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My 2005 nissan maxima died while I was driving. It will turn, but not fire. It is currently at a repair shop and they thought it was the cam sensor, but when they tried that it did not help. When the cam sensor is unplugged it will eventually start. They said it may be something with the variable timing. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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  • g8stahoe Dec 30, 2010

    it is currently at a nissan dealership. They replace the cam sensor(bank 2) and it will still not fire.



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In order to make any suggestions as to the problem I will need the list of fault codes that the repair shop has retrieved from the PCM (Powertrain Control Module) memory and what they have tested, without that I would only be guessing The Electronics of this system is very sophisticated and it WILL record faults that stop the engine from running properly or flat shut it down. I do have one recommendation, take this car to a Nissan dealer, they have the special equipment and the technicians trained to know the car and its problems, outside shops may have a cheaper labor rate but use up much more labor time (the single biggest expense) because the are not trained on every system of every car. I have worked dealers my whole 35 year career, and I have heard one to many Horror stories about shops replacing $100's in parts and still not fixing the car, the owner finally brings the car to the dealer and we find the problem very quickly because we know the product, but that is your decision.

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    yadayada Dec 30, 2010

    Without knowing the diagnostic code that prompted them to replace the cam sensor it is hard to say what is going on, but one thing if they replace the part and it doesn't fix the problem then you will not be charged for it. Give them more time, some problems are a little more difficult than other.



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