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Nissan has had issues with the cam shaft & crank shaft sensors on the Altimas. That is probably the first place to look. The only way to be sure of the repair is to test the systems when the vehicle is exhibiting the symptoms.
There are many things that can make it crank over but not start. It could be a lack of fuel, it could be a lack of spark. There are many sensors like the crank shaft & cam shaft sensors that, if they go bad will not send the signal to the computer that the engine is turning so the computer never puts fuel in the cylinder. It should not be very difficult to diagnose if you get it to a shop that has the equipement to test it properly.
What happens when you turn the key.....do you get a lot of fasy clicks????
This is not a common issue with Toyota's - My first question is does the vehicle have an aftermarket alarm or has any aftermarket item been installed in the vehicle like a radio etc. Many times I have found that when something aftermarket is installed it can cause problems.
It could be many things. Is the "Check Engine" Light On??
I think the first place I would start is by checking the codes in the computer. Usually a good diagnostic shop will be able to diagnose the problem and possibly even fix the vehicle in the same day.
A coolant leak can cause your vehicle to overheat and that is very dangerous for your engine. You should get it to a repair facility to get it inspected as soon as possible.
The vehicle needs to be properly diagnosed. When diagnosed the technician should be able to tell you what is wrong. Sometimes that can take several hours to do properly. I have never had a Honda give me innacurate information. I would suggest taking it to another shop that may have better experience with Hondas. We have been servicing them since 1978 and exclusively from 1978 to 1990.
It sounds like your vehicle overheated. I would suggest getting it to a facility that can check it out.
It all depends what is wrong. Usually the light will flash if there is a malfunction in the system. If the light is staying on I would recommend taking the vehicle to a tire or repair shop and have all of the tire pressures set. It is very important that they all have the same pressure and that they are not over inflated as well as under inflated.