Nissan Maxima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima Problems

The AC system may blow warm air due to refrigerant loss caused by a leaking low pressure AC hose. These hoses commonly develop a leak at the hose crimp connection.

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.

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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Nissan Maxima Questions

The sound is coming from the driver side.

I had battery checked and it was fine the next day. The noise didn't happen that next day either. But the following day it returned and has remained. I tried to put my car on cruise control and it jumped off of it and forced me to use the pedal.

When it wants to

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Nissan Maxima Recalls

Airbags use a chemical reaction contained in an inflator module to create the pressure necessary to inflate the bags when deployment is required. These vehicles are being recalled because the front passenger airbag inflator may produce excessive internal pressure when deployed. As a result, the inflator module could rupture, causing metal fragments to strike vehicle occupants. Dealers will inspect and replace any defective passenger front airbag inflator modules found.

Nissan has recalled 2009-2010 Altima and Maxima models because the upper front strut insulators may have been manufactured out of specification, which may cause the strut insulator to crack. If this happens, the strut rod may come out of its mounting position, which could affect vehicle stability and lead to a crash. Dealers will replace both left and right side front strut insulators free of charge.

Nissan has recalled 2007 Maxima models equipped with "intelligent key." During an inspection at the assembly plant, it was found that the steering wheel was locked with the ignition knob in the "Off" position, but the vehicle was not in "Park." If this happens, the steering wheel may lock when turned to the right. Dealers will inspect and replace the steering wheel lock assembly free of charge.

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Nissan Maxima Reviews

04 Nissan Maxima SE is the Worst car I have ever owned!!! One problem after another, but the biggest problem was having to put a new transmission in it after 68000 miles!!! Violent jerking while changing gears & down shifting. Was afraid to come to complete stop at STOP Signs due to fear of Whip-lash. And I am NOT over-exaggerating!!! Nissan should be ashamed of this car. My family & I ha...

My 2006 Maxima did fairly well until the last six months. The A/C went out followed by a replacement of the transmission, an engine fuel leak and cracked engine mounts. Heater blows hot and sometimes cold. Metal sounding noise comes when the car accelerates. The good news is that I've been able to go 80,000 before needing to replace the brake pads. I'm so glad I bought an extended warranty...

I purchased car new in 2001. Still have car now with 129,000 on it. My major issue has been the cat converters and o2 sensors. I have replaced 3 cats in 129,000 mi and 6 o2 sensors. Two p0420's and one p0430. The cats are very expensive to replace ( $ 1,100 installed ). Nissan doesn't help at all with this problem and I'm not alone (check complaints) . Plenty of TSB'S on problem but no recall.

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