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Jan 172017
 

Nissan TitanMy Nissan turns over and over but wont even act like its going to start till battery runs down. But it started fine Saturday.


RESPONSE

Check to see if it is out of gas. You can also try spraying some starting fluid in the air filter to see if it wants to run. This will let you know if it has spark and just missing fuel. Here is a wonderful no start diagnostic chart we have developed just for this kind of issue.

Jan 142017
 

2005 Nissan Altima Code P0420Engine light is on and evaporative emission small leak(evap leak) is what its says….also my car will not accelarate like it should on the high way it will stop and go like im running put of gas


RESPONSE

Small evap leak could be as simple as the gas cap being loose or could be an actual leak. The most comon cause is a bad evap purge solenoid.

How to locate an EVAP Leak

The use of a smoke machine comes in play. Hook up the machine to the evaporative system service port or connect it to the fuel tank. Run the machine and look for where the smoke is releasing.

As for the engine not running well, first of all make sure it has fuel. I do not think the evap leak is related to this issue. You may have gotten hold of some bad gas. Try using high octane from a different fueling station the next couple of fill ups. Some Nissan’s are picking when it comes to fuel and may require High Octane all the time.

Nov 222016
 

BMW E36thinking of putting a sr20det into my e36, how hard will this be?


RESPONSE

It will be quite difficult and require some master skills. You will need to be able to fabricate and weld in new mounts and exhaust system. You will need to move all wiring and computer system which may require rerouting and lengthening of the wiring harnesses. Relocation of air intake system.  Not to mention hood clearance. Could be a fun project though.

Nissan SR20DET

The SR20DET is part of the SR family of engines from Nissan. It is a popular inline four cylinder engine fitted into a variety of cars, generally the Nissan Silvia and 180SX. It also came in the Pulsar GTI-R and the Nissan Bluebird. This engine replaced the CA18DE and CA18DET that originally powered the Silvia and 180SX.
Source: en.wikipedia
Oct 312016
 

2010 Nissan VersaI hit a pot hole the other day. Now my passenger tire, when I get up to about 30-40mph, is making a grinding noise until I fully stop.


RESPONSE

Grinding Noise

Something isn’t right. You definitely need to have it looked at. Could be as simple as an air damn being bent. May be something more important suck as a brake issue. Take note whether or not the noise changes pitch when braking or turning. If the steering seems to want to pull the tire may be rubbing something. You may also be able to put the car up on jack stands and put the car in gear and look to see if you can locate the issue.

Oct 152016
 

2015 Nissan AltimaWhat would cause my check engine light and slip light to come on?


RESPONSE

The check engine light illuminates when the engines performance cycle in compromised and a specific problem is recorded.

The Slip light: An image of a car sliding tells you that either Traction Control or Vehicle Dynamic Control is active, telling you the car is close to its traction limits. If it stays on, it indicated the system is deactivated.

The only way to know would be to pull the check engine light codes. This requires a scan tool. However just about any local auto parts dealer will perform this task free of charge. Also you may want to look at this vehicle still being under warranty.

 

Oct 042016
 

1994 Nissan Bluebirdi have had to replace the rocket gasket seals.
ive put in new spark plugs
ive put in injector cleaner.
and when car is parked up and the hood is up there is an air leak somewhere.!!!
but my car still jerks a little but when driving!!!!!!!!
its starting to frustrate me


RESPONSE

You will need to start with pulling any check engine light codes. Post the codes below in the comments. Find and repairing the vacuum leak would be a good thing as well. You may find it shows an engine misfire code. The first place to check would be an intake gasket for a vacuum leak.

Sep 142016
 

2015 Nissan SentraI have a 2015 Nissan Sentra SR with 8,000 miles on it. Can anyone tell me where the transmission dipstick for the automatic transmission fluid is located? Does the car even have one? I have searched all over the internet and found nothing. It is puzzling me.


RESPONSE

It appears this is a sealed transmission and therefore does not need to be checked unless a leak has occurred. No transmission dipstick in this unit. This also means there are no service intervals for the transmission.

Sep 142016
 

2012 Nissan AltimaI have a 2012 Nissan Altima coupe 2.5L. Often, randomly, the cd player will say “loading disk” when there is no disk in the player nor have I touched the radio. When that happens it’s an indication that the doors lock themselves as well which means that when I’m ready to get out of my car it won’t unlock from the inside (even if I push the button or manually unlock the lever) I have to roll down the window and unlock and open the car from the outside. It seems to happen when I hit a bump or when I’m turning either direction. Ive been trying to look online and it seems it’s an electrical problem? May I ask what might be causing it and how much it might cost? Thank you!


RESPONSE

This does seem to be a common issue but seems to have several fixes involved. It would appear there may be an issue with the door lock actuator. It may be the Switch. the actuator, the wiring harness or the connection. Removal and inspection would be necessary. Some found corrosion in the switch, some needed to replace components while others had wiring issues.

I did find a couple of TSB’s involving the door locks but none that define the problem you are describing.

Aug 272016
 

2002 Nissan SentraWill 2001 Nissan Altima parts fit on my Nissan Sentra like the catalytic converter, motor mount and struts and brakes?


RESPONSE

For the majority the answer is NO. Some small insignificant parts like lug nuts and light bulbs, etc. will transfer but not the majority.

Brake Pads

  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Brake Pads Part# DX653
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Front Brake Pads Part# DX653
  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Rear Brake Pads Part# DX700
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Brake Pads Part# DX540

Brake Rotors

  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Brake Rotors Part# 980075
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Front Brake Rotors Part# 96408
  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Rear Brake Pads Part# DX700
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Brake Pads Part# DX540

Struts

  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Strut: Left Part#72106; Right Part#72105
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Strut Part# 71312
  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Strut: Left Part#71675; Right Part#71674
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Strut: Left Part#71677; Right Part#71675

Engine(motor) Mount

  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Mount: Part# 9200
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Front Mount: Part# 8682
  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Rear Mount Part# 9166
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Mount Part# 9135

Catalytic Converter

  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Front Catalytic Converter Part# 16332
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Front Catalytic Converter Part# 16133
  • 2002 Nissan Sentra Rear Catalytic Converter Part# 16033
  • 2001 Nissan Altima Rear Catalytic Converter Part# 642793
Aug 042016
 

1997 Nissan PathfinderMy Pathfinder will not restart after it has been running and shut off. I have replaced distributor, rotor, map, pcv. When it runs it idles good but after it gets warm and I try to restart it will not turn over.


RESPONSE

If it is the engine not turning over to start, the problem would be the starter assembly. Replace the starter and it should be fine once more. The internal brushes become worn and no longer make good contact. The only other thing could be a bad battery.