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2000 Maxima GLE engine has trouble maintaining idle in cold temperatures 40 F and below and has been close to stalling. If engine is not warmed up, when shifting into drive, I sporadically feel little power until engine has warmed up. Also can hear a hissing sound from under the hood as I accelerate. Noticed this problem at the end of winter '08 but went away once weather warmed up. I was told this could be an O2 sensor but I'm looking at all possibilities. Thank you Ken S.

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  • wiztstar Jan 30, 2009

    I have a similar problem, the hesitation issue went away as a result of changing the knock sensor ($400) and the all of belts. There is still a hissing under the hood near the center of the firewall and there's a whinning noise when I accelerate, but doesn't seem to be causing any probelms with the exeption on a small loss of mileage; a few miles a tank, any there's still the motor consistantly idling unevenly, possible do to that hissing (maybe a compression problem. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    when car is cold it struggles to start and to find idle and stalls only when cold once warm runs normally no check engine lights.



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The intake plenum gasket is leaking! I have seen this many times before. If you can turn a wrench it will be an easy fix, otherwise take it in and have them replace the gasket. Oh, I almost forgot, the plastic intake manifold needs to be replaced as well. The inserts that holds the manifold in place come loose and that is the root cause of the problem.

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