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#2168 of 2710 crank position sensor recall for 2001 ?
Jan 23, 2008 (10:44 pm)
HI EVERYBODY , I HAVE A 2OO1 ALTIMA WITH 54,000 MILES. I WAS HAVING SIMILAR PROBLEMS LIKE OTHERS REGARDING THIS. IN LATE OCTOBER MY LOCAL DEALER RECOMMENDED REPLACING THIS SENSOR. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER THE RECALL IS ANNOUNCED BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE 2001 MODELS. I AM CURIOUS HOW MANY OTHERS THIS HAS HAPPENED TO .I AM SURE THIS IS THE SAME MOTOR 2.5L AND THAT NISSAN NEW THEY WERE HAVING PROBLEMS FOR A WHILE. ANY HELP FROM OTHER OWNERS WITH THIS ISSUE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. I LIVE IN SANTA ROSA ,CALIF. THANKS. LRS.
#2169 of 2710 Re: Help with 98 Nissan Altima [dotson901]
Jan 24, 2008 (12:33 pm)
It's the distributor! You need to replace the stock Nissan distributor with a Dorman distributor. I own a 1994 Altima (318,000 miles on it) - my daily driver, a 1998 Altima (78,000 - wife's), and a 1994 240SX (play drifter). The distributor on your car has a well known flaw - at low speeds it heats up and causes an oil seal to leak. Right now yours has a small leak. Oil is passing into an area, in the distributor, that contains a cam timing sensor. The sensor works by passing light through slotted holes in a spinning medal disk. If oil gets on the disk or light reader the sensor will send weird signals to the computer. The computer will try to compensate by adjusting timing or fuel flow, but it only makes the problem worse. This is why your mechanic wanted to replace your perfectly good computer. The engine will run correctly at high RPMs because the leaking oil gets spun off the disk read by the light sensor.
This problem will only get worse. When the oil seal completely breaks you car will not run at all. I have heard of some people solving the problem by drilling a small drain hole at the base of the distributor casing. I opted to simply replace the Nissan distributor with a high quality model. I have had no problems since the replacement.
#2170 of 2710 Re: crank position sensor recall for 2001 ? [lrs52]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:41 pm)
Please check to see exactly what engine you have, because I checked, and the 2001 Altima should have a 2.4 L engine. The problematic 2.5 L engine did not start until 2002. You may not be having exactly the same issues, but possibly similar issues, because all the computer based engine systems use sensors. Some are just more problematic than others. A faulty crankshaft position sensor could cause a number of problems, engine runs bad, engines dies, hard starting, or no starting.
Exactly what "similar problems" are you having? If the dealer recommended to replace a sensor, it is probably a good thing to go ahead and do it, since they have the equipment there to diagnose it correctly. Unless it is very expensive or troublesome, then you could always take it somewhere else for a second opinion.
E.D. in Sunny Florida
#2171 of 2710 Re: Help with 98 Nissan Altima [raydanley]
Jan 24, 2008 (8:27 pm)
Thanks alot for your reply. We took a look at the distributor before I ever posted my question. Are you familiar with the plug that goes into the side of the distributor? Well, mine is all busted up. We tried putting black tape on it and it worked for awhile and then messed up again. We went to a place in Atlanta called Pull-A-Part and found another plug, but, just my luck, we put it on and it was dry rotted so it is now broken also. We have called around, but everwhere wants to sale us the whole wiring harness. So, do you think it is the plug, or still the whole distributor? If I buy a new distributor, will the plug come with it? Thanks for your help!!!! We are pretty desperate to get this think fixed. It is very dissappointing to buy a car and only get to drive it twice.
#2172 of 2710 Re: Help with 98 Nissan Altima [dotson901]
Jan 25, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I don't think you need to buy a new distributor, just a new cap should do. that, and a set of cables should have it running perfect. shouldn't cost that much. a good set of plug wires will probably go for $60, though you can go cheaper if you want. not sure what a distributor cap runs.
#2173 of 2710 Re: Help with 98 Nissan Altima [dotson901]
Jan 25, 2008 (8:07 pm)
1. Find a new Mechanic. Seriously!
2. The Altimas in that year group do have a oil seepage problem. Can't be 100% positive that is your problem. I drilled the hole in mine. Had it cleaned up, you may need new parts if they are oily. No more problems.
3. Just because the dealer says the computer says you need a part doesn't make it so. I.E. your computer. I had an 87 Reliant that was hesitating. Dealer said the computer found 3 bad parts. $200 each and no guaranty it will solve he problem. But, had to start there. I said NO, took it to a recommended GOOD mechanic. He found the problem in ten minutes, no diagnostics. $80 and no more problem.
4. In my case the car just shut off, that's why I said I can't be 100% sure it is your problem. Do some research and find a very reputable private mechanic.
#2174 of 2710 Rat-a-tat-tat!!!
Jan 27, 2008 (11:02 am)
I just purchased my 2007 altima on 1/23/08. And since i have been driving it for a couple of days, have started to notice some rattling noise, as if the engine is going to fall from underneath the car. And when i go to brake, i feel as if im going to give myself whiplash because of the overly sensitive brakes. Please let me know if this is normal, or did i just purchase a dud.
#2175 of 2710 Re: Rat-a-tat-tat!!! [jones19]
Jan 29, 2008 (5:50 pm)
The rattle you are hearing is probably the heat shields or similar exhaust parts, they come loose and vibrate and rattle. The screws that hold them may be loose or missing, or the shield(s) could be broken.
I have never heard any complaints about the brakes before. If they are indeed oversensitive, something may be improperly installed. Get them checked by a mechanic.
#2176 of 2710 RE: Noise from front of car [nissanconvert]
Jan 30, 2008 (3:41 am)
I have heard that Thunking noise from the front many times. did you get your fixed? what was the problem?
#2177 of 2710 Nissain Altima Model 1989
Jan 30, 2008 (7:49 pm)
I have Nissian Altima 1989 Automatic Transmission, every thing is OK with the A/Transmission, it is shifting well.
But the problem is when I put it in D mode and press the petrol peddle, the pickup is not at enough speed, e.g. I am waiting in the Signal Lights and the light is Green all the vehicles goes speed but i am the last one start move slowely.
The Gear is OK, the Oil is Full and in OK condition but i don't know why pickup very slowely.
is it possible that the gear filter not clean enough or any thing wrong with the transmission.