CAR RUNS FINE THEN STARTS TO SPUTTER A BIT AND STALLS

  • Tiny
  • bbc_joey
  • 1995 Nissan Altima
  • 200,000 miles

Time varies sometimes it takes 5 mins other times it takes 40.

The car runs fine, Other than the described problem.
I replaced the Fuel filter(a lot of dirt came back out of it), The distributor cap(It had a crack in it). I was thinking to replace the ignition coil.

It seems to run fine, drives smooth no missing or roughness, UNTIL whatever happens it starts to sputter and hesitate a bit then shuts off I still have power(battery is new also even cleaned off the corrosion) just the engine seems to shut off. It seems to not shut off sometimes when I mash the gas but its only a temporary thing adds a few mins till it happens again.

I took the tubes off the fuel filter and turned my key (not on but turned to start fuel pump) and gas came out so I don't think it's my fuel pump, Though I don't know It could be I'm far from knowledgeable on cars. I've put dry gas in my tank and fuel injection cleaners in my tank in-case it was dirty gas or water in the tank nothing seems to fix it.

Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 6:50 PM

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  • Tiny
  • bbc_joey
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I also ran the car alot after I changed the filter to make sure the dirt was outta the lines.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 6:52 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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Check the spark plugs. If they are sooty, you could hae a fault with the ECT.
Have you checked for trouble codes?

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 7:00 PM
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I don't have a way to get the codes, The auto stores around here have computers that hook up to 96 and up nothing for 95. The spark plugs seem to be firing I help them against the motor and could hear them firing, they were dirty themselves around the outside a lil bit as for inside I didn't look.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 7:21 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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http://www.2carpros.com/articles/nissan-obd1-diagnostic-trouble-codes-and-retrieval-procedure-1984-to-1994

Check out the above link.

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 9:17 PM
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  • bbc_joey
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Code 325 I think. Had to have GF watch the lights blink since the CHeck engine light blinks and the screw was on the floor.

I think thats the knock sensor? What is my next step?

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012 AT 11:27 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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Yes, for Nissan any problem with the knock sensor can rsult in hesitation. It also commonly fails and you need to replace it to rectify.

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Friday, June 15th, 2012 AT 5:19 PM

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