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97 altima wont start, engine turns, radio, lights work, no check engine light coming on. Thought it might be spark plugs, put new plugs in, started for 60 sec then died. white smoke comes from engine if i continue trying to crank.

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    thomas foster May 11, 2010

    see if it will start with starting fluid in the intake if it does you need to look towards a fuel pump if it doesnt hit than you need to look at the timming belt sorry for the news good luck

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Oil is leaking getting into the cylinders which is being burnt which is causing the white smoke from the exhaust. You might have compression problems or worn valves.

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