectly.I have a 95, this problem seems to have many people posting without a clue replacing everything but discovering this "switch". Let me know if I am right I have a big ego!
#4027 of 4180 cranks but doesn't like to start
Jul 28, 2009 (8:36 pm)
Hey all, new to this forum and needing help. This is my first Nissan, a 2000 Max w/ 127k. I've had the car two months, bought it for my wife for a beater around town and back and forth to work. It's had the problem since we bought it, we assumed the dealer could figure it out easily, Boy was I wrong.
OK enough yapping and down to the problem. Sometimes the car will crank and crank but won't hit. Sometimes it starts on the first crank. We cannot make it repeat and nothing seems to trigger it. The dealer first told me it was the starter and for 538 dollars they would fix it. Well I got the starter and changed it myself, wasn't it. put the old one back and got my money back. It left my wife sitting and I had to leave work, so we took it straight to the dealer when I got it going. this time they told me it was the crank sensor and the flywheel was missing teeth. they wanted $1187 for the repair. not happening. got thecar home changed the rear CPS, no change, front CPS no change. While I was under the car I decided to look at the flywheel myself( by the access panel on the bottom of the tranny they said they used), well it hasn't been off.also cleaned the cam sensor
Does anyone have any ideas or ran into the same problem? Oh and would the key have any effect on the starting, I know it is chipped, but the one we have is pretty beat up and rattles when shaken, I'm thinking the the chip may be loose and relaying the proper info, just a guess
sorry for the long post, just trying to give as much info as possible. Thanks RM
#4028 of 4180 2000 Nissan Maxima......Electrical Issues???
Jul 29, 2009 (7:28 am)
After reading this forum I am seeing a common denominator with all that I have been experiencing with my 2000 Nissan Maxima (140k). I've had problems with the sensors, the weird noises, the "check engine light" coming on and off as well as other malfunctioning issues. And just last week my car turned off after driving in the rain. Currently, the car is in a shop and I am waiting to hear some kind of report, but the one thing that I was told could be the issue, is that I am having electrical issues. I am frustrated and ready to toss this car (although I still have a car note) and I am nervous to find out how much this is going to cost me!
Anyone have any ideas on how much this may cost or even what could be the problem, seeing as though these cars have a history with sensor and electrical problems?
#4029 of 4180 '04 Maxima Skipped Time - Pistons ran into valves
Aug 10, 2009 (3:48 pm)
Hi Everyone. My car has been making a rattling noise for a couple months and I kept putting it off. My oil change place told me it was the timing chain tensioner. Last weekend I went to get in it and it would start, kept cranking no problem just wouldn't fire. Had it towed to Oil change place, the guy there who is a ASE mechanic said it looked like the timing chain broke and there was potentially some engine damage.
Had it towed to dealer for further evaluation. They said the timing chain was fine but that it skipped time and the pistons blew into the valves. Long story short, I need a new motor.
1. Is this possible for the valves to do this?
2. Why in the sam hell, if this is possible, wouldn't some code be thrown that would tell me this is a potentially serious problem that needs to be checked before the engine completely blows? Or should it have thrown a code?
3. Any recommendations on getting a used motor?
4. Is this engine replacement something a good mechanic could handle or should this be done at the outrageously expensive dealer labor fees (ie: special tools, special Nissan training required)?
#4030 of 4180 Re: '04 Maxima Skipped Time - Pistons ran into valves [carrmat]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 12, 2009 (8:15 am)
I think a good independent shop can handle this job, no problem.
They probably know of sources for used engines. Here's one:
Your question about a code for this problem is interesting. Some cars did in fact have warning systems for engine timing disorders (Porsche 928) but with a timing chain, it's a pretty rare occurrence.
In hindsight, chains do give warnings usually before they break or jump time by making noise.
I'd take the car to an independent shop and first off, have them verify the huge drop in compression that would indicate bent valves.
Also, I'd remove the head and inspect the engine internally, if a drop in compression is verified. It may not be necessary to replace the entire engine. A piston can "kiss" a valve and bend it slightly without serious damage to itself sometimes--requiring only a rebuilt cylinder head.
#4031 of 4180 96 MAXIMA PO605 CODE
Aug 20, 2009 (11:44 am)
ECM HAS PO605 CODE,RUNS BADLY,BUCKS AND EVENTUALLY DIES.START BACK AND IDLES GREAT.TRIED USED PCM,RUNS WORSE.GOT ANY IDEAS.
#4032 of 4180 Smoking Under The Hood
Aug 22, 2009 (1:57 pm)
I have a 2000 GLE Nissan Maxima and in the far left back (passenger side) my car is smoking. I took it to the dealer because my engine light was on and the smoking under the hood and they fixed #6 coil (mis-firing) and tune-up. The burning smell is though my transmission has no fluid in it. I remember this because my step-father was a back yard mechanic and I remember the smell. The dealer has told me to bring it back on Monday, August 24th and a test will be run to see what it could be. Just last week I have paid over $800 for repairs and I am afraid they are just trying to rip me off. I am a female and don't have a clue about this. This is why I take my car to the dealer who is the expert. I need some advice on what to do? My hood is open now in my garage because when I drove it back home today it was smoking really bad. I am so afraid that I may be making matters worse by driving it. Can you provide some guidance?
#4033 of 4180 2000 maxima lose power when driving around 20mph
Sep 10, 2009 (2:12 pm)
I have a 2000 maxima with 146,000 mile on it. About one month ago, it suddenly got dead when I tried to turn right at low speed (~20mph). It can run ~15 minutes after I restarted it, but then got dead again. Service Engine light is on and the error code is P0171. Tried to fix it in two mechanics, but both of them can not figure out the problem. Do anyone have the same problem? Thanks for any advice/help.