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Nissan Altima Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start or Runs Rough

Nissan Altima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005

Engines Affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 151,476 mi (58,000 mi - 275,000 mi)


The camshaft driven distributor can leak oil and cause a malfunction of the crankshaft position sensor. The engine may crank but not start or run very poorly.

  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 132,000 mi

    There are 2 sensors that fix this problem, about 50.00 per at the part store... Husband fixed problem in about 20 minutes (most of the time was spent looking for the sensor)

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 84,000 mi

    my nissan altima 2.5l cranck ,but doesnt start I'm told it's the sensors so I'm going to buy them tomorrow,and hit the road.

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  • Visitor, , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 150,000 mi

    Sometimes starts. Sometimes doesn't. Sometimes starts and runs really rough and then cuts off. Heard it's the oil that drips in the distributor and shorts the optical sensor.

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  • Visitor, , 175,000 mi

    Distributor leaked oil into the body of the distributor causing engine tobarely run. Replaced with a rebuilt distributor and problem was solved.

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    Car ran for a few minutes then died would not re-start, it just turns over. Next morning it started and ran again but only a few feet and died. wont re-start, just turns over. Its getting fuel, I suspect the distributor or a relay (but which one) may be bad.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 137,000 mi

    After driving the car and turning off, it will not turn back on without resting for 20 or 30 minutes.

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  • Visitor, , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 105,000 mi

    pain in the u know what

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  • Visitor, , 268,245 mi

    skipping while driving down the road

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