Most of the time it starts fine, but once in a while it will crank and no start. I dont think its related, but cant get rid of it. Seems Nissan put a foam liner inside the ecm and even if taken out early there were problems as the glue used to hold the foam caused bad problems with the board in the ecm. I wish could be of more help. I did have the foam-related recall work done a few years back. Anyway it's working now and I'm not quite bankrupt, so it's time to move on.
I purchased it used in 06 with 18,000 miles on it. They go out of their way to spend time helping people like us on this forum and I would seek one of them out if possible. The problem is in finding a replacement. I'm planning to tell them to check for this before doing anything else. That mey be causing your issues.
Not many of the rebuilders want to deal with this model as they get a lot of returns. I was fortunate that it was covered under warranty. If it has to be towed in to a dealership, why not have them do all the work. My car was in a couple of different shops for nearly 3 months before they got it running again. After a little more research and a changing the plugs I tracked it down to bad ignition coil.
Next up was the car having hard starts and going into limp mode with no warning. Anyway, I have seen that there are many knowledgeable people on this forum so I was hoping for some good advice. That sovled the bulk of my problems for a while, but last year I encountered starting issues again and the car behaving erractically. This time I tracked it down to the infamous cam and crank shaft sensors. Anyway the issues they have found are: -No communication with scan tool -Injector pulse but no spark I have seem some others with similar problems, particularly , where it turned out to be corroded or broken wiring.
I said I would tell them what to do tomorrow. Swapped that out and everything went back to normal. As I said, they hooked up their code scanner to the car but got no response from the computer. When my ignition coil went bad, I got a misfire code for the cylinder that was having problems. The only code i am getting which no one can figure out was a cooling temp code, which supposedly was the thermostat. So they had to order a new wiring harness from Japan, which took forever. Best of luck getting it sorted out, maybe someone more knowledgable than myself in these matters will reply.
If i wait a sec and try again it turns over. Within the first 6 months I had starting issues and I finally had to have it towed in for service. It's easy to get to and remove, just a few bolts and a harness. I have done it both ways and the factory one is easier to install. I had it towed to a nearby service station to be fixed. As far as I know this is not a problem with hard starts - it won't start, period. After coasting to safety, I found that the engine cranked but wouldn't start.
They should know the car better than anyone else. . I ended up having to take it to the dealership. Final update in case anyone else is reading this thread. My advice is to be sure to get a factory thermostat and rubber gasket as it makes installation much easier. There was a recall so if your car wasn't fixed you may get an ecm at no cost.
Replaced both myself and was on my way. I haven't checked whether they still come on when the ignition is turned on. If it is the cam or crank sensors, they should throw a code for you. Sometimes, it cranks and cranks and no go, like it did before x-mas, but i went to try it couple days later and it started up fine and has been ever since. . . .
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