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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Xterra
The 2012 Nissan Xterra is designed for those who want a true sport utility that can still handle off-road driving with ease. Built on the same F-Alpha platform seen in the Titan and...
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Hard cold starts
Make sure your battery and starter are in good enough condition to turn the engine over at high enough RPM's to start properly in low temperature conditions. Due to the relatively high miles, I would first check and confirm cylinder...
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Stalling vehicle when vdc and slip light comes on
Hi there. I've seen this same concern during my tenure as a Nissan service manager. What usually happens is the wire harness to those sensors becomes brittle and loose. When this happens, it does need to be replaced/repaired. The odds...
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Do I need a new outer tie rod?
Hi there. The inspection station is, or should be, physically checking your steering linkage for excessive play. It could be the outer tie-rod end does have play that exceeds specification. This is something you may not feel when driving your...
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What rear end will direct swap with a C200 rear end?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. You can put any Nissan or Toyota axle on the vehicle. If you use a different rear axle, you will need to switch the yoke to match the drive shaft and you may...
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Packing power. Looking to add more off-road performance.
If you want to add some more power easily to your vehicle I would recommend an intake system or an exhaust system or both. The intake system and the exhaust system are two of the easiest ways to add power...
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What all is involved in changing the water pump on my 2004 Nissan xterra
Hello. Yes you will have to access and remove the timing belts to change the water pump. These need to be changed at the same time and you will be able to find many kits that include the timing belt...
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Engine stopped running while driving and will not start again.
Hey there. As you know, this P0340 code indicates the camshaft position sensor is either faulty or not connected properly. The camshaft position sensor monitors the speed of the camshaft providing the ECU with this information. The ECU uses this...
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P0430 code. Should I replace the catalytic converter?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Check for any exhaust leaks in the exhaust system. If there is a slight ticking sound or a light to loud rumble, then there is a possible exhaust leak. Check the O2 sensors...
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My car is leaking coolant and the heat won't work
Hi there. From the description you have provided, this needs to be repaired before it turns into a catastrophic and expensive repair. The coolant leak could be a radiator hose, a heater hose, a bypass hose, the water pump, the...
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VDC and slip light on, followed manual instructions, and it now has limited acceleration. What to do?
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Check the brake controller out to see if there is any loose wires or loose ground wires. Check all of the wheel sensors and make sure that there is no corrosion. The lights are...
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Misfire in cylinder 6
As you may know know, a misfire can be caused by many different things ranging from a faulty ignition coil, to bad spark plug wires, bad spark plugs, a faulty crankshaft position sensor, a lean fuel condition which could be...
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Car won't start - 2004 Nissan Xterra
This sounds like a potentially failing starter solenoid. As you may know, the starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to the starter. When this fails, it may cause a clicking sound...
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Valve cover gasket and starter labor and parts? mechanic charging me 900.00 - 2004 Nissan Xterra
Yes, on the valve cover gasket repair, they replace both sides.
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Engine died when I parked, as if it was turned off. It will turn over, but won't start. Could it be my MAF sensor?
Hi there. First check the transmission position sensor to see if the wiring harness has a short to ground or the sensor is failing. This sensor will cause the engine to shut off in the event that the computer...
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2004 Nissan Xterra rotor is not turning
Hi there. It does sound you have a broken timing belt. But before you immediately go out to replace the timing belt, the cover should be removed and the belt inspected to confirm that it is actually broken. Even after...
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I replaced the IAC and EGRVCS - the idle eventually worsens and dies
Hi there. You will need to check the mass air flow (MAF) sensor for if it is plugged in and dirty. If there is nothing wrong with the MAF, I recommend replacing it for the symptoms that you are encountering...
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My idle lopes after I replaced the IAC and EGRVCS
Hello - yes, there is a relearn process for the engine idle, and a Nissan-compatible tool is required. Snap-On and others make these. You may be able to rent one from your local parts store.
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Can a knock sensor keep my car from starting?
Hello. A bad knock sensor will not keep your car from starting. The knock sensor's purpose is to detect the sounds of pre-ignition in a running engine and convert it to a signal for the electronic control unit (ECU) so...
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Advise on what to use for automatic transmission fluid
Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) can be petroleum-based, partially synthetic, or totally synthetic-based oil. All domestic automobile manufacturers require a petroleum-based fluid in their automatic transmissions. Some import manufacturers require the use of a partially synthetic fluid. ATF is a petroleum-based...
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Car jerking uncontrollably, trouble accelerating, rough idle, cylinder 1 misfire code
Engine misfires can be caused by many different problems, but there are a few suspects that occur more than others. Generally, misfires are caused by either a spark or fuel issue or in cases, a combination of both. Spark related...

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