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1990 maxima cranks and tries to start, but dies when you release key

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  • n decastro Jan 19, 2013

    new update: ran it long enough to get proper eng temp and found out the heater core has a leak, and was dripping coolant right above ecm. ran a by-pass hose on eng side and left heater hoses loose. replaced ecm and car starts and runs fine now. i opened the old ecm and found some connections inside that wre corroded and fried.

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Sounds like you have a bad ignition switch i worked on a vehicle that had similar problems and once changed switch worked good

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

  • n decastro Dec 09, 2012

    It turned out to be part of the OEM anti-theft system arming itself and cutting power to fuel pump. Disconnected battery, pulled ECM and anti-theft relays, re-installed relays and battery, locked/unlocked door manually, and started engine. Fuel pump runs now, and engine runs fine.

  • n decastro Jan 19, 2013

    new update: ran it long enough to get proper eng temp and found out the heater core has a leak, and was dripping coolant right above ecm. ran a by-pass hose on eng side and left heater hoses loose. replaced ecm and car starts and runs fine now. i opened the old ecm and found some connections inside that wre corroded and fried.

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SOURCE: 1990 z wont start/ crank over Locked key in car.

Do you still have your OEM key and alarm remote control (if equipped)? If you're sure they work, open your hood and disconnect your battery for 10 minutes, connect it again and proceed to close all doors/hood as usual, arm & desarm the alarm and proceed to open the car with your key and turn it on. Did this help??

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If your belt came with marks, then they should match the marks that are on the sprockets and block, if not, you must have the cam marks align with those on the engine. If you're in doubt about the exact spot, lay a tooth pick across the sprockets so that you can check alignment to the block.

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SOURCE: 1990 nissan maxima trunk release switch

Actually, this car has security system that prevent the trunk opened without using the master key. I often use this to lock my trunk. Just slid up the tiny lever upward to allow the trunk open from inside. the lever is on the back trunk (in the center, behind the Tail light) where the trunk door hook up with the lock system.
Cheers..

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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The should adjust the throttle of the fuel pump to control the flow of gas . if there is two much gas going to the engine while accelerating the car use to stop or it dies .the Idle should be adjusted to according to that the car can intake and exhaust properly.There is no such problem to the car but just that simple check the carburetor or fuel pump Idle and throttle. Adjust them that the car can run properly.

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SOURCE: 1990 nissan maxima...died while driving

What was the voltage at the battery posty when running. 14.5 vdc or higher.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011

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Cheers..

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