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Can anyone help me with this problem? I have an '84 Nissan Sentra that will run great, then when I stop and park it, it won't start for hours. Or, it will just up and die as I drive it, with no warning at all. Are these cars known for this problem? Suggestions? David Crippen My problem is similar with the following exceptions. Starts fine after shut down but will die after about 10 minutes of running or as soon as I get off interstate and it begins to slow. O.k. here are the facts: 1. Bought from neighbor after sitting for a couple of years, it is a 3 door (XE). 2. Condition existed prior to me buying. They suspected cam sensor? 3. I put another carb on it and it ran fine till I parked it for about a month or so. 4. Drove to work, got off exit ramp and when I slowed down to turn right, it died. 5. Took to mechanic and he replaced coil. Said it is not getting fire when it dies. He suggests getting an ECU (under passenger seat) or maybe distributor. I thought it may be a fuel problem but the mechanic says its getting no fire when it is refusing to start. I do know that after it refuses to start, if you let it sit for about 15 minutes or so, it will start. But will die again after running a short period of time. Anyone have any ideas? It is 1.6 litre, carb and auto transmission. Has only 68,000 original miles. Oh yeah, the speedo/odo quit working around the same time also. Any help on this brainbuster would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Joe in Nashville.

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  • Joe Yount May 25, 2009

    This doesnt help me. Can you please repost my problem separately. Thanks, Joe.

  • Joe Yount Jun 18, 2009

    Got another ECU and as stated before, replaced coil. Still same problem. Mechanic now suggests getting another distributor. The costs are beginning to mount on this. Anyone have any ideas if the distributor might be the culprit? Also, if the distributor replacement doesnt work, what then? I will have a new coil, distributor and replacement ECU with not results. Any ideas guys? This is killing me!

  • Joe Yount Jun 18, 2009

    Is it possible the crank sensor could be causing this? Just a guess.

  • Joe Yount Oct 03, 2009

    No help, Still same problem. Will take to another mechanic at another garage for fresh eyes and possible solution. Thanks guys but please refund. Joe.

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Try changing the fuel filter? it may be starving the carb.
Other than that - if the ECU heats up - and has a dry solder joint - and turn or bump may make the problem appear.
The ECU takes the information from the cam&crank sensors and fires at just the right time.
Take a closer look at the ECU - it's probably failing intermittantly.

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Hi,

Well this sort of problem is scene with all cars and models so I would not specifically account this issue with this car only.

The 2002 year Sentra had issuses with the Engine Control Module covered by eight year eighty thousand miles warranty. Rapid changes in temps, moisture causes internal failure of the ECM which most likely causes the fuel pump not to run and listen carefully the fuel pump relay in the left kick panel to clicks rapidly sometimes.
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first, thanks for the detailed description unfortunately being online and not hands on with you, with everything mentioned there really isn't much to offer you but to try to replace the plugs with a proper gap and new wires and recheck your firing order to make sure its firing properly. i have to ask why you changed the camshaft sensor to begin with? i had a car sit that was off time and showed the same symptoms. all that was wrong was two plug wires were switched. at higher rpms in neutral it would run as you described, but under load it was extremely poor.

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sounds like the battery/ alternator. its usually harder for a car to start when its extremely cold. you should have someone put the battery on a charger for a while and drive it to an advance auto parts where they can test the battery and altenator for free. they'll tell you what to do afterwards, hopefully its the battery, nissan altenators are kinda pricey
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