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Maxima does not start easily after sitting in hot sun for a while

About 1.5 yrs ago I started to have intermittent trouble starting my 1999 Nissan Maxima after it had been sitting in the hot sun (~85+ degrees F) for a couple of hours. It starts on the 1st to 2nd attempt, but the engine takes a long time to ''catch'' after I turn the key (sorry I don't know the correct word). No problem starting during cooler weather (I live in southern Illinois). This year the trouble is more regular and I'm having some difficulty with it after it has sat in the garage for a few hours/overnight. The alternator and battery were replaced in early May, but the problem still exists. A mechanic has looked at the car, but he has no idea what's wrong with it. He told me to bring it in while I'm having the problem. Duh. Of course he apparently has no trouble starting it while it's in his lot. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • boohair Jun 24, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestion. What do you think about the fuel pump relay? A friend suggested this as a possible cause.

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Hot and cold? Hmmmmmmmm, interesting,You may want to to have the air temperature sensor replaced. Its a small sensor on the intake duct coming of the air cleaner. You can change it yourself if needed. Good Luck

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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    Ned C Cook Jun 24, 2009

    The air temp sensor communicates with the ecu. Air temp affects the air /fuel ratio. In cold weather the cold air requires a richer fuel mix and in hot, Less or leaner mix. If this sensor is lying to the puter and saying the air temp is higher than what it is, The fuel may be too lean to start. unplug it and see what happens trying to start the vehicle. It's a small part and easy to change out .The parts store will help you identify it under the hood. - good luck

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