Q: Car wont start but cranks 1998 Nissan Altima

asked by on

My 1998 Nissan Altima GXE randomly started slowing down yesterday while driving, so I pulled over and shut it off. When I tried to start it again, it wouldn't work. Like the title says, it cranks but wont turn over. Today, I changed the fuel filter and determined that the fuel pump is working since I cranked it real quick to see if fuel was getting to the filter, which it was. I also tested for a spark from the spark plugs and ruled out no spark as a problem. Does anyone have any other ideas of what it could be?? Thanks ahead of time.

My car has 125000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1998 Altima. You may have a crankshaft or camshaft sensor causing the no start. You can scan the computer and watch the data to see if one or both of these sensors have failed and change the bad one. If you need help with this, have a certified professional, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose the starting issue and perform appropriate repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car wont start but cranks 1998 Nissan Altima

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: 2008 satrun sky. Between 38 to 45 mph, i get a rumble type noise. After 45 all normal.

An unbalanced driveshaft is a possibility as is a faulty torque converter. Tires cannot be eliminated without much further testing including testing on a road force variation balancer. Even perfectly balanced tires can create terrible vibration due to the construction...

Q: My truck turns over but will not start - 1989 Toyota Pickup

I would recommend starting by checking to see if the fuel is reaching the spark plugs. Try pulling one of the plugs out after cranking it over to see if the plug is wet with fuel. If they are not,...

Q: Car stopped while I was driving it; Check engine light is also on.

Have your computer checked to see if there is any pending or stored codes. This will lead you to a location on the engine for troubleshooting. There are many symptoms that can contribute to a stalling and no start condition...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...