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#254 of 513 1997 Quest Missing
May 16, 2009 (7:06 pm)
I have a 1997 Nissan Quest. For a second time in about 6 months, it started acting up, and then the check engine light came on. We had driven about 40 miles, stopped at a grocery store for about 15 minutes, and when I came out and started the van, it started rough and begin to miss. We drove up the street and stopped at another store for about 30 minutes. This time, it didn't want to start. I had to hold the pedal to the floor before it would start. It smoked heavy white smoke and smelled strongly of gas. The 35 mile drive home was a long drive. The further we went, the better the engine ran. The next day, the problem was right back full strength. The first time it happened, I took it to the shop, spent almost $400, changed the plugs and wires, not sure what else. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
#255 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [canyonsvo]
May 16, 2009 (7:42 pm)
Just so I understand this - is the bearing under the slotted disk - not sure what I'm looking for. I've had the dist cap, rotor, & the metal covering that goes over the disk with all the slots in it. But where is the bearing located - do I have to remove the disk? Or am I to get the little metal pieces out from under the disk. I didn't see that mentioned. Another thing in the Dist. that I'm wondering about is - To clean that photo eye - is it ok to take out the two little screws that look like they hold it on - don't want to mess up some thing more than it is.
Thanks a lot.
#256 of 513 Re: 1997 Quest Missing [thert]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 16, 2009 (8:14 pm)
Sounds like it could be a sensor maybe.
Try to get to an auto parts store and ask them if they can pull the codes. If any show up, they can read them for you or you can come back here and someone should be able to tell you what they could indicate.
Steve, visiting host
#257 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [jwooden]
May 17, 2009 (6:58 am)
Hello, I haven't gotten to doing this yet so I myself am not sure about the slotted disk you are talking about. But I do think I read some where that people just clean or dust off the photo senser. I don't remember hearing that they took it out. If this helps any! But good luck and please let us know the outcome. Im going to try this but Im a little nervous. Thanks, Cheri
#258 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [jwooden]
May 17, 2009 (7:30 am)
Once you remove the rotor, you then remove the two screws that hold the brown cover and remove the cover. That is the end of removing parts. Under the white disk you will see the bearings surrounding the shaft. There is a thin washer that rides atop the bearings. Compressed air shot into this area will agitate loose any shavings and a thin magnet will remove them.
As far as cleaning the sensor/lens, I just hit everything with air and put it back together.
#259 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [canyonsvo]
May 17, 2009 (7:47 am)
Hello, ok I am ready to go do it. I got the aircleaner, lube and a magnet. Yesterday you said pencil magnet. Does it have to be pencil thin. I got the smallest one they had at the auto parts store. Will this work? Then last question, for now, where is the distributor and what does it look like? Once I get there I can do it. Thanks, Cheri-oh ya, does it take a phillips or flathead screwdriver?
#260 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [cheri6]
May 17, 2009 (8:41 am)
The distributor is what all of your spark plug wires connect to. Round thing on the left of the engine as you look at it from in front of the car.
There is not much room to insert a magnet. You might be able to just blow out the shavings. Screwdriver is a Phillips. The rotor is underneath the distributor cap. It will be sticking up and is kind of square/triangle shaped. It has one horizontal screw on its base that attaches it to the dist. shaft. There is only one way to install it.
After that, you will see two screws at about 11 and 5 near the perimeter of the distributor housing. Those hold the brown cover on. Do not remove anything else after this. If this is the problem, it will be pretty evident when you look beneath the white disk. Silver metal shavings should be visible. These are what you want out.
You did get (spray) lithium grease, right? You don't want a thin lubricant like WD40 or silicon in there because they will shear away pretty quickly. Also, don't go crazy on the lube. About a nickel to quarter sized amount sprayed around the bearings should do it.
#261 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [canyonsvo]
May 17, 2009 (9:17 am)
Ok I will let you know when done. Thanks for your help! cheri
#262 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [cheri6]
May 17, 2009 (11:02 am)
Ok I hope your here. I took of the cover and the horizontal screw on the rotor, now how does the rotor come off? do I just pull it straight up? turn it? On the top of this it has the word "screw" with an arrow pointing staight??? It doesn't lift straight up or turn easy. should I apply pressure to lift or turn it? This has to come off inorder to get to the plate below it, right?
#263 of 513 Re: Yep, that was it.... [cheri6]
May 17, 2009 (11:36 am)
The rotor should lift straight up. It should not be difficult to remove at all. Once you remove the screw that attaches it to the distributor shaft, I should pull straight up.