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#1485 of 2710 2001 Nissan altima
Apr 01, 2006 (7:31 pm)
My daughter went to start her altima today and the steering column would not unlock. Hence the car would not start. I drove her car yesterday and nothing out of the ordinary and she drove it today with no problems until this afternoon. We have tried to rock the car but nothing moves. It seems like the car does not recognize the key. Any idea's on how to unlock the system so we can get the car started so we can get it into the nissan dealer for repair. Thanks in advance for any and all information or ideas Annie
#1486 of 2710 Re: Altima died twice in 3 months (distributor?) [ainge]
Apr 01, 2006 (10:46 pm)
Has anyone given you any good advice yet? I have a 2001 Altima that we bought new. It started doing exactly the same thing as yours at about 6 months. It has been to the dealerships (5 to be exact) repeatedly, they have kept it for up to two months at a time. Nissan USA even got involved, but the thing never acted up when they took it on their short drives. We never got a code from the computer that anything was wrong. Gauges would go wacky, drop to zero, sometimes the engine would run really slow, sometimes not. I only have two months left on the warranty, as if it mattered anyway. If they wanted to take care of the problem they would swap me cars and crush this one before someone gets seriously hurt.
#1487 of 2710 Re: 2002 Altima, is it that good? [ling1403]
Apr 02, 2006 (9:52 am)
Ihave the same problem with my 96 altima. I am pretty sure it is a bad timing chain guide(s). I will fix it myself , but i must determine if the repair can be easiy done with the engine in the car. The fact that there is not a lot of room between the fron of the engine and the body and the possibility that the lower part of the crankcase(or is it the upper part of the oil pan?) may have to be removed, complicates the repair.
#1488 of 2710 Timing chain noise
Apr 02, 2006 (11:27 am)
I have a 96 altima that has a clicking noise at low rpms that I am sure is coming from the timing chain. I think it is due to worn chain guides. Does the engine have to be removed to install new timing chain guides? If not how difficult is it to get at the guides? There is very little room between the front of the engine and the body and it appears that the oil pan and the lower part of the crankcase would have to be removed
#1489 of 2710 instrument panel dies
Apr 02, 2006 (5:20 pm)
I have a 2001 Altima that has a dieing instrument panel. Lights on the dash go out, temp gage goes to zero, speedometer and tach go to zero, gas gage goes over full. Lately the engine is really sluggish, sometimes just stops. We've had this problem since we bought the car, new. Numerous trips to the dealerships, they've had the car a total of about 6 months over the last 5 years. Noone can find the problem. Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, was it fixed?
#1490 of 2710 Re: Altima died twice in 3 months (distributor?) [edwinhil]
Apr 03, 2006 (4:34 am)
The thought my 97 altima had a bad distributor as well. It turned out to be the fuel pump
#1491 of 2710 my 93 will not turn over
Apr 03, 2006 (3:30 pm)
my 93 altima worked fine, then when i went to start it after it being off for 5 minutes it would not turn over. it has power gas,etc. i can i tried to have it jumped did not do naything. i can not get the clicking noise when i turn the key. i tried staring it in nuetral alos.
#1492 of 2710 Re: How do I clean my EGR Valve? [mhausmann]
Apr 03, 2006 (4:54 pm)
I also have a 95 Nissan Altima. I had a check engine light come on; the code was P1400 (EGR problem). I was able to clean the EGR valve and after erasing the code I have had no problems; car even runs better.
The EGR valve is on top of the engine near the back. It is a round pear shaped can sitting on top of the intake manifold. It is held on by two 12mm nuts. After removing it, clean it with carb. cleaner to remove carbon deposists. The diaphram should move freely up and down.
#1493 of 2710 Re: 2001 Nissan altima [annie11]
Apr 03, 2006 (4:56 pm)
have u tried turning the wheel with the key in ignition & stepping on the brake. it happens to my car sometimes when i turned the wheel hard b4 parking.
#1494 of 2710 Steering wheel lockup-
Apr 04, 2006 (7:10 am)
Just to let you know we finally got the steering wheel unlocked and started the Altima. We really had to work at moving the steering wheel and turn the key without breaking it. One would think that Nissan could make a car that would not lock up like this. When my husband went to the Nissan dealership repair shop no one knew what to do he finally found a salesperson who had been a mechanic and said this happened all the time and told him how to unlock the car. Thanks for your help. Annie