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When the brakes are applied the car shakes/stalls, have no problem restarting engine?

Ok...My 2000 Nissan Sentra XE 39,000 miles, when holding the brakes it does alot of shaking/vibrating than stalls, but I have to problem restarting the engine. It' also does it when I applied the brakes to reverse to shakes and stops. Again I have no problem restarting the engine. What is making that happen? I menchic was trying to tell me it could be Air mass flow sensor $220.00. My intention is telling me something else.

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Open your hood and see if the vacuum hose from your power brakes has come loose,it goes to the intake manifold.

Posted on May 06, 2013

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SOURCE: Shaking and service engine light

This sounds like it could be one of several things. What have you done as far as your last tune up? A bad spark plug or wire could do this and it is a simple fix for the shaking. The major problem could be your Timing. The Timing might be off. Your timing and your spark plugs have a lot to do with each other. You mention this happens when you put it in drive. Then you mention shifting gears. Most Nissan's are stick shift. Is your car a stick or manual transmission? When was the last time that you checked or changed your transmission fluid?

On an automatic Transmission.
You have to check your transmission fluid with the car running. You should change your transmission fluid and filter around every 10,000 miles, but nobody ever does this. You need to get some Lucas for transmissions to go in it and it will help a lot if it is jerking. Parts stores know what this is.

This could also be a sensor going bad. If you have a parts store in your area, you can take it to them to run a diagnostic on it. If you take it to a garage, it could cast anywhere from $100 to $200 for them to do the same test. Autozone in my area does this test for free. Some other parts stores do them, but I do not know about your area. The big problem with the sensors is that the test might not tell you the exact sensor that is bad. The best thing to do is to have the parts store run the free test for you. Then if it is the plugs and or wires, buy a set of NGK plugs for your car and a lifetime set of wires. (Bad plugs and wires can show up as a sensor sometimes.) Then you will need to reset the service engine light, so you will know if the problem is fixed. To do this you can sometimes unhook your battery for a few minutes to reset the computer. If that does not reset the engine computer, the parts store that did the test can reset it for you. Try the cheapest thing first which is the plugs and wires. Also change your transmission fluid and filter. If you have not changed your oil in the last 3,000 mile you need to change your oil and use Lucas oil additive along with Castrol motor oil. If you live in a climate where it does not get over 80 degrees you can use 10w40. If it gets over 80 degrees you need to use 20w50. (Some places and people are using 5w30, but this is mainly for brand new cars without any leaks or burning oil.) The Lucas will protect your engine and make it run smooth. Lucas is great stuff for any engine new or old. It is cheaper to buy it by the Gallon, if you are going to use it a lot. It is the best thing for an old engine. You can use up to 2 quarts of it in an engine and I have heard of people using more than that.

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Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5S, Check Engine Light Problem.

this problem could be caused by the mass air flow censor, i had the same problem with my car. it is really pricey at the dealer so you might want to check elsewhere for this part. I found one at a scrap yard for 85% less that the dealer and i also got life time warranty, the dealer does not offer any warranty on this part.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

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SOURCE: Shake in steering wheel

I believe you need your disk brake rotors turned to be true again or have them replaced. Whe you use your brakes a lot and kit puddles of cold water then it will warp the rotors which will cause the violent shaking. You may not feel it in the brake pedal even if it is warped rotors. If you don't think you have warped rotors then you should be very careful driving it because it will probably be in the steering sector arm or the idler arm on the steering shaft.
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Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Car Shakes When Driving

I had the shaking problem too, had the #5 coil replaced and the shaking instantly stopped.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Nissan Sentra "Service Engine Soon" and uncontrolable shaking.

could be a number of things with the check engine light on,from what you are describing though, I am going to sugest you look for vacum leaks, broken hoses and such and also listen for a wistling sound. I also had this happen to me but on diffrent type of car, and it was the hose that went to my pcv valve.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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