Engine Cranks and Doesn't Start or Runs Rough on Nissan Altima

The camshaft driven distributor can leak oil and cause a malfunction of the crankshaft position sensor. The engine may crank but not start or run very poorly.

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Average mileage: 129,829 (10,600–275,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.5L V6
14 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010
55 people reported this problem
28 people shared problem details
2005 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder132,000
There are 2 sensors that fix this problem, about 50.00 per at the part store... Husband fixed problem in about 20 minutes (most of the time was spent looking for the sensor)
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2005 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder137,000
After driving the car and turning off, it will not turn back on without resting for 20 or 30 minutes.
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2005 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder84,000
my nissan altima 2.5l cranck ,but doesnt start I'm told it's the sensors so I'm going to buy them tomorrow,and hit the road.
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2003 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder17,800
Engine crank but wont start
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1999 Nissan Altima- 2.4L 4 Cylinder150,000
Sometimes starts. Sometimes doesn't. Sometimes starts and runs really rough and then cuts off. Heard it's the oil that drips in the distributor and shorts the optical sensor.
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2006 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder86,785
Service engine light is on. When I drive for a while and then turn off the car, it will not start back up unless it has been sitting for 20-30 minutes. After sitting it will start and run just fine. I took the vehicle to the dealer and they said that the engine code was a crankshaft sensor, but could not tell me if that is the reason why the car won't start unless it has been sitting for a while.
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Car ran for a few minutes then died would not re-start, it just turns over. Next morning it started and ran again but only a few feet and died. wont re-start, just turns over. Its getting fuel, I suspect the distributor or a relay (but which one) may be bad.
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1993 Nissan Altima175,000
Distributor leaked oil into the body of the distributor causing engine tobarely run. Replaced with a rebuilt distributor and problem was solved.
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2005 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder105,000
pain in the u know what
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2003 Nissan Altima190,291
Turning over but want crank
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2010 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder30,000
Engine refuses to start. Makes a light noise trying to turn on. Brake is tight. Sometimes turns on. Most the time it doesn't
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2006 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder95,000
engine hesitating like it was going to stall. Diagnostic was run and said replace cam position sensor and crankshaft position sensor. over $400 later and now 2 years later, it is doing it again.
my nissan altima 2003 cranck but is not start i already change cranck sensor still not start
2002 Nissan Altima17,568
Engine Crunk but not start
My car wont start after it run bbc.co untill 30 min
2006 Nissan Altima- 3.5L V615,500
Sometimes the Car wont start and runs rough when trying to start it sometimes
2010 Nissan Altima- 2.5L 4 Cylinder10,600
cranks but won’t start
2006 Nissan Altima157,000
runs rough idle
1997 Nissan Altima135,000
car cranks but it will not run, it has spark on every cylinder, there is gas coming through the filter and injectors, checked the igniter and it gets 12V, bought a new crank position sensor replaced it and on the first try it looked like it was going to start chocked but it went back to not working and just chranks, placed the old crank position sensor and left a little lose, when I wiggle the sensor in place the car chocks like it going to start but it does not run, ? is it the ECM
2005 Nissan Altima130,000
Its not fixed
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