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Nissan Maxima Check Engine Llight Due to Failed Ignition Coil

Nissan Maxima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Average Mileage: 125,990 mi (49,800 mi - 201,000 mi)


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).

  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Car was running rough and check engine light came on. Replaced spark plugs and ignition coils

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 145,000 mi

    Service engine soon light illuminated

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  • service engine light on indicates that my ignition coil is no good

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  • Visitor, , 144,008 mi

    You can't just change one quarrel you have to change Amora I Warmont eBay real cheap from one and it's unbelievable that car runs beautiful so I would go with that

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  • Visitor, , 49,800 mi

    The "check engine" light came on (can't remember the code ...). The dealer would not replace the coils under warranty, although this is a well-known problem with this car (2000 Maxima). Obtained 6 coils on the internet (at something like $60 per coil, expensive but cheaper than what the dealer wanted), replaced coils, problem fixed.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 116,000 mi

    DTC 1324 Check engine light.
    Faulty #4 coil.

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