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2002 Nissan Maxima Question: What is causing a rattling noise when I press the gas pedal?



Ice Princess, North Pole, AK, January 12, 2011, 16:36

My 2002 nissan maxima will rattle when I press the gas pedal and will stop rattling when I let off the gas pedal. My car does have a timing chain, could that be the problem?

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    Superbob January 14, 2011, 11:52

    A very loose timing chain will rattle but what about bad fuel? That will cause a rattling noise too. If you think it could be bad fuel, try using high octane gasoline once and see if that helps. If so, tell your mechanic about it and ask him to check the EGR valve operation. Have him listen to the motor to get his opinion about the timing chain.
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    Ice Princess, January 14, 2011, 12:12

    I left my car at the nissan dealer this morning. The mechanic rode with me in the car and he heard the noise and said he has never heard that noise before. So I hope to find out this afternoon what the problem is. Thank you.

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    Visitor, February 25, 2011, 05:44

    Hello, I have a 2001 nissan maxima that has like a rattling, grainy noise when i step on the gas. I just had a new fuel pump put in being told it would fix it however it has not. Did you find out what was wrong with it or any ideas? Thank you

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