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Hi, my Nissan Navara pickup d40’s rev counter does not work. What could the problem be please?
The rev counter depends on an electrical signal. Look at the VSS connections on the gearbox (vehicle speed sensor) undo the plug, spray contact cleaner and replug. Then check the grounding straps between gearbox/engine/chassis/battery and sandpaper then clean to bright metal, put anti-seize grease on and tighten well. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 04/03/2014 14:28:41 | ID: 26240
After my Nissan Navara`s clutch burned an orange light came on and the car could not go beyond 60km/h. We replaced the clutch kid with a new one. but the problem of not going beyond 60km/h persists. Could it be that the light must be reset or must the fly wheel also be replaced?
Your vehicle has a computer and an OBD2 port. Get the computer attached to a scanner and read the trouble codes that will tell you the problem. Possibly the vehicle has gone into limp-home mode for reasons other than the clutch? Maybe the trouble codes need clearing and the vehicle may need to re-learn settings? Possibly when the clutch was replaced a grounding strap was not reattached properly or has an internal break so the sensors on the engine/transmission may not be giving the correct readings to the computer? - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 04/03/2014 09:02:30 | ID: 26203
There is a buzzing from a relay on my RHD Nissan Terrano. It is located at the side of the battery. I believe after some research it could be a glow plug relay, but it starts and runs perfectly. The buzzing can be stopped by pulling the 10amp fuse for the radio/interior lights. It is also intermittent if the radio/interior lights fuse is in and no power on, left overnight it will be buzzing by the morning. Take the fuse out overnight and leave it out and the car will start and run fine with no buzzing. I like my music and I like to be able to see what I`m doing at 4am, but more importantly what`s breaking down and giving warning signals. Any info please? (Mistral)
Bren, did you not read the answer I gave to your previous question re the relay? Replace the relay. If the replacement does not buzz (which can be caused by a breakdown within the relay itself) then you have found your solution. The relay that is buzzing won’t have anything to do with the glow plugs, just replace it as the first and cheapest step. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 03/03/2014 11:43:30 | ID: 26153
How do I remove the 40mm nut from the end of the crankshaft in the bottom pulley area of my Nissan Terrano so I can remove the front plates from the engine? My task is to access the timing gears as I am having difficulty removing the nut, is it right/left hand thread? I have used a 2mtr pole over the socket knuckle bar. Can you help please?
Those nuts can be torqued up incredibly tight, best to use a powerful air compressor-powered impact wrench, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHWG7ldT1sU as an example. There are others, but you get the idea. DO NOT use the socket and small breaker bar wedged under the chassis and then hit the starter. With a diesel, the engine will start unless you disable all the injectors etc. Use the right tool, an impact wrench, which you may be able to hire, but make it a big one or perhaps the commercial truck tyre mobile service workshop can call by your place? It will have the impact wrench for truck sized lug nuts on board, even if you have to buy the right sized socket for his impact wrench. P.S. You may need the breaker bar and a large torque wrench to get it set back on the crankshaft pulley and make sure you use a good puller to get the pulley off in one piece without damage as well. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 28/02/2014 15:53:23 | ID: 26135
Hi. I have got a Nissan Pickup (Navara) 2.7 diesel year 2005. I would like to know how many litres the reserve fuel tank holds? Or if I could please know how many km I can drive after the gas/fuel light comes on? Thank you.
Each vehicle has a slightly different response to the fuel sensor, so it is impossible to say with certainty what yours will be. What you could do is wait until the light comes on, and immediately pull in to the nearest station and fill the tank. Subtract the fill from the total tank capacity, and you have your "reserve" i,.e. the amount of fuel you have left. Depending on your driving style, load, head winds etc will give you an approximate distance before running out. It is, however, extremely stupid to run out of fuel in a diesel vehicle, especially a modern one like yours, which has an injection pump which relies on the supply of fuel from a lift pump to keep the injection pump lubricated and cooled. So, when you run out of fuel you tend to destroy either the lift pump, or the injection pump, or both. If you do this trying to see how far you can get after the light comes on. Please feel free to enlighten us just how much this experiment cost you, it won’t be cheap. P.S. Most modern fuel injected petrol vehicles also use a submerged, in-fuel-tank pump, which requires fuel to lubricate and cool it. All handbooks recommend never going below quarter tank of fuel and now you know why. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 28/02/2014 15:14:34 | ID: 26122
I have a Nissan Terrano. Just a few months ago I bought a new power steering pump and now it has stopped again. Does anybody have a solution and know any way we can fix the pump?
What caused the first pump to fail? Were the bearing surfaces or seals in the pump worn out by contaminated, never-changed fluid circulating a "grinding paste’ when it was running? Did you remove the gauze filter in the filler neck of the reservoir and check what that had caught, metal filings, dirt, rubber shavings?? Did you wash the filter out? Did you take the powersteering reservoir and pump off altogether and flush them clean with brakecleaner?? When you replaced the pump, did you flush out ALL the old fluid and whatever rubbish was in the lines and reservoir before refilling with new fluid? Did you think it might have been a good idea to put a Magnefine filter in line on the low pressure return line to the reservoir to catch any contamination you might have missed after you flushed all the old fluid out? Do this when you replace the pump this time and it should not happen again use Dexron3 ATF as the pump fluid, not power steering fluid. - John S from New Zealand
Submitted: 27/02/2014 14:52:15 | ID: 26082
My Nissan Navaras rear park lights do not work, only the front do. I was working with the trailor plug and I think I have shorted something out,. How do I fix this as I have no rear lights please?
First check the under dash fuse for this circuit, use a multi meter or a 12v test light. Turn on the ignition to run position so all fuses theoretically are energised and have 12v running through them. Ground the test light or multimeter and probe each end of the suspect fuse. There is a little tab of metal at top and bottom just for this, you don’t have to remove the fuse from the fuse board to test it; 12v at one end and zero volts at the other equals blown fuse. Replace as necessary with the same rating of fuse. If the fuse immediately blows when you turn on your lights, then you will need to check the circuits for short circuits created by your wiring attempt. The only way fuses blow is when a bare wire touches the body without going through a light and blows the fuse (short circuit). Basically you should be working with a test light or multimeter to find the right wires to tap into and some form of wiring diagram. If all else fails use the standard one that comes with the trailer plugs. If you can’t figure it out, a professional will be your next recourse. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 24/02/2014 12:38:03 | ID: 26011
My Nissan Terran/Mistral is buzzing from the relay under the front bonnet. I have a buzzing even when the ignition is off and the key is removed, coming from the relays located under the bonnet on the offside (driver`s side UK). The only cure is to remove the 7.5amp fuse from under the steering wheel which operates the radio, interior lights and cig lighter. My question is what else is it working and why is a relay buzzing under the bonnet? My first thought was the electric ariel which was broken, so it’s been disconnected and removed, I put the fuse back in and bingo no buzz, but then two weeks later it’s started again. Thanks to all that have offered advice and help on other issues with this vehicle, your knowledge is much appreciated. Can anybody help please? (Mistral 2.7TD)
You have answered your own question - broken electric aerial makes a buzzing/whirring noise. You should remove and replace, I bet the noise will disappear. - Ben Rogers from Australia
The relays sometimes break down internally. Replace this relay with another. If it does not buzz, then the problem is with the relay, not the circuit. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 24/02/2014 11:41:25 | ID: 25992
My Nissan Micra 04 plate will not start without me revving it a lot and sometimes will not start up at all. However after going away and leaving it, when returning it will start okay with me revving it. What could be wrong?
Please check your car fuel cap. If it’s rusty then it must be water going through this rusty cap to the fuel tank. - Shafiq Rao from England
Submitted: 24/02/2014 10:53:15 | ID: 25981
I have a Nissan Navara and fitted new pistons, skimmed the head and pressure test the whole works. The vehicle now pushes the water out through the water bottle, but there is no power as if the turbo is not functioning and there is thick black smoke from the exhaust. Can anyone assist? (2.5 diesel)
I suspect that the repair has not worked, and that you still have a problem in your head gasket area. Possibly the block needs skimming flat as well. Maybe the head gasket had a fault, or the torque readings on the head bolts were wrong and the gasket has given way. Have the coolant tested for exhaust gas traces or a compression check of all cylinders. There will be no power if there is no compression. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 24/02/2014 10:27:26 | ID: 25977
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My Nissan Pathfinders battery goes flat when the vehicle is unused for 3 days. The battery has been replaced and the alternator, including regulator, has also been replaced but the fault still persists. Meter reads 0.2 amp drain but that is not enough to cause the battery to go flat. Thoughts? (Platinum)
You say that a .2 amp drain has no effect on a battery? What total amp hr is your battery? At .2 drain, every 5 hours 1 amp is drained. In 24 hrs, almost 5 amps. In 3 days, almost 15 amps. It’s cold, that also reduces the battery’s capacity. Is the vehicle parked outside? Then the glow plugs have a long hard suck at the amps as well. Prove the theory to yourself. Disconnect the positive lead from the battery and leave it disconnected until you next use the vehicle. If it starts right up, track down that drain and kill it. - John S from New Zealand
Submitted: 21/02/2014 15:49:09 | ID: 25957
My Nissan Terrano 2.7 td auto W reg has done 76,000 miles. It has gone into fail safe mode and will only idle and not rev and I had to have it recovered. I gave it a full service when I got it. Can anyone tell me what is wrong?
Your vehicle has on board diagnostics. Find a competent garage with an OBD2 scanner and plug it in. The computer will tell you what is wrong. Then you can fix it. Get it read rather than speculate and throw parts at it. Could be weak lift pump not pushing enough fuel through to injection pump. Could be blocked fuel filter not allowing enough fuel through to injection pump. Could be hole in fuel line allowing air in, so not enough fuel is getting to the injection pump. Could be no.1 injector lift sensor, etc. The crystal ball is cracked..use the computer. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 21/02/2014 11:44:26 | ID: 25925
Hey, I have lost all power to my Nissan Navara’s dash, no speedo or electronics at all. I have checked every fuse and still have not found the problem? Any ideas?
I would be inclined to check the earth lead from the dash to ground, since all the dash circuits have that in common..a need for an earth return?? - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 18/02/2014 14:43:43 | ID: 25896
I cannot turn off a small light in the boot of my Nissan Note and I am scared it will drain my battery. I have lost my instruction manual. How do I turn it off?
The light should go out when the car is driving and when you take the key out and press the lock on the key. I have same problem with mine, but I have not got to the cause of the problem yet. - Stephen McBride from Scotland
Submitted: 18/02/2014 11:33:53 | ID: 25860
My Nissan Terrano is impossible to put into first and second gear when starting from cold, especially now in winter. Once warmed up gear changing is slightly stiff but okay after 5 minutes of driving and the clutch seems to be working okay. Does anyone know what I can do please?
When was the last time the gearbox oil was replaced and what type of fluid was used? What viscosity? Can you put the vehicle into 1st or second BEFORE you turn the engine on? If so, there may be "clutch drag" where the clutch needs adjustment or replacement, or more probably you need to bleed the clutch so that it disengages the clutch plates fully when you depress the clutch for the very first time. It may become easier after you have "pumped up" the clutch with subsequent gear changes. To test this go out and try to put the gearbox into first or second when cold and with the engine off. Don’t use the clutch. If you can select fully either of these gears go to step 2. 2. Start the engine and depress the clutch only once, try and select 1st or second. If this works I suggest draining and refilling the gearbox with a suitable synthetic fluid. If you can’t select first or second, put the gear lever in neutral with the engine running and pump the clutch pedal full down full up about 10 times. Now try selecting first or second again. If you can select first or second this time, you need to drain, refill and bleed the clutch cylinder, and fix the problem causing air in the clutch. This will probably be the slave cylinder being rusted and tearing the rubber seal. The cylinder will need replacement or resleeving with stainless steel to stop it ever rusting again. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 11:33:20 | ID: 25837
My Nissan Terrano has an overheating problem. I have replaced the radiator, water pump viscous fan, fan blade, thermostat radiator cap etc. Could I have the wrong thermostat maybe, or does this problem sound like the head gasket needs replacing? Any ideas? (td27 turbo diesel)
When you replaced the radiator, was it brand new? Or if it was second hand, did you have the top and bottom tanks taken off by a good radiator shop and the whole radiator rodded through to clear all the downtubes in the radiator? Did you replace both the top and bottom radiator to engine hoses? (The bottom one can collapse under suction if old). Did you replace the thermostat with a genuine Nissan dealer thermostat which is longer in the body than a generic one, and opens further when hot allowing more circulation and dispersal of heat than one from the local parts store? We are looking at $45 to $55 for a genuine one, but it works. Do you have disappearing coolant, and can’t see any external leaks? If so you may have a head gasket problem. Please describe when the overheating occurs a little more graphically I would love to help out. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:46:48 | ID: 25826
I have a 2007 Nissan Navara D40 STX manual diesel. I have just had a 3" turbo back exhaust put on and in first and second gear when I rev between 2000-3000 rpm a very loud noise appears, like my turbo is going to blow through the bonnet. Any ideas please? (D40)
So, let’s analyse this logically. Before new larger exhaust, no loud noise from turbo. After larger exhaust fitted, large new noise exists in a certain rev range. To me it means that there is a resonance that has been created by the larger pipe. If it is stainless steel, then the further driving may coat the insides with black soot and change the timbre of the sound. Why did you change the exhaust? Has it meant more performance, albeit with a lot more noise in the particular rev range? Can you keep the revs out of this range during normal driving? Did the fitting shop guarantee its work? Do you consider this a fit and proper result for the expenditure of your money? If not go back and tell them this is not on. They may be able to weld a concentric smaller pipe inside the larger one at the exit of the turbo and that may solve the problem. If not, it’s their problem to solve. I have had the same resonance issue with a factory performance muffler in the early eighties, which drove me mad with a particular resonance at 4000 rpm, just at 100kmh speed limit. I had it replaced with a standard muffler within 2 weeks and no more noise. More performance does not have to end up causing more noise. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:34:45 | ID: 25823
My 3.3L V6 petrol Nissan Terranos auto transmission will not change into top gear until a good 5 to 10 minutes of running and when accelerating while overtaking it will not change gear. It seems to run normally after it has warmed up and if you don’t put the pedal to the floor. Is this just a case of changing the fluid (which I am booking it in to do) or is it electrical or worse? (3.3L Petrol)
OK, if you are thinking of changing the fluid, go the full monty. Drop the pan, take out the filter and cut it open - don’t use a saw - and check the debris caught in the filter as it is like reading tea leaves to a competent mechanic as he can see immediately what is wearing in the trans and just how worn it is. Then ask him to button it all up again, new filter and sealing ring for the filter, new pan gasket, refill to about the correct mark, disconnect the outlet hose from the trans to the radiator and put it in a bucket. Then plug a long hose into the trans cooler input and start and idle the engine, pouring new fluid into the long hose to replace what is being pumped out the trans into the bucket. Get in the cab and go through the gears on the selector at idle. If you can’t keep up with the replacement fluid, stop the engine and pour it full again, restart etc until the fluid coming out is the same colour as that going in. You have now completely replaced the fluid, anything up to 11 litres will be needed, DEXRON 3 or equivalent only, nothing more or less. As for the not selecting overdrive, this is built into the trans operating mode, it needs the fluid to be the right temp before it allows selection of overdrive. This also depends on then radiator because the trans fluid is cooled in the bottom tank of the radiator. If it is cold, that tank also heats the fluid. So if you have a stuffed thermostat, one that is wide open it will slow the heating of both the engine and the trans. Replace the thermostat with a genuine Nissan one, it’s $45 to $55 and is longer and larger in the throat than the generic one from the parts store and it works. The not changing down on acceleration may be solved with new fluid. If not you should have the on board diagnostics system codes read by a competent mechanic, it may show the fault. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:09:21 | ID: 25815
I do not know where to find the jack bar and wheel spanner on my Nissan Navara?
Behind back seat. - Caden Wickes from Australia
There may not be one in your vehicle. The previous owner may have removed it. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 10:06:24 | ID: 25814
I have a Nissan Terrano TD27 turbo. We pushed it because the battery was low and then I heard a cranking sound after 3 minutes and it stopped. What can it be?
Adam, can you explain what you meant by pushed it? Is your vehicle automatic transmission or manual? What was this cranking sound? Did the vehicle do this on it’s own or did you try to start it with the key? Have you recharged or replaced the battery and tried again? - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 17/02/2014 09:50:12 | ID: 25811
What is the problem with my Nissan Terrano van?. It loses power sometimes when I am going up hills and other times it will be okay. A mechanic checked it and changed one of the injectors and put in a bypass electric priming pump but the problem is still there. We took it to another mechanic for him to scan with his computer and he said it’s the bousch pump. I am using the same van right now with no problem, but I know the problem is still there. Can you please help me, before I buy a pump if it’s the pump? (Nissan Terrano turbo)
How long did you have the problem with loss of power before the electric priming pump (lift pump) was put into the system? Going up hills means the engine needs a large amount of fuel. If the lift pump which lifts fuel from the fuel tank, draws it through the filter and pushes it into the injection pump was weak for quite some time, the injection pump would be starving for fuel. Diesel fuel cools and lubricates the injection pump, or doesn’t, if there is a lack of fuel, leading to accelerated wear in the injection pump. Therefore the second mechanic’s diagnosis makes sense. Yet you say that there is no problem driving, and I presume starting the vehicle? Have you tried it on the hills again? I would be inclined to make a decision based on the cost of the pump, and whether or not this mechanic is going to overhaul your pump or replace it with a new one, or a second hand one with a warranty of some sort. New will be the most expensive, unless your pump is really worn out, when parts may exceed new cost. Second hand is a pig in a poke, unless it has a decent warranty, which should include the free labour involved in replacing it if it craps out during the warranty period - this gives the mechanic an incentive to get you a really good second hand pump. Or you could keep driving it until the pump gives up, which is usually preceded by a period of hard starting, lots of black smoke etc. Your choice, unfortunately. - John S from New Zealand
Submitted: 14/02/2014 11:23:27 | ID: 25776
My Nissan Terrano’s plastic air vents fins are all broken and I am told I need to purchase an entire full console. No way. There is one left, one right and two centre. Please can anybody advise me? (mk2)
Your vehicle is not new. You can be sure that someone, somewhere has one that he is willing to part out and will send you the vents to replace yours, rather than a whole dash. Except the question will have to be asked: what was it that broke the vents in the first place? Just old age in hard sunlight? If so, try and buy them from the UK, as the level of sunlight is a little..??? lower there, and there are also more scrapyards as well. Google is your friend. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 14/02/2014 10:23:55 | ID: 25756
My imported 1992 Nissan Terrano TD27 turbo diesel (Model WBYD21) is driven to/from work every day without problems. However on two recent occasions, weeks apart, when taking off from traffic lights it goes into limp mode and will not accelerate. The auto transmission was found to be okay and I have replaced the air filter and fuel filter. Some suggest I change/clean the mass air flow meter but I can’t find it. Hopefully someone can confirm this or explain where it is on this engine? Some say to clean the little mesh filter on the intake to the injector pump. Some say it could be a blocked EGR valve and suggest blocking it off. Some say the radiator is not cooling the transmission ATF fast enough but the dashboard Automatic Transmission Oil Temperature Warning Light does not come on. Does anyone know why it is going into limp mode? (Nissan Diesel DT27)
It all depends on your definition of "limp mode" ? With my 1991 when cold, and if I had to stop at a stop light within 1km of starting in the morning, and completely at random, when accelerating away from the lights it used to stick in first gear, right through to 4,000 rpm, it just would not change into second. I used to pull over, put the gearbox into R and accelerate backwards 10 metres. Stop, select first and off we go normally, butter smooth. I don’t know if I have fixed it for sure, but after three complete changes of trans fluids and filters over 60,000km. I put a Magnefine in-line filter in the output line of the trans before it went to my auxiliary cooler and then into the radiator cooler. This is an American made filter with a magnet as well as fabric filter medium in it, it has a very good reputation and should be available at any good trans shop, and touch wood, for the last 2 years that particular problem has not reared it’s ugly head again. I suspected a sliver of metal floating through the system and lodging in the wrong place at the wrong time, so I thought an extra filter may cure it. I don’t think you have a MAF sensor, our models are all mechanical thank you Lord. It wouldn’t hurt to examine that filter on the injection pump just for giggles. I always give my engine a good thrashing when warmed up and don’t have any EGR problems, the carbon is well cleaned out if you know what I mean. If you tow heavy loads or drive in sand a lot, plumb in an auxiliary cooler that you can buy and fit in one hour, instructions included..Hayden, Trans cool..whatever takes your fancy. My hookup is trans out, aux cooler in, aux cooler out to radiator in, original radiator out to trans in. This is because I need the heat from the radiator to go into the trans in cold NZ winters. Otherwise overdrive won’t be selected until 10 kms plus have gone by as the trans sensor tells control module it’s too cool. You may want to go from the radiator out to the aux in, then aux out to trans in which will give the coolest fluid in warm/hot conditions. Or go all out and put a huge aux cooler in bypassing the radiator altogether. May as well throw an aux fan on it as well! If, after you stop the next time this happens, and you can’t accelerate going backwards, then you may have a fuel delivery problem. Hope this helps. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 14/02/2014 09:13:47 | ID: 25742
I have got a Nissan Navara 2.5 TD sport pick up. I have had it since new and never had a problem with it until a couple of weeks ago when the starter motor went. It’s only done 50k and I had a new starter motor fitted but a few days later my speedometer and odometer stopped working. Would having the new starter motor fitted have caused this?
If the speedometer pickup has been damaged, or the wires to the Vehicle speed sensor (VSS) pickup stretched or damaged by the mechanic as he was removing the starter, maybe. It may also be unrelated. The only way to find out is to check under the vehicle. Maybe take it to another mechanic to check it without telling second mechanic about the replacement of the starter, and seeing if he finds damage possibly related to starter removal, or not. Then you have the second opinion you need to decide - do I go back to first mechanic and tell him to fix his mistake, or do I stay with second mechanic and have him fix it? Your choice. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 14/02/2014 08:32:35 | ID: 25735
My Nissan Qashqai has a plastic Under Engine Cover which needs to be removed for an oil change. Is there a special tool for the screws that hold this on?
Don’t do it yourself, big problems getting it on again. Been there done that. Not good, go to a cheap mechanic - Darren Mills from Northern Ireland
Submitted: 11/02/2014 14:42:25 | ID: 25710
Regarding the Nissan Note’s boot with the rear seats set back, is the hole left between the seats and the rear shelf covered by something? Thanks.
Under the removable back shelf there is a roll black cloth with velcro to pull over the hole. - Stephen McBride from Scotland
Submitted: 11/02/2014 10:41:33 | ID: 25683
I bought my 2013 Nissan Navara at 9 months old. When in forward and putting the steering on full lock it is almost like someone has pulled the handbrake on and it will not pull away. If I take the steering off full lock then off we go. Any ideas?
When you turn the steering to full lock the front wheels are sideways to the direction of travel. The vehicle is trying to go in the direction the body is pointing, but the wheels are pointing left or right. This causes resistance, which you rightly interpret as being like the handbrake is on. Wheels straight ahead always roll easily as there is no sideways component resisting the straight ahead motion. This is why when you are travelling on slippery surfaces or deep sand or gravel, you only turn the steering wheel minimally, it allows the vehicle to keep going without "digging in" and getting stuck. It is also why when you get stuck in mud/sand/gravel, always straighten the wheels before pushing, pulling or rocking the vehicle to unstick it. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 11/02/2014 10:11:13 | ID: 25677
Hi, my Nissan Primera has a surging problem which usually manifests itself when motorway driving or it can happen above 40 mph. It happens when trying to accelerate (say usually when overtaking), where the car is trying to accelerate but is doing so by fluctuating speed. Pardon the pun when referring to learner drivers but the term kangaroo petrol is probably the best description, but it`s a bit more subtle at these speeds. I find the easiest way to get round the problem is to ease off with the accelerator till the problem clears and then try and accelerate at a lower rate. The trouble is sometimes you need quick acceleration to get out of potentially hazardous driving situations. Can anybody give me any help with this please? (1.8 petrol hatchback)
Hi, the problem you have is believe it or not is your indicators. You say it happens when you indicate right? I would be tempted to check your rear indicator for corroded contacts. Try over taking without indicating then you will see. - Saj Khan from England
It may be a faulty ignition coil (or coils!). I had a similar problem with my Nissan Primera (1.8 petrol hatchback) when accelerating/overtaking - just as you describe. The garage did a diagnostic check which showed a fault on one of the ignition coils on the spark plugs. A new coil was fitted and the fault disappeared, in fact I felt a big improvement in the acceleration. The ignition coil cost around £90 plus fitting. - Ken from Sussex
Submitted: 11/02/2014 09:43:30 | ID: 25671
Hi. We`ve got a Nissan Terrano 2 SLX. It drives well but when you go to do full lock on steering you get a squealing noise. We checked under the bonnet and the big belt at the front runs fine but as soon as you put it on full lock it sticks, then goes again and that`s when we have the squeak. Is a new power steering belt needed or what else please?
The best solution is to replace the belt with a new one. The bad news is that you have three V belts at the front here, and you might as well replace them all at the same time, because they are a beyatch to get to and the labour involved is not going to cost much more doing one or three... and you will kick yourself when the a/c belt starts to squeal... or the alternator... Try and get high quality belts, something like Gates green stripe, only slightly more expensive but much longer life. PS a good mechanic will retension the belts after 20 minutes of driving with headlights on, a/c full blast to load the belts. They wear in a little in the first few minutes, and a retension after this gives longer life through less slippage - John Smith from New Zealand
It’s the bump stops on your front suspension, sounds like the plastic caps have worn away. Turn the steering full lock to one side then have a look under the front and you’ll see where the metal to metal contact is being made, just on the inside of the front wheel. Blob of grease on those metal contacts will fix it - Ben Rogers from Australia
What you have to check is the power steering belt, it could be slack or the belt is stretched. All you need to do is go to a Nissan dealer and they will solve your problem. Do not try to do it by yourself. A number of things also get checked; there are components that wear out as you use your car, get your car checked professionally and you won’t have surprises. - Mutetepi Mhizha from Zimbabwe
Submitted: 10/02/2014 14:57:21 | ID: 25644
When I put my Nissan in gear it shifts but when I push on the gas it does not accelerate. Why does it do this please?
Mine is exactly the same, a constant drip from where the roof join is on both sides. Did you find out how it get this sorted? - Tash Vass from Surrey
Submitted: 10/02/2014 12:48:18 | ID: 25641
Hi, I`’ve had my Nissan Navara from new and never had a problem with it apart from a new battery 3 years ago. I have just had to have a new starter motor fitted in my pick up last week and now the speedo and odometer are not working. Is this related to having the new starter fitted? Does it need resetting? I’m at a loss here. My vehicle has only done 50k since I`ve had it and only ever been used as a domestic vehicle. Any ideas please?
David, I think your wife asked the same question in a slightly different format; please see the reply to her as above. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 10/02/2014 12:45:39 | ID: 25640
My Nissan Micra has a problem that sometimes it won`t start for a long time, but it will start up again on its own without any fixing. What happens is that by trying to start it the radio will go on and everything else but the car will not start. This happens mainly during cold weather. What could be causing this problem please?
Just a guess, but the starter motor is probably nearly dead. Take it to a dealer or someplace and they will tell you. - Andrew Smith from Cheshire
A number of things. I say because I am not on the car. a) The battery could be failing b) The starter motor could be faulty c) There could be sulphation or high resistance in the starter motor circuit d) The coolant temperature sensor could be faulty. You might experience this and say to yourself it starts, but this might happen when you are far away from home. Get the vehicle to a Nissan Dealer for checking with a diagnostic machine. - Mutetepi Mhizha from Zimbabwe
Submitted: 10/02/2014 11:34:05 | ID: 25626
Hi guys, a little help please. I have a Nissan Terrano Mistral and the front wiper is intermittently not working. Also the wipers on normal operation will speed up and slow down at any time whilst driving. My problem is locating the relay and it’s part number to replace it, that`s if the relay is the problem. Any ideas please? Cheers. (Mistral 2.7td 5 door)
Please check the earth connection of your wiper motor. First pull off the connector and spray contact cleaner in the plugs; then wiggle them back together. Next, undo the bolts holding the motor to the chassis, undo any earth leads if there are any and thoroughly sandpaper the the bolts and connections to bright metal, then put anti seize copper grease at these points and bolt it back into position. Electrickery depends on the return path back to the battery by the grounding of whatever the 12volts is powering. No ground or very little ground through corrosion, broken wires hanging on by one thread etc all mean less than stellar performance and all the symptoms shown by your wipers - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 10/02/2014 09:03:38 | ID: 25615
My Nissan Terrano (R3MR) ZD30 engine has killed the injector pump twice. The last time it simply refused to start from the parking lot and no diesel was going through. Does anybody know why this happens or what the problem is?
The pump is dying because not enough fuel is getting to it. This pump relies on a steady volume of fuel supply to stop overheating/wear. Check the operation of your lift pump, the one that sucks fuel through the filter from the tank and then pushes the fuel up to the injection pump. You will, of course, have replaced the fuel filter at least once after killing the first injection pump? If the cost of the lift pump is too much, or you want to quickly get under way you can wire in a low pressure electric fuel pump after the filter to deliver the fuel to the injection pump as a temporary measure... or a permanent one - John Smith from New Zealand
Quality of the fuel. How long has the first one been on the car? Lack of fuel will cause the pump to overheat and stop working. Check your fuel lines and make sure no pipe is kinked or restricted. - Mutetepi Mhizha from Zimbabwe
Submitted: 07/02/2014 16:17:30 | ID: 25611
I have a 2000 Nissan Terrano II 2.7 TDI. The problem is that the speedometer fluctuates up and down with other lights coming on and the tachometer resets to zero each time the needle fluctuates. The speedometer fluctuates from max speed to zero, RPM drops to 0, the fuel gauge light illuminates etc. The rate of this process is approx. 2 times each second when the car is cold, when the car stars to heat up the interval increases. It looks as though this is also affecting the automatic transmission because, when cold and under pressure (driving uphill), it seems the transmission does not work properly when switching between gears. When the car has fully heated up everything is okay. Can you help me with this please? (2.7 TDI Automatic Transmission)
These particular models 1996 on have a problem with the printed circuit dashboards developing cracks in the circuits producing these intermittent faults as the vibration of normal driving flexes the dashboard. There is a UK firm which will attempt to fix them them. Google is your friend - John Smith from New Zealand
Also check the earthing straps from the engine to the body and the transmission to the body. Corroded earthing points will also interfere with the sensor readings and both the engine and trans rely on electrickery for their operation. Sandpaper the earthing points on the body and on the engine/trans and if there is bad corrosion in the straps themselves, replace the straps with new. Coat with anti seize grease on the bright metal and tightly bolt them down. Hope this helps. - John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 07/02/2014 11:20:49 | ID: 25585
I have a 2001 Nissan Almera and when Istart it up it takes a long time to start. When I rev it it does not want to pick up the revs and if I let it idle on its own after 5 minutes it cuts fuel off and then takes time to start. I have replaced the fuel pump and airflow but it remains the same. Please can anyone help me, I’m confused? (m)
Hi, could be the distributor. I changed my fuel pump too, but later found out it wasn’t the problem! - Olivia Hamill from Ireland
Submitted: 06/02/2014 16:15:20 | ID: 25571
Hello, my 2007 Nissan X-Trail will run for a while and then without any notice the engine just stops while I am driving. I have to put the car in neutral while driving and restart it again. This is very dangerous to do if you are in heavy traffic. Does anybody know why it does this please?
Sounds like an EGR Valve, I had a similar event with mine 6 months ago, took it to the dealer who cleaned it all out and good as, new touch wood. - Dave B from Northern Ireland
Submitted: 04/02/2014 14:46:06 | ID: 25525
I have a Nissan Terrano with automatic gearbox. The problem is the o/d system is starting to work itself. I am not operating the o/d button and the indicator light doesn’t work. The gearbox behaves like the o/d system is switched on. Does anyone have any explanation or answer to this problem? Thanks. (regulus 3.150 cc td)
Possibly there is a problem with the connections between the automatic transmission and the computer controlling the trans. Take all the earth straps off the engine and chassis points and clean the earthing points and the ends of the straps. Put copper ant seize grease on the straps and bolt then back into place. While you are under the vehicle you will see at least one plastic electrical connector plugged into the transmission. Disconnect this/these plugs and spray electrical contact cleaner into both halves of the plug and wiggle them back together. Now 12 volts can flow to the trans via nice clean connections in the plugs and return via those nice clean earth straps. This may cure the problem. Please tell us if it does... John Smith from New Zealand
Submitted: 04/02/2014 14:35:09 | ID: 25521
When I drive my diesel Nissan Primera suddenly all of the windows get misty and I can not see anything. It takes a long time to warm up as well. What do you think is wrong? Thanks.
Look for wet patches on the carpet in the footwell, probably a leaking heater matrix. Will cost an arm and a leg to fix unless you by pass it and do without a heater. - Coo Lectro from Northumberland
Submitted: 04/02/2014 10:19:47 | ID: 25480
Can anyone tell me where the water drainage points are on the Nissan Terrano 3 ltr SVE, as mine has a leak in the front passenger footwell and a damp patch on the roof of mid passenger`s seat?
If you have a sun roof clear drain holes when roof is open they are in front corners - Unwin Taylor from Lancashire
Open the passenger and driver’s doors, look inside front fenders down at the base, inside the opening where where you’ll find a gap that collects sand, sticks, leaves etc. Flush both passenger and drivers side. Also look under all doors, they have drain holes underneath that can be unblocked with a small screwdriver or wire to poke the dirt out. Flush out fully with water from hose - Ben Rogers from Australia
Submitted: 03/02/2014 14:06:16 | ID: 25440