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Well its a 97 maxima SE, 168,000. It has had a problem just lately again dying. When you back up in reverse. It dies. While at stop light just dies. Not all the time. It has been known to just die while car is driving in traffic. Yet it doent always do this. mechanics have tried to pin point this issue yet no defintive cure. No check service light comes on. I think it may be altenator or fuel pump but I dont really know. Maybe 02 sensor. May need new spark plugs. Nothing really has been done to this car major. Replaced fuel filter recently and this fixed the hestition when hitting gas pedal. Help on a budget and can't afford a runaround repair. Jon

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  • jnacht57 Jul 24, 2009

    Let me just add that I still dont know why codes dont show up. Also the vehicle has been doing this since 88.000. according to previous owner. Connections look good. What does egr valve and throttle position sensor factor into this. Would new spark plugs help. ( Drives out ok ) How would I check to confirm fuel pump. I wouldnt just replace this for no good reason. Do fouled sensors cause this proplem? If so which are most likely. Would a new test on a code reader reveal something dependeing on type of code reader. Do Nissan mechanics at dealership find this a common problem caused by a defect? Jon

  • jnacht57 Jul 24, 2009

    Some car issues aren't standard to fix. Since no error codes were produced. I think with the likely cause and other more detailed explainations were explained. Thanks!



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I would check for a loose connection running to the fuel pump as the first thing or maybe just replace the pump to start as it may be getting weak with age. Very strange that you aren't getting any codes. I doubt it is the alternator since it dies while you are cruising but you can still get it tested at any auto parts store. I think AutoZone is doing it for free, but call and ask first. Let me know what you find.


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    Benjamin Patri Jul 24, 2009

    Most of the time it seems, that wires to the MAF sensor are bad, usually not the sensor itself on these cars. I am amazed that this car has been running so much with this problem without finding it. New spark plugs probably won't fix it, but they are cheap to try. I am thinking that it probably is a sensor, but again I am surprised that you are getting no error codes. (It never hurts to take it to AutoZone again and see if anything comes up, its free to have them checked, depending on the kind used before, it might need a better reader). It may just be loose wiring or bad wiring, as has been the case on other ones, but again, that is very hard to track down. If you have someone you know with the same car, I would try switching out sensors one by one and see if that helps. If you have infinite resistance across a sensor's contacts, generally then its bad. What it sounds like overall though is just a loose connection somewhere which is why you don't get any codes but if you did then at least you would have a place to start looking. I hope this helps.

    To check the fuel pump, you can apply voltage directly to it from the battery and see if it runs, it probably isn't the problem if the car has continued to run for so many miles though.



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