Question about 2001 Nissan Sentra
My car starts shaking when I put it in drive but stitting still. The service engine light starts flashing when I drive and when I shift gears there is a big ****. I drive a Nissan Sentra.
This sounds like it could be one of several things. What have you done as far as your last tune up? A bad spark plug or wire could do this and it is a simple fix for the shaking. The major problem could be your Timing. The Timing might be off. Your timing and your spark plugs have a lot to do with each other. You mention this happens when you put it in drive. Then you mention shifting gears. Most Nissan's are stick shift. Is your car a stick or manual transmission? When was the last time that you checked or changed your transmission fluid?
On an automatic Transmission.
You have to check your transmission fluid with the car running. You should change your transmission fluid and filter around every 10,000 miles, but nobody ever does this. You need to get some Lucas for transmissions to go in it and it will help a lot if it is jerking. Parts stores know what this is.
This could also be a sensor going bad. If you have a parts store in your area, you can take it to them to run a diagnostic on it. If you take it to a garage, it could cast anywhere from $100 to $200 for them to do the same test. Autozone in my area does this test for free. Some other parts stores do them, but I do not know about your area. The big problem with the sensors is that the test might not tell you the exact sensor that is bad. The best thing to do is to have the parts store run the free test for you. Then if it is the plugs and or wires, buy a set of NGK plugs for your car and a lifetime set of wires. (Bad plugs and wires can show up as a sensor sometimes.) Then you will need to reset the service engine light, so you will know if the problem is fixed. To do this you can sometimes unhook your battery for a few minutes to reset the computer. If that does not reset the engine computer, the parts store that did the test can reset it for you. Try the cheapest thing first which is the plugs and wires. Also change your transmission fluid and filter. If you have not changed your oil in the last 3,000 mile you need to change your oil and use Lucas oil additive along with Castrol motor oil. If you live in a climate where it does not get over 80 degrees you can use 10w40. If it gets over 80 degrees you need to use 20w50. (Some places and people are using 5w30, but this is mainly for brand new cars without any leaks or burning oil.) The Lucas will protect your engine and make it run smooth. Lucas is great stuff for any engine new or old. It is cheaper to buy it by the Gallon, if you are going to use it a lot. It is the best thing for an old engine. You can use up to 2 quarts of it in an engine and I have heard of people using more than that.
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Posted on Jun 16, 2008
If the MIL light /check engine light is flashing, you are misfiring/not running on all 4 cylinders. This car does not have cables, but it has ignition coils. the plugs are rated for 105k. If you havent changed your plugs, start there. If it still shales, you may need coil/s. Scan vehicle with a OBD2 scanner. It will tell you which cylinder is misfiring. but for misfire, you didn't need the catalyst replaced that the garage has replaced for you for about $1000???
Posted on Jul 17, 2008
I just had this problem w my 01 sentra..same exact problem.. it needed a new motherboard and harness which is tricky and expensive! The guy who did mine did it wrong and my car airbag lite is now flashing because of it
Posted on Nov 07, 2014
Ok my 1996 ford windstar has been doing this since christmas i have had it in the repair shop 4 times it's not showing any codes.what it does when i go to start it it shakes and sounds like its got water or something i can go forward or back doesn't matter as i start to go my car smooths out and drives like a champ the check engine light will come on once or twice a month then after the 4th start goes back off. it doesn't do this all the time only sometimes any ideas i think it is possessed
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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