Nissan Altima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Nissan Altima as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

An engine vacuum leak from the  intake manifold gasket may cause the engine to misfire or have a rough idle which may also illuminating the Check Engine Light.

The engine mount on the right side can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement.

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.

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»

Screws inside the intake manifold can become loose causing internal engine damage if they fall out completely. Our technicians report that using a strong thread locker on the power valve butterfly screws can help prevent them from becoming loose.

A problem in the vehicle speed sensor circuit may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.
A navigation unit that is failing can intermittently display a disc error on the screen.

The Camshaft position sensor can leak oil into its electrical connector causing the Check Engine light to illuminate. The engine may also stall intermittently as a result.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective canister vent control valve in the emissions control system.

The ground inside mass air flow (MAF) sensor can corrode and possibly cause drivability problems. The corrosion is enough to affect the sensor data but not enough to create a trouble code. Diagnosing this can be difficult because it won't always illuminate the Check Engine light.