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1989 nissan maxima se...irregularly car looses gas power driving...at stoplight.
1990 Nissan Maxima

1989 Nissan Maxima SE...irregularly car looses gas power driving...at stoplight.

(1990 Nissan Maxima)
1989 Nissan Maxima SE...irregularly car looses gas power driving...at stoplight...stop and go...making a turn. Sometimes car starts fine and after 5 miles...RPM starts to fluctuate...sometimes I can pump gas pedal, but never feels power unless it just wants to start up again on its own. When the engine cuts off, I put it in neutral to restart engine while rolling or while waiting at stop light. If it happens when making a turn, I lose power steering, but I still have electricity, lights, power windows, etc.. No red lights show up...except when gas power goes out and then all lights go on like when turning on ignition. Two years ago engine light came on and engine overheated with steam from under hood; Air conditioner stopped working...mechanic removed air conditioning belt. A year later, mechanic fixed or taped some loose wires somewhere near the engine. Over time I would lose gas power. I should say that when it runs, it runs very smoothly until I lose the gas power. What should I ask the mechanic to look for to solve this problem? It is getting very frustrating to drive to work if only seven miles. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know I need another car, but I just can't afford one right now at age 64 and worried about money and job. Ray
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on August 25, 2014
You may have got some bad or dirty gas. I would try a few things. First, have the pressure checked on your gas cap, then change your gas filter and air filter. If it still does it, change gas stations when you fill up next time and put a bottle or two(depending on size of your gas tank) of gas drier in the tank. If that doesn't work, go online and type in your browser: "How do I remove fuel injectors on 1989 Nissan Maxima SE", you should get a web site or link to go to. Then get on some old clothes and gloves. You will need some sockets and wrenches. Disconnect the negative battery cable and move it so it cannot accidently touch the negative battery post. VERY IMPORTANT: Remove the gas cap to relieve the pressure on the gas line, then remove the "fuse" for the electric fuel pump. Then follow the instructions you find on line, remove the injectors one by one, clean them real good with some carburetor cleaning fluid, replace the "o" rings and replace each one. Do not remove more than one at a time so you don't put one back in the wrong hole. If one of these doesn't fix your problem--then your electric fuel pump is probably going out and it most probably in the gas tank. DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS YOURSELF! GOOD LUCK, FRIEND!
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on August 25, 2014
Thanks so much for the quick reply.
on August 27, 2014
We have a 1995 Maxima GLE that has the same problem, we haven't found a solution yet but are still trying. If we do will let you know. If you find it, PLEASE let us know. Thanks your not alone with this problem. Our car has been doing this for months.
on December 14, 2014
I have the very same issue with my Nissan. 95 nissan maxima 282,000 miles. Its leaking power steering fluid and im not sure if its from the hose or from the reservior but it has already damaged the right lower control arm bushing and i replaced it. I was told on this forum that the leaking power steering fluid can also leak on the oxygen sensor and damage it, which can produce the same symptoms. By the way my check engine light comes on and off quite regularly.
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on August 25, 2014
You may have got some bad or dirty gas. I would try a few things. First, have the pressure checked on your gas cap, then change your gas filter and air filter. If it still does it, change gas stations when you fill up next time and put a bottle or two(depending on size of your gas tank) of gas drier in the tank. If that doesn't work, go online and type in your browser: "How do I remove fuel injectors on 1989 Nissan Maxima SE", you should get a web site or link to go to. Then get on some old clothes and gloves. You will need some sockets and wrenches. Disconnect the negative battery cable and move it so it cannot accidently touch the negative battery post. VERY IMPORTANT: Remove the gas cap to relieve the pressure on the gas line, then remove the "fuse" for the electric fuel pump. Then follow the instructions you find on line, remove the injectors one by one, clean them real good with some carburetor cleaning fluid, replace the "o" rings and replace each one. Do not remove more than one at a time so you don't put one back in the wrong hole. If one of these doesn't fix your problem--then your electric fuel pump is probably going out and it most probably in the gas tank. DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS YOURSELF! GOOD LUCK, FRIEND!
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on August 25, 2014
Thanks so much for the quick reply.
on August 27, 2014
We have a 1995 Maxima GLE that has the same problem, we haven't found a solution yet but are still trying. If we do will let you know. If you find it, PLEASE let us know. Thanks your not alone with this problem. Our car has been doing this for months.
on December 14, 2014
I have the very same issue with my Nissan. 95 nissan maxima 282,000 miles. Its leaking power steering fluid and im not sure if its from the hose or from the reservior but it has already damaged the right lower control arm bushing and i replaced it. I was told on this forum that the leaking power steering fluid can also leak on the oxygen sensor and damage it, which can produce the same symptoms. By the way my check engine light comes on and off quite regularly.

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