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»
Car Shuts off intermitently on Nissan Altima
Average mileage: 117,860 (1,000–280,000)
42 people reported this problem
28 people shared problem details
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.
2005 Nissan Altima100,000Visitor
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.
2013 Nissan Altima118,000Visitor
Slowed in traffic to approx. 20 mph. engine stopped. Restarted and continued. First time happened. Slowed at next traffic light to idle and engine acted like going to stop again but didn't. Taking to shop to check out problem. Car is kept in immaculate condition and serviced regularly. Should not have issues.
2005 Nissan Altima97,929Visitor
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
2002 Nissan Altima167,000Visitor
car stated to shut off when shifting from park to reverse ,also stalls when low excel, now i cant get it to start but car does turn over.
2003 Nissan Altima117,000Visitor
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
2008 Nissan Altima100,245Visitor
The car has been stalling out not taking the gas the last two weeks while driving down the road at low speeds. Had to call 911 for an officer to come out before someone hit me in the rear. Had it towed in Monday and the dealer is now telling me it's two camshaft and one crankcase sensors that are bad. I told him I have been reading about these bad sensors and he said this is the first time ever three have been bad at the same time. I have the 3.5 V 6 engine and he said they have not had many problems with this engine. The problems have been the smaller engines not mine. His words were usually two sensors will be bad. Also I now have to wait until they can overnight one of the sensors. (They are out of stock) and what does that tell you. Hopefully Wednesday around 4:00pm I can come in and pay the $951.40. Nissan should be held accountable for this major problem they have before someone gets killed riding down the road at sixty miles per hour on the interstate. Thursday this car is for sale. Never again will own a Nissan product.
2002 Nissan Altima228,000Visitor
the car shuts down after a good 30 seconds of being started up.
2003 Nissan Altima103,566Visitor
Same problem car just dies and engine light comes on.
2009 Nissan Altima104,000Visitor
While driving my nissian altima at regular speeds on a hot day the engine stalls on me. I almost was rear ended by a seni because the engine slowed down tremndously while going up the freeway. I quickly pulled over to thw shoulder waiting 15 min and took off again. This has been an ongoing problem for 3 yrs now i have complained to thw delaer twice and im told that there is no known remedy. Today after simply sitting at a traffic light i went tk take off and the car stalled barely getting over 5 mph. Again almost rear ended. Has anyone experienced this problem? How did you fix it?
1999 Nissan Altima213,455Visitor
I can drive for an hour or two, but when it gets hot it starts to slurped and it cuts off and when you try to start it back up it back fire
2006 Nissan Altima125,000Visitor
When I start up my car and I'm waiting for it to warm up it will shut off but turn on immediately. At first it did it when I shifted from part to reverse but today it did it while I was on park and it turned off twice. Any suggestions what it could be? It does not do it on drive or when I'm on the road only when I'm waiting for it to warm up. Also there is no SES light that turns on.
2006 Nissan Altima100,000Visitor
changed both crank and cam sensors fix problem.
When warm up lose power then shut off. Hard to turn it on again Backfiring and misfiring don't accelerate ( like catalytic clogged). 3 ecu changed. (Used). First ecu car don't accelerate at all 2nd misfire number 2 ( melted coil) Now this problem Each time a replaced the ecu works fine for some days
2006 Nissan AltimaVisitor
It has only happened 3 times but within the last two weeks. My car has only turned off when I was at a stoplight and when it did happen I had to crank it one to three times before it would start again. The last time my car turned off by itself was right after I turned it on and was in park. My car just shut down. At the mechanics now and they mentioned it was two sensors that may be triggering my car. It's really frustrating and scary not knowing when it will turn off. but when I am at the stoplight I'll shift to neutral and it hasn't turned off when I do that.
2012 Nissan Altima30,000Visitor
my car would shut off while the car was running. what is wrong?
1994 Nissan Altima230,716Visitor
My vehicle shuts off at 40-50 mph without warning. I have to coast to the side of the road and place the gear in park then re-start it again. This is becoming more frequent.
2006 Nissan Altima110,000Visitor
My car will shut off when im driving randomly. if I go over a certain speed it will, also when i'm at a stop or light it will also turn off and I have to restart the car but sometimes it does not want to start back up so I have to try a couple of times. Its really upsetting because this is my first car and I do not want to get into an accident because my car turns off by itself.
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