Smoking Car

Asked by Mar 29, 2017 at 11:44 PM about the 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima automatic, it runs fine
sometimes it may jerk, it also smokes only when I
start it up,and it runs pretty good;per my research
sounds like I may be having some transmission or
possible head gasket issues?? Any insight would
be great

4 Answers

21,085

Smokes when cranked and it stops (if so) then its valve stem seals and can be replaced without removing the head. Jerking trans maybe but could be other issues or needs tune up, Head gasket, do a compression check on all cylinders, do a test for exhaust in coolant, If its running hot check fans & sensors, Water pump, thermostat, hoses, radiator flushed and may need a engine & radiator coolant flush. Check fuel pressure. Take to a trans man and get the trans serviced and check sensors it has out good. If check engine light is on have it read for codes. Trans has a separate computer reader to see those trans codes and need to check them too.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I got an oil change about 2 weeks ago thinking that would help, not so much, so today I got a tune, and was advised to put some no smoke in the oil and it smoked terrible after that for about 5mins then it does smoke anymore.. Will that help?

I also had autozone read it and it only came back that I needed a thermostat, but the heat works perfect

21,085

The thermostat is for the coolant and is not the heater thermostat in you cabin, but could affect some of that but there is not a code specific for thermostat so that is a guess and is a symptom or possible cause for that code to set, so it needs something may just be a bad electrical connection or needs a sensor or those listed above checked out to & may need the cooling system bleed of air.

Your Answer

Altima

Looking for a Used Altima in your area?

CarGurus has 77,497 nationwide Altima listings starting at $1,695.

ZIP:

Nissan Altima Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    2,220
  • #2
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    760
  • #3
    Cassie Sapphire
    Reputation
    740
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Maxima
332 Great Deals out of 21,728 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Accord
1,117 Great Deals out of 72,446 listings starting at $1,100
Used Toyota Camry
1,098 Great Deals out of 86,333 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Civic
791 Great Deals out of 60,316 listings starting at $950
Used Nissan Sentra
776 Great Deals out of 50,386 listings starting at $2,200
Used Toyota Corolla
952 Great Deals out of 64,234 listings starting at $1,850
Used Hyundai Sonata
891 Great Deals out of 56,360 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,083 Great Deals out of 61,693 listings starting at $880
Used Kia Optima
568 Great Deals out of 32,690 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Impala
585 Great Deals out of 34,402 listings starting at $900
Used Hyundai Elantra
652 Great Deals out of 50,244 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
27 Great Deals out of 6,657 listings starting at $12,299
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
142 Great Deals out of 4,144 listings starting at $8,991
2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
235 Great Deals out of 5,016 listings starting at $7,500
2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 1,861 listings starting at $3,900
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
38 Great Deals out of 1,179 listings starting at $4,987

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.