Engine Performance problem
1995 Nissan Maxima 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 240000 miles
My Maxima will only sometimes not start. It's very random when it chooses to start or not start. When it has trouble starting, the engine will rotate and try to catch, but nothing happens. The ignition doesn't rotate slowly or make weird noises, it sounds just like it normally would, but just won't catch.
Today I tried to pump the gas pedal a bit when it was having trouble starting, and it started, but a puff of black smoke came out.
The engine light is on, and I was told by a friend who read the code about a month ago that it was something to do with a thermostat and wasn't important to fix right away.
Friday, September 4th, 2009 AT 7:41 PM