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Tracy Cooper, Torfaen

Nissan Primera

Where can I purchase a Siemens ignition amplifier for European spec (Cypriot import) 2002 Primera P12 ? I am not having much luck locating one. And what kind of cost would I be looking at ?

Submitted: 30/07/2014 15:27:59 | ID: 100598

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prince sibanda, Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

problem with the radiator cooling fans,they kick in every time few seconds after starting the car even if the engine is cold (in the morning or after a long park engine off).sometimes it loses the drive in the middle of the road and the fuel consumption is too high.

Submitted: 29/07/2014 23:39:14 | ID: 100576

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Shaun Flanagan, Antrim

Nissan Primera

HI! My driver door won't lock and is making a grinding noise. I have tried everything to lock it inside and out. All the other doors including the boot are locking. Any ideas folks please!!! I took down the panel inside the door and began unscrewing the metal card holder off. I eventually came to the four screws holding the window casing which were dead headed. I unfortunately took three of these heads off and thankfully there is one holding it together. What are the names of these screws so I can replace them? The metal card wouldn't come from the door anyway to let me look at the lock. Much thanks to anyone who has any ideas or answers to this problem - oh my brain!!!

Submitted: 28/07/2014 10:29:46 | ID: 100479

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Tsonga Cathrine L , Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

If you slow down if the engine is hot, if you try and accelerate, it does not change to the next gear. The RPM instead rises showing increased engine speed. Could it be the CVT need to be changed or a problem with the transmission box? After how long (distance) should the CVT fluid be changed? Thank you.

Submitted: 27/07/2014 13:44:00 | ID: 100434

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richard, Ghana

Nissan Primera

I have a nissan primera 2000 any time i run on a ramp or rough road i hear a funny noise from the upper suspension arm, i have changed all the arms on several occasions but sill the problem exist. what could be the problem

Submitted: 21/07/2014 12:45:09 | ID: 100092

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Gerry, New Zealand

Nissan Primera

Hi, my father in laws 2002 Primera has a problem with the rev's. It drives OK but when you stop the engine starts revving up and down by itself, It goes up to about 2000 revs. Had a look at the engine but could not see anything. Could it be the engine speed sensor?? Its an Automatic and a petrol if that helps. Cheers!!

Submitted: 21/07/2014 06:19:13 | ID: 100072

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Itayi Chipfakanya, Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

My Nissan Primera does not change gears and can only go up to 25km/hr. Problem started when I washed the engine. When I switch on the car the sport light keeps flashing for about five times then it stops. What could be wrong with my transmission? Please help

Submitted: 16/07/2014 18:33:35 | ID: 99802

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Christopher, Dublin

Nissan Primera

Burning gas is coming into the caused. Any solution?

Submitted: 16/07/2014 14:11:57 | ID: 99782

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Dominic, Ghana

Nissan Primera

Hi, I my 2.0 P12 Nissan Primera T-Spec Tiptronics Estate started revving very low in idle with the ignition going off when stuck in traffic. It only improves a little when the Aircondition is on, but even that has not been guaranteed as ignition sometimes goes off again. My mechanic took out the throttle sensor and wiped the accumulated dust from it and refitted it back. Since then, my revving goes as high as 1.7 when idle thereby increasing my thermometer unnecessarily, and when I start my engine it revs even higher before returning to that state. The mechanic told me the vehicle will self programmes itself after three days but I'm not getting any better results. Please help

Submitted: 16/07/2014 03:59:57 | ID: 99754

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olu, Essex

Nissan Primera

Hello. I have 2 problems regarding my nissan primera 03 plate. 1. Indicator problem started when i fixed the melted brake light and reverse light. These 2 wire melt together, but after this has been sorted i realised when i indicator to either left or right it make a louder noise not like the usual; though it does not affect the light it self. The problem is the louder noise. 2. I have problem with the stereo. Radio works perfectly okay, but the stereo when i put CD it play nice but after 2-3 minute it play too slowly and i used a head cleaner but still the same. I now intend to change the stereo to a more latest version. I need the iso adaptor cable for nissan primera 03 plate. Tbe common ones i found from halfords are 99' model but not suitable for 03 plate. How can i get tje suitable one please for those people that understand what i have just explain.?

Submitted: 15/07/2014 05:28:35 | ID: 99695

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asif malik, West Midlands

Nissan Primera

Have had car from new, currently nearly 80000 miles on clock.recently noticed that car wont accelerste over 55 mph. No warning lights or engine management lights lit. Start ok, engine sounds ok.Accelerate ok but need to spped up , goes slowly.even when going up hill, have to push on acclerator then take foot off only by doing this all the time can reach 45mph. I have put the accelarator ledal to the floor but this still does not increase speed. Not sure what else to do. Have taken it tomechanic, who could not find fault.

Submitted: 14/07/2014 15:28:28 | ID: 99644

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Ephata, Finland

Nissan Primera

My car blows black smoke when accelerating. I guess also the consumption is a little higher. Any ideas please?

Submitted: 14/07/2014 11:28:58 | ID: 99638

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mike, Surrey

Nissan Primera

Hi, could you help? I have a Nissan and the engine management light is on which says I should take it to the garage and have it plugged in! When it's in neutral the car shakes and feels like it's misfiring when going 40mph or over! I`ve done some asking around and people have said it might be the coil pack or the plugs? Any suggestions would be really useful, thanks.

Submitted: 14/07/2014 11:00:30 | ID: 99636

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padraig doherty, Ireland

Nissan Primera

my central locking key fob will not work i change battery in key

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Do you have a spare fob to test if the locking system itself is at fault? If not, disconnect the vehicle's positive battery lead and ground it on the engine or chassis for 5 minutes before you reattach it to the battery. this resets all the ecu's in the vehicle into learning mode (Reboots it) and hopefully now the fob will talk nicely to the NATS system......and they will join hands and be happy ever after... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 12/07/2014 17:03:33 | ID: 99518

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John, Middlesex

Nissan Primera

My brakes stick on when in traffic or in low gear. What can I do to stop this?

Submitted: 11/07/2014 20:51:35 | ID: 99480

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Evans, Ghana

Nissan Primera

Hi. I have recently bought a right hand drive and changed the steering to left hand to suit country specification. After this was done the car sparks but the accelerator revs do not respond well. It only revs to about the 1 and not higher. Can anyone explain why?

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You have made a mistake in your wiring, maybe left off a sensor wire???? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 11/07/2014 14:13:15 | ID: 99451

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wendy rigoux, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Primera

I find my car not getting the power i used to after 80km and once i try am hearing a loud sound coming from the engine like it's forcing to excel. What can that be? When scanned it says Line Presure Solinoid. One person says its the A/C bearing or the Compressor and another said its the gears not kicking in. Please help

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Wendy, what engine, what transmission, what happened just before all this went wrong? How many kms on the clock? Line pressure solenoid normally means a fault in the auto trans. Do you have an auto trans? When was the last time it was serviced? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 10/07/2014 14:49:27 | ID: 99377

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Anesu blessing, Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

Coil pack 2 and 3 are defective. What do I do?

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You troll, replace them with good coil packs...but only if you want to have a car that drives properly. Otherwise just leave them alone.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 05/07/2014 11:29:59 | ID: 99004

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ODHISEA, Greece

Nissan Primera

HI THERE I HAVE A NISSAN PRIMERA P12 WITH QG16 ENGINE PETROL AND THE DIAGNOSTIC SHOWS ME A TROUBLE (CODE P0171 ) CAN ANYONE HELP ME PLEASE THANK YOU.

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Google P0171 trouble code and go from there. http://www.obd-codes.com/p0171 John Smith from New Zealand

Use Google..and the answers will be obvious.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 04/07/2014 20:05:27 | ID: 98969

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Therese, Wiltshire

Nissan Primera

I have a Nissan Primera SVE '04 and thought I would update the satnav. I bought Xanavi x6.0 v.2012/13 (2 discs- Navigation System App Data DVD and Navigation System Map Data DVD). Thought all I needed to do was take out the old disc and pop in the new ones. It comes up with a "note" message to leave ignition and disc in place, and shows a bar with start-finish, but then does not progress from there. In addition my ventialtion and radio controls are frozen, and the rearview camera view does not display. Tried to put the old disc back, but display does not change. What the heck have I done wrong?

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Disconnect the positive lead from the battery and ground that lead on the body or engine and leave it there for 5 minutes. this should reset all the ECU's in the vehicle. you do have the security code for the entertainment system..don't you? John Smith from New Zealand

Thank you for your reply. I originally purchased the car second hand, so I do not have any code. Any recommendations? Therese from Wiltshire

Therese, you should take your vehicle and its reg papers to a Nissan dealer. Having proved you are the owner, you should be able to get from them the code for the original entertainment system as sold new. The system is frozen now, you have nothing to lose by doing the disconnect above before you take it to the dealer... John Smith from New Zealand

Thanks. I do have it booked in next Tuesday, so fingers crossed this gets sorted and it does not bankrupt me! Therese from Wiltshire

Therese, what happened at the dealer's? Problem solved...at little cost hopefully? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 02/07/2014 17:45:23 | ID: 98854

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Charles Seloi, Botswana

Nissan Primera

My 2003 Nissan Primera shows a picture of a car when driving at 100km/h on the navigation screen, but when I slow down it disappears and when I apply sudden brakes it vibrates. What could be the problem?

Submitted: 01/07/2014 11:51:53 | ID: 98796

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Michael, Lancashire

Nissan Primera

I've recently had problems with non OEM alternator belts coming off.... Putting a Nissan OEM belt on seems to have cured the problem... Still remain slightly concerned in case anything else is wrong... The local garage consulted Nissan who thought there was a very slim chance there could be an alternator fault, but best to try original belt first.... Anyone have any feedback from similar incidents?

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Yes, there are good alternative manufacturers..and there are some very bad ones. Yes, an OEM belt which is made for that vehicle should cure these problems. The only aftermarket belts I recommend are Gates, made in the USA, and the Green Stripe ones are exceptionally long lived.... If you are truly worried about why the belts may be coming off, use a straight edge to check the alignment of the pulleys, and very carefully check the entire perimeter of the pulleys including the harmonic balancer (crankshaft pulley) for any notches, knife edges from excessive wear from old age, wobbles etc..... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 01/07/2014 07:11:59 | ID: 98776

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Dicapre, Worcestershire

Nissan Primera

Hi I bought a primeria sx 1.8 petrol about a week and yo today been driving and received a warning message to avoid driving in high speed otherwise i will have immediate breakdown. it is an engine message. can someone help please?

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As always, the computer in your car sent you the message. Now take the car to a technician with a scan tool and find out what the problem is. You don't specifically need to go to a Nissan dealer for this..there are competent techs at smaller places, too...and they should have no hesitation in plugging in their machine in front of you and showing you the result on the screen. they do it to impress the punters..and it usually works. Otherwise Google the engine model and error message and see what results you get from your WWW search....this may give you a clue so you do not look like a complete sucker to the mechanic..... "I think my fufu valve is discomgloberated" etc etc... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 28/06/2014 15:12:15 | ID: 98616

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gerald, Nigeria

Nissan Primera

Hello, can you please help? My car has a terribly bad fuel economy. I get readings of 23.2l/100km and at best I get 16.6L/100km. I've changed my M.A.F, throttle body sensor, checked the catalyst, serviced the injector and had the car scanned severally but still don't get any improvement. I'm really confused. What do you think could the cause?

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Gerald, what size engine? Petrol or diesel? Auto trans? Towing? Hills? Heavy traffic? Consumption readings instantaneous or average? Checked against fill up figures at the pumps? Have you replaced the engine air filter recently? Do you use the A/C a lot? Changed your spark plugs recently? Replaced your plug leads/coil packs recently? Checked that the muffler bearings have been oiled and that the muffler is not choked/broken down internally/ Any changes in performance over time? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 28/06/2014 10:04:28 | ID: 98592

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Feroza Ali, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Primera

1-Red curved line appearing on the dashboard screen. 2- On the CD Player, the cd is stuck and cannot eject, however the player is working. Can you offer some kind advice please.

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Disconnect the positive battery lead. ground it on the body or engine for 5 minutes.Then reconnect the positive lead to the battery. All ECU's in the vehicle will now be rebooted and in learning mode. If this does not help then a visit to an auto sparky or a dealer will be needed. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 26/06/2014 23:09:37 | ID: 98531

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barry, Zimbabwe

Nissan Primera

Hello I need help. My Nissan Primera makes a rattling sound coming from the timing cover, it uses a chain drive. This sound only comes when starting, after starting it`s quiet. As you drive around the rattling sound starts and remains constant and gets louder. So what I want to know is can the timing cover come off so we can have a look at the guides for the chain, without having to remove the engine? I am a mechanic so be as technical as possible

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Barry,I won't waste my time trying to tell you anything. You are a mechanic? Well, you should know..... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 26/06/2014 19:25:11 | ID: 98519

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Toks, Nigeria

Nissan Primera

My Primera 1995 model has refused to start but it keeps showing on the dash board check battery and engine 3e okay and it seems as if it wants to start but goes off as if fuel is empty but it has a full tank. The fuel pump was replaced but the check indicator on the dashboard is still blinking. Please help?

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Toks, have your computer scanned for the trouble codes that will be there. Then you will know where to start looking.... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 23/06/2014 21:24:49 | ID: 98317

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Verne Wheeler, New Zealand

Nissan Primera

Hi I have a Nissan Primera 2001 2.5 litre CVT. While I was driving I heard a horrible noise I took it to the auto mechanic and they replaced the clutch pulley. Since I have got it back when I put the car in reverse or drive it makes a noise and feels like the enigine is shaking. If I have driven for a while and stop especially if the engine is hot the rev counter shows the needle going up and down and sometimes it feels like the engine is not running correctly and wants to cut out. I have also had new spark plugs put in and no change. I am concerned that it may be the transmission cause it seems be a problem only when the car is in gear. Please can you advise me. Thanks

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Verne, I think you have diagnosed the problem for yourself as CVT related. If the shaking and shuddering does not happen in neutral......it almost certainly has to be the gearbox. This clutch pulley the mechanic replaced, was it inside the CVT? Did they give you a warranty? Did they say they had overhauled the trans? Friends of mine had a slipping CVT in a Tiida. The trans overhaul expert said a quick diagnosis is to thump the bottom of the trans with a rubber mallet. If you hear a metallic jingling from inside of the trans sump, it means that some drive links from the steel CVT belt are lying in the bottom of the sump. Theirs jingled. It was cheaper to replace the trans entirely with a second hand one rather than try to overhaul it. The total cost for them was $4300, with a 6 month warranty. The car was 6 years old, and had 179,000km before it crapped out. BUT, they had never had the trans fluid replaced..and this should have happened at 60,000km. Oh, if you buy it from new Nissan, you will pay $7000. It used to be $14,000, then $10,000 so you are getting a bargain!. But don't panic, if you wanted to buy one for the GTR Nissan...it is $50,000..just for the CVT trans..... Don't you just love progress and high tech? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 20/06/2014 00:29:23 | ID: 98085

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Victor, Kent

Nissan Primera

My horn not sounding everytime I press it, check fuse inside engine compartment for blown nothing discover. However listening to the sound anytime the horn is pressed, I can hear a tap sound from the relay box compartment. I don't know if the relay that controls horn system is the problem. Please help.

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Take the horn itself out (unbolt it.) Using a jumper wire to the horn's input terminal and grounding the outside of the horn apply 12 volts to the horn. If it goes beep..the horn works, and the problem is in the relay. If it makes no recognisable sound, the horn is stuffed. Buy and fit any old horn that fits and is 12 volt ..second hand or new to make it all work again. Or replace the relay with a new or second hand one if that is the problem. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 19/06/2014 14:40:55 | ID: 98032

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Nelson, Ghana

Nissan Primera

Hi. I have a Nissan Primera 2005 but when you put on reverse gear the camera doesn't show. What could the problem be? My engine light is always on ... is that a bad thing? I recently had an accident and my airbag light has been showing. What could be the cause?

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Nelson, you need to go to a mechanic... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 18/06/2014 08:06:57 | ID: 97944

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Michael O'Doherty , Ireland

Nissan Primera

The engine light came on suddenly and the car takes a few turns to star but it drives okay. What could be the problem?

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Michael, it was written in the stars by Some Ting Wong that he who drives a vehicle where the engine light comes on and fails to drive to a mechanic to get the computer scanned for fault codes will never know the answer..or what the fault is???? the likelihood is that the starting problem will get worse, until one day, don't know where, don't know when..it will not start at all. Plus you will have worn out your starter unnecessarily, and probably stuffed your battery as well. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 16/06/2014 12:38:17 | ID: 97794

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Mik, Kent

Nissan Primera

I recently used the satnav (manufacturer fitted) at the end of my journey the car stood idle for about an hour. when starting the car for the return journey everything was normal except after 'NISSAN' showed on the screen the display went to 'AUDIO & TEMP CONTROL' instead of 'MAP'. If I start the car with the 'MAP DISC' taken out and when 'NISSAN' is displayed it also says 'MAP ROM SLOT EMPTY' and then goes to 'AUDIO & TEMP CONTROL' display. I have used the satnav feature numerous times before without any problems. I'm thinking it is probably either the disc or the DVD rom unit that is at fault. But, and this is my question, is my thinking right and if so, how do I discern which or what is at fault?

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Mik, why not reboot everything by taking the positive lead off the battery and grounding it on bare metal on the body or engine for 2 minutes? This will force a reboot of all the computers in the car. Then reconnect the lead to the battery and start again and see if this has helped, before diving deeper into electrickery. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 14/06/2014 12:18:03 | ID: 97660

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sharon cain, West Midlands

Nissan Primera

My car keeps blowing smoke out of the tail-gate?

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If you mean the tailpipe is where the smoke is issuing forth voluminously what colour is the smoke and under what driving conditions? Time to bite the bullet and head to a mechanic with a scan gauge to check the trouble codes on the computer in the car. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 13/06/2014 18:40:06 | ID: 97619

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Sam, Nigeria

Nissan Primera

I just bought a Nissan Primera 2002 model I have problems with gear selection while on the highway . I was told the solenoid valve is faulty .Please what is the solution ? Thanks

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Sam, if the solenoid valve on the automatic transmission is faulty the mechanic should drop the trans pan (it's sump), take out the filter, look at the debris there and on the bottom of the pan and can tell what else is worn in the trans. Usually if the auto trans fluid has not been changed in a long time the wear and tear puts small shavings of metal and fibre into the fluid, and that is enough to jam the solenoids. He will replace the solenoid while the pan is off, but the best things then is for him to take out the valve body and clean it all out, then put in a new filter, a new pan gasket, refill and flush the trans with new fluid. It is going to cost, unless you want to do some of this yourself. Google youtube videos on filter, fluid replacement etc... It is not rocket science... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 11/06/2014 11:45:28 | ID: 97414

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Ricardo Elcock, Trinidad and Tobago

Nissan Primera

Hi my Primera has a QR 20 engine. I changed the oil and after that whenever I`ve checked the oil it is low. I keep topping it up but when I check it it is low again. What should I do?

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Ricardo, does the oil level keep falling, or does it stabilise at that level (if you drive more, (does it stay there or does it fall further ?) How much are we talking about re "topping up"? 500ml, or 1 litre and after how many kms? Can you see black/blue smoke when you accelerate, or decelerate in gear? How many kms has the vehicle covered? Has this increased consumption happened suddenly, or has this been increasing over time? Some oil consumption should always happen, and it can look as if the oil level drops suddenly if the vehicle has been driven around town on short trips, then goes on a long journey where the water and other volatiles that collect in the sump at low speeds evaporate at higher speed, so the next dipstick reading is lower..... John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 10/06/2014 11:05:35 | ID: 97345

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m simmonds, Leicestershire

Nissan Primera

My driver`s side door won`t open, I think it is jammed?

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I don't know if the Automobile Association in the UK can help, but here they can get into most vehicles without a key. If that is not an option, I would recommend that you go to a mechanic, because the ability to get into the door with it jammed shut will take some expertise if you don't want to wreck the interior/door card in DIY trying? John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 09/06/2014 11:45:51 | ID: 97277

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krith, Cheshire

Nissan Primera

I've got a nissan primera 2003 model and not had it long but when I broughf it the radio/cd player didn't work and says secure on the screen in a green background on the dashboard screen. I've tried looking online to fix it and its says I need a pin code which I have got but it won't or i can't put the pin code in at all. Its says online to take it to a nissan dealer . Please helpm

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First, disconnect the positive lead off the battery and ground it on a metal part of the body not covered by paint. Hold it there for 2 minutes. this will reset the computers in the car including the one in the entertainment system. Now reconnect the battery lead and straight away see if you can input the security code. If nothing happens, go see an auto stereo/cd installer and bat your eyelashes at him when you ask for help, pretty please? If he can't fix it, perhaps the security feature has "locked" the entertainment system down because it thinks that an attempt has been made to steal it. then you will have to go to a Nissan dealer. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 08/06/2014 20:22:53 | ID: 97235

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Michelle Kelly, Ireland

Nissan Primera

Hi having problems with my nissan primera. There are vibrations in the stering wheel when coming to a stop or slowing down. I recently had the balance and tracking done but still not solving the problem, any suggestion as to what the promblem could be?

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Classical symptoms of very worn brake pads, or out of round (wavy) brake rotors, or loose wheel bearings. Solution is to jack up the front of the vehicle and check for wheel wobble and bearing play. Replace or wash out and repack bearings and tighten to correct specs. Google this procedure it is not rocket science. Then, if no play in wheel bearings, examine the brake pads and the rotors for wear. Replace the brake pads as they are the easiest. bed them properly following the instructions in the packet (Google this, it is not rocket science) Then if the vibrations are still present or the rotors are worn down below tolerance (Google this, it is not rocket science) the brake rotors should be replaced and bedded in as per proper procedures. You will also need to do this same procedure for the rear brakes if all thias work does not stop the vibration as vibrations from the rear can be felt through the steering as well...but the front is the more likely..... While you are under there, also check the wear on the sway bar bushes at both ends and the bushes onto the chassis. they are cheap and easy to replace (Google etc) John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 08/06/2014 13:21:54 | ID: 97208

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mdf11a, Buckinghamshire

Nissan Primera

silly question but an annoying feature, how can I get the time to display on the dash without having to lose the climate control display/radio, I have never driven a car before that does not have the time displayed as a standard........ really annoying

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In case you have a problem that requires a reboot of the dash display, take the fuse out of the fuse box at the bottom of the dashboard for this circuit. the dash unit will now be reset. You should have the code to put back into the dash unit before you think of doing this. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 06/06/2014 21:00:18 | ID: 97069

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tina, Stirling

Nissan Primera

water is showing in my oil an car takes a while o start... wat that means

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Tina, it's not good, I am sorry. The water in the oil will most likely be coming from a leak in the head gasket which forms the (usually) water and oil tight seal between the block (the bottom part of the engine) and the head - the top part of the engine. If this is the case your coolant level will definitely be going down. Keep a very sharp eye on it, as the coolant can leak into a cylinder and fill it overnight, which will cause bad things to happen to the engine when you try to start it in the morning. Google hydro lock or engine hydrauliced to see what I mean. Check coolant level every morning before starting and if the starter groans or comes to a slamming halt, it's probably already too late, but at least then you can take all the spark plugs out and the leak will become very apparent when you turn the engine over. Coolant will squirt from 1 or 2 cylinders in a fountain. So, once this head gasket seal breaks, there are two schools of thought. The best way to fix it is to take the head off, check the head and the block for straightness, skim (machine) both surfaces dead flat and put in a new gasket. This needs to be done by a mechanic or a very talented amateur. The bodge which MAY work for a time (could be short, could be long time) is to put some sort of gunge in the coolant following the instructions printed on the container of miracle gunge, operating the engine as per those instructions, and hoping and praying that it will hold for as long as you need until you can fix it properly. Bad things about all gunge thrown into the coolant..it can and just might fill other holes etc that should really NOT be filled and which could be a real nuisance to clean out e.g. radiator down tubes. Also you will still have to fix it properly. Get quotes before you make a decision, you could be better off getting a good replacement engine instead of fixing yours... you make the choice. John Smith from New Zealand

Submitted: 06/06/2014 12:06:14 | ID: 97041

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