Nissan Altima Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Nissan Altima Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 128,277 (10,600–280,000)
Engines affected: 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.5L V6
16 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
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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)
It will crank but doesn't want to start it's starting to run rough it's like it is getting gas but smells like it's flooded.
After driving the car and turning off, it will not turn back on without resting for 20 or 30 minutes.
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.
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.
Engine refuses to start. Makes a light noise trying to turn on. Brake is tight. Sometimes turns on. Most the time it doesn't
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.
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
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.
After driving all day in 80 degree F heat, we pulled in to use a rest stop. I turned the car off and ten minutes later, it refused to start. This happened once before a few days earlier on our way out to Denver from MN. That time, the car started after a half hour wait. Am waiting again....
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.
Distributor leaked oil into the body of the distributor causing engine tobarely run. Replaced with a rebuilt distributor and problem was solved.
Sensor is inside the distributor. It's all in one. you won,t find it separately. Buy a new distributo, got mine on eBay under a hundred bucks., easy to install. Make sure to re-time to the pro[per position once it's running again. or it won't pass a smog test, but it will run. "cranks and doesn't start problem" will go away. problem fixed. Be careful with the reconnecting of the plug on the distributor. don't bend the prongs when snapping the male/female plugs back together or you will not get spark and it will not start.I found out the hard way. Cost me a hundred and forty bucks to diagnose my mistake. Otherwise, the 98 Nissan Altima is a fun car that seems to go forever. Enjoy.