Crankshaft and camshaft position sensors can leak oil into the connector causing Check Engine Light illumination. The engine may also stall as a result. Leaking sensors should be replaced. Certain 2002 models were recalled for a separate camshaft and crankshaft sensor issue. For more information on the recall please click here»
Car Shuts off intermitently on Nissan Altima
Average mileage: 116,954 (1,000–230,716)
35 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
I have a Nissan, Altima. It is a salvage car, but it's fixed. When i first got this car it was running fine, no problems, but like a month later it starting shutting off all of a sudden with no explanation. It does show service engine soon but thats been showing since i got it. I guess they hadn't reseted. The car turns on normal, everything is normal, except that little thing. It doesnt shut off frequently only when it wants to i guess. When it shuts off and try to turn it back on i have to turn it 3 times for it to come back on. My dad took it to firestone and they said it could be a sensor problem. But they werent sure. My father in law said the same thing to. Now i just want to know where its coming from and how can it be fixed.
2013 Nissan Altima118,000Visitor
Slowed in traffic to approx. 20 mph. engine stopped. Restarted and continued. First time happened. Slowed at next traffic light to idle and engine acted like going to stop again but didn't. Taking to shop to check out problem. Car is kept in immaculate condition and serviced regularly. Should not have issues.
2005 Nissan Altima100,000Visitor
There is a recall for reprogramming the ecm because the engine will shut off at low speeds randomly... But no recall on the crankshaft position sensor that when oil leaks into the electrical connection will cause the car to randomly shut off at low speeds. My car actually shut off going over 60mph! The dealer recommended I change the crankshaft position sensor, for $300! I did it myself for $50 and took only 40 min. Once you take the engine cover off, removed the air intake assembly by loosening 2 screw, you only have to remove 2 more bolts! Look it up online. Super easy by using your cell phone to see behind the engine.I'm going to put up a video at YouTube.com/joshdavidian.
2002 Nissan Altima167,000Visitor
car stated to shut off when shifting from park to reverse ,also stalls when low excel, now i cant get it to start but car does turn over.
My altima turns on and off just fine, but when i put it in park or im at a light on isolated occasions, it will be on but wont accelerate at all. Then i turn it off and turn it back on and go like nothing happened
2005 Nissan Altima97,929Visitor
My car will start with no problem then other times the check engine light comes on and the car will not start it takes me 3 times this morning to get it started. Strange thing it does not happen all the time and you never no when it will happen which is the scarry part
2003 Nissan Altima103,566Visitor
Same problem car just dies and engine light comes on.
2003 Nissan Altima117,000Visitor
driving down the freeway and the car just died. Put it in neutral and it started right up.long block replaced at 77,000
My Altima is doing the same , stops suddenly and take 3 tries to restart , just had a very close on at the red light almost got hit by other cars
2009 Nissan Altima104,000Visitor
While driving my nissian altima at regular speeds on a hot day the engine stalls on me. I almost was rear ended by a seni because the engine slowed down tremndously while going up the freeway. I quickly pulled over to thw shoulder waiting 15 min and took off again. This has been an ongoing problem for 3 yrs now i have complained to thw delaer twice and im told that there is no known remedy. Today after simply sitting at a traffic light i went tk take off and the car stalled barely getting over 5 mph. Again almost rear ended. Has anyone experienced this problem? How did you fix it?
2002 Nissan Altima228,000Visitor
the car shuts down after a good 30 seconds of being started up.
2008 Nissan Altima100,245Visitor
The car has been stalling out not taking the gas the last two weeks while driving down the road at low speeds. Had to call 911 for an officer to come out before someone hit me in the rear. Had it towed in Monday and the dealer is now telling me it's two camshaft and one crankcase sensors that are bad. I told him I have been reading about these bad sensors and he said this is the first time ever three have been bad at the same time. I have the 3.5 V 6 engine and he said they have not had many problems with this engine. The problems have been the smaller engines not mine. His words were usually two sensors will be bad. Also I now have to wait until they can overnight one of the sensors. (They are out of stock) and what does that tell you. Hopefully Wednesday around 4:00pm I can come in and pay the $951.40. Nissan should be held accountable for this major problem they have before someone gets killed riding down the road at sixty miles per hour on the interstate. Thursday this car is for sale. Never again will own a Nissan product.
1999 Nissan Altima213,455Visitor
I can drive for an hour or two, but when it gets hot it starts to slurped and it cuts off and when you try to start it back up it back fire
1997 Nissan Altima208,509Visitor
My car start's but when I'm at a traffic light it shuts off, but 5 minutes later starts back up again.
2006 Nissan Altima100,000Visitor
changed both crank and cam sensors fix problem.
2006 Nissan AltimaVisitor
It has only happened 3 times but within the last two weeks. My car has only turned off when I was at a stoplight and when it did happen I had to crank it one to three times before it would start again. The last time my car turned off by itself was right after I turned it on and was in park. My car just shut down. At the mechanics now and they mentioned it was two sensors that may be triggering my car. It's really frustrating and scary not knowing when it will turn off. but when I am at the stoplight I'll shift to neutral and it hasn't turned off when I do that.
1994 Nissan Altima230,716Visitor
My vehicle shuts off at 40-50 mph without warning. I have to coast to the side of the road and place the gear in park then re-start it again. This is becoming more frequent.
2014 Nissan Altima1,000Visitor
I have a brand new 2015 Nissan Sentra and this problem has happened 3 times. It's my daughters car and now I won't let her drive on the highway. Nissan said they can't recreate it and won't do anything about it.
2009 Nissan Altima55,000Visitor
Car turns off all by itself but only if I turn on the AC. Drives fine without AC but as soon as I turn it on the car turns itself off
2004 Nissan Altima80,000Visitor
Car shuts off when you get to a stop sign/red light and the RPMs get below 1000. Then takes 3-5 times trying it again in neutral to start it. Always starts at the beginning of the day, gets worse when you start driving. Check engine light been on since we bought the car. Sounds like it's spitting gas when accelerating, and it can be smelled quite easily. Has also shut off while driving before, even at high speeds (45-55mph). Takes a long time to get up to speed. If there were no stops, this wouldn't be so hard to handle, but all the red lights and stop signs make it impossible to travel. Need help!!
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