Car cuts off why I'm driving it

Tiny
PATRICK GLOVER2
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  • 1997 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 2.4L
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,000 MILES
I was driving and tha car cuts off wouldn't start back but it will turn over like it will start but want is it because it jumped timing are could it be something else
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 1:54 PM

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Tiny
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A jumped timing chain is always a possibility, but there are plenty of other suspects. You need to determine if you're missing spark, fuel injector pulses, or more commonly, both. The diagnostic fault codes should be read and recorded. Those may indicate the circuit that needs further diagnosis.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 6:57 PM
Tiny
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Everything is working
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 8:05 PM
Tiny
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Then the engine will start and run. You need fuel, air, compression, spark, and proper timing. One or more of those has to be missing.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
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It turns over like it want to start be don't
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 9:34 PM
Tiny
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As I said, something is missing. You have to figure out which is missing, then we can figure out if it's something we can diagnose together.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 AT 10:11 PM
Tiny
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Ok
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 AT 2:27 AM
Tiny
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Sorry that I neglected to explain the diagnostic fault codes better. There's over 2,000 defects the Engine Computer can detect and set a fault code for. Only about half of them refer to things that could adversely affect emissions, and those are the codes that turn on the Check Engine light. A non-running engine can't pollute excessively, so whatever is causing the no-start likely will not turn on the Check Engine light. To add to the misery, some fault codes take some time to set, and the few seconds a stalled engine takes to coast to a stop may not be long enough.

Regardless, reading and recording the fault codes is always the place to start. They never say to replace a part or that one is bad. They only indicate the circuit or system that needs further diagnosis, or the unacceptable operating condition. Mechanics use very expensive scanners to read the fault codes in all of the car's many computers. Simple, inexpensive code readers only read codes in the Engine Computer, which is what you need. The people at many auto parts stores will use one of those readers to read your fault codes for free. A lot of those stores also rent or borrow tools and they are likely to have a code reader you can borrow. All '96 and newer cars have the diagnostic port right under or near the steering column, under the dash.
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 AT 2:46 AM
Tiny
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I will try that
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 AT 5:16 AM
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KEN
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Please let us know what you find so it will help others.

Best, Ken
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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 AT 10:36 AM
Tiny
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What u think it might be
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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 AT 11:55 AM
Tiny
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Ken
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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 AT 3:57 PM
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KEN
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You will need to do some tests. here is a guide to get you in the right direction.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-stalls

Please run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 AT 8:26 PM

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