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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: 101,332 mi (59,631 mi - 145,000 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, , 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, , 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, , 78,000 mi

    leaking puddles of oil engine staling

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  • Visitor, , 102,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 140,535 mi

    Knocking was told it was camshaft

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  • Visitor, , 83,000 mi

    Was driving and car stalled. A lot of lights came on dashboard. Left car where it stalled and towed it later to mechanic. While waiting for tow truck (4 hours later after stall) I tried starting the car again. It started. I knew wasn't battery or alternator since those were recently replaced and most likely car would not have started again. Car was towed to mechanic shop and left there for next day. Early in morning before dropping keys off, tried starting car again and it started. Mechanic said car was burning oil and need to replace camshaft sensor. Cost $250.

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