2001 Sentra dies when slowing/stoped

Tiny
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I have a 2001 Sentra. For the past month or so, it's been shutting off when I'm going slower than 5 MPH, idling, reversing, or in park. It seems to only happen when my car's pretty warm. There's also a really strong sulfur-like smell when I turn off the car.

I called the dealership and they told me there were 4 recalled parts on this car, so they replaced them for me for free (one of them was the Crank Position Sensor). I also recently had my 90,000 mile tune-up where I had all my spark plugs, transmission fluid, etc. Changed.

No one seems to know what's wrong with it! After all those fixes, it's getting worse by the day. Any ideas? I'm at a loss, and since I'm a girl, I'm extremely reluctant to take it into a shop and let them have at it.
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 AT 11:02 AM

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Tiny
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That sulfur like smell could be the battery.
But.
It start right away after it shuts off?
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 AT 4:17 PM
Tiny
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Yes - I never have any problems starting it up. Should I have the battery checked? I just assumed it wasn't that.

Thanks!
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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 AT 2:55 PM
Tiny
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Try replacing the spark plugs, my 96 pickup was doing the same thing and when I replaced the spark plugs and wires, it took care of it.
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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 AT 3:27 PM
Tiny
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I had the spark plugs and wires changed about 2 months ago. Any other ideas? I'm at a loss.
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Friday, February 17th, 2006 AT 10:47 AM
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Hi, I also have a sentra, its a 2000. I had the EXACT same problem as you. It was driving me crazy because no one knew what was wrong, and being a female as well made it more harder for me. I took it in about a month ago and it turned out to be the MAF (Mass air filter) I got that replaced. It costs over 100.00 for the part and then add on the labor and your looking at around 400.00. After that my car no longer stops at intersections. I hope this helps :)
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Sunday, February 19th, 2006 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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Its yuor "check engine light" on?
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Sunday, February 19th, 2006 AT 3:01 PM
Tiny
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No check engine light comes on. I took it back into the dealership yesterday and they noticed that I didn't have the standard Nissan air filter in. It just so happens that I changed that myself about 3 months ago (which is when the issues started) and put in a paper one that you can get at AutoZone. Turns out that Nissan uses a rubber-like, lubricated air filter that keeps some sensor from overheating. I paid $14.99 for a new one, and today I haven't had any problems so far! We'll see if it lasts. If not, I'll go check out that MAF (*mass air filter) that was suggested.

Thanks for all the help!
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 AT 9:11 AM
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Its sounds like you did all the nessessary tune up steps, but if a car ran too long before the tune up was performed, the catalatic converter can be clugged duo to the exhaust being too rich(too much unburned gas in the exhuast). That would cause a backup in the exhaust system, and would give a sulfur like smell. Have the catalatic converter on your exhuast system checked.
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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 AT 12:26 PM

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