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Losing power and dies

I have a 1997 nissan altima, recently my car will completely lose power and dies while I am driving. It will start back up and sometimes drive good for a while. Sometimes not. I dont know if it is relivent but this only seems to happen when I have less then 1/4 tank of gas

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  • aclark37 Jan 25, 2009

    my nissan altima was starting up but it would idle as if it wanted to turn off it would sort of sputter and idle close to zero this happened for about 3 days. Then I was driving one day and it cut off, it started back up and i was able to drive for about 2 miles and it cut off again. if and when it did start up if i pressed on the gas it would cut off and eventually it would not start but acts as if it wants to start but doesn't. All the electrical stuff works and there is more than a 1/2 tank of gas and it recently had a tune up.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I replaced plugs an stuff a while back fixed rough driving now when we start it has a funny ilde an when put in gear like reverse or drive it likes to die sometimes now



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Sounds as if it may be the fuel pump has unhitched inside the fuel tank. I will explain....The fuel pump is contained in a housing and when all together slides into receiver built into the inside bottom of the fuel tank. 2 ways it can come loose, previous repairs to the pump causing it not to be installed correctly or vehicle being in an accident and the impact causing the pump assembly to slide out of the "holder". When not in correctly, the pump will be just kind of sitting in the fuel with the fuel pump pickup pointing wherever instead of in the correct position facing towards the bottom. This is why (in my opinion) you are experiencing the problem with less than a 1/4 tank. I would recommend checking this first as its the most likely cause. Hope this helps and please rate this.

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