2002 Nissan Altima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Nissan Altima

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2002 Nissan Altima
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1,906
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2002 Nissan Altima Problems

Rattle/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.

Loose Screws Inside Intake Manifold Can Cause Internal Damage if They Fall Out

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.

Overheating Due to Stuck Closed Thermostat

The thermostat may become stuck closed, causing an overheating condition. Replacement of the thermostat will be required to correct this concern.

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2002 Nissan Altima Questions

Car 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.

When I fill my gas tank and then park in my slanted drive way a very dark fluid (1 answer)

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...

Popping noise and vibration from the engine (1 answer)

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.

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2002 Nissan Altima Recalls

Overheating 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

Engine May Stop Running Without Warning

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 Recalls 2002-2003 Altimas Due to Defective Gas Tank

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.

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2002 Nissan Altima Reviews

I purchased my Nissan Altima 2002 new in 2001 and now have 189563 miles. I have the 3.5L engine and once put 87 octane gas in the car. The car does not like any gas except for the 93 octane recommended. Never had any problems with this car until now. It runs great but stalls unexpectantly without warning. I suspect one of the sensors on the vehicle is causing a hick-up in the main control c...
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 cl...
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 ...

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