Crankshaft and camshaft position sensors can leak oil into the connector causing Check Engine Light illumination. The engine may also stall as a result. Leaking sensors should be replaced. Certain 2002 models were recalled for a separate camshaft and crankshaft sensor issue. For more information on the recall please click here»Google+
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Nissan Altima Car Shuts off intermitently
Nissan Altima Problem
Average Mileage: 105,236 mi (68,900 mi - 144,500 mi)
I have a Nissan, Altima. It is a salvage car, but it's fixed. When i first got this car it was running fine, no problems, but like a month later it starting shutting off all of a sudden with no explanation. It does show service engine soon but thats been showing since i got it. I guess they hadn't reseted. The car turns on normal, everything is normal, except that little thing. It doesnt shut off frequently only when it wants to i guess. When it shuts off and try to turn it back on i have to turn it 3 times for it to come back on. My dad took it to firestone and they said it could be a sensor problem. But they werent sure. My father in law said the same thing to. Now i just want to know where its coming from and how can it be fixed.
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Altima, 97,929 mi
My car will start with no problem then other times the check engine light comes on and the car will not start it takes me 3 times this morning to get it started. Strange thing it does not happen all the time and you never no when it will happen which is the scarry part
My altima turns on and off just fine, but when i put it in park or im at a light on isolated occasions, it will be on but wont accelerate at all. Then i turn it off and turn it back on and go like nothing happened
Visitor, 2003 Nissan Altima, 117,000 mi
driving down the freeway and the car just died. Put it in neutral and it started right up.long block replaced at 77,000
My Altima is doing the same , stops suddenly and take 3 tries to restart , just had a very close on at the red light almost got hit by other cars
Visitor, 2005 Nissan Altima, 100,000 mi
There is a recall for reprogramming the ecm because the engine will shut off at low speeds randomly... But no recall on the crankshaft position sensor that when oil leaks into the electrical connection will cause the car to randomly shut off at low speeds. My car actually shut off going over 60mph! The dealer recommended I change the crankshaft position sensor, for $300! I did it myself for $50 and took only 40 min. Once you take the engine cover off, removed the air intake assembly by loosening 2 screw, you only have to remove 2 more bolts! Look it up online. Super easy by using your cell phone to see behind the engine.I'm going to put up a video at YouTube.com/joshdavidian.
Visitor, 2003 Nissan Altima, 103,566 mi
Same problem car just dies and engine light comes on.