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).
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Maxima Check Engine Llight Due to Failed Ignition Coil
Nissan Maxima Problem
Average Mileage: 131,000 mi (50,000 mi - 201,000 mi)
Visitor, 1995 Nissan Maxima, 130,000 mi
Car was running rough and check engine light came on. Replaced spark plugs and ignition coils
Visitor, 1996 Nissan Maxima, 180,000 mi
Found 2 coils cracked causing car to skip when idle. Apparently the previous owner or technician who looked at the car decided to wrap electrical tape around the coil to keep it in place rather than spend the money to replace it.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Maxima, 112,000 mi
Check Engine light with generic ignition signal fault code. Took car to local Nissan Service Center. After evaluation they said it was "one of the ignition coils, but not able to identify which one". I replaced all six ignition coils and reset the light. No problem since.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Maxima, 116,000 mi
DTC 1324 Check engine light.
Faulty #4 coil.
Visitor, 1999 Nissan Maxima, 122,000 mi
When I bought my 99 Maxima 6 yrs ago, the seller replaced ignition coil #5 & I went on my merry way. For the past 18mo my car's been showing signs of another bad ignition coil. It sucks, & it's very unnerving to feel your car chugging when accelerating from 30mph to 40mph. So, I guess I'll be ordering a new ignition coil.
Visitor, 2000 Nissan Maxima, 75,000 mi
Multiple failed coils, known bad batch.
Visitor, 1999 Nissan Maxima, 145,000 mi
Check engine light came on and read misfire for number three piston and knock sensor issues. Turns out it was a failed ingnition coil for number three. Midas offered to replace all spark plugs and the coil for $285.