Once a week or so when I turn the key to start the car, there is no sound at all and the trouble lights come on. If I move the shift lever back and forth from P to R a few times and turn the key,, it will start right up. Also, it will just stop running when I come to a stop light unless I put it into neutral. Over the past year we have replaced a fuel injector, a fuel filter and a radiator. The car has 150,000 miles. The check engine light comes on and goes off periodically. I love this car because the engine runs like a new car most of the time.
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Re: 1995 Nissan Maxima starting problem
You may need a new ECM/computer. This model car is known for water leaking into the ECM from your air box. The drain hole in the bottom of the box gets clogged and after a while, your ECM gets flooded, because the water has no place to go, but onto your ECM, frying vitale circuits. Check your passenger side floor by the feet to see if its wet.
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The warning lights coming on with the key in the on position is normal. If the key is turned to the start position and the engine will not crank over, suspect an internal starter motor problem or lack of power to the starter solenoid. You can try tapping on the starter motor with a blunt object while someone holds the key in the crank position to see if it starts when this problem occurs. If it starts using this procedure, the starter motor will be defective
YOU MAY HAVE SOME CONTAMINANTS IN YOUR FUEL TANK. HAVE A QUALIFIED PERSON TAKE A SAMPLE OF YOUR FUEL. IF THAT CHECKS OUT OK, THEN TRY REPLACING THE FUEL FILTER. I HOPE THIS HELPS. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED. THANKS FOR USING FIX-YA. GOOD LUCK
If your key is not programmed for the car, then it will have this issue. I bought a 99 Maxima 3 weeks ago. One of the keys was programmed and worked perfectly. The other would turn the car over and stop it immediately. If you do this too many times without the key being programmed from the dealer or another source, it will erase all keys that are programmed and lock down the ignition.