An engine vacuum leak from the intake manifold gasket may cause the engine to misfire or have a rough idle which may also illuminating the Check Engine Light.
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1997 Nissan Altima Problems
The camshaft driven distributor can leak oil and cause a malfunction of the crankshaft position sensor. The engine may crank but not start or run very poorly.
Crankshaft and camshaft position sensors can leak oil into the connector causing Check Engine Light illumination. The engine may also stall as a result. Leaking sensors should be replaced. Certain 2002 models were recalled for a separate camshaft and crankshaft sensor issue. For more information on the recall please click here»
Failure of the ignition power transistor can cause a "crank-no start" condition.
Regular maintenance is recommended to avoid timing chain failure. Rattles may develop in higher mileage vehicles. Regular oil changes will help reduce the incidence of this problem.
1997 Nissan Altima Recalls (Recent)
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Nissan is recalling seat belts on 1997 Altimas because certain buckle assemblies were produced with a "buckle base" that was improperly heat treated, which may cause the "buckle base" to be brittle. The seat belts may not restrain an occupant during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and replace the buckle assemblies.
1997 Nissan Altima Questions and Answers
sometimes when i am going down the road the car just stops and it idols bad and
also runs bad. this is rreally annoying and dangerous when you are in the middle of the road and it stops. a lot o...
My 1997 Nissan Altima Stop Firing What To Do"
ok. my car was starting up but when it start up it made noise between the flywheel so i toke the engine out and tighten the flywheel bolts. so when i put the engine back in it would not start.so i ...
Does '97 Altima GXE have a cabin air filter, if it does where??
My car will drive ok and then start missing and sputtering sometimes and when I give it gas it feels like their is no power. If I slow down or stop it will sometimes die altogether, but will resta...
1997 Nissan Altima Reviews
Drove it off the lot with 85 miles on it. Now looking forward to turning a very confident 300,000 miles by the end of the year. Minor brake issues that I have worked with over the years (burned through two sets of pads for the rear in a year, while only three sets for the front in 13 years of ownership). The best was replacing the clutch at approx. 175,000 miles, not heard of in many cars. Been through four exhaust systems (fore/aft of catalytic converter) and only on second cat. converter at this time. Now it's down to one windshield wiper (transmission broke to driver's side), one fixed setting for intermittent wipers, no radio antenna (my fault), and a rust hole on front passenger fender from aftermarket replacement. Still driven every day either 120 miles to NJ or 80 miles across state for work related travel. First turn of the key and it's ready to keep going.