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#596 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima Question [tonders]
Mar 02, 2011 (7:31 pm)
If he bought the 02 Altima from a Nissan dealership they may have extended the warranty out to 100K miles. Check with the local Nissan dealership if the vin number has any recalls outstanding, they had several on mine. This will also inform them of the total service history of the vehicle since it was built by Nissan and the dealership that sold it originally. You could have the dealership do an oil change and test the oil for evidence of contamination with the pre-catalytic converter medium. If there is evidence of contamination, then the damage has already been done. My 02 Altima lasted 160K before the engine gave out... keep me informed and good luck. Dave.
#597 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima Question [tonders]
Mar 02, 2011 (7:31 pm)
Take it to your nearest Nissan dealer and ask if there are any open recalls on this particular car. If there are...get them fixed. It's a recall so it shouldn't cost you anything. My issues would have been fixed if I'd known about the recalls on my 03 Altima. Just watch the vehicle and if it starts to burn oil get it check immediately. The closer to 100,000 miles the more you need to watch. My car was fine til I reached 100,000....then it went down the tubes. Good luck!
#598 of 685 Can AIR FLOW METER stop a car from starting?
Mar 02, 2011 (11:05 pm)
My 02 2.5s altima just refused to start so what could be the problem? Initially the mechanic said its a fuel pump problem but after changing the pump it was still same old story. Then the throttle body which was also changed to no avail. I had to use a friends car to do the test myself as the spending was becoming too much. I later discovered that it seems the AIR FLOW METER was the problem as it didnt start my friends car but his own was able to start mine after i removed the new fuel pump and put my friends own as they also condemned mine.
The problem now is can air flow meter make a car not to stop??
Down here they sell the stuff inside the casing and not with the casing and to lose the stuff is not easy as it doesnt use the regular allen key.
Need your response fast as the car has been parked for 3weeks now.
#599 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima Question [tonders]
Mar 04, 2011 (12:51 pm)
Go to a race shop - and have the precat taken out
you can either hollow it out, or replace it with a racing header. I opted to replace mine with a header / manifold the part looks like this
but any brand is okay. The shop will have to install two "cheaters" which are small 2 inch spacers for the 02 sensors, so the SIS engine light does not trip. The first one goes into the new manifold, and the second one goes right in front of the back cat.
These spacers put an extra inch of air flow in the cat, so it doesn't realize there is no pre cat upstream. The car will make a touch more polution but only when its warming up, once its warm the back cat does all the work anyway.
You will notice about 15 hp increase in power, and about 10% better milleage - I did a new cold air intake with mine, and I'm very impressed with the power and mileage gains.
My Altima had 80K on it when I did this mod, it now has 100K with ZERO problems.
I had all the work done for less than $300 (including the cold air intake). Get it done ASAP as those pre cats can fail at any second. And your engine will be toast.
#600 of 685 mass airflow meter
Mar 06, 2011 (11:41 pm)
Just to let you guys know that after changing the flow meter the car is back on the road again. the only problem now is that i have to start it like three times before it starts. i am thinking of what they did to the fuel pump ie changing the hoses when they initially thought it was the problem.
Hope some people would have benefitted from this that is if you read the earlier post on mass ait flow meter.
#601 of 685 Re: mass airflow meter [ndiboy]
Mar 07, 2011 (1:12 pm)
I heard the the K&N cold air intakes , or the K&N filter (oiled) that fits in the stock air box, can DESTROY the mass airflow meter.
So if you use an aftermarket stock filter, or a cold air intake, make sure the cone filer or box filter is NOT OILED. (Most K&N's are oiled)
The oil somehow gets on the mass airflow meter and kills it.
So use stock air filter OR if you have a cold air, make sure the cone is not oiled.
K&N claims that the oiled filters do not affect the sensors
But I have heard otherwise from mechanics I trust
Two cents - for what its worth.
#602 of 685 Re: mass airflow meter [pibzz]
Mar 07, 2011 (11:02 pm)
Thanks for the information, I found it really helpful and I will have to check it out and make appropriate adjustment.
#604 of 685 Re: 2002 Altima Question [pibzz]
Mar 14, 2011 (1:56 pm)
pibzz - O how I wish I would of seen your post a couple months ago. I'm at 108,000 miles and now need a new engine (after recently fixing the head gasket on the failed engine and cat converter for a cool $2500). The dealer has agreed to put in a re manufactured engine in it at their cost (ie no labor $$) for all my troubles but I'm still concerned about the precat failing and destroying the next engine. Removing the precat sounds like just the answer!
I loved the car for the first 80,000 miles but it has been a complete nightmare since if started burning major oil and engine cylinder misfires (at about 80K miles conveinently just after the warranty expired).
If you own a 2002-2003 Altima 2.5L with under 100K miles, REMOVE the precat or sell that sucker ASAP. Nissan has lost this lifelong customer and anyone else that is willing to listen to me!
#605 of 685 Re: 2.5l engine failure [blackemeraldzx]
Mar 14, 2011 (1:13 pm)
I'm in the process of replacing my engine as well for my 2003 Altima 2.5L and Nissan consumer affairs was downright rude about my claim. I'm considering taking them to small claims court as I also replaced the headgasket on the failed engine and the cat converter for $2500 only for the engine to go majorly downhill after that. The only reason I'm replacing the engine is the dealer has agreed to install the engine at their cost for all my trouble.
I also purchased this car new (from said dealer) and have babied the car over the last 7 years. Nissan is now dead to me....
Has anyone had an luck taking on Nissan in small claims court? My car has 108K miles on it so I think my legal grounds are shaky. Hopefully they would just settle and I can get something back for my pain.