Last post on Feb 06, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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#21 of 25 2008 Altima Losing Power....
Jul 13, 2008 (6:30 pm)
So I purchased an Altima 2.5SL on 23 Jun 08. Two weeks and 6 days later it started losing power as I’m driving. This was on a Tuesday, which was the day I received the vehicle back from the dealership after having work done on the due bill (including installing the Omega GPS system). It occurred as I was pulling into a parking stall and flashed the security indicator light on the dash. I assumed it was because I did not register the Omega system and called the company who told me that vehicle shut off was not one of their features. I called the service department who did not return my call. On Thursday I was going 45 MPH when the car shut off again and flashed the security indicator light. After restarting the vehicle I didn’t have another problem until the following morning when it shut off again while traveling at 45 MPH in the exact location from the day before. I restarted the car and it shut off again twice before getting to my destination (within ˝ mile from the first power loss). These times the vehicle showed the Intelligent Key system warning light and the “check engine soon” light came on. I was able to return to my work place and called Nissan about a tow. According to my dealership they do not provide tow service and gave me the number to the Nissan roadside assistance. I contacted the number they provided and realized I did not have the roadside assistance so I decided to drive the vehicle to the dealership. Within in the first quarter mile the vehicle lost power, I restarted the vehicle and it lost power within 10 feet. I then pulled into a parking lot and called Geico to tow the vehicle. The vehicle arrived at the dealership that afternoon and I was able to speak with the service department the following afternoon (I had called 4 times without getting a hold of anyone). At that time I was told the service manager was with the technician looking at my vehicle. I received a call back a while later and was told they did not find any error codes indicating the engine stalled and they were unable to duplicate the issue with extensive driving around and wanted more information. I told the technician it wasn’t so much the engine stalling as the vehicle losing power. It was during a hot period (it was about 110 degrees outside), the air conditioner was blasting and the radio was on. The service person stated he would relay that to the technician who would have to keep the vehicle over the weekend.
Luckily my car hasn’t lost power while I have been traveling with my two children, but I hate to think about the next time it decides to turn off. Has anyone heard of this issue occurring in the 2008 vehicles? Any information would be appreciated.
#22 of 25 Re: 2008 Altima Losing Power.... [jennyann13]
Jul 16, 2008 (3:56 am)
I don't have any information for you.. but I am wondering.. it's been days now.. have you had the problem again? Has it been corrected? What are the findings if any?
#23 of 25 Re: 2008 altima auto start [mvella27]
Sep 24, 2008 (7:07 am)
I have a remote start installed on my 08 coupe and I need to place my foot on the break and press the start button twice from inside to keep my car running the whole time.
I did ask the installer before instillation that I didn't want remote start to turn off on me and that I have a keyless push button start ignition.
#24 of 25 High RPM when car is idle.
Feb 06, 2009 (5:34 pm)
I have Nissan Altima 2008 model that I got serviced 2 months back. Suddenly after the service, mileage as gone down considerably. It used to be around 21 mpg in city but right now is around 15.5 mpg or so. After service I only drove like 1000 miles and has just total 5000 miles on it.
One day, just to check, I opened the hood and found that car coolant is almost at the minimum point. The other point that I noticed was car, when idle, has RPM more than 1000 and when started in morning goes up to 2000 without doing anything immediately after switching on the ignition.
I went to the dealer and they said car is okay and has no problem. And I guess they were just checking engine codes or waiting for check engine light to turn on.
Someone told me that there is possibly a problem with Engine Idle controller. Can anybody explain this to me and any idea what should be the RPM range when car is started first time in the morning? Is there any such range, I can tell the dealer that car is going beyond so that he agrees that car has some problem.
Your help is appreciated.
#25 of 25 Re: High RPM when car is idle. [NC_Altima]
Feb 06, 2009 (8:26 pm)
1. your mileage difference could be because of the whether. cars never get as good of mileage in colder whether as they do in warmer whether.
2. the coolant level our seeing is in the reservoir. the level will go up and down depending on the temperature of the engine. when a liquid is heated it expands. thats what the reservoir is for, to hold the extra volume of antifreeze due to heating. when the engine is cold, there will always be less coolant in the reservoir
3, when your car is cold, the engine will idle higher. a cold engine is very ineficent, and the idea is to warm it up faster. thats why the increased idle.