Nissan Maxima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Nissan Maxima 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
The timing chain tensioner may bleed off oil pressure after the engine is shut down. This can cause a rattling noise when the engine is started cold and a revised timing chain tensioner and guide are available to correct this issue.

The idle speed control motor may fail and possibly damage the engine's engine control unit.

The fuel injectors can develop leaks on some models, causing the engine to run poorly or to become less fuel efficient.

Problems with the ignition coil will cause the vehicle to misfire or not start.

Oxygen sensor failures are common due to fluid leaks from the power steering pump. The power steering pump typically leaks directly onto the sensor and causes the wiring to fail. If the leaks are not repaired when the oxygen sensor is replaced, the sensor will fail again.

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.

Failure of the vehicle's speed sensor can cause speedometer and the cruise control to become inoperative. A failed speed sensor will require replacement.

A navigation unit that is failing can intermittently display a disc error on the screen.

Software/programming updates to the Engine Control Module (ECM) are available to help solve some issues with Check Engine light illumination.

One or more wires in the engine wiring harness may break at the harness bend near the right strut tower. Symptoms include: Check Engine Light illumination, rough idle, drivability problems, and/or an inoperative air conditioner. Any broken wires will need to be repaired.

If the drain tube for the AC evaporator housing becomes clogged, water can accumulate inside the case and drip onto the electronic control module (ECM). This damages the ECM causing drivability problems and possibly the engine will not start.

A coolant leak can develop from the front of the cylinder head that can appear to be a head gasket leak. There is a threaded plug just below the camshaft that may leak if there is corrosion present on the threads. Cleaning any residue, re-installing the plug with pipe thread (Teflon) tape, and torquing the plug to the specification typically repairs the leak.

A coolant leak can develop from the front of the cylinder head that can appear to be a head gasket leak. There is a threaded plug just below the camshaft that may leak if there is corrosion present on the threads. Cleaning any residue, re-installing the plug with pipe thread (Teflon) tape, and torquing the plug to the specification typically repairs the leak.

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

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.