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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
#164 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Quest Intermittently Hesitates/Almost Stalls [claudinemj]
Sep 03, 2007 (9:16 am)
I had my 2001 Nissan Quest in the dealer service shop for 3 full days and kept going online to give them all the info out here we could find on the same exact problem. My speedometer dances or goes to 0 while I am driving and the car hesitates and sputters as if I am running out of gas as you described. I thought it used to be related to every time I had my air conditioner on. But I have turned it off in the last week and it doesn't recover like it did a month ago when this problem started happening.
When Nissan service checked the ground wire and the speed sensor (and every other sensor) it all tested fine. They said it would have to completely fail before they know exactly what it is.
How is your car doing now after replacing the speed sensor? Still no recurrence of the sputtering? I am ready to tell them to replace it and see how it goes.
Thanks a lot.
#165 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Quest Intermittently Hesitates/Almost Stalls [thedoghouse2]
Sep 03, 2007 (4:44 pm)
Well, since the SS was replaced there have been NO instances of the problem again. I think it's been almost a month and I've driven several hundred miles on it. (we went on a trip, and no problems at all) I don't know if it was a combination of the SS and the fuel filter being replaced, but I think the SS did it.
You should know that the SS when it first started going was always acting up and didn't throw the CEL on until it completely died. When I had taken it to the shop, the CEL had gone back out so they were unable to get a reading. It wasn't until the SS completely failed (stopped working at ALL) that the CEL stayed on and they told me to replace it. Your symptoms though are classic for SS. It's a relatively cheap fix, so why not go for it and hope for the best??
Hope it works out for you!!
#166 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Quest Intermittently Hesitates/Almost Stalls [thedoghouse2]
Oct 10, 2007 (6:02 am)
I have had the very same problem with my mer villager.Tell your mechanic to pull out the distributor and clean the debri off the photo sensor and re-install it. I have spent thousands trying to fix this very same problem. hope this helps.
#167 of 513 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops
Oct 10, 2007 (11:10 am)
Been reading all your posts on this issue and so far we've changed the plugs, the wires, the distributor cap, the rotor, the fuel filter and the air filter with no help in the bogging out problems when we're idling. However, have an appointment with the shop friday to check for a loose ground wire at the ECM. Will let you know if that solves the problem.
By the way, thanks for all the tips, since I'm female it's really nice to have a little info BEFORE I go to the repair shop!
#168 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops [drea9418]
Oct 10, 2007 (5:05 pm)
Still dealing with the same issue. Have replaced the trans computer, the cruise control computer, and the VSS. Have checked the VSS wiring and also the ground for the ECU. Nothing has helped. I have an output speed sensor on order from the local dealer ($28 so why not?) but it won't be in until Friday. Vehicle still runs and drives well except for when it decides to do the hesitation thing. We've take 3 trips of more than 500 miles with no problems. It once went 271 miles before the check engine light came back on - we thought we had it fixed but no such luck. OD light still flashes 16 times on a warm start. Check engine light code is P0500 - vehicle speed sensor malfunction. We need to get this resolved as the state inspection is expired. Any thoughts or suggestions greatly appreciated!
#169 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops [aseitz]
Oct 11, 2007 (9:13 am)
I have had some similar problems with my 97 Quest. I tried the throttle position sensor with no luck. I had already had a new fuel pump and filter installed about 6 months ago so I ruled that out.
I run it only on premium now and it runs fine. I wonder if it is the timing belt stretched and the timing is off?
#170 of 513 Re: 95 Nissan Quest Cuts off when making a left turn
Oct 11, 2007 (5:33 pm)
Hello Everyone I have a 95 Nissan Quest with 247k miles has been very reliable with the exception of the vans engine cutting off sometimes when I make a left turn. It starts right
up.has anyone experienced something similar? any suggestions?
#171 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops [os545]
Oct 17, 2007 (9:33 am)
Hi all, heres a related problem.
When we bought or 97 Quest GXE in 2000 with 64k on it and it was pristine but as it turned out a little over done under the hood with the steam cleaning.
After 2 months the van started bucking and stalling and after a week of that it died...we took it back to the dealer where they found the distributor had a bad (dried and rusty)bearing (cleaned to well..lol)
So they replaced the distributor with a rebuilt one and all was well until about a year ago (now 140k) when it started chugging now and then (especially on idle)and with a little hesitation.
So I did the usual...Fuel pump,fuel Filter and air filter...
It still was not right,(but a little better) so yesterday it was time for the plugs...the ones (platinum plus)I took out were not bad at all for 50k on them.
I also cleaned under the cap and used compressed air to blow out any debris before taking out the plugs.
Felt like a nice clean job.
When I started it up everything seemed fine...just a little chug on idle (drat).
It wasn't till I revved up the engine while under the hood that I heard a strange loud whirring (like a worn bearing noise) sound which tunned out to be coming from the DISTRIBUTOR, this sound could not be heard on idle or from inside the van while driving
I used the screwdriver to the ear trick to make sure that was where the noise was coming from and sure enough.
So in conclusion I would say that the vibration and probably sticking distributor are to blame for my vans idle chugging and hesitation.
I hope this was helpful and if anyone else has any input please post.
#172 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops [jaggiebunnett]
Oct 17, 2007 (10:21 am)
found this too....
Question: I have a rattling sound that I think is coming from the distributor. Do I need a new distributor?
Answer: You probably don't need a new distributor. A rattling distributor on these motors is usually an indication that the timing belt is loose. The timing will stretch and become loose with age. This is a sign that you need to replace the timing belt. The early model Quests and Villagers were specified to have the timing belt replaced at 60,000mi. intervals while the later model Quests and Villagers are specified to have the timing belt changed at 105,000mi. intervals. I firmly suggest you keep up with the timing belt maintenance. The good news is that the Quest/Villager does not have an interference engine and will not suffer major engine damage should the belt break. The bad news is that will be stranded and have to call a tow truck if the belt breaks. Click here for information on a DIY timing belt change. Also, be aware that the 3.0l V6 engine in the Nissan Pathfinder and Maxima IS an interference engine.
#173 of 513 Re: 99 Nissan Idle boggs at stops - RESOLVED [aseitz]
Oct 27, 2007 (5:36 am)
Our issue was in the speedometer head itself. The signal from the speed sensor was not getting to the engine computer. The dealer had to replace part of the speedo. Ended up costing a little under $700 ($200 parts) but everything seems to work correctly. What a relief!