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2004 nissan maxima

I have a 2004 nissan maxima on a cold start I hear a rattling noise until the car is warm and you will not hear it again until the car sits for about an hour. What is the problem?

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  • Anonymous Jun 30, 2008

    I have exactly the same issue - this morning it made (04 Maxima) an awful knocking/rattling noise on a cold start. Nissan dealership could not find an issue with it...said I might need to leave it in overnight so they can cold the damn thing!

  • MAXXXFreak Jul 02, 2008

    I have the same problem. I just bought my car a little over a week ago, and at cold start, I hear the same noise. Then, after it warms up the noise goes away and everything is perfectly fine... until it cools off again. I've had people say it's timing chain... chain tensioners... lifters.. nothing definite. I have a feeling it's the tensioners, but I might be wrong. I have yet to find out what the heck is exactly wrong because that noise just ruins the enjoyment of a newly-purchased vehicle :o(

  • Anonymous Jul 08, 2008

    rattle when cold

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    2004 maxima alarm goes off and windows goes down by themselfs, trunk wont open from inside

  • hopen Jan 23, 2009

    When I start my car after is has sat for about 8 hours, there is a knocking noise on the passenger side of the engine.

  • cconti13 Jan 26, 2009

    Nissan is not acknowledging the problems with their transmissions or timing chain tensioners....thousands of people are having these problems...I have been all over the net researching and printing the complaints as I have been complaining since 60,000 miles of these issues and they have been telling me I'm crazy..they've had no complaints!!! I have enough evidence hopefully for them to cover the problems now that it's NOT under warranty anymore!

  • thepharand Feb 03, 2009

    I had the same problem. Did an engine purge and a fuel injection clean and all is back to normal. I had the worst clicking noise coming from this vehice (2004 Maxima). I thought the lifters were gone. Its now 100%. Give it a try..Thanks and Blessings..

















  • weandour3 Apr 01, 2009

    when i crank my 2004 Maxima SE it makes a noisy rattling sound. I took my car to Michael Jordan Nissan in Durham and they said it had to be that the oil needed changing. I had the oil changed about 150 miles before, but I let them change it anyway. It is still doing the same thing now and I don't know where the problem is coming from. Could it be the valves?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    2013 nissan roguebought September 5th 2013

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    starts first time when cold when car is hot it his hard to resart after being stud

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    2004 nissan armada when warmed to operating temp and got to full throttle gets to 5000 rpm and won't shift if you let off and go about half throttle it is fine as well when at a top light and have heat on starts blowing cold until to get rpms up then is fine any suggestions

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    wipers on 2004 nissan maxima stopped working

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Car won't start

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I have the same issue with my 2004 maxima.The service techs said it was the timing chain tensioners .Since they are hydaulic and they powered by the oil in the car .It is recommended to purge the the engine every time the noise starts to come back. I brought some an it really freaking work because I started to run it into a tree and go buy a toyota

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Take a look at some of these recommendations

http://www.nissanforums.com/a34-2004-2008/122445-fuel-grade-use.html

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The timing chain slack tensioner guide breaks at the top, causing it to slide down. When it slides down the boss on the back of the guide that the tensioner hits won't hit the tensioner. The tensioner will be maxed out and the chain will still have some slack.

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Take a look at your gausett brackets, by the front exhaust tube. 2 sheet metal lookig brackets, each held up by 2 screws each. Those gausetts brake and cause a rattle, Common problem on a MAxima your year. Nissan has a TSB for replacement of these brackets.

Posted on Jul 26, 2008

I had same exact problem with my 2004 maxima 3.5 se rattling noise when cold. I took into the dealership and they replaced the engine. I had a 60000 powertrain warranty with 59,000 on the car at the time. The dealership said it was the lifters. I provided them with oil change receipts and the new engine was covered under warranty.

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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