Car jerks while driving

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Asked by May 26, 2009 at 12:50 PM about the 2005 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car jerks sometimes when i'm driving it and the check engine light came on.  This started about 2 months ago and i replaced the speed sensor and the crankshaft positioning sensor.  It was fine but it started doing the same thing a few days ago.  Any ideas.

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what code is it throwing?

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not sure about the code. i took it to auto zone and the code they said it gave them was for the crankshaft positioning sensor.

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I ended up taking it to the dealership. its the crankshaft sensor. I started doing a little research and it seems that a lot of people are having issues with this sensor. Its even caused some cars to just stop while driving. The sad part is that most of the stories i read resulted in having to keep taking the car back to the shop for the same part. Its obviously a defective item but no recall. If anyone hears of a recall let me know.

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My roomate mustang was popping up with this code and I told him to check the alternato to see if it was good. So we took it off and it came bad so we change the alt and it fixed the light the hesitation so check you alt and there go from there....

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I know it doesn't make sense but it has to do with the electrical power source.

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I have the same car (2005 Nissan Altima 2.5L) with the same issue. Initially I had issues with camshaft position sensor. I replaced it an year ago. I got the check engine light a week back and I took it to auto parts shop and found that it is a speed sensor. I didn't replace the speed sensor but asked the guy to reset the check engine light and I didn't see it popping back up. Today while driving to office, I see the jerk at stop light and engine shut down. I started the car back and drove for few more yards and I can see jerks while pushing gas pedal. I parked the car and I can notice rpm raising high. I stopped the engine and came back after 2 hours and I don't see any signs of jerks or raising rpm. Please advise me if you have any ideas on this issue. Thanks!

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To answer your question it's the transmission

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Vinayacs, did you ever figure your issue out. I have the exact same issue.

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Hello, I have replaced crankshaft position sensor and it fixed the issue. First time I replaced it with after-market part from Advanced autoparts and found it broken within an year. Later, I bought the part from Nissan dealer and replaced it myself and found the problem in week or two. I let Nissan dealer do it as it comes with warranty and they did it and replace the part I bought from them for free as it comes with warranty. After that, my car is running completely fine till now (knock on wood). I strongly recommend to do it at authorized Nissan service center when it comes to these kind of sensors.

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There has been a crab=nshaft sensor recall

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there has been a crankshaft recall on 2005 nissan altimas

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My car started bucking tonight no engine light and I'm scarednshitoess help

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But my cars a 1999 Nissan maxima

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i drive a 2012 Nissan altima snd its doing the jerking thing... ughhhhh... please tell me its not expensive fix..... hellllppppp...

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If you see some check-engine light, then I would advise to know what it is. If you don't see a check engine light but your car jerks while driving, my guess is toward crankshaft position sensor. I had the same issue with my 2005 Nissan Altima and it fixed it. I can't guarantee it for sure but in-case if you found out your crankshaft position sensor need some replacement (if is never replaced), it is worth doing with a dealer. I tried with after market part and I found the issue with in few months. If you are cable of replacing the part, buy the part from authorized Nissan dealer. Part costs you around $120 ish. It is one hour labor work so depending on that you might spend around $250. Good Luck!

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