Nissan Altima owners have reported 42 problems related to engine oil leaking (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Altima based on all problems reported for the Altima.
Severe oil seal leakage, leaves a huge puddle on ground after driving, or parked.
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The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Altima. While stationary, the oil coolers in the vehicle fractured and leaked onto the ground. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. An independent mechanic was made aware of the failure and provided an estimate for the repair work. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 141,895.
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I was driving my 2015 Altima on a highway and the car suddenly stopped as in a stall with cars behind me swerving off the highway to avoid hitting me. The car had on oil and the oil warning light did not come on until my car stopped, then it said warning low oil pressure. I had just had an oil change at port city Nissan, portsmouth, nh, and the service person apparently did not reattach the oil filter correctly, cross-threading the filter resulting in the oil leaking out without me knowing. Again, my concern is there was no warning before my car stalled and stopped on a highway. No oil pressure light or low oil alert, nothing until I was almost in a serious accident.
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My car is losing oil from somewher no leaking but to drive from columbia SC to atlanta GA the car will be out of oil I just brought the car its has 112000 miles on it. There is no oil leaking or nothing so where is the oil going.
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was a burning odor under the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was determined that the seals on the rear of the engine failed and started leaking oil. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.
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2014 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle oil leaks issue. Consumer sent additional correspondence. The consumer stated there was a smell of hydro-carbons when he started the engine. The dip stick showed a drop of at least 3/8 of oil on the dip stick. Also, the air bag issue was not address and the plastic protecting the bottom of the engine fell down.
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Engine oil is leaking on the ground causing possible fire and or environmental issues. I took the car to a Nissan dealership and I indicated that the rear engine oil seal should not prematurely leak engine oil on the ground with a 4 year old car that has approximately 75,000 miles should not leak oil. I contacted Nissan consumer affairs and they will not repair my vehicle. I also indicated that Nissan extended support on the leaking cvt transmission and why Nissan will not cover for the leaking engine oil?.
Oil cap will not unscrew on 2008 Nissan Altima manual transmission that is leaking oil.
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My complaint is for oil leak and electrical system problem. 1 year after purchasing my 2007 Nissan Altima, I took it for oil change were they stated we think there might be a leak somewhere. 3 months later I took the car for another oil change and all of a sudden it was a major oil leak. This just one incident and I have read several complaint forum where people are having the same problem and some resulted in there cars catching on fire. Then on approximately April 22, 2015 I was driving my vehicle and it randomly shut off, none the car would start, the key entry wouldn't work, the radio would come on and the heating/air unit would work nor would the truck open and actually the truck stopped opening a month before the car shut off while I was driving. Nissan refuses to fix any of these problems and I really feel that they should fix this problem since it is a multitude of cars with this same problem. Also, my car has been sitting since April 22, 2015 down the street from my home.
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The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that there was an leak coming from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician replaced the oil pressure switch but the failure persisted. The authorized dealer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.
My 2005 Nissan Altima uses about 3 quarts of oil between oil changes. I see no leaks so it is losing oil in the engine somewhere. There are thousands of complaints about this very problem, why is there nothing done about this?.
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Engine oil excessively being consumed/burning. Exhaust leakage. There is a recall that addresses this (NHTSA campaign number: 03v084000 ) and it covers my model year, but it would not come up on the dealer's computer so they did not fix the issue.
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The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic for a routine oil change and the mechanic observed that there was no oil in the vehicle. The mechanic added oil to the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the oil had to be refilled every two weeks. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that there was a leak in the engine and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000.
The following had to be fixed all on one visit: my alternator replaced; top motor mount replaced, brake sensor replaced, battery replaced, and had an oil cooler leak fixed. All was covered with my extended warranty ($858 otherwise). It has had a total of 4 batteries, 2 alternators, 2 manna folds (a recall), new shocks and struts (I paid for) and my transmission warranty was extended to 120,000 miles. (there was also another recall to the fuel tank but can't remember any specifics). I take great care of my car, have it maintained regularly, and only use quality gas. This is my fourth Nissan and I am greatly disappointed in the quality. I am debating as to wether or not I should trade it in.
First, no problems but at regular oil maintenance, they said we had an oil leak. Had it fixed. Engine started stalling. No warning lights. Said had an oil leak of some kind. Fixed it again (so we thought). Happened again two months later - car started stalling. Engine light came on that time. Towed it Nissan. Said had an oil leak. Fixed it (again we thought). Two months later riding down road at low speed, car caught on fire. Got it put out before engulfed because of a gentleman passing by had a cooler full of water. Engine is now totally no good and have another year to pay on this car.
After one of my regularly scheduled oil changes I noticed that my oil light flickered. Checked the dip and noticed I was extremely low in oil. It had been about 400miles since the last oil change. A quart every 100 miles. No smoke from the exhaust, no leak when parked so I bring it to a mechanic. Notified me that its possibly my catalytic converter which will cost $2k since this model has 2 or it could be the engine running a total of $3k to $6k for the engine and install plus the $2k for the converters making the grand total of $5k to $8k. Did some research and it is looking like these cars are notorious for the converters and ultimately the demise to the engine. Any suggestions would be helpful. College and broke.
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Pulled off the highway and merged into a left hand turn lane. When I came to a stop I noticed black smoke coming from the engine block. My car then caught fire and it was later totaled by the insurance company. The previous day I had my car serviced at a Nissan dealership. They changed my oil/filter and changed a part that was recalled (dealing with leaking brake fluids). . . . Coincidence (sarcasm meant)???.
I have been losing oil for a couple of years now and I just kept putting it in about once a month. Nobody could find out where it was coming from. I kept asking at oil changes. I just recently had it in to replace the valve cover gasket and tune up ($1200. 00) because valve cover was leaking oil into the spark plugs and all over. . Well, they fixed it and I noticed it sounded like it was out of oil again. So I took it right back and asked if they had put oil in it and why it was sounding the way it is. I thought it was using oil because it was in need of a tune up. They took it back in and it was already down a quart. He lifted it and found the oil cool had a hole in it. He said it was not the gasket and it was the oil cooler. These cars are apparently known for that and he doesn't know why it hasn't been recalled because it will damage the engine if you run out and don't know it. So now he wants another 5-600. 00 to fix it because it's a Nissan part.
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an independent mechanic. The contact was informed that there was no oil in the engine and there were no signs of an engine leak. The mechanic was unable to determine where the oil was escaping to. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 80,000. Updated 12/22/lj.
Sunday October 2, 2011 my car began leaking oil un-expectedly. Immediately my car was taken to a mechanic where he diagnosed that the oil cooler was leaking and needed to be replaced. I was advised not to drive my car as it was losing too much oil. I contacted coggin Nissan at the avenues (904-880-3000), spoke with [xxx] in the parts department, I explained what was happening with my vehicle and he informed me that he has seen quite a few cars the same make and model as mine with the same exact issue. I strongly feel there is a defect in this part since so many cars like mine are having the same problem. I feel this issue should become part of a recall and Nissan should reimburse me for the price of the part. Up until now I have been very happy with my Nissan. I really appreciate you looking into this matter for me. This has caused me a great deal of stress and money I do not have as I am a single mother with a young child to support. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, a loud ticking noise began to come from the engine. The contact looked under the engine and noticed that the oil reservoir was empty, but there were no signs of leakage. Oil was added to the vehicle, but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the catalytic converter was faulty. The vehicle remained in the possession of the dealer for further investigation. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.
Since October 2010, I have had to get oil changes at least 1000 miles sooner (lately it's been more) than the 3000 mile mark. The mechanics have not found an external leak, and I have been told by two mechanics that my engine has to be consuming the oil since it is not leaking. I called Nissan (and a few dealers), and they all said that my VIN did not qualify for a recall. My car has the same issue as the others that were recalled, so is Nissan required to check it or fix it?.
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Altima. The contact stated the vehicle was taken for a routine oil change. The contact noticed oil leaking from the vehicle following service. The dealer advised that the oil cooler assembly would need to be replaced. The oil cooler assembly was replaced at the owner's expense. The failure mileage was 62,108 and the current mileage was 62,300. Updated 11/19/10 updated 11/23/jb.
2006 Nissan Altima, bought new, consumes oil with no visible leaks. Oil must be added every week to keep adequate levels in engine. Dealership says the only way to fix the problem is to put in a new engine when this one finally fails. This is not an acceptable answer to this problem.
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while the vehicle was sitting idle in front of his residence, with the engine on, the vehicle caught on fire without warning. The dealer advised the fire originated from a hole in the side of the oil pan. The contact confirmed the vehicle did not exhibit any signs of an oil leak. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.
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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Engine Burning Oil problems||
|Service Engine Light On problems||
|Catalytic Convertor problems||