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Multiple problems with the 92 Nissan Maxima GXE Automatic

I have a 1992 Nissan Maxima GXE- 180,000 miles. There are many problems I am having with her: The first is the keypad, which has stopped working about two years ago. Is there any way I could fix this?
Another problem is there is a very rough idle when she starts up, the RPM will fluccuate from 2000 dropping to about 500, and then stall out, unless I rev the engine.
The third problem is the lag when accelerating. It seems she's going to about 4-5000 RPM before she changes gear, I don't know if the power control/comfort switch was tapped or something. Anyway, she'll strain and then there's a little kick, like a tiny backfire. She's fine afterwards.
She also has a tire rod that's slightly loose.
Today I went to the car and it wouldn't start, the car went into accessory just fine so the battery is all good. I turned on the lights and saw them in the reflection of the car in front of me, I went to turn over the engine and saw the lights were not dimming, so I wonder if it's the ignition starter.
I love this car to death, I will have had her for 18 years in November and do not want to replace her. Everyone in my neighborhood knows me as the ''army maxima chick'' and they know how much I love my car. Please, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • GiJaneDoe Jun 16, 2009

    I'll be contacting my local mechanic in the morning to see if he can have a look at it. There's no clicking sound really, when it starts up, there's no sound of effort from the engine to turn over either. Do you know of any "quick fix" that would get it started just so I can get it to the shop? Or would I have to shell out for a tow?

  • GiJaneDoe Jun 17, 2009

    Well I am a true moron, I overlooked the neutral safety switch. Apparently, when my roommate moved my car he didn't fully put it in park and the gear got stuck. Good thing my mechanic is a friend and didn't charge me (I paid him anyway).



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Goto a shop you can trust and have a diagnostic done....I love my 21 year old subaru justy and had a rough idle and similar probs, it turned out that the computer needed to be reset...and the computer thing the mechanic had did the job, now it purrs....umm is there a clicking of any kind when trying to start it...that would mean a dead battery or dirty terminals...however it sounds like a issue with the ignition subaru switch wore out and i have to use a screw driver to start it, which is fine you still can't steal my car, cause it needs the move the wheel...anyway, I could see that the problem would be in the switch... w

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How's anyone supposed to track things if you don't break out your problems into separate questions? Hm? Go Air Force!
The Keypad you get to replace if you can't rule out its connection and relationship with the security system in general as a problem. Since it starts hesitantly, it doesn't sound like that's clear. You get to make one of those serial port analyzers (CANbus on one end, USB on the one for your PC) or buy one for $50-100; hey, you get detailed run info) and use it to get your roster of issues from the car's POV.

The rough running won't do! How about opening up the distributor, servicing it and the plugs? That's basics that could be causing your rough idle.

The best thing about pulling info out of it ahead is that you don't beat up the part you want at the junkyard (with the forklift that gets it up so you can wrench at the bits) before you get to swapping that one. Saves time.

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