2002 Nissan Altima Repair and Maintenance
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2002 Nissan Altima ProblemsRattle/CEL Due to Cracked Welds on Catalytic Converter Heat Shield
Welds on the catalytic converter heat shield can corrode causing a rattle during acceleration and possibly causing Check Engine Light illumination. The common repair for this issue is replacement of the damaged catalytic converter.
Screws inside the intake manifold can become loose causing internal engine damage if they fall out completely. Our technicians report that using a strong thread locker on the power valve butterfly screws can help prevent them from becoming loose.
The thermostat may become stuck closed, causing an overheating condition. Replacement of the thermostat will be required to correct this concern.
2002 Nissan Altima QuestionsCar noise (1 answer)
This is a new problem,when I hit the gas pedal my car makes a rattling sound, almost like a clicking sound. I need to know if it dangerous. And how long can drive car with a bad tierod.
leaks out from under the middle of the car. There is gas in this leak plus it is very dark and thick. I cannot find any wet places under the car that it has run down on the body or frame. Had it put on a life and could still not see anything even the tech could not find anything. They talked a...
There is a popping noise and vibration coming out of the engine. You can feel the vibration in the gas pedal and the brake. The timing belt was just replaced and the motor mounts are good. The noise/vibration occurs whether its in neutral or drive.
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.