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#1801 of 2710 Re: Altima died twice in 3 months (distributor?) [bonsigirl]
Nov 06, 2006 (9:27 am)
Had the same problem and did some research. Apparently, it is a RECALL issue! Free of charge to repair. Here is more information about it.
2003 Nissan Altima Recalls
Recall ID# 06V242000 - ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
JUL 07, 2006
2003 NISSAN ALTIMA
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.5L ENGINE, A VARIATION IN TEMPERATURE OCCURS DUE TO THE UNIQUE LOCATION OF THE SENSOR IN THE ENGINE. UNDER CERTAIN DRIVING CONDITIONS, THESE VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CAN BE LARGE ENOUGH TO CAUSE A BRIEF INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM THE SENSOR.
IF THE INTERRUPTION IN THE SIGNAL FROM THE SENSOR IS SO BRIEF THAT THE ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE (ECM) LOGIC DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO DIAGNOSE THE CONDITION, THE ENGINE MAY STOP RUNNING WITHOUT WARNING WHILE THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN AT A LOW SPEED INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ECM FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected:
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. R0606
#1802 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [biggrobs15]
Nov 06, 2006 (5:41 pm)
It might be one of the engines is out. Look for a good shop to test the engine. Or, you can do it yourself like the old day by looking at the spark plugs color after the car driven for a while. Charcoal Red is good; dry grey white is too little gas; and wet dark grey is to rich of gas or the engine does not fire at all. This 4 Engine block is designed to fire in a sequence to balance out its vibration. If one of it is out, it sure will shake a lot under the hood.
#1803 of 2710 Re: ac doesnt work when car restarted and in afternoon [ray_h1]
Nov 08, 2006 (6:37 pm)
thanks Ray. The Pepboys guys told me the same thing. But even after modifying low pressure safety switch problem persists. same problem AC does not blow cold only when it is hot. I also noticed something else, the radiator fan keeps running even after the car is switched off. this has been going on for many years. need to know whether this is altima thing or just my car. Help needed Please advice.
#1804 of 2710 altima 2001 6 cd changer failed with Err2
Nov 08, 2006 (6:39 pm)
the 6 cd changer failed with Err2 with 3 of my CDs. can somebody advice on how to get the CDs out? Also the 6-CD changer keeps whirring every time, I start the car and then stops with Err2.
#1805 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [atma97]
Nov 08, 2006 (10:41 pm)
WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONE OF THE ENGINES MIGHT BE OUT???? AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TOO LITTLE GAS??? BECAUSE I'VE SEEN THE SPARK PLUGS AND THEY LOOK DRY AND GREY..
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
#1806 of 2710 Re: ac doesnt work when car restarted and in afternoon [jack_suv]
Nov 08, 2006 (11:43 pm)
)) "I also noticed something else, the radiator fan keeps running even after the car is switched off." ((
Nothing to worry about - it was designed that way (probably to save a little production cost). Nissan, as do a number of other automakers, routes power directly from the battery through the radiator's thermostatic switch that activates the radiator fan. Not having the ignition switch involved in the radiator fan circuit allows that fan to merrily drone on for some time subsequent to switching off the ignition. Sorry I wasn't able to help with the A/C prob.
#1807 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [biggrobs15]
Nov 08, 2006 (11:53 pm)
Chill, boggrobs15 - a "dry and grey" appearance on the porcelain insulator of the discharge electrode is the ideal. It indicates the heat range of the spark plugs is perfect for your typical driving conditions. (Though you didn't mention it, I don't understand atma97's reference to "charcoal red", either... )
#1808 of 2710 Re: altima 2001 6 cd changer failed with Err2 [jack_suv]
Nov 09, 2006 (12:29 am)
)) "the 6 cd changer failed with Err2 with 3 of my CDs. can somebody advice on how to get the CDs out? Also the 6-CD changer keeps whirring every time, I start the car and then stops with Err2." ((
Welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of CD changers - especially the increasingly popular indash versions. Sorry - there's generally only bad news and worse news once a jam has ocurred. If you had affixed paper labels, there's a good chance they're responsible - the working clearances of the mechanicals in indash changers are incredibly small. The thickness of a paper label or sticker can be all it takes to jam a CD in the guts. Even without labels, these machines often become finicky over time. The remote possibility good news? If you car is under your basic warranty time and mileage limit, you may just be entitled to a free head unit exchange. (Some makes, such as Hyundai, have an even shorter time and mileage limit than the basic 5/50 for their audio systems - dunno what Nissan's policy is. Check your warranty supplement booklet.) If your car is over the limit, you will probably have to cough up out of your own pocket unless Nissan is comping these units as a goodwill gesture. (If not, and if you're on nitroglycerin for angina, you may wanna slip a tablet under your tongue before you hear the bad news - the dealer replacement cost of factory head units is obscene...) The only way to retrieve jammed CDs out of an indash changer is to disassemble the head unit to extract the CDs manually. Once jammed due to a malfunction, the captive disc(s) aren't gonna magically eject regardless how many times you attempt it.
#1809 of 2710 Re: 96 ALTIMA VIBRATING TOO MUCH [biggrobs15]
Nov 09, 2006 (6:41 am)
Sorry for not so clear about it because of my own terms. Please look at pictures from this web site: www.verrill.com/moto/sellingguide/spark plugs/plugcolorchart.htm and pay attention to "Normal", "Oil Fouled" and "Overheated".
Once a year, I check up my car engine to see how healthy it is. Usually after a good half of an hour trip while engine still hot I put on gloves and carefully remove spark plugs and compare them. If they are all similar and dry, engine is doing well. If not, start a basic tune up.
My basic tune up is:
Engine Cleaning: Once a year Flush Engine and put in Engine Restorer, use Synthetic Blend Oil to reduce engine wear.
Electrical: Replace spark plugs (Bosch Platinum +4 $20), Distributor Rotor ($7) & Cap $15), Ignition Wires (OEM from Nissan Dealer $65).
Gas: Replace fuel filter ($10), add Fuel Injection Cleaner ($3) into gas tank.
Air: Replace Air Filter (Frame $5).
You can buy good parts at discount price at website Rockauto.com If you can do a tune up by yourself, you already save $ on labor, do not try to save $ on cheap parts. I have kept a good tune up on my 97 Altima car since the beginning. Now I got 284k and every mechanic drove my car said it could be a 100k more. In term of money, I will save money of buying another car.
#1810 of 2710 Re: ac doesnt work when car restarted and in afternoon [electricdesign]
Nov 10, 2006 (8:54 pm)
i looked at the compressor while AC running & not running. Could not see whether the clutch engaged or not. It looks just the same both times. However I noticed the twin radiator fans started running when AC was on but stopped running while AC was switched off manually. But the belt attached to the clutch was always running. Are there any pictures on the internet where I can see an engaged clutch and a nonengaged clutch?