Service Engine Light On Problems of Nissan Altima - part 1

Nissan Altima owners have reported 119 problems related to service engine light on (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.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 1
Failure Date: 03/28/2018

Car was sputtering at intersections and hard to start. Took to mechanic twice & he could not find anything wrong; said he thought it might be a recall problem; say where there was a problem with the wiring harness on full pump shorting out; part is on national recall; service engine light remained on.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Nissan Altima 2
Failure Date: 07/13/2017

Service engine light remains on. Code po101. Mass air flow. Changed the air filter, and the maf sensor but light remains on bulentin ntb12-051d regarding this issue states should get the engine control module reprogramed. I think it should be nissian recall and they should cover it.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 3
Failure Date: 04/23/2017

In 2008, my car stated having difficulty starting for a few weeks then my service engine light came on. My mechanic told me it was for the camshaft position sensor. I checked with Nissan and found that there was a recall for 2005 Altimas but my car was not part of the recall. The camshaft was replace. Last week my car transmission started jerking and shortly after the service engine light came on. My mechanic told me it was the camshaft position sensor. I forwarded an e-mail to Nissan asking what was the parameters of the recall as this was the second time my car had this problem. They responded that my car is not part of the recall and to seek assistance from my local dealer. I have dealt with the local dealership in the past and there customer service is horrible. I have read that this senor can cause my car to stall while driving. I am in fear this will happen on a nyc highway, in a deserted or high crime area. Do I have any recourse that would make Nissan pay for this $400. 00 plus repair?.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 4
Failure Date: 08/25/2016

My car has been having steering problems to wear I got it fix with replacing a steering rack which has not lasted longer then a year. 2015-2016 and I can't seem to get a repair man to figure it out. This has happen driving, and turning. I have had exhaust problem to were the repair men has told that my car could catch of fire due to the heat shield so they remove one. Which still left my car dealing with oil spillage afterwards after driving it anywhere. My oil never touches the ground just sits in exhaust pipe and blow smoke sometimes and it has started back up once again after putting so much repairs into my car. Service engine light has start popping on and off, everytime I get it tested it says crank sensor thats when driving the car or when the car moving. Then some days it will disappear. And it mess with the power of my engine. And sometimes it takes a while to crank the car. Now I have tried replacing another motor in the car but this motor that I have now is giving me the same problem as the first motor. And I think thats because the repair men are not fixing the recalls on the motor of the car, they are just replacing the motor like mines got replaced with another motor of the same year make as my car. But I feel that if these recalls on these year make of my car have been known then the Nissan should repair the defects so people want have to keep putting so much money into fixing the car and its not their fault its Nissan. I have problems also out of my manifold gasket and the whole part itself all the time that can burn me and my children up while driving. And I'm just so scared something is going to happen while driving my car and there are recalls on my make model car.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 5
Failure Date: 06/22/2016

Service engine light came on and we had the vehicle tested to see why? I was informed there was a problem with the crank sensor? this is the 2nd time this vehicle has had this problem. We had the sensor replaced 09/22/2015 due to engine shutting off unexpectedly and we lost power steering and brakes. !.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 6
Failure Date: 05/03/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine soon light illuminated constantly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03v455000 (engine and engine cooling). Due to the failure, the vehicle could not pass the state emission inspection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 185,202.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 7
Failure Date: 02/24/2016

Service engine light came on, took it in for computer diagnostics & it showed cam shaft sensor alignment. I was driving at the time the light came on.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2008 Nissan Altima 8
Failure Date: 12/12/2015

While I was driving on the street my car completely powered down, I was so scared, because there was moving traffic behind me. I tried stepping on the brakes and then hitting the gas again but the car would not move. I had to quickly put my parking lights on and pray that no one would hit me. Then I turned the car off and on a couple of times and it started moving, only to power down two blocks later. I was able to pull over to the side this time and I waited a while and then turned the car back on. This time the service engine light came on. I took my car to auto zone and codes came up for the speed sensor and throttle sensor. This was so scary and hazardous, thank god I got off the highway beforehand because there was too much traffic!.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 9
Failure Date: 08/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning light was randomly flashing. The contact stated that the oil was not staying in the vehicle as the failure progressed. The vehicle stalled several times and was able to be restarted but the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to more than one repair shop for an inspection of the vehicle and the mechanics recommended that the vehicle be taken to a dealer. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the engine assembly needed to be replaced. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 06v242000 (engine and engine cooling ), 03v455000 (engine and engine cooling ), 03v084000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Dyd.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 10
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.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 11
Failure Date: 06/06/2015

My car engine shut off periodically while being drive at low speeds and higher oil consumption. The first time occurred on June 6, 2015 while driving across woodyard road to pine view lane from the clinton shopping center. The second time was on Friday June 12, 2015 while driving home from the branch Ave metro parking, with my brother on the way home, while turning off from highway 5 on to surratt’s road, leaving my brother and I dangerously stuck the right side of the off curve with cars going by blowing their horns. The Altima does start back up, but only after a minute or two. No apparent reason why, no warning lights. The car has been consuming more oil than usual and after the first incident, the service engine light came on and does not shut off. A search for recalls revealed in fact that there was a recall issued, 06v-223 on the 2006 Altima, but was not notified or the recall addressed.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 12
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

Car shuddered and rpm dropped and then came back up to current rpm level. Came to stop light and vehicle was then put into limp mode. Would not accelerate and rpm's would not go over 2000. Pulled over and turned car off. Restarted car and began to try and drive it again. Service engine light came on and vehicle would not shift gears. Tried to manually shift the automatic trans and it would hit hard upon gear shifts but was able to make it home the remaining few miles. . Brought vehicle in to a mechanics shop the next morning and the codes indicate cam position sensor failures. I see numerous complaints and a recall for this under r2022 but of course my vehicle is not listed. This appears to be a common problem and all vehicles should be included in this recall as it is completely dangerous issue that comes out of nowhere while driving the vehicle. I am waiting for the vehicle to be repaired to see if the problem is completely resolved at my expense. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 13
Failure Date: 03/31/2015

While driving my entire vehicle will periodicall jerk. Its done it numerous times since its began. Now the service engine light is on. The paint on my vehicle is also faded and the clear coats has come off. I have seen plenty of other people on forums complaining about the same things. So it appears to me that Nissan is falling down on the job and should be issuing a recall of some sort about these problems. I have two small children and cant afford something catostrophical happening to my vehicle.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 14
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance and they cleared the code but a failure progressed in which the vehicle stalled more than five times. The contact had to wait a brief moment and was able to restart the vehicle. The contact was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03v455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was to be taken to the dealer for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The contact was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 03v251000 (fuel system, gasoline), received notification and the dealer stated that this recall did not apply to the vehicle although the VIN was included in the recall. Parts distribution disconnect. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. Dyd.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 15
Failure Date: 01/26/2015

The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the service engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the crank shaft position sensor needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included under NHTSA campaign number: 07v527000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,573.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 16
Failure Date: 12/02/2014

While stoped at a red light my car engine shut off. After a while it started again, but the transmision wouldn't shift to lower gears and jerked hard in reverse, and service engine light came on. When I took it to the shop the cam sensor had to be replaced. After doing research, I found this was an issue and a recall on some models but not mine. Why only one model was recalled?.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 17
Failure Date: 08/17/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at 20 mph, the service engine soon light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was powered off but failed to restart. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the cam shaft and crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000. Djr.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Nissan Altima 18
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

Engine shut down while driving home and making a left turn in rush hour traffic. "service engine soon" light came on. We are only fortunate not to have been hit by oncoming vehicles! long beach hooman Nissan said there was no code when the diagnostic test was performed and although the same thing happened to the technician the next day when they test drove my car, they've washed their hands from it. Service rep said we can contact Nissan north America. We called and got a call center in the philippines. Nissan was supposed to call me on an expedited basis but I have not received a call after leaving 3 messages for tel. 615-725-7569. I am without a drivable safe car and stuck in a phone messaging black hole! what am I to do after only 58,000 miles? do I have to be in an accident and injured before Nissan will pay attention? in addition, the dealer replaced my transmission at the tune of $4000 in July 2013 because of a similar engine stall issue when the service engine soon light came on. This car is still unsafe and not drivable and we wasted $4000 for a transmission unnecessarily, since the same issue is recurring. This car has original manufacturer defects. Various dealers concluded different diagnoses at different times but no dealer has been able to fix it permanently. Nissan north America not only put out an unsafe vehicle, but also deceived me as a loyal customer all these years paying the dealers for bogus repairs. Please help me.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Nissan Altima 19
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Service engine soon light appeared doing highway speed. Garage replaced cam shaft sensor. 2 weeks later the light appeared again. Garage replaced crankshaft sensor. Problem resolved but this seems to come up time and time again with this year and model. When light was on there was severe loss of power since the bad sensor was confusing the onboard computer. Dangerous situation demonstrating need for recall.

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car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2002 Nissan Altima 20
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.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 21
Failure Date: 05/11/2013

I was driving on the freeway in texas going 70 miles an hour on cruise control then two unexpecting jerks in the engine happened and loss of speed and the service engine soon light came on.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2003 Nissan Altima 22
Failure Date: 02/15/2013

I drove my car from ms to GA. When I reached my hotel and turned my car off and tried to leave again the service engine light came on and the car would not start. I had the light checked the next the and it came back reading the crank position sensor. When I made it back to ms I got the part replaced and the check engine light was turned off. 8 months later my car started cutting off at red lights and not starting again. The check engine light came back on. When I had it checked again the mechanic said it was reading for the crank position sensor again. Once I explained to him that I just had that fixed he figured it was something else. Replaced my battery, battery cables, alternator, and starter. Cars still shuts off and wont crank. When I called Nissan they said my VIN wasnt included in the recall. My car stalls on me daily and shuts off at red lights.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 23
Failure Date: 10/15/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while at a dealer for routine service, the technician notified the contact that there was excessive engine oil consumption. The contact had to constantly refill the vehicle with engine oil . In addition, the contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle began to shake, the contact pulled over but the vehicle then stalled. The service engine warning light illuminated. The contact was able to restart the vehicle by replacing the battery. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the catalytic converter, air fuel sensor and the oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. However, the vehicle was not diagnosed for the oil leak. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 118,000. Oo.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 24
Failure Date: 09/05/2012

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact made several attempts to restart the vehicle before the vehicle responded. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the mechanic replaced the battery however, the failure recurred. The service engine warning light also illuminated. The vehicle was then taken to dealer who advised that the failure was related to the crankshaft sensor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07v527000 (engine and engine cooling) however, the contact's VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The approximate failure and current mileage was 129,000. Kmj.

car image   Service Engine Light On problem of the 2006 Nissan Altima 25
Failure Date: 08/06/2012

My service engine light came on and my vehicle's engine lurched forward, as if it was not getting gas. I made it home without incident. I thought I had purchased bad gas. The next morning my car would not start, it took several times for it to final start. This has happened on several occasions. I ran a scan and the scan said I needed to replace the crankshaft sensor which I did and it did no good. The engine is very hard to start and is consuming a lot of gas. This past weekend the engine started to buck when idling in traffic. I was afraid the engine was going to die and catch fire. I found a previous recall that sounds exactly like mine with the crankshaft sensor. I contacted Nissan about it and they said my engine was not part of the recall. This angered me that they do not take these things seriously enough to include all 2. 5l engines for that year. The recall id # 67703 - engine and engine cooling is the one I'm referring too.


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