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I have a 1997 gxe altima that was running great until 2

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i have a 1997 gxe altima that was running great until 2 weeks ago and then it started running rough ...like it was missing and started smoking real white smoke. i had it plugged into dianostic check to get the codes....it says fuel injectors...does that sound correct?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** for the delay.
I will do my best to assist you.

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

is it low on coolant?

do you need to add coolant?

has the car ever been really hot?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It does not need coolant...and its never ran hot. I have no knocking out tapping noise
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

ok..

it isnt low on coolant now?

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

do you smell raw fuel when it is running?

and the smoke is white and not blackish in color?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
White like a cloud no black I don't smell any fuel if any it takes awhile to notice real faint
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm on my way to work right now I thought that you was going to answer by how does it work is it $26 additional to the 20 I just paid
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

ok..

i woulod think you need to keep an eye on the coolant..from the way you explain.it sounds as if you may have a blown head gasket

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

most times a leaking injector will cause it to burn rich and blow black smoke

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How much would a reasonable mechanic charge to fix that
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

i would think around $300+/-

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No water or oil on the dipstick
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

it doesnt need to put coolant into the oil when the head gasket blows,,when it blows between the water jacket and the cylender,it puts the water into the cylender,,not the oil,,that would be why the engine is missing and you get white smoke[steam]

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
LOL I rather get rid of the car I thank you much have a good night tonight and a better one tomorrow
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

you too.

have a good night

thanks

Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I will rate you 10 plus thank you again
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 1 year ago.

you are very welcome