20 Most Recent 2004 Nissan Maxima Questions & Answers


I don't know if this is the way to fix this problem, but i found this site in the internet with this information, i hope it can help:
There seem to be some common issues among Nissan Maxima owners who have the 2000-2004 models. These tend to range from intermittent rough idle to reported transmission problems, to a drastic decrease in performance. We are looking in to the real cause of the problems, and offering our advice on what to do, and what NOT to do.
We looked into how to troubleshoot the intermittent rough idle problem in the latest article. It can be attributed to the ignition coils, which have proven to go bad in the first few years of ownership. The next issue we are going after is the supposed transmission problems I have been hearing about. This problem has been described as a hesitation in the shifting from 1st to 2nd, or 2nd to 3rd under half to full throttle. It also causes hard shifting, and the appearance of a "rev limiter" around 4000 rpms. The TSB (technical service bulletin) out for this says that the solenoid control assembly in the transmission is to blame. This assembly is responsible for the correct shift times for the transmission. Sounds like the right answer, right?
Maybe. These control assemblies can go bad, but it is only due to the build up of debris in the transmission system. This debris comes from clutch material and burned transmission fluid. With that much clutch material worn down, you would most likely have some slipping in the transmission occurring. If it is indeed slipping, then I would look at a transmission rebuild or replacement. Simply replacing the control assembly would just delay the inevitable, and cost you 500-750 dollars.
The issue I have described is NOT the transmission. I repeat. NOT the transmission. In my example, I have not described any slipping of the transmission. In a lot of cases, this "transmission" symptom is accompanied by a pinging engine and low performance. This is most likely a fuel related problem. The ping is from a lean fuel mixture (not enough gas). The poor performance could be from the same cause. If the knock sensor or the trans solenoids were bad, you would eventually get an engine trouble code from the ECU/TCU. The first place to check is the fuel filter in the gas tank. There is not an external filter on these cars, and that filter in the tank is SELDOM changed. The new filter should fix the engine ping, the performance issues, and the "transmission" type symptoms. The "rev limiter" feel is from the engine not having enough fuel to continue raising the rpms. The hard shift is from the transmission anticipating the faster shift needed at higher rpms, but the engine is not performing correctly, so the acceleration is not there to complete the smooth shift. All these systems work intricately together. Lower the fuel pressure available to the injectors, and all of the above symptoms can occur.
Be sure to have the codes checked. In a lot of cases I have seen, these issues come and go with no check engine light. That is a good sign it could be the fuel filter. You may also have a dirty throttle body, which I recommend cleaning when you replace the filter.
Good luck, and stay TUNED!
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2004 Nissan... | Answered on Nov 20, 2019


This is most likely one of your cam shaft sensors. The reason your transmission goes to 5th gear and stays there is because the car automatically goes into "safe mode". This prevents you from running the car on high RPM's which decreases the chance of causing more damage to the engine.
Depending on the code you get from the check engine light, it will be one of the cam-shaft sensors or the crank shaft sensor. A code reader will answer that question.
Often the sensor just fails or oil gets into the connectors which prevents proper reading. This sometimes goes away temporarily when engine is hot but problem will return.
To replace the cam shaft sensors you are looking at approximately 30 min of work. Its a tight fit but not a difficult job.
Cam shaft sensors are about $80. Not sure how much crank haft sensor is.
Hope this helps, and good luck.

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Nov 09, 2019


3.5litre V6 Front wheel drive, the cam position sensor is in the back of the cylinder head above the transmission. bank one is the front bank, nearest to the grill. the cam sensor is held into the head with a 10mm bolt, has one wireing connector with 3 wires in it. the sensor is sort of round with a leg off one side for the bolt the secure.
may need to remove the engine cover to see it. it is held down with allen key bolts.

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Oct 24, 2019


hey i just fixed mine with the same exact problem, look, all you have to do is open your 3rd fuse box which is next to your washing fluid on the passenger´s side under the hood, for that you need to remove the cover wich is pretty easy (5 staples all you need is a thin flat screw driver to lift the center of the staple and then the whole staple) then you take off the cover and then you open the fuse cover, you are looking for the TAILLIGHT fuse wich is the first on the upper row from right to left if you are standing on the passenger side looking towards the drivers side (you can also look for that fuse in the fuse box cover diagram) remembre is a 15A fuse, replace it, jaja and thats how you save some dollars. saludos desde guadalajara mexico.

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Oct 23, 2019


The service and repair manual with diagram will provide you step by step help to locate and fix the problem easily and you will get the manual from the given link https://toolsnyou.com

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Sep 06, 2019


2004 maxima with 3.6L vortec? What are you even talking about?

2004 Nissan... | Answered on May 25, 2019


there's a website reliable-store
all heavy equipment repair issues servicing, loading, wiring, engine problems everything is covered here its a must try

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Mar 20, 2019


right next to the interior fuse box, lower left side of dash

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Mar 16, 2019


Wiring, schematic, electrical diagrams, fuse diag, error codes etc are basic contents of these online books they have here on this website www.reliable-store.com I have attached. Must check it out

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Mar 14, 2018


I think you could use this manual method instead.. My
nephew use it to repair my car and it's totally perfectly fine now. Here's the website he bought it from. www.reliable-store.com

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Mar 07, 2018


Could be battery or more likely it needs a new starter. The starter has nothing to do with care safety. Buy a new starter not rebuilt or junkyard started. Labor for new starter or maybe starter is the same. You might get lucky and rebuilt starter lasts but it doesn't the labor is paid again.

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Feb 24, 2018


its probably the same fuse soooo the motor is bad most likely

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Feb 13, 2018


Was it a new rack & pinion? If so it will be under warranty

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Feb 02, 2018


Turbo manifold, blow off valve, waste gate, intercooler, turbo timer, piggyback or standalone ECU, most likely an all new exhaust system, new intake, filter. An oil cooler may be needed, as those turbo chargers are most likely cooled and lubricated by the oil in the engine, needing to be piped through the turbo itself.

2004 Nissan... | Answered on Jan 12, 2018

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