Nissan Altima Problems

Engine Stalling Due to Failed Crankshaft and/or Camshaft Sensor on Nissan Altima

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Nissan Altima Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 124,970 (30,000–282,000)
Engines affected: 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.1L V6, 3.5L V6, 4.0L V6
22 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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On January 15, 2013 my car shut down while driving my daughter to school. I was going approximately 40 mph. It was very scary. This happened previously about two years ago as well. I had a sensor replaced then. I was able to restart the car and take it to a local Nissan dealership and was advised it is the cam shaft sensor. After further research, I have found tons of similar complaints by Nissan Altima owners. The scary thing is that we could have been on a major highway instead of a side road and been seriously hurt. I called Nissan USA today and they offered no assistance. They said that my VIN doesnt fall under the recall. This is ironic as the details of the recall match exactly what the service department at the dealership has advised is wrong with my car. I plan of pursing this further. There are way to many Altima owners having their safety placed in danger behind this saftey hazard. As a faithfully Nissan customer who has purchased two Nissan Altima's, I expected far better treatment than what I received.
SES light came on, had codes read. 0725 speed sensor and 0335 crank shaft position sensor came up. Upon further research found out that crank shaft position sensor is most likely culprit of both. Also found that this is a very common problem with Altima owners. The sensor has even been modified with a metal casing instead of plastic (so make sure you buy from Nissan dealership). When I called Nissan to inquire about this they said that my vehicle is not included in the recall...what!? So now I have to pay for the repair out of pocket, ridiculous! The only thing they will do is "reprogram of ECM" which doesn't even solve the problem, which actually lies in a faulty sensor. I'm surprised more people haven't filed complaints about this as it seems many people have the same problem and it is a serious safety concern as it can cause the car to stall randomly while driving. Imagine that happening at 60mph on the highway! It has happened to me at a red light before and even that freaked me out! If you are having this same problem you should really report it to NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236) or their website ( I'm surprised a lawsuit hasn't been filed, they really need to be held accountable. Its unacceptable
Camshaft and crankshaft sensors both failed, causing my car to STALL ON THE HIGHWAY. It was VERY dangerous situation. I called Nissan and they politely informed me that my specific VIN number did not qualify for the recall, even though, the symptoms were the exact same as the recall. Does anyone know how many sensors I need to replace, I've been given 2 different answers by 2 different dealerships. Thanks and I hope we can get some kind of class action lawsuit going to get our money back for this repair. It is complete utter nonsense.
Car stalled twice this morning. Then check engine light came on. Dealership charging me approx $300 to repair. I think it should be free being that it was a recall. Isnt a recall a recall or do they expire?
Engine warms up, turn off engine while shopping, return to the car and it won't start.
I have a Nissan Altima 2006 3.5SL which I've been having problems for the past month. It runs fine but as soon as I park it will not start, I have to wait at least 20 minutes for the car to re start. I replaced the crankshaft sensor but it still have the same problem. What should I do?
this car shuts off shortly after starting it. How do I go about filing a law suit if it is not a recall? Obviously I am not the first person to have this problem and I am sure others would like to hop on board
Same problem as others have mentioned. The engine shuts down when driving at a low mph.In addition, it becomes extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. This happened to me 4 times already. I'm very worried!
My 2003 Nissan Altima started to have problems with the car engine shutting off without any warning. I had the car checked out and was told that the crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. I was also told that it was a recall issue because the original part caused oil to get into the connector. When I call Nissan I was told, they could not help me because this part WAS NOT on recall. I spent good hard earned money on this car and now Nissan could care LESS even if it causes a deadly crash and someone life! At 70,000 miles this is VERY WRONG!
This recall applies only to certain 2002 Altimas. For more information on this recall please visit this link;
I brought my car to the dealer and told them that Recall ID # 90579 applies to it because its computer intermittently says I have faulty crankshaft an camshaft sensors, and the recall covers reprogramming the ECM; but they refused, saying it already has been reprogrammed. I wanted them to check for sure, since the place that apparently reprogrammed the ECM was also the same fraud dealer who didn't fill my other Nissan's fluid levels even though they charged me as though they did, but they refused, saying that they will not and cannot reprogram the ECM if the engine check light is on! Bologna! Nissan is obliged to fix the recall issue, even if they claim they already did.

I see others here have replaced the sensors only to encounter future problems, even with other sensors, thus it seems the issue is faulty ECM software. I'm seriously considering buying an ECM programmer and flashing it with some non-Nissan software; I'd probably get better MPG, too.
While I be driving my car no faster than 40 mph my car fells like it cutting off . Then it will start back picking up speed
My 2005 Nissan altima shuts off while I'm driving it happened in traffic and once on the interstate. This is very dangerous I've to called my local Nissan repair shop and gave my vendor # and was told that my car wasn't on the list for recall which is very surprising to me after researching this same problem for a 2005 nissan altima 3.5. I really think this problem needs to be brought to attention since Nissan seems to be ignoring the factsand don't want to take full action I'm really upset and bothered to know this is a frequently problem that most of the Nissan altima owners are dealing with I thought it was just me
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Car is my 17 year old daughter. Same problem. She was driving the car our of the neighborhood and the engine just quite on her and all the lights came on the dash board. She called me and showed me what happened when she tried to start the car. It would not turn over and all lights were on. We just replaced the battery a few months ago. I did not want the car to overheat. I had it towed to the Auto shop down the street. They did not have time to look at it till two days later. They could not find anything wrong with the car. It started and drove fine. I googled the problem and found thousands have had this same problem due to crankshaft and recall. I called the local nissan dealer Gwinnet Place Nissan in Duluth GA and talked to a Kerry there. He said there is a recall to upgrade the computer system of the car. This better include the crankshaft. I don't want this to happen again. It is too dangerous.
2005, 2.5 ltr. 78k. Problem began w hard starting then while on the freeway , car completely dies for about 1-2 seconds then restart w power restored. Had the car towed to repair shop. Paid 145.00 for crank angle sensor w labor. This was in 2011. It is now February 2014 and it's happening again. It's my understanding that the recalled sensors are plastic and not sealed properly. I haven't checked yet but I'm curious if my previous replaced CAS was plastic or metal/ steel etc. one thing is clear . The pinheads at Nissan forgot the best form of advertising is "word of mouth". I lost complete faith in Nissan corporation and my dealership. I've spoke to my local dealership and they gave me such a line of BS it was laughable. I'm amazed that they have gotten away with this for hoping the customer.
Last year I had a problem with my Altima. My car quit on me 3x and once while in the middle of traffic. I took the car to the dealership and they could not find out what was wrong. I went to pick my car up when the dealership called to say it was ready. When I went to crank my car, it shut off again and wouldn't crank. The dealership had to inspect the car again and replaced the sensor. I pray that this doesn't happen again. This problem could cause a fatal accident if your car cuts off while driving.
I had the same proable that people or having on there Altima 2002 & 2003 it was very scary. I had to buy both
Car would stall in traffic on the highway, no warning, we would lose all power. Went to Nissan and they said no one else had this problem. Took my '98 Nissan to a Firestone and they showed me a bag full of crank sensors that they had removed for clients.