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Nissan Maxima Camshaft Sensors Leaking Oil Into Connector

Nissan Maxima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 102,655 mi (59,631 mi - 149,000 mi)


The Camshaft position sensor can leak oil into its electrical connector causing the Check Engine light to illuminate. The engine may also stall intermittently as a result.

  •  Rookie

    The same sensor was malfunctioning and it had oil inside, causing the car to stall and the check engine line turned on all the time. I took the car to a mechanic, and he told me the name of the sensor and the location of it.

    I went to the dealer and bought the sensor and it cost me close to $90. It took me only 15 minutes to replaced the sensor and the car is working like a new vehicle. If I remember correctly the sensor is Sensor 1. is attached to the engine on the drivers side.

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  • Visitor, , 94,000 mi

    Camshaft Sensors Leaking Oil Into Connector

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  • Visitor, , 87,000 mi

    stalling and cutting off

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  • Visitor, , 96,734 mi

    I got a oil change and that's when the problem was noticed. Never had an issue before this.

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  • Visitor, , 145,000 mi

    My check engine light came on and within 15 minutes, the car stalled in the middle of an intersection. I had to have the car towed (for the 3rd time in less than a year, all for different problems with the car) to my mechanic. He determined it was a problem with the cam shaft sensor, and fixed it, but it was yet another problem with this lemon of a car.

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  • Visitor, , 111,540 mi

    I was shocked when my mechanic showed me how bad the crankshaft sensor had been. I just looked at it in disbelieve; it was an eyesore.

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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    leaking puddles of oil engine staling

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  • Visitor, , 89,134 mi

    Got diagnostic from auto supplier. Replaced front can sensor for $85 (had oil on sensor) and did myself. VDC light didn't stay off so took back in. Said takes 40-50 miles for computer to reset. Rediagnosed and now says the back cam sensor out. Although front wasn't difficult, have not done back yet. Less expensive online..$20-45.

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  • Visitor, , 91,000 mi

    Car stopped and check engine light cam on. Car seemed like it had no get up and go. Two camshaft sensors had to be replaced.

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  • Visitor, , 102,000 mi


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