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My 1993 Nissan Maxima that has 168,000 miles on it and has had the fuel filter changed starts fine when it is hot or cold but starts poorly when the engine has cooled to about a quarter of an inch off the cold indicator on the temperature gauge. The poor starting range is about a quarter of inch to a half inch off the cold indicator. It will start immediately either cold or hot but it takes about 3 to 4 seconds of grinding away to start when the engine has cooled substantially.

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  • kibiger Sep 04, 2010

    First let me correct the year. It is 97. The air filter was changed with the gas filter about 2 months ago. The plugs were changed out at 140,000 which was about 3 years ago.

  • kibiger Sep 04, 2010

    Let me correct the year. It is a 97. The plugs were changed about 3 years ago when it rolled over 140,000 miles. The air filter was changed with the gas filter about 2 months ago. The engine is 3.0 liter.

  • kibiger Sep 04, 2010

    No diagnostic codes are being shown.

  • kibiger Sep 04, 2010

    I like your conclusion that the engine management systems are OK because no diagnostics are being shown. The mechanic that is trying to figure it out thought a fuel pump check valve might be the problem but the cold starting seems to negate that thought. We'll have to check all the lines as you suggest and take a look at the plugs. Thanks for you thoughts.

  • kibiger Sep 04, 2010

    This is a difficult problem that may take a number of attempts to find the solution. I'm appreciative of the information that ledsled has offerred for I think a solution lies in one of the procedure. I really like his logic in trying to figure it out. Thanks!



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When was the last time spark plugs were changed on this vehicle? I suspect a coolant temp sensor at this point, but before I commit to replacing an engine managment component, I would like to get an idea of the lastest maintenence performed on this vehicle.
Also, what size engine do you have?

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  • GetMeOttaHere Sep 04, 2010

    97 changes a few things. Are you able to pull a DTC from the engine computer. A DTC is a diagnostic trouble code that the system will store in memory when a fault is detected. A well supplied auto supply store can pull a code with a code reader for free, and it takes about 1 minute.

    This is how diagnostics are approached, and also gives a tech a place to start repair procedures.

  • GetMeOttaHere Sep 04, 2010

    Then you must have a problem NOT related to engine management components.

    What needs to be done is a visual inspection of ALL vacuum lines to check for possible leaks or breaks. This includes all lines....... Next, fuel pressure needs to be verified when the engine is hot and cold, and will require a gauge to verify the fuel systems condition.

    Spark plugs need to be inspected and replaced if needed.

    Let me know what you find.

  • GetMeOttaHere Sep 04, 2010

    In a case like this, Always...always start with the basics before proceeding to a larger time consuming diagnostic procedure. If the simple components are not working ,nothing else does.

  • GetMeOttaHere Sep 04, 2010

    Your welcome and comment back if needed. Thank you for using Fixya.



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