2002 Nissan Altima



January, 21, 2010 AT 1:15 PM

Engine Mechanical problem
2002 Nissan Altima 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 134000 miles

Car battery died over a couple of days – wouldn’t even crank a couple times then started hours later. I got battery replaced. 3days later my battery completely died and I had to have someone jump start my car. I drove 1 ½ miles to auto store. They tested battery & said it was perfect.

About 1 week later my car now will turn over but not completely start. No funny noises or anything – it just won’t start. I had it towed to a shop; mechanic checked it out for 3 hours but can’t find anything wrong with it. He said that the car is getting fuel however it is not getting spark. He recommended I take it somewhere they have a diagnostics machine to pinpoint it.

Another friend of a mechanic mentioned they just had an Altima same as mine in there few weeks ago with the same problem & turned out to be the electronic chip in the key was causing it not to start. Any thoughts on this?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I can’t afford to get a new car or I would have after all the other ridiculous problems this car & everyone else’s has had.


3 Answers



January, 23, 2010 AT 11:41 AM

Hi luv4dubb,

Thank you for the donation.

There are 2 problems with the vehicle.

1. Battery draining due to some fault with the electricals. You need to find out what is draining the battery.

2. Immobiliser problem. The battery draining off has caused the immobilizer to be affected. A transponder is embedded in the igniion key and if the immobilizer cannot read it correctly, it would cause non starting. If you have a spare key, use it to try to start.

If you have other keys attached (which might have a transpnder inside them) as a ring together with the car key, remove them as they will affect the transponder and cause the immobilizer to fail.



January, 27, 2010 AT 7:05 PM

I was told today that I have a blown head gasket, cylinders full of water, oil everywhere, seals are all scorched from overheating. Need new engine : (



January, 28, 2010 AT 8:11 AM

Sorry to hear the bad news. But the problem should not be related to the battery draining and intermittent non starting.

If the engine did not run smoothly prior to it overheating, then the difficult starting might be logical.

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