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#196 of 2710 Altima
Dec 24, 2000 (7:23 am)
I own a 1996 Altima with appox. 120k miles. I purchased the car in 1997 as a commuter vehicle. The majority of the miles are highway miles at a near constant speed. I have changed the oil on a regular basis and received excellent service from the vehicle. Around June 1, I took the car to a local repair shop due to noise (sounded like a misaligned pulley) in the engine area. The local shop removed the valve cover and inspected the timing chain and performed a "checkout" of the car. They did not identify a cause or problem(appox cost 400.00). The noise continues to this day. Shortly thereafter(5-7k miles) the car developed a small misfire while idling. I could not detect a difference in the performance or gas mileage. Since the valve cover gasket had developed a small leak(the local dealer re used the gasket) I replaced the valve cover gasket and changed the spark plugs. The misfire at idle continued. I performed a visual inspection of hoses and wires and could not locate any loose connections or vacuum leaks. Shortly after(1 week) replacing the gasket and spark plugs the check engine light came on. I took the car to the local Nissan dealer and asked that he identify any computer codes and identify the problem. The dealer inspected the car and said the problem was due to a leaking intake gasket and he would "turn off" the check engine light. He did not provide a list of codes but stated I should have the gasket replaced in the near future since I could burn the valves on the number four cylinder due to a lean condition. Is this a reasonable cause for the slight misfire at idle? I am considering replacing the spark plug wires and oxygen sensor before spending the money at the dealer(250-300.00). Is it possible I could have a vacuum hose leak that is out of sight?
#197 of 2710 Misaligned pulley noise.
Dec 29, 2000 (3:17 am)
Thanks for writing in details about your experiences. I have the same noise coming out of the engine and one mechanic had told me that it might be due to a misaligned pulley. Did you figure out the actual source of the problem? I guess it a standard problem with all Altimas. Mine is 1998 GXE model. The noise is really bothering me now and I'm not sure if its safe to drive this car. I don't see any performance problems with the car due to this.
Any more inputs on this subject will be highly appreciated.
#198 of 2710 Problems with misaligned pulley
Dec 30, 2000 (7:00 pm)
I have not had the problems that both of you have had. I have 122,000 miles on my car. Up until 2 months ago most of my car was for commuting highway miles. Now I drive in town commuting from school to school. The major repairs I have had on my car are a new alternator at 110,000 miles, and an air valve gas valve situation where the car would act like it would die if I came to a stop. It took 1,000 to replace it and the situation was solved. I hope to keep this car until the wheels fall off of it. I religiously follow the maintenance manual. Oh, I had the brakes replaced at 80,000 miles. Is it reasonable to expect that I will have this car until around 200,000 miles without too much difficulty? I am a doc student and this is important to me. By the way, my car is a 1995 GXE.
#199 of 2710 Tires wearing out fast.
Dec 31, 2000 (4:41 am)
My original tires wore out after 50K. Actually, only two tires wore out on the outer edges and the other two were good enough to go for another 30k or so. My new tires are just 7k old and I've noticed that the outer edge of the rear tires are wearing out much faster. At this rate, the tires will last another 5k only. I've checked the alignment few times and they seems to be fine. What else can be the problem? Anyone experiencing the same problem?
#200 of 2710 Help me!!!!(Clutch, Brake, and USA)
Dec 31, 2000 (12:47 pm)
Nice to meet you. Recently, I bought '94 altima SE 85k.
I'm not so good at my car. Actually, I don't have enough knowledge and I'm first here in U.S. So, please be patient and answer my questions. Help me!!!
The problem I only have is
1. I hear the squeaking sound when I push the
clutch and checked the "clutch" fluid.
There was no "clutch" fluid in fluid
reservoir. Is this squeaking sound
from "empty clutch fluid"?
2. Whenever I operate the brake, I can hear the
squeazing sound from the rear tire part.
Is there any method to check the "brake pad"
or "lining"? Should I exchange something(brake
pad or lining part.)
I also would like to know
1.What kind of clutch fluid do you recommend?
(brand and overall price as best)
Is it enough that I fill up clutch fluid for
2.Can the brake fluid be used for clutch fluid?
3.How can I know the brake squeazing sound is
from brake pad or lining.
4.Which online store do you recommend for buying
some parts and supplies(clutch fluid, etc)?
Lots of questions. I hope you answer them.
#201 of 2710 semahuec,brakes & clutch
Jan 01, 2001 (8:05 am)
I would suggest that you purchase a repair manual for this car at any bookstore
or auto parts store. The brake fluid and the clutch fluid is the same. DOT 3 or 4.
The brake pads are on the front wheels and on an SE the rear might have drum brakes.
These have brake shoes. The clutch might have a leaky slave cylinder, the part that
actuates the clutch. I would go to the dealer and get the shoes and pads. I have for years
and they seem to work the best. The fluid you can purchase at any auto parts store
ask any person that works there for a good quality fluid. Please keep end mind that
good brakes save lives. Good luck.
#202 of 2710 Altima
Jan 01, 2001 (6:39 pm)
hcm32, I have a 95 Altima. and have done all the service since new which has been
very little than change the engine oil. You can check the codes your self if you want.
The computer that shows the codes is behind a small plastic cover by the drivers
right foot. You turn the screw in the direction it says and with the engine running
or what is says to do and the codes are on 2 LED lights. One red and one green.
The spark plug wires might help but if the gasket is leaking you will burn a valve
and it might take out both O2 sencers. There is a O2 sencer aft the cat-converter.
Some people complaned about noise maybe pullies?? I have found that the belts
them-selfves are very noisy. The first time I took it in for warrenty they changed both
alt. belt and a/c belt and I change both at 60K. They still make a small noise on start-up
#203 of 2710 Air Bag Controller Unit
Jan 03, 2001 (6:38 am)
I have a 95 Altima GXE. Bought it used at 26K miles. At 30K, the air bag controller unit went. Luckily, it was still under warranty. Now, at 65K, the unit went again. It's a $650 part. This unit should last the life of the car, right? I think it's ridiculous that I should need 3 air bag controller units within 65,000 miles! The dealer will knock 10% off the price, but will not help us deal with Nissan. How do I contact Nissan and what kind of luck can I expect? Any tips?
#204 of 2710 Keep or Trade-In?
Jan 13, 2001 (2:56 am)
It's been helpful to read all of your posts. I have a '94 Altima GXE w/ 102,000 miles that I bought used. With the exception of leaking oil in the gasket area, I've had good no costly problems other than routine maintenance replacements. However, I'm now looking at several costly repairs. The lip on the radiator went and luckily there was just enough edge to re-attach the hose for a short-term fix, but will need to replace. My mechanic also suspects the head gasket needs replacing. I just replaced the serpentine belt and front brakes due to wear and will need to replace rear brakes by inspection. As one of you indicated, I seem to be going through tires like water; although I sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic with the same edge wear in both commuting directions. Also, the ride is getting rougher and particularly in this cold weather, I'm questioning the stamina of the shocks. At this point am wondering if I should hang on to it, or trade it in for a newer model? I'd like to hear from someone as to longevity of the body (rust), clutch, and engine. It seems I will need to replace everything else.
#205 of 2710 New tires for Nissan Altima
Jan 15, 2001 (6:58 am)
I am looking to replace original tires with something with better snow traction. I do not want tospend a lot of money and do not drive neet H rated tires. This is my mom's car and she does not drive fast, but she needs to get to and from work and in MN meens good snow traction.
I would appresiate any input. Thanks,