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Engine Oil Leaking Problems of Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima owners have reported 30 problems related to engine oil leaking (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

Oil cap will not unscrew on 2008 Nissan Altima manual transmission that is leaking oil.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2014 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 05/02/2014

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.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

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.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

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.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 01/11/2013

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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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 08/08/2012

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.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 11/04/2011

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.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 10/02/2011

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).

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 12/28/2010

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.

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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

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?.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2007 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 07/20/2010

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.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 06/25/2010

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.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 04/27/2010

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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car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 07/30/2009

Internal oil leak in 2002 Nissan Altima.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 07/17/2009

Vehicle continuously looses oil 1 1/2 qts per 500 miles regardless of how often I change the oil. I have had my vehicle in the dealership for several recall replacements{catalytic converter, crank sensor, cam sensor after vehicle shut off while driving, headlight ground, air bag sensor as well as others]. Vehicle has rough start every time vehicle is started. I also have complaint regarding the heater blowing cold air when I come to a stop. After reading hundreds of complaints and reports I fear my vehicle is soon to follow in regards to the engine failure so many have reported. Why should I have to spend my time constantly checking the oil to make it is proper when there are no oil leaks and vehicle has less than 80,000 miles and is extremely well maintained? due to the immense amount of reports and claims shouldn't Nissan motor corp. Issue a recall for engines that have already ingested the catalytic converter material despite being replaced? hasn't the damage already been done?.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 03/12/2009

One month ago oil light went on, checked oil and low. Mechanic said the oil was not leaking, yet we were losing oil every 100 miles. Went to Nissan for diagnostic check and they said the 2002 Nissan Altima 2. 5s, 80,000 miles needs catalytic converter and engine. . Read more...

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 07/25/2008

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima with 105,000 miles. I have no oil leaks, smoke coming out when I drive but my car is consuming a quart or more a week. I have 2 small children and I have contacted Nissan and they said they haven't heard anything. But on car complaints there are several. I am afraid my engine would blow when I am driving.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 12/19/2007

Bought used 2002 Nissan Altima 3/07 took car to dave solon Nissan, pueblo CO 12/07. I commuted every other week to colorado springs on those weeks I was putting 3 quarts of oil. There was no oil leak oil was gone. Nissan couldn't tell me where oil was going they contacted warrant & they decided on a refurbished engine. Got my car back end of December. Jan, Feb & March only drove car every other week to springs. Noticed at end of Feb I was putting about 8 quarts oil a week. Took it back to Nissan in beginning of March they told me I needed to find receipts for oil changes, told them I wasn't sure I could find them. But questioned that it oil would need to be changed when there was no oil in the car after a two days. A week later husband started back to work he took Nissan to colo springs for work on his way home it just died out good thing for us on our not so busy street and only a couple of houses from ours. So there it stood for a couple of months not having money to get it towed or even looked at. In may we found a mechanic a mile from our home who would come and tow it to his shop. He looked at it and found we needed a catalytic converter paid $800 for it. When he went to put it in he found where our oil was going. He said 3 of our 4 cylinders were covered in oil which made the catalytic converter explode. He told use to call Nissan which I did they said they would not look at the car unless we give them receipts for oil changes again why tried again to find them of course could not locate I think we did 2 in the time frame. Argued with them for a long time they basically told me it was our problem not there's. Went online and researched found many many people with same problem as myself. Need something done about this we are paying for a car that is not working. I would understand if it was our fault but how can a 2002 car with about 89,000 miles on it need another engine. Nissan needs to take the blame and compensate Nissan owners.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 12/07/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated intermittently. She had several mechanics inspect the vehicle, and they all identified the failure as electrical. The following day, the contact attempted to start the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The dealer stated that water leaked into the engine and caused it to lock. The contact stated that she had been taking her vehicle in for routine maintenance every 3,000 miles to have the oil changed, and had not experienced any engine failure. She was informed that a new engine would cost between $6,000-$7,000 and a used engine would cost between $3,000-$4,000. The failure and current mileages were 85,000.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 20
Failure Date: 11/01/2007

I purchased a used 2002 Nissan Altima in 2006. 3 months after I bought it, I began having problems with it leaking oil. Then a month after that I began having mechanical/electrical problems, such as the car would shut off on its own when I was driving on the surface street as well as the freeway. The car will now not go over 25 mph. I spoke to Nissan regarding a recall that I found on your website and they stated to me that the previous owner had already brought the car in for these same problems and it was repaired already and that they are not obligated to repair it again. I have recently found hundreds of recent complaints on this matter. This is a horrible accident waiting to happen. I do not have thousands of dollars to repair a manufacturer (Nissan) failure to resolve an issue with me and thousands of other consumers. For my car to shut off at a speed of 65-70 mph on the freeway is heart stopping. My granddaughter who is now 3, was with me. Cars were swerving around me. We were all lucky to be alive. If this problem had been addressed properly and correctly, these problems would not be recurring . I have taken my car to 2 different mechanics and they say that I have to go to Nissan because this car will not run without Nissan parts. Nissan says give me $6,000+ dollars and we can give you a new engine. But we have no problem with our Nissan Altima's. I don't know what to do. My car is sitting inoperable in my driveway as I make monthly payments. This is the worst car I have ever owned.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 10/01/2007

I bought a Nissan 2006 Altima and I was told that the motor was a recall but had been replaced when I purchased the auto, since then 1 yr later I had another recall to replace the motor again. The headliner has been replaced and it still has a spot where I believe it is leaking. My pickup as in the motor isn't working properly when I put my foot on the gas it takes time for it to move. I have taken it in on a regular basis for oil changes, rotation of tires etc. I am very dissatisfied with the motor of this vehicle. Please help.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 09/09/2007

Oil is consumed at a rate of approx. 1 quart every 200 miles, mechanic has informed me there are no noticable leaks. Around the 80,000 mile mark oil began to run low but the problem has been increasing.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 10/01/2006

2002 Nissan Altima customer states that in October she noticed oil leak and has taken car in and notice has been found but continues to have the same problem* the consumer was told she qualified for a new engine. However when she returned to the dealer, she was told she didn't qualify for a new engine or even having the existing engine fixed. The consumer was told that the manufacturer's standards that a vehicle consuming 3/4 quart of oil was acceptable. The consumer stated the engine light stays on constantly, before it just flickered.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 08/01/2006

2006 Nissan Altima 2. 5 special edition had oil leak from the seal in the motor. Brakes were squeaking. The dealer informed the consumer there was no problem with the brakes.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2006

I purchased a brand new 2006 Nissan Altima in March 2006. It's now August 2006, and I am experiencing an oil leak. I took the car to the dealership and the technician told me that it was leaking at the seal. Now my vehicle identification number fell in the range of the 2006 Nissan Altima recall. The technician stated that Nissan corporate told him just to replace the seal. I was not satisfied with that response. I was never offered a new motor. I believe that because I am a woman they are playing me for dumb. I have also been dealing with squealing brakes that I have reported to the technician which he keeps dismissing as the hot weather.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 26
Failure Date: 05/01/2006

- the contact stated that the 2006 Nissan Altima was excessively consuming oil, she has taken it at least fifteen times to the dealer. The dealer advised her to bring the vehicle in when it had no oil. The first time she took it to the dealer for repair she had received a recall letter from Nissan regarding the oil leak, but to her knowledge it was not repaired and the problem recurred. When the contact took the vehicle to the dealer they stated that there was no problem. She called north american Nissan ,and they told her to send in her invoices so that they might help her, but the vehicle was still excessively consuming oil.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 27
Failure Date: 05/07/2005

The car would suddenly stop while driving almost causing fatal accidents. Car was taken to Nissan to have a recall fixed for this exact problem. Nissan stated they would not reprogram the ecm under the recall until the crankshaft position sensors were replaced and was charged 350 dollars for parts and labor. The recall stated the sensors could overheat and cause brief interruption to the ecm and cause the car to stall. If the sensors are causing the problem why are they not recalled as well? further review online shows the original sensors were made from plastic and could crack and leak oil onto the sensor causing them to fail and the new revised ones are made from metal.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 28
Failure Date: 10/03/2004

I bought the car on 9/20/04. On 10/3/04 I noticed that, the engine was leaking oil. Dipstick showed oil level was below low mark. Dealer inspection traced oil leak to the galley plug.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 29
Failure Date: 03/24/2003

This is written notice of a complaint I have regarding my new 2002 Nissan Altima. At the time of purchase, I was sold a defective engine, which is leaking oil at the rate of 2 quarts every 1,300 miles. The NHTSA has a recall for this as 03v084000 under the 'notes' section as I believe this is what my problem is. The car only has 7,000 miles but I have had to top the oil since I purchased the 2002 2. 5 Altima.

car image   Engine Oil Leaking problem of the 1996 Nissan Altima 30
Failure Date: 12/24/1998

The upper oil pan seal is not secure. This causes oil to leak from engine. I am familiar with four other individuals with the same problem ( Altima owners). The seal itself is very inexpensive, but the labor to lift the engine to replace the seal, is estimated at approximately $450 to $600. With five Altima owners with the same problem, I feel this is a design error. Any help would be greatly appreciated!.

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