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Car Shaking, Engine jumping, and won't start

My Stanza has been producing a real strong Gasoline smell for a few weeks but i didn't pay much attentinton to it and on top of that when i start the car theres alot of vibrations and it sounds like the engine is jumping. Then this morning while i was driving to school the car jerked twice then cut off and it won't start now. What would cause these things and how do i fix it

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  • L shoff Oct 29, 2008

    I haven't noticed a fuel leak but my dad says that it burns oil too quickly. Its so bad that i'm having to constantly fill it with oil like every week. could that be a part of the issue? And yes there have been rattling noises coming from the engine. how much would it cost to ix something like that or should i just give up on it?

  • L shoff Oct 29, 2008

    Yea, thanks for the help. My dad is actually a Mechanic and he's been looking/thinking (probably more thinking than looking) at the car all day. The car belongs to my mom she's just letting me use it for school so i'd have to ask her if its ok for me to give or sale the parts. But um i'm in Greensboro, NC. There are a few salvage yards in my area what exactly should i be looking for, i mean with used engines isn't it likely that i could accidently pick up a piece **** engine?

  • L shoff Oct 29, 2008

    ok thanks. I mean i'm sure my dad could easily spot the issue(s) since he's a mechanic, but i'm starting to get into cars and repairs and i'm trying to take care of the one i have by myself. Just to impress him ya know

    But hopefully i found something affordable and not too beat up.

    thanks again.

  • L shoff Oct 29, 2008

    oh by the way my Stanza has a little over 250,000 miles on it

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Yeah, um if u are gonna junk your stanza, ill buy both fenders and parking lamp assemblies from you, so long as they are in good shape, hell depending on the price you want for it, I may buy the driver side door if you are gonna junk it. Comment back would be appreciated =)

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My 91 Nissan Stanza is shaking as i driving an jumpimg when its stopped at a light. I had the Driver ball joint, shock mount, and tires done what else can it be?

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We're gonna need a little more info on this... I have a 92 Stanza that just rolled over 377,000 miles- and worked for a Nissan dealership for 10 years.

Is there a visible fuel leak? You'll wanna make sure as this could cause a very dangerous situation.

Have there been any noises from the engine? Like a "rattle" type noise?

My guess is that you have a fuel leak, either somewhere in one of the lines from the tank or in the fuel rail or even a fuel injector, causing a lack of fuel into the engine (which would explain both the smell of fuel and also the driveability issues).

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    Jason Schoonmaker Oct 29, 2008

    The oil pressure actuated timing chain tensioner in these engines have very small oil ports and are pretty susceptible to oil contamination- meaning that if your oil gets pretty dirty and a small piece of dirt gets into the tensioner, it will stop working, thus, not holding tension on the slack side of the timing chain. Once this happens, the chain starts slapping around inside the timing cover and will destroy the plastic chain guides (Nissan came out with a revised plastic-covered metal guide design in about 1995). If enough of these guides break, not only will the chunks find their way to the oil pan, but the valve timing will actually change quite a bit- enough to cause the rough idle and stalling and eventually stop running all together. The fuel smell could be coming from this also because if the valve timing is that far off, the exhaust valve could be opening before all the fuel in the cylinder burns, sucking raw fuel out of the cylinder and eventually out the tail pipe.



    If you're adding a quart of oil every week, I would say that the engine is pretty much toast- you may have gotten a piece of trash from the guides up into the cylinder bore(s) and scratched them or the rings just might be worn out or seized in the ring lands of the pistons.



    If it weren't burning the oil, I would say put a chain, tensioner and guides in it and it should be fine- for about $150 in parts, but that's a lot of work to go to (about 8-10 hours for an experienced tech) to have an engine that's burning that much oil. Like I said, I have a 92 with 377,000 miles and I burn about 1/2 quart every 3000 miles. That car has been meticulously cared for since it had about 20,000 miles tho... I got the car for $135 because it needed a timing cover seal- even with 300,000 miles, the original guides weren't broken- I replaced the chain, tensioner and guides while I was that deep into the engine anyway...



    I think that if the car is in decent shape, a salvage yard engine is the way to go at this point. Where are you located? If you are going to junk the car rather than fix it, I may be interested in it for parts.

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    Jason Schoonmaker Oct 29, 2008

    Yeah... you're too far away from me in PA anyhow... haha!! Most salvage yards test engines and make sure they run and don't smoke and all that before they will sell the part. Anytime you buy something used, you take the risk of it going away, but again, most salvage yards have a 30 day guarantee on parts too...

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    Jason Schoonmaker Oct 29, 2008

    by the way, they should know how many miles are on the engine too... and look it over before you buy it- if it looks like it's been beat, it probly has... look for something with as low mileage as you can find and doesn't look like there's 10 pounds of oily dirt on the side of it and make sure the oil pan isn't dented... just that it looks in general good condition...

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