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#2475 of 2710 1997 Nissan Altima - engine shutsoff while running
Oct 13, 2009 (10:39 am)
Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Nissan Altima 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 95000 miles
Hi, Thanks for the service.
I all started on one fine day when my car started shaking and smoke started coming out of the engine. I took it to a mechanic and he said my Distributor is gone. I got it replaced.
Then after couple of days the engine got cut off while I was trying to stop my car for a red light. But started again. I googled it and read somewhere that it might be a knock sensor problem and we can easily start it back easily after the engine shuts off. Then one day it stopped again and this time it did not start again. I could also smell some gas inside my car. I have to get it towed. Then after a couple of days it started. It stopped again and again I have to get it towed and again it started after a couple of days.
Yesterday I took it to a mechanic and he said he could not check anything if the car was running and could only help me if it stops and doesn't start again. So I took it to a Nissan Service center. He looked it up and told me that the Battery Positive Terminal was not properly cleaned and that's what is causing the engine to shutoff.
But this morning it stopped again at the signal.
I am fed with spending all my earnings to the towing company. Even Nissan Service Center could not help me.
Please tell me a possible reason for this so that I could get it fixed one last time.
Oct 21, 2009 (8:50 am)
I have a 2008 altima coupe. while washing the car and sponging the right fog light, it pushed in and is now loose. Anyone have this problem and what was the fix. Thanks. rr70
#2477 of 2710 Re: loose fog light [roadrunner70]
Oct 21, 2009 (9:20 am)
This is an issue for your warrenty to cover and continue to watch for the infamouse water in the tail lights too. remember (Bumper to Bumper means just that).
#2478 of 2710 Re: timing chain [gsemike]
Oct 22, 2009 (4:55 pm)
"All engines have either a timing chain or belt."
Not so. Some use gears.
#2479 of 2710 Dash lights, Indicators, Radiator Fans out
Oct 29, 2009 (10:38 am)
What can cause dash lights, dash indicators and gauges, and the radiator fans to all go out at once? I had an alternator sieze up, then after it started turning sparks flew from the alternator. We fixed that, but everything else is still dead, including the radiator fans! Checked all the fuses in the drivers side fuse panel, and they're fine. Where else should I look?
#2480 of 2710 Re: Dash lights, Indicators, Radiator Fans out [spthomas]
Oct 29, 2009 (5:05 pm)
The solution could be complicated or simple, but need more information to be able to help. Please state the Year and model of your car, is it 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder?
I understand you had a problem with the alternator and it sparking. When you say "We fixed that", does that mean you replaced the alternator with a new one? We must make sure that the alternator problem is resolved. Have you tested the output of the alternator to make sure it is puttting out the correct voltage and amps? How is the battery? You say "but everything else is still dead", is there any electrical device on the car that works? With the engine not running, what electrical items Do work, like headlights, brake lights, or anything? If you have complete electrical failure, or near that, there may be a blown fuseable link OR one of the big fuses under the hood may be blown. Use a 12 volt test light to check for blown fuses. Post anwers to the above and we can continue from there.
#2481 of 2710 2006 Nissan Altima SE
Oct 30, 2009 (9:31 am)
#2482 of 2710 Re: Dash lights, Indicators, Radiator Fans out [electricdesign]
Nov 01, 2009 (11:28 am)
Thanks for the reply. Here's mre info. It's a 1998 Altima, 4-cyl. When the alternator bearing froze then unfroze then the alternator threw sparks, we replaced the Alternator. So it's a new alternator. The dash lights are out, the gauges are out, and the electric windows are out. But the radio does work. The turn signals don't work, but headlights, taillights, and brake lights do work. The car will start, but quickly overheats due to the radiator fans not working. We looked at the fuse box inside the driver side kick panel, and all the fuses look to work. We don't know where to look under the hood for fuses or fusible links, so we haven't looked there.
#2483 of 2710 Re: Driver side window not closing automatically [g35flooded]
Nov 05, 2009 (7:29 am)
#2484 of 2710 drivers side window
Nov 05, 2009 (8:02 am)
I don't believe this is a job for a novice. I would go to a windshield repair shop or auto body shop. It means (usually) removing armrests and the door panel. There is an actuary of some sort and/or motes in some cars. The trouble I used to run into was in prying off the door panels without doing damage.I uppose thi might be something covered by the warranty, however, in these trying times for dealers, it might pay for a dealer to get this repair done in-house without charge. I have found on some of hese types of problems, the person running the dealer's parts department can be a great source of advice.