My Code reads bad MAF

Tiny
THEASHLEY9
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  • 2000 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
My Code reads bad MAF. I Replaced MAF and its still messed up. Then I Replaced wire harness to MAF and still broken. What up?
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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 AT 3:32 PM

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Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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If you replaced both the MAF and the wires/connector, then the only other thing that could be wrong is the computer itself.

Before suspecting the computer though, make double sure the wires/connectors aren't dirty/damaged. And have the computer scanned by a tech who can interpret live data, as this will be much cheaper than replacing the computer.
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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 AT 3:35 PM
Tiny
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I don't think it's the computer. When I said "still messed up" I meant that the car is still running badly when accelerating and stalling out. Is there something else in the engine that's bad that could make the code reader think it's the MAF?
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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 AT 3:46 PM
Tiny
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When the computer gives a code for a particular sensor, it isn't saying the sensor is bad. What it's saying it's reading a problem with that circuit. It could be a bad wire, bad/corroded connector or the sensor itself.

There's nothing else that could make the computer read something faulty with that circuit. And I'm not saying the computer is bad either.

But is the computer still giving a code for the MAF? Because once you changed the sensor and wires, did you have the code cleared?

If not, clear it and see if it comes back. Also, when some sensors have intermitant faults, they won't set a code, but you get driveability problems. This is why I suggest you have a drive test done with a technician. But if you don't want to go that route, start with a standard tune up. Then check the ignition coils, fuel pressure, Fuel pressure regulator for leaks, fuel filter, etc until you hunt the problem down.
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Sunday, November 21st, 2010 AT 10:50 PM

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