The Check Engine Light may illuminate indicating a primary ignition signal fault. Many times the cause is an ignition coil(s) that has failed. The problem in the coil causes the spark energy to feedback through the wiring harness into the other coils. If this is not repaired, it can damage the other coils (blistering on the coils may be seen).
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Most reported 1996 Nissan Maxima problems
If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.
The fuel injectors can develop leaks on some models, causing the engine to run poorly or to become less fuel efficient.
The rear spoiler (if equipped) may allow water to leak into the trunk and onto the trunk lock assembly. This could cause corrosion on the lock assembly leading to false "trunk open" signals to the body control module (BCM) and erroneous security alarm system activation.