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2000 Nissan Altima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2000 Nissan Altima based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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10
Known Problems

An engine vacuum leak from the intake manifold gasket can cause the engine to misfire or have a rough idle. This will turn on the Check Engine Light and diagnostic trouble codes will be stored. It is advisable to drive your car as little as possible when the engine is misfiring to avoid damaging the catalytic converter, which can cost many hundreds - thousands of dollars. See how much it cost you here

The right-side motor mount can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement. Symptoms you may experience from a failed motor mount are vibrations at idle, noises while going over a bump and vibrations when the transmission is shifting. Replacement of the motor mount is needed to fix the issue. 

The engine may stall when the engine is warmed up. This can be caused by a failed crankshaft position sensor and/or camshaft position sensor. These sensors can fail intermittently so the problem may come and go. Sensors on certain models have been recalled by Nissan and will be replaced as necessary. Please visit our recall section to see if your Nissan is covered by this recall.

Failure of the ignition power transistor can cause a "crank-no start" condition.

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.

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»

The AC system may blow warm air due to refrigerant loss caused by a leaking low pressure AC hose. These hoses commonly develop a leak at the hose crimp connection.

A problem in the vehicle speed sensor circuit may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate.

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to a defective canister vent control valve in the emissions control system.