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2002 Nissan Altima

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2002 Nissan Altima Problems

Engine -- Verified

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

The engine mount on the right side can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front struts can wear prematurely and create a knocking noise when driving over bumps.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The AC system may blow warm air due to refrigerant loss caused by a leaking low pressure AC hose. These hoses commonly develop a leak at the hose crimp connection.

2002 Nissan Altima Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., April 15, 2002

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Nissan is recalling 2002 Altimas because one of the sensors for the air bag system does not work as well as expected in high-speed off-set crash situations. Dealers will replace the air bag sensor.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 21, 2003

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Nissan is recalling 2002 Altima and Xterra models because the electrical connector for the driver's air bag may come loose. If this happens, the air bag may not deploy, which increases the risk of personal injury. Dealers will install a retaining clip on the clock spring electrical connector.

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Engine, December 31, 2007

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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

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Engine, December 22, 2003

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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.

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Engine, July 28, 2003


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2002 Nissan Altima Questions and Answers

Rosa, 2002 Nissan Altima, 6 Cylinder, Houston, TX

Filled car with $6.00 gas and now shows full and the check engine light is now on. Went to Auto Zone, that maybe I needed a new gas cap if the check engine light comes on again. On 2/2/09 I put gas...

the novice one, 2002 Nissan Altima, 6 Cylinder, Milford, CT

car has 118,000 miles. My cousin who is a mechanic recently replaced mass air flow meter about 5-10,000 miles ago. Now a code came up I believe it was p0420 low threshold for cat. To get to the poi...

123BillMe, 2002 Nissan Altima, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Brocton, NY

201,000 miles. Noticing engine (ticking/tapping) noise but not sure how to describe it. The noise is most noticeable at cruising speed of 75 mph. Thought I also noticed a cloud of smoke when I acce...

dougrose, 2002 Nissan Altima, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, Dyersburg, TN

you can drive car it runs fine, then you let it cool off it tries to start but will not,next time it may fire up and miss a lttle then smooth out,but like right now it want start .i checked fuel pu...

twocars, 2002 Nissan Altima, Silver Spring, MD

I recently had a coolant hose and the thermostat replaced. But my car is still overheating. It is suggested that the Head Gasket may need replacing. Could there be other problems that causing the...

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2002 Nissan Altima Reviews

Our 2002 Altima was recently repaired for white smoke from exhaust - replaced the valve guides(1800$). After getting the car back we found the radiator was cracked at the top, but not before our daughter let it overheat. Repaired and cleaned the radiator. And realized we were 2 quarts low on oil after only 150 miles from the initial repair and oil change. Original mechanic put in a valve cleaner and said to run it about 500 miles. The car used 8 quarts of oil on that trip and black smoke started from exhaust. Now the mechanic says he gives up, can't figure what is wrong. Any ideas.

I've had my 2002 Nissan Altima for about 2 years now, and I haven't had any mechanical prob until now. I have been feeling bumpy vibration under my car, and then it shut off on me and all of the lights on my dash board came on. Someone told me it could be a bad fuel injector, then someone else told me that it could be that my timing chain needs to be replaced. I'm not sure of what it is, but i could use some input on this.

I had my 02 Nissan Altima for about a month and a half now and for some odd reason the battery light went on but the car still runs though. everything work but when i step on the gas it doesn't move at all. so i bought a battery figuring that will fix the problem but it didn't. So i called around a few places and they told me that it could be the fuel pump or the fuel injectors could be dirty or not working at all. AutoZone told me it could be the computer chip could have went out too. i dont know what it may be that would be my guess if something could be in the tank and the engine isn't getting enough gas to move at all. So please write me or comment about this story and tell me what you think the issue would be.

I bought my car at Nissan. Nissan altima 2002 located in newburgh ny 12550. The first day i took it home it smell like something burning. The check engine went on the second day. Nissan told me it was the gas tank being dirty thats why the light went on. They supposely fixed it. The next day the same thing engine light came on and Nissan said they will fix it. I picked up the vehicle no engine light for 2 weeks,then it happened again. I took my car back to Nissan and I told them to please take the car back and they said no. Ever since I have been just paying out of pocket thousands of dollars just to keep up with this vehicle. Someone from Nissan explain to me that the 2002 Nissan Altima engines from the year 2002 for these models were an experiment and that Nissan knows about it. Its a shame because I believe there are other people like myself out in the world with the 2002 Nissan Altima and have experience many problems with their car.

With 56000 miles on the odometer only repairs and complaint is on excessive brake wear and brake pads that insist on squealing even when newly replaced. Dealer insists squealing is normal.

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