2002 Nissan Altima Repair and Maintenance
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2002 Nissan Altima ProblemsCheck Engine Light Due to Failure of Catalytic Converter Closest to Cylinder Head
The catalytic converter closest to the cylinder head can fail causing illumination of the Check Engine Light. Prompt repair of this problem is recommended because the catalyst material can be sucked into the engine and cause internal damage.
from a cold start air conditioning works fine and will continue to work fine as long as engine is running and air conditioning stays on, drove 200 miles and air blew cold entire time. Stopped to get a drink turning off car. Engine restarted but Air conditioning compressor would not come back on. When engine completely cooled and air system stabilized air compressor came back on and air was cold again. This situation was repeated dozens of ti...
The engine may stall at times due to a failed crankshaft position sensor and/or camshaft position sensor, These sensors can fail intermittently as they warm with the engine. Sensors on certain models have been recalled by Nissan and will be replaced as necessary. Please visit our recall section for this model to see if your vehicle is covered by this recall.
2002 Nissan Altima QuestionsWhat could be causing my alternator to fail I have put two on in less than a month and when it fails I lose throttle (1 answer)
Loss of throttle when the alternator stops putting out 12 or more volts
What are the likely cause of this?its just automatically stop while driving and showing the handbrake sign on it
2002 Nissan Altima RecallsOverheating of Crankshaft Position Sensor May Cause Vehicle to Shut Down
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.5L engineThe crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interrupion in the signal output. If the interupption of the signal is so brief that the ECM Electronic Control Module dose not have time to diagnose the condition, the vehicle may shut off creating the risk of an accident. The dealer will reprogram the ECM free of charge. The Nissan recall # is R0606
The circuit board for the crank position sensor and cam position sensor may have improper solder joints. This could cause the Service Engine Soon lamp to come on, the engine may not start, you could experience reduced power, or the engine may stall without warning, which could result in a crash. Dealers will replace the the crank position sensor, cam position sensors, and in some cases, the variable timing control sensors. The recall began on December 22, 2003. The Nissan recall number is R2022 and the Infiniti recall number is R3021.
Nissan is recalling 2002-2003 Altimas in cold-weather states because in extremely cold temperatures, moisture in the fuel tank could freeze and form ice crystals, which may obstruct the suction opening of the fuel pump. This can prevent the supply of fuel to the engine and cause the engine to stop, which could result in a crash. Dealers will install a screen at the suction opening of the fuel pump.