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Nissan Altima Car Shuts off intermitently

Nissan Altima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 117,726 mi (68,900 mi - 228,000 mi)


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»

  •  Enthusiast

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 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.

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  • Visitor, , 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

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  •  Rookie

    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

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  • Visitor, , 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

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  • issa, , 115,000 mi

    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

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  • Visitor, , 167,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 100,245 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 228,000 mi

    the car shuts down after a good 30 seconds of being started up.

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  • Visitor, , 103,566 mi

    Same problem car just dies and engine light comes on.

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