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1996 Nissan Maxima 96 shuts off

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Mar 9, 2011, 3:06 PM

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Hey guys, hopefully I can get some help here. Here's some info. I have a Nissan Maxima, '96, GLE, with 175k miles. For the past few months (since November) I've been having a pretty significant issue. I would drive 30 miles to a from work everyday and the car starting sputtering. One day on my way home, while I was waiting at a stop light, my car completely shut off. I turned the ignition, the RPM needle went up then all the way back down and shut off again. This happened a few times. The only way to get the car moving is if, while turning the ignition, I pump the gas a few times, shift to Drive, and hit the gas again and it'll move forward. If I don't shift to Drive, and only pump the gas, the RPM needle will drop back to 0, leaving my car off. Sometimes, even when I'm waiting at a stop light, the RPM needle will spike up and down, and at some points it will turn off or just continue this until I drive forward.

Now, I'm not sure if this will be related in any way, but just in case, two years ago the check engine light came on. I had someone take a look and he said I needed to replace the MAF sensor. After researching online, I found out that you can clean out the MAF sensor with a solution they sell at auto stores. I followed this advice, cleaned it exactly as I was told to do, and haven't encountered this issue since. The light hasn't turned on since. It's been running fine until last Nov.

There's no check engine light on, a diagnostic was used on the car and nothing was detected. My previous mechanic suggested that the MAF sensor needs to be replaced. I was skeptical about this. He cleaned the fuel injectors, ran a cleaner through and it worked fine for a week. Then it went back to this issue. I took the car to a different mechanic that is supposedly good friends with my family's friends. He cleaned out the engine and replaced the fuel gauge. This did exactly nothing. The mechanic claimed that he fixed the issue, but as soon as I drove out of the parking lot, it shut off at the first stop light.

Any possible solutions or any information I should include? Aside from that issue, I'm told that the engine is in great condition and I change the oil on a regular basis. I really appreciate any help anybody can throw my way. Thanks.

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Mar 10, 2011, 5:33 AM

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Sounds like it could be a distributor problem, It is sending odd signals to the ECU which feeds the RPM gauge.

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