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

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.

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Average mileage: 120,597 (180–280,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.5L V6
16 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
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2005 Nissan Altima - 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)
2005 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 154,000 mi,
It will crank but doesn't want to start it's starting to run rough it's like it is getting gas but smells like it's flooded.
2005 Nissan Altima - 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.
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.
2005 Nissan Altima - 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.
2003 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 17,800 mi,
Engine crank but wont start
2010 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 30,000 mi,
Engine refuses to start. Makes a light noise trying to turn on. Brake is tight. Sometimes turns on. Most the time it doesn't
2003 Nissan Altima 190,291 mi,
Turning over but want crank
1999 Nissan Altima - 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.
2006 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 86,785 mi,
Service engine light is on. When I drive for a while and then turn off the car, it will not start back up unless it has been sitting for 20-30 minutes. After sitting it will start and run just fine. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they said that the engine code was a crankshaft sensor, but could not tell me if that is the reason why the car won't start unless it has been sitting for a while.
2006 Nissan Altima - 3.5L V6 15,500 mi,
Sometimes the Car wont start and runs rough when trying to start it sometimes
2004 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 200,000 mi,
Changed both sensors
1999 Nissan Altima 187,492 mi,
It was running rough. Stalled while I was driving. Engine cranks but won't turn over.
1993 Nissan Altima 137,567 mi,
After driving all day in 80 degree F heat, we pulled in to use a rest stop. I turned the car off and ten minutes later, it refused to start. This happened once before a few days earlier on our way out to Denver from MN. That time, the car started after a half hour wait. Am waiting again....
My car wont start after it run bbc.co untill 30 min
1993 Nissan Altima 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.
2005 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 105,000 mi,
pain in the u know what
2006 Nissan Altima - 2.5L 4 Cylinder 95,000 mi,
engine hesitating like it was going to stall. Diagnostic was run and said replace cam position sensor and crankshaft position sensor. over $400 later and now 2 years later, it is doing it again.
1998 Nissan Altima 60,000 mi,
Sensor is inside the distributor. It's all in one. you won,t find it separately. Buy a new distributo, got mine on eBay under a hundred bucks., easy to install. Make sure to re-time to the pro[per position once it's running again. or it won't pass a smog test, but it will run. "cranks and doesn't start problem" will go away. problem fixed. Be careful with the reconnecting of the plug on the distributor. don't bend the prongs when snapping the male/female plugs back together or you will not get spark and it will not start.I found out the hard way. Cost me a hundred and forty bucks to diagnose my mistake. Otherwise, the 98 Nissan Altima is a fun car that seems to go forever. Enjoy.
2006 Nissan Altima 157,000 mi,
runs rough idle