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

Nissan Altima Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010

Engines Affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 140,076 mi (17,800 mi - 275,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 132,000 mi

    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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  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 84,000 mi

    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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  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 137,000 mi

    After driving the car and turning off, it will not turn back on without resting for 20 or 30 minutes.

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 150,000 mi

    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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  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 17,800 mi

    Engine crank but wont start

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  • , , 175,000 mi

    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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    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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  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 86,785 mi

    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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  • , , 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 105,000 mi

    pain in the u know what

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  • , , 135,000 mi

    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

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