2002 Nissan Maxima Repair and Maintenance

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

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2002 Nissan Maxima Problems

Engine performance problems due to crankshaft position sensor failure

The crankshaft position sensor can fail causing the engine to run poorly or it may crank but fail to start.

No start or misfire due to failed ignition coil

Problems with the ignition coil will cause the vehicle to misfire or not start.

Check Engine Llight Due to Failed Ignition Coil

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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2002 Nissan Maxima Questions

Rear defogger not working, cig lighter not working, at light comes on/goes off (1 answer)

As you can see I have 3 issues. The rear defogger worked at one time and stopped - Checked the fuse and it's ok - The cig lighter worked once and stopped again the fuse is okay - Now I have the AT light, it appears to come on when I turn the key on and goes off when I start the car do I need...

I own a 2002 maxima have replaced the camshaft sensor twice is this normal (1 answer)

Vehicle has less than 80.000 miles

HOW DO I IDENTIFY THE BAD CATILYST OF THE 3 (1 answer)

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2002 Nissan Maxima Recalls

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand air bag inflators. Upon deployment the driver and/or passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Honda dealers will replace the affected airbag inflator modules to correct this concern.

Injury Due to Airbag Deployment

Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.

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.

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2002 Nissan Maxima Reviews

Love the car. I did put money in few repairs replacing pre cats,brakes and transmission problem. At this time the car is running fine still worried about other things breaking at least it's reliable after got it back in 2012 love car performance and exterior looks. So far rides smooth while it's loaded to the max with available options ever in this car.
I love this car its the best ever. Don't take car well it won't take care of you. Purchased my 02 Maxima SE back in mid 2011 with 87k miles driven at least another 30,000 miles this car runs well. Paid off so I'm happy with this vehicle so beautiful in and out its more than in excellent condition planning drive for 200,000 miles has every available option on SE version got with Maxima loving it.
I bought an 02 Maxima with 59,000 miles, it's now at 81,000 miles and my experience ranks somewhere between nightmare and lemon. Everything is falling apart, it constantly needs work done on it. Now it has an engine knock and needs a new wheel mount. I'll never buy another Nissan for as long as I live, no car should need so much work done before the 100,000 mile mark has been reached.

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