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2000 Maxima engine temp issues


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jarmstrong
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Oct 22, 2014, 8:11 AM

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2000 Nissan Maxima. Yesterday, the engine temp started shooting up quickly upon acceleration from a stop but then came right back down. Doesn't do it every time but does it enough to where I imagine it is a problem. Does not run hot when idling or after it gets going again after starting from the dead stop. Have Googled this but haven't found anything similar to this situation. Antifreeze reserve tank was empty so I refilled it this morning, but it did not solve the problem. We also have issues with the heater taking a long time to blow hot air, and even then it comes and goes. Any ideas?


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 22, 2014, 8:16 AM

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Just the recovery tank changing says it's leaking somewhere and still not full in the system which it must be. Heater observation and that it was low about confirms that.


Pressure test for leaks and for head gasket problems as well IMO for something like this. If no radiator cap on this system just only the remote tank you wont know so easily if it's full by eye,


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jarmstrong
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Oct 22, 2014, 8:35 AM

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Don't know if this is related or not, but I believe I am also leaking power steering fluid.


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 22, 2014, 8:42 AM

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Doubt the relationship but that too needs to be found for sure and fixed. See if you can see where it's leaking PS fluid, hoses, or sometimes at bellows of rack and pinion perhaps or anywhere it travels.


The engine coolant problem is potentially very costly if ignored. You must know it's truly full not just tank and can stay full or if not a bigger problem than it might be now it will be,


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jarmstrong
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Oct 22, 2014, 2:18 PM

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Checked radiator hoses after it was driven for a brief time today. Both were hot. This is about the extent of my ability to figure out what the deal is, but doesn't that indicate the coolant is flowing through the engine block?


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 22, 2014, 4:44 PM

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You need help then at once. Again, the recovery tank was found empty which is NOT normal so you know it has a problem and if YOU can't verify level any which way at radiator and in turn means engine is in fact full get the help.


If not caused by a leak to ground for example it could have blown it out to ground unseen by either plain overheating or a head gasket problem that could be minimized by not driving this any more than to find out. Whatever the original cause the weak link will be damage to the engine's head gasket and more if ignored.


Some designs do not allow for a pressure cap on the radiator making it more difficult to know. Just feeling warm/hot hoses is NOT indicating liquid or gaseous heat so far,


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