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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I had similar problems after getting my ECU replaced.
later i got a letter from nissan saying it was the wrong program they flashed on the ECU (think it was a maxima ECU they flashed into my sentra)
it only seemed to do it right after my car warmed up while i was slowing down (for a stop) but never cut out when i was at a complete stop.
you can call nissan to see if there are any recalls or updates for your ECU program (they should be free if there is)
if that does not work, or it cuts off while accelerating, try checking your fuel/air ratio, spark plugs, air filter, and fuel injectors. (a fuel filter can even cause cut-outs as well if it's seriously clogged, but it's usually hard to start as well)
kinda sounds like heat problems, check to make sure your temp gauge is working and see if this helps...
- when it cuts out on you, turn key all the way off, then turn it back to full on (but don't crank) this should let you rad. fan run without cranking your car. if this causes the wait time to be shorter before you can crank it again (less than an hour) then it's most likely a temp gauge, water pump, hose or even a belt.
-2002 sentra se-r 2.5L
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
lOOK BEHIND THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT. Compartmet is probabily plastic and all you have to do is push in real hard to get them past dash board.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
Hello, I will try to point you in a direction from reading the symptoms. What I would like you to do is time the amount of elapsed time between starting the car and when it quits. Your problem may be that a running interval on the Cold start is all the Engine Management stuff you have working in the car. Some of the controls are on a timer.
If there does seem to be a timer involved, then a Repair Manual should state what device takes over after a certain time interval elapses. That part that follows the Cold start sequence would then be the defective part.
Your car could also have a Thermal switch. This would be harder to pinpoint as the base Temperature would be different each time the Weather changes. However, a Repair Manual may indicate that once the car heats up to "X" degrees, a second computer control senses the water or air temperature and takes over the Engine management from there. Then it would be this unknown part that is your problem.
I Service mostly Ford family Brands. But I confess that I once owned a Pontiac and the module went bad similar to your car. It would run for a fixed time period and then die. It would not matter if it was in Park, Neutral, or Drive. After maybe 30 or so seconds it stopped. Would start right back up and run another 30 seconds.
Found out it was a bad Distributor module and that it had a timer. Once the Cold start routine of 30 seconds ended, it stalled. I do not claim to know anything about a Nissan, but a timer and a Temperature sensor would be 2 areas to check. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Oct 30, 2011
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