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I bought a used nissan about a week ago. It drove fine for the 1st couple of days, even had someone check it before I bought it. After about two days it would take me about 2-3 times to get it started. This didn't happen all of the time, just about 1 out of every 3 times I tried to start my car. A few times the car would stall out when I was stopped at a stop sign or stoplight. Then it got worse. I was driving about 70 miles one day and the car started missing pretty badly. I wasn't sure if I was going to make it home. I made it ok, but it was missing pretty bad. The next day I took it to a mechanic. The car drove ok to the mechanic. He told me that they pumped up the lifters and that I may need the engine rebuilt. These mechanics are notorious for telling someone they need way more work done than what is actually needed. And they charge people thousands of dollars when only hundreds is needed. I'm looking for a mechanic but I'm newer to the area so I would like to know what may be the issue so I know what to do next. Thanks.

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  • deenap4 Nov 13, 2009

    Thanks so much! I will try your suggestions first!



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First try retreiving any stored trouble codes by bringing the car to an auto zone auto parts store they will run a free code check on the car if acode is present this code will give you the clue needed to adress the issue in greater detail than my educated guess. If I had this problem I would say the crank sensor is starting to go bad or it may be an ignition module, these two things along with doing a tune up if needed would be the course of action I would take before overhauling the engine.

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