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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1998 Nissan Maxima
1998 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.
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.
One or more wires in the engine wiring harness may break at the harness bend near the right strut tower. Symptoms include: Check Engine Light illumination, rough idle, drivability problems, and/or an inoperative air conditioner. Any broken wires will need to be repaired.
1998 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 »
1998 Nissan Maxima Questions and Answers
Do 1998 Nisson Maximas need to have the timming chain replaced every 60,000 or 70000 miles like my Honda Accord?
how much is an ignition coil and how hard is it to replace?
I can't remove the key from the ignition of 1998 nissan maxima. The key will start the car and do every thing except go to the lock positon so that I can take it out.
i can not remove the key from the ignition. the car starts and I have no other problems with the key. It does not go to the lock position and I can not remove the key
1998 Nissan Maxima Reviews
What a vehicle. I bought this with 55K miles on it in 2001. It now has 345K miles. The engine runs great, burns no oil, and gets 25mpg consistently. I've changed a couple starters and both the rear hubs @ 200K. The exhaust system is totally original and the body has no rust. Being from Minnesota that's a miracle. I had some service done on the vehicle (ignition coil) and the electrical systems have now begun to fail. I think it's time to put "old bessy" down. She's got a heart of gold. Thinking about buying another one
This thing is an Abrams tank. I bought mine around 2000, had an Altima before for several years that was outstanding. I think my Maxima had around 40,000 miles at purchase. Now has over 183,000. I've never had any major problems with it until a few years ago. I was rear-ended fairly hard. Hard enough to bend the chassis and total the car: but it still runs perfectly fine. You can't open one of the back doors from the outside and the trunk is kinda off kilter but it still closes and latches. The heaters working a little crazy. Sometimes it will only blow out heat if its turned all the way up, otherwise the air is whatever the outside temp is. I think I've only had to completely revampt the brakes once, which was last summer. I'd recommend this car to anyone whose interested in Sport/Luxury sedans.
I just recently made a trade for a 1999 Mercedes E320 4matic which is really nice. A little bit heavier with rear wheel drive, but damn its smooth.
I've had my car for 12 years and love it! So comfortable and reliable. Don't like the looks of the newer Maximas though.
Let me tell you when we leased our 1998 Nissan Maxima in July of 1998 we did not think we would be giving it to our 5 year old son at the time when he got his license.! My husband drove that car 5 to 6 days a week to/from work 60 miles each way from July 1998 to February 2010 it has 365,000 miles on it, ORIGINAL exhaust on it, original body, minor rust spots. Sadly we are in a time as to whether we drive her to her last resting spot in the junk yard or put more money into it to replace the original muffler, exhaust valve. It is hesitating when you excellerate, the computer states emisisons issue. We are just worried that if we sink more money into it will it keep going for another 6 to 10 months before my son goes off to college. this is the toughest car decision we've ever had to make! Truthfully should be the easiest with 365,000 miles!!!
Car is pretty good in all,, but doesn't brake good slides a
lot ,, hand brake freezes in cold weather,, doesn't have limited slip so wheels spin at every chance it gets , heat doesn't come up fast enough even when car has warmed up you have to turn up full blast until you have stared driven. The rear suspension sways to much on swift movements causing a fishtail like gesture ,,