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Nissan Maxima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Nissan Maxima based on complaints from 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

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 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.

The crankshaft angle sensor may stop functioning. Failure of the sensor may cause an inability to regulate the engine's timing, causing the car to drive poorly or fail to start.

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

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective charcoal canister vent control valve. The charcoal canister is a component in the Evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.  Our technicians tell us a failed vent valve will require replacement.

The EGR valve can become clogged with carbon, which causes the Check Engine Light to illuminate. The valve needs to be removed and the system cleaned.

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

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.

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.