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: 113,481 (1,000–280,000)
30 people reported this problem
20 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2002 Nissan Altima228,000Visitor
the car shuts down after a good 30 seconds of being started up.
2003 Nissan Altima103,566Visitor
Same problem car just dies and engine light comes on.
2006 Nissan Altima110,000Visitor
My car will shut off when im driving randomly. if I go over a certain speed it will, also when i'm at a stop or light it will also turn off and I have to restart the car but sometimes it does not want to start back up so I have to try a couple of times. Its really upsetting because this is my first car and I do not want to get into an accident because my car turns off by itself.
1996 Nissan Altima224,000Visitor
I've had the crankshaft position sensor fixed can shaft , fuel pressure regulator, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs I even got a straight pipe ran thru and its still trying to shut off but not as bad as it did at first after placing the staight pipe ... Tell me what's wrong please
2007 Nissan Altima128,000Visitor
Started car this morning then it shut off on its own... started it again did not turn off then drove about .5 a mile and it shut off... wont turn on anymore
2002 Nissan Altima280,000Visitor
It's not fixed I don't know what the problem is but my car keeps stalling while driving and sitting idle. The idle jumps and the check engine light has always been on
2013 Nissan Altima62,000Visitor
Drive into a parking spot or a sop sign and the car bucks one time hard and then shuts off. restart and drive away then it may or may not do it again for a several start and stops. this just started yesterday.
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!!
2003 Nissan Altima93,300Visitor
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