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Nissan Maxima Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Nissan Maxima 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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Known Problems

The thermostat may become stuck closed, causing an overheating condition. Replacement of the thermostat will be required to correct this concern.

The idle speed control motor may fail and possibly damage the engine's engine control unit.

The engine mount on the right side can wear prematurely and cause excessive engine movement.

The external seal on the engine oil cooler can fail and create an oil leak.

If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.

The crankshaft angle sensor may stop functioning. Failure of the sensor may cause an inability to regulate the engine's timing, causing the car to drive poorly or fail to start.

The fuel injectors can develop leaks on some models, causing the engine to run poorly or to become less fuel efficient.

Problems with the ignition coil will cause the vehicle to misfire or not start.

Failure of the vehicle's speed sensor can cause speedometer and the cruise control to become inoperative. A failed speed sensor will require replacement.

A navigation unit that is failing can intermittently display a disc error on the screen.
If the drain tube for the AC evaporator housing becomes clogged, water can accumulate inside the case and drip onto the electronic control module (ECM). This damages the ECM causing drivability problems and possibly the engine will not start.