The Check Engine Light may illuminate indicating a primary ignition signal fault. Many times the cause is an ignition coil(s) that has failed. The problem in the coil causes the spark energy to feedback through the wiring harness into the other coils. If this is not repaired, it can damage the other coils (blistering on the coils may be seen).
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1997 Nissan Maxima
1997 Nissan Maxima Problems
Oxygen sensor failures are common due to fluid leaks from the power steering pump. The power steering pump typically leaks directly onto the sensor and causes the wiring to fail. If the leaks are not repaired when the oxygen sensor is replaced, the sensor will fail again.
The ground inside mass air flow (MAF) sensor can corrode and possibly cause drivability problems. The corrosion is enough to affect the sensor data but not enough to create a trouble code. Diagnosing this can be difficult because it won't always illuminate the Check Engine Light.
If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.
The timing chain tensioner may bleed off oil pressure after the engine is shut down. This can cause a rattling noise when the engine is started cold and a revised timing chain tensioner and guide are available to correct this issue.
1997 Nissan Maxima Recalls (Recent)
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, ONE OF THE DIODES USED IN THE ALTERNATOR MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED WHEN BUILT. THIS CAN EVENTUALLY RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE DIODE AND AN ELECTRICAL SHORT WHICH COULD MELT THE PLASTIC HOUSING.Learn more »
1997 Nissan Maxima Questions and Answers
I own a 97 Nissan Maxima and whenever I drive it the oil light comes on. I have already got oil change and reset all lighting systems, but it's still on. Also, the engine leaks, but I refill i...
what would be the cost to replace a muffler on my car. First with a 'Nissan' product and also with a 'non-nissan' muffler. Thanks.
My Maxima starts up fine when I first start it up. The problem happens if I drive it like to go home from work and then I try to go back out about 15 minutes later it will not start. After about ...
Does the 1997 Maxima GLE take regular or premium gasoline?
Also, I have noticed a problem with the air conditioner not working. No air blows out of the front vent, although you can hear the air ...
1997 Nissan Maxima Reviews
Bought a 5-speed GXE new. Have 195K tough, New England miles on it. Things started to go at 115K miles. Replaced CV axles, starter twice, alternator, shocks and struts, transmission, brake rotors, lower control arms, a couple other suspension parts, and now need corroded frame under radiator repaired. My mechanic will charge only $500 for the job. Needs a little rear side panel bodywork, but not a big deal at this stage. Once repaired, it should feel like new for at least 50k miles. Still glad I bought it. Almost time for a new car.
2nd owner of car. Owned it from 50-140K miles
lots of issues. Grinding noises on turning needed suspension work, 2 alternators, couple of batteries, windshield wiper spray motor, bose stereo buttons broke off and cd stopped working (but did sound great when it worked), a/c never worked extremely well, radiator replaced at 90K, struts and shocks at 100K, intake manifold sparkplug boots replaced (oil in spark plug cavity) 120K, finally traded it in when i got a check engine light, misfire, due to one cylinder pressure low. Would not recommend buying one. Not reliable enough.
Best car i've ever own. I owned it for 9 years and a half and had 270 000 km on it. I have the 5 speed manual version, i was and i am yet pretty hard on the car and is still do the job. NO PROBLEM with this car. Just check the cross member under the radiator, it tend to break in the middle with the rust.
Good car, only complaint is I've had to replace the starter 3 times.
Engine power best attribute. Electrical, suspension Struts, hood struts and exterior paint wear need improvements.******************************************