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Crankcase (pcv) Problems of Nissan Altima



Nissan Altima owners have reported 29 problems related to crankcase (pcv) (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle stalled without warning, but was able to be restarted. The dealer stated that the cam and crankshaft needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

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car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 06/27/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to be restarted and the check engine indicator illuminated. The failure occurred multiple times. A private mechanic stated that the crank sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

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car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 01/01/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated and failed to accelerate. The engine stalled, but the vehicle was able to be restarted. The service engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the crankshaft sensor needed to be repaired. The dealer informed the contact that the previous vehicle owner had the vehicle repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 07v527000 (engine and engine cooling) in 2007. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

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car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

Rough idle. 3 years ago it did the same thing and I had the 0'2 sensors replaced and the crankshaft position sensor replaced. I drive it in town so in the 3 years I have put about 25,000 miles on it. The service engine soon light is on now and Nissan told me that I need to take it to a dealership and pay them to check out the engine and send Nissan the results and they "may" reimburse me for the cost of checking it out. I just replaced the spark plugs last week because I was told them needed replaced. It ran fine for a little while now back to same things. I have noticed that it leaks a little oil, about the size of a nickel over the course of 2-3 days. There is also oil round the crankcase. Wondering why might be. Thanks.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 05/21/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving, the vehicle completely shut off. The failure occurred 7 to 10 times, and occasionally while driving 50 mph in traffic. The failure almost caused another vehicle to crash into the rear of his vehicle. There were no warning lights during or prior to the failure. The dealer reprogrammed the computer according to recall 06v242000; however, in September of 2009, the failure recurred. He also occasionally had a difficult time starting the vehicle. The dealer stated that the failure was caused by the camshaft or crankshaft position. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense; although, he stated that the manufacturer should have been liable for the cost. The manufacturer confirmed that the contact was responsible for the repair cost. The current mileage was 48,627 and the failure mileage was 46,400. Updated 04/16/10. The dealer replaced the crankcase sensor at the consumers expense, but did not replace the camshaft sensor. Updated 07/14/jb.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 07/20/2008

Own 2003 Altima. While driving, car stopped running and would not restart. After several attempts, got car restarted and check engine light came on. Took the car to Nissan dealer to have looked at and serviced and dealer replaced crankcase sensor. Inquired about a recall for same part on other years of Altima and was told that there was no service bulletin or recall for the 2003 Altima models for that part.

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car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 05/30/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. There is an open recall on this vehicle, and, although the contact's vehicle was experiencing identical failures as listed in the recall, the VIN was not included. When she attempted to start the vehicle, the engine would not turn over. The check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and the mechanic stated that the camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. In July of 2008, the crankshaft sensor was replaced at an authorized dealer. The vehicle is in the process of being serviced. The VIN and recall number were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 52,000.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 03/14/2008

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 60 mph, the engine light illuminated. The contact took her vehicle to a mechanic shop and a diagnostic was performed. She was informed that the camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The mechanic also stated that there was a recall on the defect, but her VIN was not included. The contact stated that her vehicle would stall while driving and should be included in the recall. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The recall number was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 84,000.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 02/29/2008

1. Vehicle's exhaust pipe hanger caught bag of debris from the road and felt like the car was falling apart in the rear. Debris was removed by discount tires after purchasing new wheels and tires. 2. Service engine warning light is on. Engine has reduced power and it causes the engine to stop running without warning during operation, with vibrating noises. Nissan states that the cam sensor with crank sensor is faulty and should be replaced. Apparently it is under recall and they want us to pay for a recalled item. 3. Engine long block was replaced on 2/14/06 because of catastrophic engine failure, and the engine continues to have problems with vibrating and sluggishness. 4. Rear engine mount replaced in 11/03/04 as recommended. Now, passenger upper mount was recommended to be changed on 3/14/08. 5. Air conditioning is blowing hot air and we replaced air conditioning high side compressor and oil recharged system in 6/01/07, as recommended. As of today 3/30/08 air conditioning is blowing hot air again. We purchased new wheels, tires and brakes because of the vibration in the car and steering column with low sounding noise. We have consistently taken our car in for maintenance, recalls and additional mechanical problems with very minimal resolutions. Thank you.

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car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 02/28/2008

2004 Nissan Altima 2. 5 shuts off on me while I'm driving or parked at a stop light. I had the car taken last year for a ecm reprogram recall last year. Now I've heard that certain years models are having the same problem 2005, 2006, possibly a crankshaft sensor. I searched for a recall for my particular car and I have not find one. Any suggestions?.


 
car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 01/02/2008

My car wouldn't start. I notified Nissan, they towed my car in. My car had several recalls. Nissan checked my car and reset my ecm. When I went to get my car from mitchell Nissan which is 30 miles away. They told us that I had a possible head or coil failure. When we left the dealership we didn't check the oil cause when they reprogrammed they suppose to have checked everything. When my husband checked that's when we found out it was no oil. I drove my car 30 miles with no oil. My car is a 2002 Altima I checked the recalls and saw that the 2. 5 2006 Altimas has a recall on the engine as well as the sensor like the earlier years. The recalls states something about the ecm and about the pistons and driving without oil. Now I have to get my engine replaced and Nissan is saying it is not on them. My car was not acting up nor smoking until it cut off and had to be reprogrammed. I feel this messed up my engine.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 12/28/2007

My 2003 Nissan Altima has a faulty crankshaft sensor. The vehicle has stalled at low speeds and it has resulted in a minor accident. After taking it to the dealer for the repair I was told that all Nissan was prepared to do was reset the ecm. However, the dealer told me it was a faulty crankshaft sensor which needed to be replaced. That reseting the ecm would not fix the problem. The dealer also informed me that there was an open recall on 2002, 2005 and 2006 crankshaft sensors. That if my Nissan was a 2002 it would be covered under the open recall which was expanded on Nov. 21, 2007. However, since the recall does not cover 2003 Altimas.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 10/18/2007

I own a 2002 Nissan Altima. It seemed great when I bought it and now after 5 years it is crap and the thing wont run. The car idles rough when it first starts if it starts at all, there is a water rushing sound under the dash, and my check engine light has been on for quite some time. I am constantly refilling the radiator with coolant and adding so much oil to my car it is crazy. My father-in-law which is a mechanic, told me that the catalytic converter was deteriorating into the #4 cylinder which is causing engine failure which is also where the oil and coolant and gas are going. The easiest fix is to replace the whole engine, which is a $6,300 fix. I just finished paying off my car in may and 3 months later my car start having major problems. I cant afford to fix this and I don't think I should have to, catalytic converter don't just deteriorate. Heck I am the only owner to my car and it is only 5 years old. This is crazy. I have now replaced my engine at my own cost, because the dealer that I bought the car at claims they are not be enough to do anything and to call Nissan, which I did and Nissan does care. Well after spending six grand on fixing my car, my machine has informed me this is all due to plugged pcv valve because the two inlace holes for this valve are so small they get clogged so easily and the discharge for the pcv valve becomes in intake and to to the size of the discharges the oiled is getting pulling into the engine and well as other fluids which is what is causing the failure of the engine and destroying the catalytic converter. I am giving you the date my car finally died. It took me over a month and a 1/2 to get this fixed and it is still far from being fixed. Please also check out this website for thousands of other Nissan dealer that are having the same issue. . Read more...

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 09/19/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. The contact received a recall notice regarding the ecm, which causes the vehicle to shut off. The failure occurred while driving approximately 40 mph. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they informed her that the notice was sent out mistakenly. She notified Nissan, but has not received a response. The recall number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 70,000. Updated 12/12/2007 the consumer stated Nissan refused to repair the vehicle, however the vehicle was repaired through carmax using the extended warranty. Updated 12/12/07.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle started after several attempts. One week later, the engine light illuminated and approximately three weeks after that, the vehicle stalled and had to be restarted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the crankshaft sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle has been repaired. The current mileage was 90,000 and failure mileage was 88,000.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 07/15/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine light illuminated. The dealer reprogrammed the computer in the vehicle, but the engine light illuminated on two separate occasions after the repair was made. The vehicle is currently parked at the contact's residence. The current mileage was 50,746 and failure mileage was 48,000.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 06/08/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. While driving 5 mph, the service engine light illuminated and the vehicle began to stall when stopping for a light or pulling into a parking space. The dealer stated that the upper and lower crankshaft sensors needed to be replaced. Nhtsa campaign id number 06v242000 (engine and engine cooling) was referenced. The current mileage was 47,136 and failure mileage was 46,136.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 04/25/2007

I have a 2004 nissa Altima and I have been feeling big jerks in the car while driving and now I am having trouble starting my car. The check engine light is on and I had it checked and was told that my crank sensor is shut down and will eventually make my car not start at all and can leave me stranded. I was also told that this is something that should not be happening to a car that is a 2004 and that this is a major malfunction that will cost a lot of money.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 04/21/2007

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Altima. While driving 10 mph on a clear day, the vehicle failed on three occasions. After each occasion, the vehicle restarted momentarily. The contact stated that the crank angle sensors needed to be replaced. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 67,000 and failure mileage was 65,856.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 02/26/2007

- the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact received safety recall 06v242000. The contact made t repairs before she received the safety recall notice. The contact has been trying to get in touch with Nissan to see if she could be reimbursed, and she was getting the run around. On the days that the vehicle lost power the weather was nice and sunny. This happened as soon as she would pull of into traffic doing 5 - 10 mph. The contact stated that the vehicle was stalling, and the engine light would turn on, she had the repairs made, and the following week she received a safety recall. The current and failure mileage were 55284.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 01/24/2007

- the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact received a safety recall on 2002-2003 Nissans. After he received the safety recall the service engine light turned on, and has remained lit. While driving into traffic on several occasions the engine would just lose power. On 01/24/2007 the vehicle turned of four different times while the contact was entering into traffic. The contact also stated that after the stalling it was difficult to restart the vehicle. In the last 2 weeks the engine lost power at least 2 dozen times. One incident caused a second vehicle to run off the road to avoid hitting the contact's vehicle.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 01/05/2007

Various services performed by dealer did not correct problem---such as throttle body cleaning, checking spark plug coils, crankcase sensors, O2 sensors---after 6 months dealer decided head gasket blown which I told them from beginning plus oil usage and antifreeze usage---head gasket replaced on "extended warranty" which I did not purchase with car- so there is some acknowledgement of problem---currently oil consumption about 1 qt for 400 miles, probably the result of head gasket and pre cat causing damage to oil sweeper ring on piston which would allow oil into cylinder---thus a reason for rough running at low idle plus smoke on acceleration---no smoke on normal running since cat converter is cooking---but sure will lead to another cat converter failure- this process started with dealer 01/07.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 09/28/2006

My husband and I were driving when the car started to jerk and run very rough. Not long after that the check engine light came on and it just shut off right in the middle of traffic. Aaa towed the car to cerritos Nissan. The next day they looked it over and said it was a chamber and a mass air filter and injector a. They gave us the total of $1384. We had no choice I needed my car, so we told them to fix it. When we went to pick the car up,we paid our bill, I drove off and it started doing the same exact thing. We took the car back and the head of service was there. My husband tried to explain to him but he was not understanding. My husband ask if he would go on a test drive with him. My husband asked him to drive. When they came back, my husband said not only was it doing the same thing but it cut off on them as well. The service manager said he would write a note about what it was still doing. We had just begrudgingly forked out nearly $1400 and the car was doing the same exact thing. We were upset and wanted to know what did they fix? he assured us that they would fix it. He asked us what we wanted him to do. My husband said that we just needed a rental. He agreed and set us up with one. Finally we were able to pick the car up and while it still ran a bit rough it didn't jerk and it didn't cut off. We ask what was wrong with it and they said it was something with the engine 9500 int and enterprise inv d907447 po 151165. So we asked why we were charged for all that other stuff. He said cause it still needed it. And at this time we also had asked about recalls. They said there were none. Ironically in going through our old a few months later mail we found a safety recall notice that talk about everything that my car did. We notified our lawyer and ask if we should proceed and he told us to first report it and see what happens. Although I really like my Altima I have had to many problems. A year after I got it I had to get the entire engine replaced.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 05/20/2006

My Nissan Altima (2002) with VIN#1n4al11d62c270215) engine's stopped while driving the service engine soon light came on. After a few moments, I started the vehicle and I noticed reduced engine power as I drove to a safe location. Vehicle has been diagnosed and shows a code p0335 and I was informed by mechanic (service garage) that there was a recall for the 2002 Altima's with similar problems. I contacted Nissan dealer in tucson and was informed that my VIN # does not fall within the recalled group. Upon calling the national consumers affairs office @ (888)737-2647 I spoke to macy spencer (extension 8510). She looked up the VIN # an informed me that this vehicle had the crankshaft position sensor replaced in may of 2004 and that it only had a 12 month warranty. I purchase this vehicle from Nissan in July 2005.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 05/10/2006

On my way to work on 5/3/06 I was driving my '03 Nissan Altima on the highway going about 65-70 mph and my car jerked. It was as if the car couldn't decided what gear to be in. It did the same thing for the next two days. The next day was Saturday and I took the car to "conrads" to have a diagnostic analysis performed. I was told that the crank sensor needed to be replaced. The car had 43k miles on it and I knew it was over warranty. The part is a Nissan only part so "conrads" ordered it and it was scheduled to be replaced the following Saturday. Four days later on 5/10/06, my car stalled on the way to work. It wouldn't start or anything. It stalled in a pretty bad neighborhood so I called the police. I had it towed to a different place. Another diagnostic analysis was performed. Again I was told that crank sensor and the cam sensor needed to be replaced. Since I couldn't even drive the car anywhere and I didn't want to pay for a tow truck again, I told them to order the part and replace the sensors. Afterwards I did some research and discovered that many people have had this same problem-as noted on this website and others. I called Nissan consumer affairs in an effort to get reimbursed for the cost. I read the warranty and I assumed it would be covered under the power train warranty. I was informed that the it fell under the federal emissions limited warranty and was not covered. I thought this was absurd because the 2002 Altimas had a recall on this sensor. Since the 2002 body style was the same in 2003, it is well-known that the mechanics of the vehicles stay the same. All I want is to be reimbursed for the replacement. This is an issue that other 2003 Altima owners have experienced. Nissan needs to have a recall or reimburse everyone who have already replaced the sensors.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 26
Failure Date: 10/01/2005

Car stalled, stopped working and then had difficulty starting. Engine light stayed on. Rough starting until fixed, with stalling. Turned out to be crankcase sensor. The car involved is a 2003 Nissan Altima, and this was a recall item on the 2002 Altima.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 27
Failure Date: 06/24/2004

Well I have 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5 I have about 66,000 miles on the car and it has been having the same problem . It first started when they had recall oxygen sensor. I have had to replace the same sensor 3 times already at about cost of $350 each time . Now my check engine light keeps coming on the replaced the catalytic converter and told me I had to change my engine coils and spark plugs for about $1000 dollars . After that was completed there was no change my check engine light still comes on engine idles rough always having to fill coolant . And have had to been towed several time to the dealer with no explanation as to what is wrong.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 28
Failure Date: 01/22/2003

At two different Nissan dealerships, el paso and las cruces, the oil level on the dipstick of my 2002 Altima registered approximately one quart low. This leads me to believe that the information in the manuals as to the amount of oil needed may be incorrect.

car image   Crankcase (pcv) problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 29

Vehicle keeps losing power at any speed. Consumer believes vehicle may be involved in a collision.