What are the steps to know if the engine has gone bad in a 1997 Nissan Altima

Asked by Apr 08, 2015 at 08:56 AM about the 1997 Nissan Altima

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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There are many tests you can do. I won't go into specifics here. best to have your mechanic diagnose it for you, if it's worth repairing or replacing. Maybe someone else can respond with more details.


Things to check for: little or no oil pressure, Knocking noise from lower end, excessive blow by, Major black or white smoke from exhaust, These are just a few.

ok do you think I blew an engine if .. My car been over heating a lot and my heat just up and stopped working .. The car drives fine and starts up.. I checked my radiator cap I didn't see any oil in it.. Just antifreeze good green clean antifreeze.. Just when I drive down the street from my house it's over heats


Have the cooling system flushed and checked for leaks, replace thermostat, start there.

Ok thanks

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