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#183 of 242 Repeated Service Engin Soon Light
Jan 12, 2011 (8:09 am)
I have a 2010 Nissan Versa that is a few months old. The service engine soon light has come on 3 times. Been given the old "loose gas cap" routine. Now, they say it is bad gas. Codes shows "Fuel System Lean". Dealer wants $250 to drain the gas and put new gas in. I have been driving about 40 years and never had "bad gas" before. Is this a reasonable solution?
#184 of 242 Re: Repeated Service Engin Soon Light [retireman]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Jan 12, 2011 (9:53 am)
Could be reasonable. A large number of check engine lights are due to gas gap issues. But if the cap is OK, I suppose it could be bad gas. "Fuel System Lean" seems like it could mean several things related to the fuel system beyond "bad gas", but changing the gas would seem to be the simplest. This is just me, but before I'd pay $250 to drain and replace the gas, I'd try to siphon the tank myself (into appropriate containers of course) and run a couple of tanks of gas to see if that cleared things up.
Cold weather may also be in play here
#185 of 242 Re: Repeated Service Engin Soon Light [retireman]
Jan 15, 2011 (12:46 pm)
Sounds like a bogus solution to me. Obviously if the car runs OK, you could just change brands of gas and see what happens. $250 is outrageous.
Please let us know what happens ! Good Luck !
#187 of 242 Intermittent problem with acceleration
Jul 31, 2011 (11:10 am)
I bought the car new in 2009. I have been very happy with it. Just recently it began having problems with accelerating from a stop. I put my foot on the petal thinking the car will go and the car slowly moves. I then of course place my foot even harder on the accelerator with the accelerator almost to the floor and a couple of seconds later the car takes off and drives fine. While this is happening the engine is racing. It will then repeat itself at the next light or stop sign. The real scary part is when I am merging into traffic. Since the car will not pick up speed I have to make sure there is no one coming. If I do not they might not slow down not suspecting I am having trouble getting the car to move. I hold my breath a lot. I took it to the dealer for repair. They told me if they can reproduce it they can not fix it. As I mentioned earlier it is an intermittent problem and I can not figure out how to reproduce it. Of course I will not give up because I should not have to drive worrying that I might get into an accident. Has anyone else had this problem? If so what fixed it?
#188 of 242 Re: Intermittent problem with acceleration [ron819]
Jul 31, 2011 (3:49 pm)
Similar problems have been reported due to the brake switch not releasing fully. Next time put your toe under the brake pedal to lift it up higher then tap the accelerator and see if it is okay.
Frank 2009 Versa S sedan MT-6 with 22700 miles
#190 of 242 Re: Engine knock [crown5]
Oct 20, 2011 (6:55 am)
Yes, same excuse with my dealer!
Noise also getting worst as time goes by.
From the symptoms and related noise, I conclude there is a certain amount of piston slap in that engine.
Is it normal? I would not think so. Factories are equipped with all the technology today which eliminates most of human error.
May have to go to arbitration board on that one.
#191 of 242 Re: Intermittent problem with acceleration [ron819]
Oct 28, 2011 (3:35 pm)
I thought I was going crazy. I just had my car towed yesterday for the same problem. This is a 2011 Versa purchased in December with only 7,200 miles. I was in city traffic going about 45 mph. I observed that each time I put on brakes, when I then tried to accelerate I had lost all power. I was able to coast to a parking lot. After putting it in park, I started the motor and it ran fine until I came to the next light - problem repeated itself. Third time I knew with rush hour traffic I could not risk my life driving this vechicle. It was towed to the dealer and this afternoon the service department at the dealership informed me they cannot reproduce the problem and haven't had such a problem in the past. I also spoke with Nissan central and they said they are unaware of such problems. The dealer will keep the car for a few more days and hopefully be able to reproduce it. I have the same fears as you and had I been in fast traffic or on the interstate, I shudder to think what could have happened to me. This was the first site I reviewed to see if others were having this problem. I will keep doing my research and pray the dealer is able to reproduce this. Mmmm - wonder if Nissan knows about this but don't want to acknowledge it?
#192 of 242 Re: Intermittent problem with acceleration [sasebo]
Oct 28, 2011 (3:51 pm)
Funny you mention about Nissan being aware of certain problems.
They count on a good percentage of customers being ignorant in automotive matters; they have a good idea what they can pass on.
They would have quite a network in North America so getting statistics together is probably a challenge but also useful in determining their attitude.
I have noticed quite a turnover in staff at the dealer where I got my versa a year ago.