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Car dies when slowing down or stopping

My 2000 Nissan Maxima dies when slowing down or stopping (not all the time though...) The revs drop suddenly and the car stalls. If I am stopped and the car is running sometimes the revs drop and the car splutters a bit but then the revs go up again and it doesn't stall... No telling when it will stall or just cough and not stall....
It started about 6 months ago occassionally but has gotten progressively worse and now is very bad and dangerous as I also lose power steering when I'm in rush hour on the expressway, or turning a corner....
The air intake hose had a split in it and I have replaced it, thought it was sucking air and that might fix it but it hasn't....

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  • niki148 Jun 04, 2008

    I had the fuel injectors flushed when it first started happening but it didn't help...... I have also replaced the EGR valve, coils, spark plugs..... Maybe the catalytic converter is next..... *sigh*

  • niki148 Jun 04, 2008

    I had the fuel injectors flushed when it first started happening but it didn't help.... I have also replaced the EGR valve, coils, spark plugs.... Looks like the catalytic converter is next..... *sigh*

  • msguy601 Sep 12, 2008

    2000 Maxima. 135000 miles. My car does the same thing and then dies. Idles fast (2000+RPM) when it is started from cold. after car warms up it will not stay running. This problem can only be noticed on deceleration. Please help.

  • drumfiend Jan 10, 2009

    Similar problem. Bit of a shimmy/shake/hiccups when taking my foot off the gas @ ~45-50 mph. I was told it could be theO2's, Cat, and/or IACV. I'm replacing my thermostat this weekend so I'll take care of that CEL code first & see what else comes up once it's fixed.

  • kpmikey808 Feb 06, 2009

    had the same problem with dieing out at a stop. codes spit was p505 or something like that. Changed the idle cotrol valve sensor and it stopped after

  • rsg_slick Mar 26, 2009

    I had the same problem with my 2000 Maxima stalling at low spead or stop lights. After many atempts I finally found that the only thing that needs to be done is to clean the throttle body. Don't replace sensors or ignitions coils or anything until you have cleaned the throttle body. I had mine cleaned 3 months ago and haven't had a problem since. Do not trust your dealership to give you this simple news.

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Disconnect the air hose going to the Idle Air contorl Valve and plug the line with a small screw.
if the problem of the idle goes away and the car runs smooth and doesn't stall at stops, it's the air control valve housing sensor, it's basicall the whole unit thats no good. If it still stalls, clean the throttle body housing and all parts in where the air gets sucked in, put a rag underneath to keep the dirt from dripping down, start the car with somebody inside the car reving up the engine to 2000rpm's to 2500rpm's, then spray in to the throttle with burst of throttle cleaner and you will see the gunk keep coming out, you may have to change your spark plugs after this is done also.

Good Luck BigWillie

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Here's what I just did to resolve my idle/stalling issue. I first replaced the IAC Idle Air Control valve (OEM Hitachi). Hooked everything up after also spraying the MAF with MAF cleaner. Idle got worse, car would stall every 2-3 mins on idle. I then also replaced the MAF (OEM Nissan). All is resolved now. Great drop to idle w/ or w/out AC. These two parts are common issues with the 4th gen Maxima.

Posted on May 25, 2009

  • aongch May 25, 2009

    Correction on my post, Solution #2, problem was with my 2000 Maxima SE, 5th gen Maxima.

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    twizted_d Dec 22, 2012

    i got a 94 honda could it be the same problem

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To niki148 this seems to be a problem with the idle air control valve and or a vacuum leak. hope this helps. 2000 nissan maxima

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Hi,

This definitely sounds like a problem with the fuel injectors.But, the catalytic converter could take some of the blame if it has not been replaced in the last 100,000 miles or so.

Terry

PS Walmart has an excellent deal going on right now on fuel injector cleaning ... Here in town it is 19.95 to get your fuel system flushed and cleaned. It is the best price I have seen for this service.

Posted on May 30, 2008

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