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Crankshaft Position Sensor Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 76 problems related to crankshaft position sensor (under the electrical system category).

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

Last year, I noticed my service engine light had appeared. I had the code checked and it was the crank shaft sensor. I had this part replaced and it drove fine for a while. About two months ago, this light came back on and the sensor had gone bad again. This causes my car so drive very sluggish and go dead when driving at a low rate of speed. I did some research and saw where Nissan had a recall campaign for this part on the same year/make/model of my car. I contacted them and they said my car wasn't covered under their recall and they refuse to help me. This is the 2nd time this has gone bad. I think my car should be covered as well. They told me to report this issue to NHTSA.

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car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

While driving ~25 mph I was slowing down to a red traffic light and my car spontaneously shut off in traffic! I was able to put my car in park and restart the car. A few days later, it took 3 attempts before my engine started. After a diagnostic, the car displayed codes p0335 (crankshaft position sensor) and p0725 (engine speed circuit signal sensor). After doing much research I found hundreds of complaints online with similar issues! I input my VIN# to see if my vehicle was under recall and it wasn't. After seeing hundreds of the same complaints, why hasn't their been a recall? if there was, how is it possible that my car wasn't recalled?.

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car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 04/10/2015

I was driving on the highway with my kids in the car when my car shutoff all of a sudden. I was not able to get it started and cars were whizzing by me . Finally after several tries that seemed like forever, the car started and I took the first exit off the highway. Then once I made it off the highway the car check engine light came on. I made it back home but the car would not start properly. It comes on and then shutoff or stays on for a few minutes and then makes a sound like its going to cutoff if you put it in gear. Finally had the car checked and was told it was the camshaft/crankshaft sensors based on the codes. My family could have been killed if this would have happened during rush hour. Something needs to be done. These parts seem to continuously go bad and endanger the safety of everyone. I have less than 70,000 miles on this car.

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car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 02/14/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. While driving, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the crank sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 01/05/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while driving at various speeds mph, the vehicle starts to decelerate as the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the crank position sensor or cam position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 03v455000: (engine, engine cooling). The failure mileage was 88,000. Sg.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle stalled at a traffic light and the check engine light illuminated. The failure occurred on a daily basis. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicles crankshaft position sensor needed to be replaced but it was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage is 86,000. Ddr.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 08/24/2014

Based on what my daughter told me, on Sunday 8/24 she was traveling on I-96 in maryland. She was on the millard e. Tidings bridge when she had to slow for an accident. While slowing, her car just shut down and would not start. She was stuck in the left lane of I-95 on the bridge. The check engine light kept coming on when she tried to restart the car and the car would not start. Aaa was called but the police had to shut down I-95 to push her from the left lane to the right hand shoulder past the bridge. She was towed to baltimore and the vehicle was dropped at a repair facility. The next day it was diagnosed with a bad crankshaft position sensor and repaired. I researched and there is a recall by Nissan for this very problem for our year and engine Altima. When I called Nissan, they indicated our vehicle was not involved in the recall. Huh? it appears that Nissan should widen the recall as this problem obviously still exists and it puts drivers in an extremely dangerous position of having their car and all its functions shut down and not restart. Can it get any more dangerous than an interstate on a summer weekend? I'm lucky my daughter handled the entire ordeal calm and collectedly or there could have been serious consequences. Can you get Nissan to acknowledge a larger pool of defective vehicle and to expand the scope of the recall? obviously they didn't get them all.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 05/28/2014

If the interruption in the signal from the crankshaft position sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ecm) logic does not have time to diagnose the condition, the engine may stop running without warning while the vehicle is driven at a low speed increasing the risk of a crash. I have had this issue 5-7 times where the car wouldn't start or shut off while driving ( decreasing in speed).

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 05/22/2014

Problems: service engine soon light, no start condition, reduced engine power, stopped running during vehicle operation. Car was parked and when started would not go over 15000 rpm - would not back out of the parking space. After several attempts at restarting it I was able to drive it to my local mechanic for him to check why the service engine soon light was on. Code he received did not give him any information so he turned the light off and I continued driving the car. On June 26, 2014 the engine stalled as I pulled up to a stop light. After putting the car in park and turning on my emergency blinkers it began running again. No service engine soon light came on. The next day the car failed to start. After several attempts it started and this has happened multiple times since then. A recall notice for all of these specific problems had been issued in December of 2003. For 2002 Altimas manufactured between June 2001 and June 2002. My Altima was manufactured in October 2001 and I purchased it in November 2001. I was told by Nissan when I called on June 27,2014 that my vehicle was not included in that recall even though all of the consequences of the recall were documented on my car. I did receive a recall notice in February of 2009 at which time the local dealer reprogramed the ecm (r0712). Not sure that worked because in July 2010 the service engine soon light came on - took it to repair shop which replaced the crank position sensor (which could have been defective also since all of these problems are occuring). I paid out of pocket for the same thing others are getting repaired by Nissan for free. Recall no. R3022 and 03v-455 describe these problems.

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car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

Crank shaft position sensor had to be replaced due to engine not starting at times, and cutting out at stop lights which was a safety issue in traffic. After talking with Nissan I was informed that this VIN number was not included jn campaign number 07v5727000 and I feel it should have been. This part was replaced by a private auto repair in October 2014 for a total of $250. 09. I had purchased the car in April of 2014 from a Toyota used car dealership and started experiencing the problem shortly thereafter. Please help me recover my money for repairs.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

Did check engine light repair fixed crank position sensor . I drive to the store car shuts down to 5mph I pull over reset check engine light then it works fine.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 02/08/2014

Hi, I am the owner of a 2005 Nissan Altima. I have owned this car since 2008. I reviewed service records from 2005 prior to my purchase. There has been an extremely large amount of issues with this vehicle. The most recent of which is the "grey" area of the ecm issue in coordination with famous the camshaft crankshaft fault p0355 & p0131. I'm an engineer and fully understand the mechanics of a vehicle. This sensor was a faulty design from the beginning in which oil could enter inside the sensor, therefore causing a short and disabling the entire vehicle while in motion. This actually happened to me and was a terrifying experience. To fix the issue cheaply, Nissan issued a recall to reprogram the ecm in order to recognize the “faulty” crankshaft sensor part. But in order to save millions of dollars, Nissan would not include the warrantied replacement of the faulty crankshaft sensor design (magnet sensor). Instead, the consumer (myself) would have to pay between $300 & $450 to have the sensor replaced with the “new & improved version”. New and improved means the properly designed version. The initial design should have been recalled but it wasn’t. It doesn’t take an engineer to figure this out but I am one and fully understand the “big picture” of the recall and lack of inclusion of the crankshaft sensor repairs. I am requesting Nissan to cover the full cost of the camshaft & crankshaft sensor & the associated labor. I was put in harm’s way during the initial recall issue in which my car shut off while on the highway. That is a bad enough experience. I am not willing to also pay Nissan $400 to repair the faulty sensor which was a large part of why this occurred in the first place.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 12/22/2013

I recently experienced my vehicle stalling as I was driving. It took several minutes for me to restart leaving me venerable to a vehicle crash. The same evening I learned of recall# 07v527000. The following day I brought my vehicle to a Nissan dealership to have the recall resolved. They advised the recall only covers reprogramming computer not replacing defective crank sensor. I feel that reprogramming computer will not resolve safety issue as the sensor is defective and could fail even with reprogramming computer. I was charged 96. 00 dollars to have problem diagnosed. Dealer refused to replace defective part. To my understanding many other Altima owners experience this same problem and are forced to pay for defective parts that fail. Dealer did not offer to reprogram computer they insisted that only replacing the defective part would resolve my issue which was not covered by recall.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 11/14/2013

I was sitting at a red light and when it turned green I went to go and my car stalled out. My check engine light came on and it's due to cam and crankshaft sensors. Drove the car to work today the car stalled out again completely shut itself off. Once again had to pull over on the side of the rode the best I could turn the car off and thankfully it turned back on. Called Nissan today spoke with a consumer affairs supervisor named [xxx] and they are telling me that my VIN # is not included in the recall for this claim on crankshaft sensors and that they would be able to forward my information to a regional office for consumer affairs and see if they can get them to pay for the parts but in the mean time I have to get a diagnostics report done on the car at a Nissan dealership and I have to pay for the diagnostics report and they will not waive it for me and in order to get approval for the parts I have to get the diagnostics report. So they transferred me to a dealership in albany NY a Nissan dealership service department spoke with a guy named ed he said they would need my car for 24-48 hours and can not provide me with a rental, can not waive the diagnostics fee and they wouldn't be able to get my car in until aweek from now. This is outrageous. People are going to end up being seriously injured if not killed by this malfunction. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 10/12/2013

While at a red light, the power on my 2006 Nissan Altima shut off without warning. After trying to turn over the ignition several times, the vehicle finally started. I drove it to advance auto where they ran a diagnostic and advised that there were two error codes: p0725 & p0335 (engine speed sensor circuit malfunction & crank shaft position sensor circuit malfunction). Upon calling my mechanic,he advised that this has been a typical problem for this model and that he believed there was a recall. I called and have been advised by Nissan that there was a recall but my VIN wasn't part of the recall. However, Nissan was unable to provide which vehicles were actually part of the recall! there are many unresolved complaints regarding this issue, and I believe that this is a seriously dangerous hazard for drivers. What if the vehicle stopped on an interstate highway while driving at 65 mph? I would like verifiable information on what vehicles this recall covered, as Nissan seems to be deflecting some of their responsibility.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 07/17/2013

Handling of the Nissan Altima crank shaft sensor recall is completely unacceptable. No notice of the recall was ever sent, which meant we found out the hard way: when the car stalled out in the middle of a major highway, without warning (exactly as described in the recall that wasn't sent) I only found the recall after a local non-Nissan mechanic told me about it, and then when I brought it into the dealer, they didn't understand the nature of the recall. Please help!.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 06/08/2013

6/08 - car lurched and tried to stall on interstate and check engine light came on. Was able to drive to mechanic's shop. Issue was determined to be the crankshaft position sensor by mechanic, and part was replaced with an oem part but this did not resolve the problem so the sensor was removed and replaced with the sensor that was pulled out. Was able to drive to dealership from mechanic's shop on 6/15 (yes, he had the car for a week). Issue was determined to be crankshaft position sensor, which was replaced. One day and 20 miles later the problem has manifested itself. . . Check engine came on and car does not want to start. This sensor was part of a previous recall for 2006 Altimas but I was told my car (when checking VIN) was not part of the recall. I have to take the car back to the Nissan dealership.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 05/18/2013

Problem begun by my vehicle being hard to start. You could attempt to start the car for 5 or so minutes without success. You could wait about 10 minutes and try again and the vehicle would eventually start but run pretty rough. It would also perform with poor power during operation. The problem got worse when the "service engine soon" light came on. Now the engine shuts down while you are driving. This has happened on 4 to 5 different occasions. The engine will re-start but runs rough. I'm afraid that this could happen at the wrong place and time my wife and family can be hurt or killed. I read a recall on defect of the crank position sensor which causes the identical symptoms that my car has but when I took it to cannon Nissan at jackson ms. The service manager told me that my 2005 Nissan Altima was not included in that recall. What can be done to correct this? please give me a response on this if you can at [xxx] or [xxx]. Thank you in advance for your care and assistance. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 05/13/2013

I was driving at approx 25 mph when all of a sudden the engine cutoff with no warning. Was able to coast the car to the side of the road, restart, and drove to dealership immediately. Dealership diagnosis error code p0335 camshaft and crankshaft sensor failures and needed to be replaced for $570 (plus the $110 diagnosis fee). A recall exists for same make and model, but car VIN is excluded. This problem seems to be very common and widespread after doing some online research. The dealership's parts manager also stated this was a very common problem. I find it very disturbing that Nissan would knowingly risk passenger safety by not recalling and covering the cost of repair for a well maintained car that is having the same issue as others in the same make and model year.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 12/25/2012

'service engine soon' lite came on. Dealer scanned for trouble codes p0725,p0335. Was told the "crankshaft position sensor" needs replacing, and was charged $130. The dealer wants to charge me $425 to replace 'cps'. Was told that there was no recall for this situation. Found out later thru the internet that there were 600 incidents concerning 'cps'. The dealer should fix this with no charge. Nhtsa #07v527000 recall explains the problem. Also see recall id #67654 from Nissan.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 09/08/2012

While driving on the i95 the car shut off and would not restart at 55mph. Thank god, I did not get into an accident and was able to coast over to the guardrail. I had to have my car towed to my mechanic that informed me it appeared to be the crankshaft sensor and said since it was a recall item I should have it brought to my local Nissan dealer. I had the car towed to miller Nissan in fairfield CT and informed them of my mechanics findings. They checked the car and told me it was the fuel pump and replaced it even with me expressing that my current mechanic already checked that. After replacing the fuel pump they called me back and said it still wasn't working. It ended up being the ecm along with another sensor!! I expressed how upset I was that this sensor failed why I was driving at a high speed on the highway! I am currently working with Nissan corporate recall department because everything I'm reading is still indicating that the crankshaft sensor could cause malfunctions in other sensors in the car!! I'm not happy that Nissan is charging me for the new fuel pump they installed along with the sensors totaling $1,943,00!!.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 06/19/2012

My daughter was driving home from work in my 2003 Nissan Altima when the car suddenly stopped running, the steering wheel froze and she nearly ran off the road. Thank goodness there were no other cars coming and she was able to pull off the road with no incident. I pulled the codes and found it to be the p0335 (crankshaft position sensor) and p0725 (engine speed sensor). After searching the web, it appears there are many people with the same issue. I looked on the NHTSA website and found NHTSA campaign id number: 03v455000, Nissan recall no. R3022 that states exactly what did happen - the check engine light came on and the engine stopped without warning. The remedy is that a dealer replace the crankshaft position sensor. So, I called Nissan, found the other recall that is related to the sensor, took the car to the dealer (barely - I drove and the car stopped twice - again, lucky there was no crash). The dealer called and said he could not fix this recall because the sensor was bad. Now I have to go back and pickup the car and pray again that I don't have a crash coming home. Seems totally unreasonable that Nissan would have a recall for this exact problem - the crankshaft position sensor - for, among many others, 2002-2003 Altimas and yet there are many people out there with these cars that Nissan won't fix. I was laid off and certainly cannot afford a $300 fix for a $40 part so we will have to drive this death car until I can figure out how to get it fixed. And pray every time I get in it that we don't end crashing the car, hurting myself, my young twins, my older daughter or anyone else on the road. This is a severely dangerous issue and Nissan should replace all cars - not just a select few.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 06/16/2012

I bought the car in may 2009. Up until June 2013, no problems other than regular maintenance. Car overheats and has been since June 2013 on and off. Have had battery replaced 2 times, tune up, crank shaft sensor replaced, broken seal replaced (that keeps oil/coolant) in car. Have had problems with car not starting, engine turns over but won't start. I have to keep putting anti-freeze in car before I drive it every few days if I don't the heater blows out hot air, then cold which is when overheating occurs. White smoke coming out of exhaust pipe. Been to local mechanic 3 times, and they keep charging to fix it ($500 so far). They did tune up, replace battery and fixe the broken seal. I'm a nervous wreck driving it because I'm afraid I'll get stuck somewhere.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 05/31/2012

Vehicle suddenly turned off and dangerously stalled while driving at low speed without any warning. After several attempts of trying to start it, it finally did and I drove it for about 10 miles without no further incidents. Engine light came on and I took it to dealer who diagnosed it as the failure of the crank shaft position sensor which had earlier been reprogrammed in 2008 due to a recall to avoid such a sudden stall from happening. Nissan was not helpfull other than replacing the same sensor from and charge you a bomb for it. Nissan north America can a do a better job when addressing their recalls rather than providing a band aid solution to their recalls. During their recall campaign, they should have replaced this sensor from the get go rather than just reprogramming the ecm which still didnt address critical issue of safety for such a sensor failing without any warning.

car image   Crankshaft Position Sensor problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 04/18/2012

Crankshaft position sensor bad, part has a known defect from the supplier yet Nissan will not replace or call recall notice. Car can shut down while driving, high risk for fatality.

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