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#947 of 2702 1997 Altima Smog fails
Mar 22, 2005 (1:05 pm)
I have 1997 Altima with 68000 miles. It fails california SMOG check with high No. The data of NO is following:
15 mph: measured 607 (maximum 443) AVE 57.
25 mph: measured 561 (Mamimum 730) AVE 50.
CO2, CO and HC data is very clean and perfect. $90 dollar diagnosis say "EGR valve not open completely. Vacuum drops to zero in high REC. replace EGR solenoid assembly". because I doubt the diagnosis, I have not let the garage to replace the parts yet. The listed parts to be replaced are:
1): EGR solenoid $140.
2): BackPressure Transducer Value (BPT) $70.
3): Vacumm hose $12. Plus labor $90.
During talking, the garage said it can try to replace
EGR solenoid first. If the problem still there, then replace BPT. Also I have checked SEL bulb, it is fine since when I turn the key to ON position, I have seen SEL light.
Since any of BPT or EGR solenoid have problem, the SEL light should turn on, but now it does not, according to Hynes Manual, such as code 105. I doubt ECM or some control signal has problem, or some loose connection. Any advices?
or someone have similar experiment? I try to send to Nissan Dealer to diagnosis the problem again.
#948 of 2702 Re: 1997 Altima Smog fails [shued]
Mar 23, 2005 (4:08 am)
NOx is usually caused by high combustion chamber temperature. High chamber temp is usually caused by an EGR system malfunction. Sounds like your EGR valve isn't fully opening, probably due to a transducer or solenoid problem.
#949 of 2702 Re: clicking sound from gear shift ...help! [cgallo]
Mar 23, 2005 (9:10 am)
I have the same clicking problem - mine started at about 5,000 miles. I took it to one dealer and they told me nothing was wrong (and I got the same story you did)and charged me over $250. I took it to another dealer and they ordered a rubber stopper that was advised in a service bullentin for the problem (so Nissan knows there is a problem). The clicking noise happens (1) when you stop (2) just before you stop or (3) when you apply the brakes. All it did was decrease the noise, but I still hear it. When I asked them about it, they told me that it just made the noise, nothing is wrong. I then called Nissan's 800 number and they told me nothing is wrong. I explained to them that if it had made the noise when I test drove the car when it was new, I would have never purchased the car. I have now taken it back to the dealer where I purchased it and they are going to try to help me. I guess if they say the noise stays, my only other optiona are to go to the media (I'm sure that if a televison station does a story on this, they might think twice about fixing it or coming clean and saying they knew the noise was going to happen but did not tell their customers prior to cars being purchased) or my attorney...because, if it does not get fixed, then I am stuck with a brand new car (I know have 7,300 miles on it) that would be very difficult to re-sell. Anyone else having the problem.
#950 of 2702 Re: 1997 Altima Smog fails [alcan]
Mar 23, 2005 (4:41 pm)
Your comments are very similar to the result of diagnosis. But what I was confused is Why the SEL is NOT on? If BPT (the transducer) or EGR solenoid is wrong, the SEL should be ON. Does Nissan design it differently at 1997 not to turn SEL on? (since at 1997, it will not check NOx at California).
#951 of 2702 Re: A/C Problem only works on high [tdiemer]
Mar 26, 2005 (4:52 am)
U will need to change your a/c resistant.Had the same problem and that solved it.
#952 of 2702 94 Altima not running smoothly
Mar 27, 2005 (12:05 pm)
My 94 MT Altima has been an excellent car until recently. Three months ago I started experiencing rough idle and extended crank time. Within a week it stalled at a stop and would not start. The dealership replaced the PCV and distributor, and it ran perfectly for a while. The rough idle started again and I took it back to the dealership. This time they adjusted the idle from 450 to 700 and told me that I need to replace the fuel pump and filter, (at a cost of $500).
I have 189K miles on this car and would rather repair it than purchase a new car. Does this sound legitimate or am I being taken. I would welcome any comments or suggestions.
#953 of 2702 Acceleration is jumpy
Mar 29, 2005 (11:25 am)
The acceleration fluctuates within 2 mph when I'm in the 40-60 mph speeds. You can't see it on the odometer, but I can feel it. It's bizarre. I don't have any idea of what to ask the dealership to check. It's also sporadic, so it's a hard thing to replicate to make a diagnosis on. And, the car is loud. When I first had it, the first two days it sounded like a kitten, then day three...it's loud. What gives?
#954 of 2702 02 Nissan Altima headlamp problem
Mar 29, 2005 (7:32 pm)
My girlfriend has an '02 Nissan Altima 2.5S. The car has under 35K on it, but she is not the original owner. She had a burned out headlamp (driver's side)replaced less than 3 months ago by a mechanic. Now, the same bulb is burned out again. What variables would be causing this to happen so often? Bad bulb? An electrical problem? I would like to know if anyone else has had the same problem, with these cars and if so- how was it corrected? Thanks, -Burned Out.
#955 of 2702 Re: Starting problems [alt94]
Mar 31, 2005 (9:35 am)
I have a 94 Nissan Altima. I also face the same problem. I have a work around that works. There is no problem alternator or engine. Its just that gear is not in park correctly. When i face this problem, all i do is apply brakes and try to move the gear from park lightly out and put it back in park gently and its does the trick.
I hope this helps
#956 of 2702 Re: Service Engine Soon - 2002 Altima 2.5S [tommyqua]
Apr 01, 2005 (7:04 am)
FYI, Just purchased a 2001 and was told that the engine light may come on if the gas cap is not twisted on tight. There's a sensor that mesures the pressure in the fuel tank. If the cap is tightened it then takes a few days for the sensor to measure normal and tell the light to go off. So always be sure the cap is on real tight.