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Nissan Maxima 2000 Year model A33 3 Litre 55000KM Sometimes when starting hot or cold, engine runs rough as though miss fireing on 1 or 2 cylinders, after a few revs it settles to normal. Also sometimes pings when accelerating on hills , using premium fuel 98 octane. Could it be intermittent coil ? if so could it be any particular cylinder. Thankyou Max

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Most likley a ignition coil is failing, is unfortunatly common for the A33 maxima. these engine have 6 coils, one for each cylinder. the only way to work out which of the 6 is the faulty one is to remove the little cover over the front bank of spark plugs, has 4 allen key bolts, then you can see the front 3 coils and the rear 3 are inbetween the manifold pipes. each coil wiring will have a button/leaver on the connectors (i think they are green) and if you push this in will release connector.
when the engine is missfireing unplug one coil at a time then reconnect after. if the engine runs worse that coil is working. if you unplug 1 that makes no change, that is the the one thats not working. replace the coil and the spark plug.
do not worrry, there is only 12volts at these connectors, not spark plug voltage

Posted on Mar 26, 2011

  • eagle220 May 04, 2011

    thank you mr mike keep up the good work may god continue to bless you

  • mary_bell Jun 07, 2011

    My 2000 Maxima is having issues as well....crank it and it idles and then starts dropping and then cuts off. Does this like 2 or 3 times and then stays cranked. Press the gas and it idles down and acts like or actually cuts off. Put into gear and it starts shacking...the accelerating on road and it gets to a certain point and wont go any further and rpms drop. I have changed the spark plugs and have tested the coil packs. They are not a problem.

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