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Long crank time before starts

Have a nissan 1996 maxima 3.0 the motor cranks over fine but takes long time to start sometimes engine will almost stop like out of time
if i adjust the idle at the iac it starts better or sooner like within 2 cranks
i herd that the trans may need to be pulled and mateing surfaces have to be cleaned ground problem
oonly code is for the knock sensor bank 1
this has been getting worse also smells like fuel
exhaust smells gassy when started and smokes

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  • dlsweeny Nov 06, 2008

    found a guy that works on anything and told me after fixing my car that every sensor grounds through the trans

    why i dont know the fix is to remove the trans and clean mateing surfaces you DONT HAVE TO DO THAT

    car may still crank but not a good enough ground

    remove the neg batt connection on the adapter plate

    then remove the adapter plate also

    clean all mateing surfaces so they are shiny the block where the adapter mounts both sides of the adapter plate both sides of the

    battery cable end the post the cable mounts on on the adapter and around the post

    before you reinstall remove 1 transmission mounting bolt clean the bell housing where the bolt makes contact

    clean the washer both sides and the back side of the bolt head reinstall trans bolt

    reinstall adapter plate and neg cable

    should start right off the batt

    another solution that he has come up with is to get a bolt that has a nut on it with extra threads

    remove one of the trans mounting bolts approx where the ground bolts on discard

    get a bolt that has threads with a nut already on it with extra threads clean the bell housing so its shiny install the new bolt with the extra threads put the neg cable on and put on a new nut

    this will give it a great ground the bolt grounds the block and the new bolt with extra nut grounds the transmission he says that that has not failed him yet thats what he does nissan should have done this in the first place total cost for the repairs if you do it your self should be under 10 dollars

    do this before replaceing any sensors

    no matter what codes come up

    had it into dealer several times they could not fix

    had a independant shop check it out also could not find my problem

    they replaced crank sensor knock sensor o2 sensors

    ended up someone told me of a guy that worked on import and domestic cars that he was real good

    the guy worked out of his garage at home he had it fixed within 1/2 hour

    been taking my stuff to him they were right he is great with great prices

    man am i glad i gave him a try good luck all

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Thoroughly clean interior of throttle body especially area where butterfly flap seats and all drillings, use aerosol carb cleaner, check air filter and spark plugs (platinum type only!). Then set idle with a consult unit or similar, engine management must be in service mode to set idle properly.
Also test coolant temp sensor it may be open circuit. If you don't know how to do this ask me.
Forget about earth if starter turns engine over at normal speed.

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