Nissan Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Is this only a problem getting the engine started? Does it run well once it starts? If it runs good after it starts and the problem is that is takes a long time of cranking the engine before it starts, check for a blown or missing ST SIG (start signal) fuse. I believe that fuse is in the dash fuse box. usually a 7.5 amp fuse. if blown or missing it makes it hard to start, extended crank time.
If the engine runs bad after it starts and won't accelerate very well, you might have a bad remanufactured distributor. I have seen people go through 3-4 remaned distributors before they get a good one. I would buy one from a Nissan dealer myself.
I hope you got your Altima starting better and found my advise helpful.
My bad, in this year the ST SIG fuse is a 10 amp fuse. It is fuse#26 in the dash fuse box. You should be able to find fuse information in your owners manual. Did you get a chance to read my last response? That fuse was just one of my suggestions. If your are truly losing spark as you indicated then you might have gotten a bad rebuilt distributor. I assume that the engine is turning over and that your description of "it just whines" is not the result a bad starter that is not actually turning the engine?