2003 Infiniti I35 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Infiniti I35

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2003 Infiniti I35 Problems

Check Engine Light and Engine Stalling

The crankshaft angle sensor or the camshaft position sensor can fail and cause loss of engine power, an engine that cuts out, and other drivability problems. This will cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. Certain models have been involved in a recall to replace the camshaft and crankshaft sensors. For more information on this recall, please click here»

Timing Chain Rattle and Tapping Noise

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2002-2004 Infiniti I35 is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

Erratic or High Idle After Cleaning Throttle Body

The throttle body for the Infiniti I35 is known for carbon buildup, and requires regular, light cleaning to maintain peak performance. After cleaning the throttle body, many owners notice a very high idle, erratic (bouncing) idle, and unpredictable power surging. 

The cause is normal ECU adaptation: When the throttle body builds up carbon, the rate of airflow is slightly decreased. The vehicles computer reads this decrease in air volume, and adjusts the throttle body settings to maintain the proper engine idle speed. When the carbon is cleaned out, the ECU now registers too much air, and cannot adjust back to the original settings. While it is trying to change settings, the idle will bounce from low to high, and the car will surge forward at times. 

It has been recommended to simply wipe inside the throttle body every 12,000 miles, and never to touch the flap inside. Also, the cleaning procedure may be best left to a qualified technician.

The solution can be as simple as disconnecting the battery for at least an hour, having the dealer reset the computer, or, in extreme cases, replace the throttle bodies. 

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2003 Infiniti I35 Questions

My Car will not accelerate over 80mph ,-the check engine light isnt on.. help? (1 answer)

when ever I do drive the car i usually just go at least 65mph .. ,but when i do go over 80mph it acts like it doesnt want to drive

Will your shop installed parts purchased by the car owner and brought into the shop? (1 answer)

I purchased headlight bulbs thinking that I could do the installation. I can't because the area not easy to access and the headlamp requires special handling.

my engine is knocking what's the problem what can I do (1 answer)

the engine in my Infiniti i35 started knocking started off slow has gotten progressively louder sounds like it's coming from the upper driver side part of the engine may be the middle doesn't sound like a stirring rod that thing would have done it alreadyis it common for this car and coul...

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2003 Infiniti I35 Recalls

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator Ruptures On Deployment

The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

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2003 Infiniti I35 Reviews

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The service engine light come on after the vehicle reached 70,000 miles as the same time begin losing power

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