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My 2005 nissan xterra will not start it has shut off randomly for the last month. I thought it was just bad fuel,it was not. The fuel pump is good all fuses are good the air filer is new. It will not even start wih eiher.

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The issue is your Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF). This can be due to an overused/very dirty air filter, or even an aftermarket air filter (that uses oil on the filter element), or diriving in very dusty/dirty areas.

2 fixes.
1) Get MAF cleaner of Electrical connection cleaner in a spray can from your local auto parts store. Locate the MAF, which is on the intake tube, driversMy 2005 nissan xterra will not start it has shut - 2_bing.gif side, just after the air filter. It is held down by 2 hex screws. remove it (try not to touch the metal with your hands, and DO NOT touch the little sensors that look like wire resistors you will see inside, if you touch them, it will no longer work!), spray it VERY WELL with the cleaner (use the whole can if you feel the need) let dry in ambient air for at least 10 minutes, re-install and like magic, your car will start & run, probably better than before you had the issue. The CATCH IS, this can end up being a short term fix, may happen again after 10 miles, or 20,000 miles, but it will more than likely happen again.
2) Replace the MAF with a new unit, or have your vehicle serviced under warranty, and have the dealership replace this part.

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Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Relieve the fuel system pressure.
  3. Drain the fuel tank.
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable Fuel pump module harness connectors Filler hose shield Fuel pressure and return lines Filler hose Vent hose Evaporative Emissions (EVAP) hose Fuel tank skid plate Fuel tank Fuel level sender Fuel pump

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