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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hi, sometimes the engine can get fuel washed. in older vehicles(carburated vehicles that is) this condition used to be known as flooded, but in the newer vehicles(fuel injected) there is a case where fuel is sprayed in and will actually wash the piston rings of oil just enough so compression cannot occur properly. i generally just open the throttle blade full(floor the accelerator) before turning the key on to start engine and crank for a little while. if there is a fuel wash condition, the engine will start to fire a bit then eventually kick over and run, when it does run, you may have to pump the gas pedal to keep running, and eventually, the engine will come back to life. if this happens to be the situation, it is time to change your oil as it will be fuel saturated and it may happen to you again(no start that is.) now, this happens about once a month in my shop where combustion just gets fouled by a mis-start and the rings get washed on a number a vehicles, but you should always check to make sure the camshafts rotate in sync with crank, timing chains on nissans like the one in the maxima are known for stretching and the guides are known for wearing. this would be the next area i would check, if the chain and guides are too worn, the engine likely won't start. good luck with it!
Posted on Jun 21, 2010
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