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I own a 2004 J31. On very light acceleration I can hear a pinging noise between 1st and 2nd gear changes and also on the highway in cruise control at 100 km/p/h at around 1900 to 2100 RPM. This pinging seems to come on when the car has been driven around for more than an hour and on hot days a lot sooner and louder. Could you please help me out with this problem? Thanking you kindly Terry
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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello my names is Jay and thank you for your question.

How many miles do you have on the car and what brand spark plugs do you have installed? Do you know?

95 to 98 Octane is Racing fuel. The most I have seen is 93 octane. Also do you get gas at the same station all the time?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Hi Jay, The car has 220,000 km. My mechanic has recently change the spark plugs but I don't know what they are and the unleaded fuel that we have in Australia is 91 which is e10 95 which is premium and 98 which is high octane and we don't have 93 octane.
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok.. Well first thing you need to do is find out what brand spark plugs were installed. These engines only like NGK spark plugs. If any other plug has been used, it can certainly cause this.

Also do get gas at the same station all the time?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ill have to ask my mechanic about the plugs. Could the KNOCK SENSOR have anything to with the pinging. Also I asked the Nissan dealers service mechanics and he said that this model Maxima and the Murano both have this problem and that he didnt know why. Jay are you in Australia or USA?
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

I am in the USA and very familiar with octane ping. Knock Sensors are designed to advance and retard the ignition timing to help prevent Octane ping. You may want to see if you have a code for it. But if you don't have NGK spark plugs installed, that will certainly cause this as well as causing the engine to run ruff. The worse plug you could have installed is Bosch. Bosch plugs are the worst plugs for these cars. You need to stick with the factory NGKs and then scan the car to see if there is a knock sensor code stored. If you have a knock sensor code stored, you are going to want to replace that.

If you get gas at the same station all the time, I would recommend you try getting gas from a different station and see if that helps as well.

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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

Do you have any more questions on this?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I get my gas at different gas stations, usually BP, SHELL and MOBIL. Ill ask my mechanic on Monday about plugs, BUT can I still chat with you online or not?
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
OK Jay, Ill get back to you on Monday about the spark plug brand.
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

You got it!

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Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

Were you able to find out the brand spark plugs?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Hi Jay thanks for calling back I spoke to my mechanic and he said that the original plugs that came out of the car were NGK and he replaced the old ones with new NGK plugs as well.
Nissan Mechanic: Jay, Nissan Technician replied 2 years ago

ok. good, these engines were designed to use NGK's. The only other thing I can think of is if the knock sensor is bad. That will advance and retard the timing to eliminate octane ping. The knock sensor will not throw a Service Engine Soon light. But you will need to see if there is a code stored for it. If there is, then that will need to be replaced.

If there isn't, then I would look at the timing to see if something is off with that causing the octane ping.

If you have any more questions on this, please feel free to ask.

If not, and you're satisfied with my help, please Rate me. That is how I get credit for my work.

I hope I have provided you with Excellent Service.

Thanks Jay!

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