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#2086 of 2710 Re: 2004 Nissan Altima Stalling Problem [debrad2]
Oct 12, 2007 (7:08 pm)
Hello, I have a 2005 Nissan Altima that is turning off while I am driving. It is so scary with my 2 kids in the car. The Nissan dealership here said they don't know what it could be and since my engine light is not on, they can not get a code from the computer. Did you find out what caused the problem and did you solve it?
#2087 of 2710 Nissan Altima Transmission problem in reverse gear
Oct 17, 2007 (4:34 pm)
I have 1999 nissan altima which has automatic transmission. It runs good in normal conditions. But, in reverse gear, i have to give lots of acceleration to move the car. I checked that the transmission fluid was clean, and was lacking about 1 quart of fluid. After adding the fluid, also, there is no improvement. Please help.
#2088 of 2710 Re: 03 Nissan Altima 2.SL engine shut off when stop [jbarrsf]
Oct 22, 2007 (8:23 pm)
I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S. The car has 68,000 miles. The car will be driving fine and then the engine will stop. After waiting 45 minutes, the car may restart - but the problem persists.
An error code says "camshaft position" is the problem. How is this problem fixed and how much does it cost?
#2089 of 2710 Re: 03 Nissan Altima 2.SL engine shut off when stop [tley]
Oct 23, 2007 (2:53 pm)
most likely, the cam shaft position sensor is bad, and needs replaced. don't know how much, but probably a couple hundred, 2-3 would be my guess. Unless of course you do it yourself and avoid that $80 per hour labor rate
#2090 of 2710 Re: 99 Altima takes gas very slow - Solution Inside
Oct 23, 2007 (6:19 pm)
Wow! Nobody replied to your message. How depressing. We'll let me be the first to tell you how to fix this. You see I have a 1999 Altima with 152,000 and exactly the same problem. You see, I am replying to my own message as I have fixed the problem.
The solution is as follows:
1. The Evaporation Canister Vent Control Valve got stuck CLOSED. In normal operation this valve should be OPEN. It is only occassionally shut so that the smart engine computer can test for small leaks by creating a vacuum. Regardless, when the engine is off, this valve is supposed to be OPEN.
2. Could buy the part from the dealer for $120-140. No parts store had it available. Bummer. Tried 3 national chains and nothing.
3. First.... find the evap canister. Located under rear driver side bumper. Big rectangular plastic covered with black soot. Your hands will get black on this job.
4. Second.... Find the metal thingy that is screwed directly onto the side of the evap canister. It has 2 10mm screws attaching it. The screws face the front of the car. The metal thingy (aka vent control valve) also has an electrical connection and a small hose attached to it. That metal thingy is the evap canister vent control valve.
5. Third... Detach the tube (just pull) and detach the electrical connector from the vent control valve.
6. Blow in the hole where the tube was connected. Are you able to blow through easily? If yes, then the vent control valve was open and this is not your problem. If you can't blow through real easy then this is your problem. Remember, when the engine is OFF this vent control valve should be WIDE OPEN.
7. Ok, so its your problem. Spray lubricant into the hole and let it sit around in there for a few minutes, hours, days, whatever. That probably doesn't help but its always fun to do.
8. Now grab a good metal flathead screw driver. Insert it into the bottom hole (the one that went into the evap canister) and pry the internal metal piston up about 3 millimeters. Hard to move the first time. Doesn't move much but it is all it takes. Now blow through the upper pipe. (be sure to wipe off your greasy lips later). You might need to pry more or even pry from the upper hole. Keep working at it, use some muscles and you will have it working in a jiffy.
9. how much time? 7 hours. No, not really. Listen... I am a computer geek and not good at cars. I had the vent control valve off the evap canister in 10 minutes. Took 5 minutes to figure out how to get the electrical connector separated (use small screw driver, stick into the connection and gently pry plastic over a small stopper).
So 15 minutes so far. Another 15 minutes to work the vent open and 5 minutes to re-assemble.
10. That was easy. Took only 30 minutes total. Not bad considering it used to take 15 minutes just to put 5 gallons of gas in the car on a cold winter night. brrrr.
11. Also, the fine folks at the parts stores told me I was dead wrong and that the vent control valve should be shut by default. If it weren't for a mechanic friend of mine who told me they were wrong I wouldn't have tried it. Glad I did as I now love my car.
12. Why do I love my car? Very reliable, good 30mpg miles, kind of ugly but not too bad. Want to buy it? Let me know. (I just bought a miata .) Why did I buy a miata? Because I hated putting gas in my altima!
Hope you enjoyed my story and rejoice with me that this thing now works!!!
#2091 of 2710 Re: 99 Altima takes gas very slow - Solution Inside [rieflin]
Oct 25, 2007 (7:15 pm)
Great story Jim. Now, that's the kind of story I like to read!
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#2092 of 2710 Dealer charged $95 to reprogram the ECU/ECM
Oct 30, 2007 (12:19 pm)
My wife's 2005 Altima had a check engine light go on. We tested it, the code said it was the catalytic converter. She took it to the dealer. He told her she needed to reprogram the ECM. He did that, and told her to drive it around for a few days to see if the light comes back on. He charged $95 for the reprogramming. As far as I understand, that is supposed to be free. We are appealing to Nissan.
#2093 of 2710 Re: No Heater at Idle in 2002 Altima [jeanief]
Nov 05, 2007 (2:59 pm)
I am having the same problem with my car, excessive oil consumption and the muffler sounds loud. Its also consuming engine coolant and now the dealer says the coverter is blown and has caused damage to the engine
#2094 of 2710 Re: No Heater at Idle in 2002 Altima [owochester]
Nov 07, 2007 (6:44 am)
You guys need to be sure to read the "Nissan Altima Engine Failures" forum. There is a lot posted there about what you are discussing here, excessive oil consumption, catalytic converter failures, etc.