What could my possible problems be?

Asked by Feb 22, 2014 at 08:36 PM about the 2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Last night my car ran hot for the first time,
and the service engine soon light came on.
I let it cool 4 a while and then I checked the
reservoir which was completely empty so I
filled it with coolant. I turned the car on for
about 2 minutes and then I shut it off and
checked the radiator which was empty also.
I filled the radiator with coolant and I spilled
a little or a lot. Today I drove and the car did
not run hot but it was smoking very bad and
had a burning smell. The check engine light
is still solid. I had an engine diagnostic
done and the possible codes were for
coolant level, thermostat, or coolant temp.
Does it sound like I have a serious problem
or is the smell coming from the spilt
coolant? I am also hearing a rattling noise
when I accelerate.

1 Answer

108,635

I advise you to inspect the engine compartment for your leak. The smells could be from what you spilled but the fact is you were low on coolant and it had to leak out some where. I suspect water pump weep hole. This will typically have a slow leak when water pump is going bad and is not noticeable unless you inspect it.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Nissan Altima Questions

Nissan Altima Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,980
#2 Cassie Sapphire
Cassie Sapphire
Reputation 630
#3 putolile
putolile
Reputation 620
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Maxima
270 Great Deals out of 26,080 listings starting at $1,990
Used Honda Accord
714 Great Deals out of 86,717 listings starting at $699
Used Toyota Camry
804 Great Deals out of 89,195 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Civic
491 Great Deals out of 87,487 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Sentra
433 Great Deals out of 56,227 listings starting at $1,499
Used Toyota Corolla
670 Great Deals out of 71,668 listings starting at $1,950
Used Chevrolet Malibu
800 Great Deals out of 80,686 listings starting at $1,500
Used Hyundai Sonata
595 Great Deals out of 51,460 listings starting at $995
Used Kia Optima
398 Great Deals out of 30,119 listings starting at $2,800
Used Chevrolet Impala
507 Great Deals out of 28,961 listings starting at $995
Used Hyundai Elantra
459 Great Deals out of 52,244 listings starting at $1,699

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
11,982 listings starting at $16,396
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 3,361 listings starting at $11,595
2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
141 Great Deals out of 5,271 listings starting at $9,630
2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
112 Great Deals out of 3,484 listings starting at $4,900
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 S For Sale
29 Great Deals out of 1,319 listings starting at $4,200