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Nissan altima: the engine rotates, but wont start on most occasions…

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i have an 02 nissan...
i have an 02 nissan altima with about 122000 miles on it. lately, its been getting more difficult to start the car. the engine rotates, but wont start on most occasions. it used to take pressing the gas pedal while turning the key to get it running but earlier this week, it wont start at all but the engine still rotates. where do i begin to look to fix it?
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Nissan Mechanic: Paul M ASE Master, ASE Master Tech replied 8 years ago
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Hello and thank you for using Just Answer

 

is this a 2.5 or a 3.5

 

have you plugged in a scan tool to read codes?

 

Paul

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

2.5

 

i had a mechanic plug a scan tool in but i dont remember the exact code. his advice was to change the spark plugs and get a tune. i took it to a shop and had that done but the problem was still there.

 

the mechanics at the shop i took it to said it may have somethin to do with the fuel injectors

Nissan Mechanic: Paul M ASE Master, ASE Master Tech replied 8 years ago

a very common failure on these vehicles is the Camshaft Position Sensor

 

causing a no start

 

it would help if you could pull engine codes . Parts stores like AUtozone will read your codes for free..

 

is the car running at all now?

 

I would suspect the camshaft sensor

 

click here for more information on the camshaft sensor failure

 

let me know if you need more help

 

thanks

 

Paul

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
i pulled the codes and it came back with P0300 multiple cylinder misfire. when i try to start it, the engine shakes alot
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 8 years ago
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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer.com

Did you notice if your engine has a oil consumption problem?

Let me know, thanks Jay!
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