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#34 of 79 Exhaust problem
Dec 02, 2004 (12:02 pm)
I have a 1997 Nissan Altima. I purchased the car last year as a student. Recently, the car which was running great suddenly started making a loud "boom" noise and when I took to Amoco Car repair they said that the exhaust pipe was rusting off and I needed to replace it. they quoted something around 600$ for this.
Is there a better way/ cheaper way to do it?
Since I dont use the car that much and it already has 125K miles on it (built in 1997) I was wondering if anyone could advice me of an efficient and cheap way to do it? If you guys feel that replacing the exhaust shall be the best way please feel free to say so.
Thanks a lot!
#35 of 79 Re: Lack of heat from the heater 
Mar 12, 2005 (6:41 am)
dear 427435 -
My '02 Altima is doing the exact same thing. Did you even figure out what it is that causes this weird phenomonon?
#36 of 79 Re: Engine Squeaking Noice - 2003 2.5S [gsemike]
Mar 14, 2005 (10:33 am)
I had a similar issue with a nissan truck many years back. You might need belts tightening. They squeak until they warm up.
Mar 22, 2005 (7:06 am)
I just had my 03 2.5S in for maintenance and inspection and was dismayed that I need new brakes pads all around. I live in an urban area so I do alot of stop and go driving, but I think that I'm pretty easy on the brakes.
Do new pads all around at 22k sound premature? Has anyone else done this this early?
#38 of 79 Engine Starter
May 25, 2005 (5:31 pm)
I bought a 1995 Nissan Altima with 138K miles on it. Its an Automatic transmission. The engine starter is going bad. I had got the brushes of the starter freed. But that is just a temporary solution. Is rebuilding the starter a good idea or just getting a new one would be the best bet. Also how much do u think it should cost.
#39 of 79 Maintenance reset on 2005 Altima
Jul 09, 2005 (10:18 am)
How do I reset the tire rotation and oil change warnings on a 2005 Altima? Is this something the dealer is going to overcharge me for? I had the oil change (Mobile One and rotation done for $75. I know Nissan charges a lot more than that.
#40 of 79 Re: Brakes [gsemike]
Jul 18, 2005 (6:23 pm)
My 02 has 13000 miles and needed new brakes and rotors (rear). I called the dealer and the nissan HQ they did nothing for me and the bill was $525.00
#41 of 79 Re: Exhaust problem [sujeet13]
Aug 15, 2005 (5:10 pm)
I just repaired similar problem myself.
You will need to spend about 1-1.5hours under the car, have enough willing to save 600 and have few basic tools.
What I did: Went to Pep Boys and purchased the following, pipe extensor (about $3 each) that is wider on one side than on the other. I bought 3-4 different ones and retured the ones I did not need after I picked the correct one. I also purchased high temp resistent gasket, high temp resistant silicone filler and 2 clamps
It was all about may be $15 or so.
Actual steps are
If the pipe actually broke of you put in gasket first and than after you figure out which extensor fits the best you connect 2 pieces together.
You may need to muscle the pieces far apart in order to insert the extensor. But because the exhaust is placed on rubber holders it is not a big problem.
Make sure extensor piece sits very tight, after that you put silicone at the places of contact of extensor and both ends of pipes to prevent any small leak of smoke from it. Than place clamps to secure the entire set up on both sides.
In addition you may try to somehow secure the exhaust to the body, (optional, - you can purchase connectors at the store as well for about $5-6)
This fix will last for some time.
I just redid the work again, about 6 months after I first did it.
You can also find a mechanic who would agree to meld pipes together. That would cost about $50, if done well it's the best but it may brake at the site of melding if not done so well. Of course if the pipe itself is very rusted, than sorry buddy you need to change the pipe.
I'm sure in that case you can find used one at the junk for fraction of $600.
#42 of 79 Re: Maintenance reset on 2005 Altima [imagemaker]
Sep 20, 2005 (8:47 am)
The reset is easy, turn the key on, but don’t start the engine, push (to the floor) and release the gas pedal three times within five seconds. If you did it right the Change Oil Soon should flash, which means the system is resetting. Turn the key to off after the light has finished flashing, then start the vehicle. If the light comes back on, the system has not been reset. Just repeat the procedure. The “Service Engine Soon” warning light is a different story. That warning light is the vehicle’s engine computer letting you know that something is not right. There is no resetting this warning light with a hokey pokey move. You’ll need to have a technician plug into your vehicle’s computer. The computer will provide a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) with a brief system fault description. Once that information is obtained, diagnosis of the problem can be performed.
#43 of 79 CODE 11 AND 34
Sep 27, 2005 (1:32 pm)
I am new to this forum and just wanted to share my experiences with fellow altima drivers. I currently have a 95 with approx:133k miles on it. I was driving from NY to NJ and suddenly on a stop light my car began to sputter, like when it is not getting any fuel or your out of fuel running on fumes. I looked in my Haynes repair manual for the specific vehicle and retrieved the DTC(diagnostic trouble codes) for my car. I came up with code 11 (camshaft position sensor (CPS)) and code 34 Knock sensor. Unfortunatley I cannot replace the CPS because it is integrated with the ignition distribution unit (THE DISTRIBUTOR). so now I have to replace it and guess what I think it will work. Moral of this story it's wise to consult your ECM (ENGINE CONTROL MODULE) and research the trouble codes for best car maintenance resolution.