Weirdest car issue. EVER.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by iLikeToDrum, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. iLikeToDrum macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    So I was driving home last night, and all the sudden my car starts like.. jumping/ skipping. Stalling/ running, I don't know how to explain it really.

    There was white smoke out of the back and it was rocking. It died as I was turning off the street so I could get out of traffic.

    Any ideas what's wrong? Timing chain? Water pump? Fuel pump?

    Oh. It's a Nissan Altima.

    Ideas? Anyone? Bueller?
  2. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.

    This ^
  3. iLikeToDrum thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    hah. so many say the engine in those is bullet proof though...
  4. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    What year?

    Sounds like it could be a head gasket to me. I think that can cause white exhaust and would explain the stalling/stuttering.
  5. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    White smoke out of the tailpipe usually indicates coolant is getting into the combustion chamber, possibly due to a blown head gasket..
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    depends on the engine. If it is the 2.5L engine that engine is a POS and far from bullet proof. If I had to guess based on the white smoke sounds like you blew your head gasket and you are burning coolent.
  7. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    I had something similar in my old Mitsubishi, and it ended up being the transmission. Happened to me on a highway, and I had to pull over.
  8. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I'm an Austronaut
    Go to the auto service, isn't safe to be around in that car. You asking on a Mac forum about this is what is wrong
  9. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    Sounds like it grenaded...have you had a look at it? Any holes in the block?leaks?
  10. iLikeToDrum thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Mechanic was outta town this weekend, got back tonight. Triple A'ing tomorrow to him, hopefully.

    It's 1997, by the way.
  11. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

    May 18, 2007
    Woodbridge, NJ
  12. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    So happy I got rid of mine. I had the 08 2.5S and although it looked great on the outside, the interior was a cheap rattlebox. Didn't even have it a year.
  13. Simon Templar macrumors member

    Simon Templar

    May 6, 2010
    Infinite Rider on The Big Dogma
    It could also be something as simple as crud and crap in the gasoline which got sucked into the engine. If you've been buying gas at the cheapest mom & pop convenient store in town, it would't surprise me at all.

  14. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Dane Cook :)
  15. jammydoug macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2010
    i have a mini cooper S 2005. Well for the past few days when i leave the office and get to my car, the windows and the sunroof are about 1/2 way open. i swear i am not doing it and i thought maybe someone was messing with me but i really dont think its anyone doing it to me, its my car. Is it posessed? I am not holding down any buttons on the FOB on accident. It has been really cold here for a while but it doesnt happen over night, just during the day. someone please tell me if i need a priest to de-demonize my car or if there's something logical going on.
  16. iLikeToDrum thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Cool story bro. :rolleyes:

    Head gasket blown, dropping a new engine in. 14-1600 bucks...
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    ive had weirder car issues haha

    least you are getting a new it new or used? if used, totally change all the seals while you have it out
  18. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2011
    This. Head Gasket must be super *********. Same thing happened to a friend of mine's Honda due to street racing.
  19. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2011
    Not necessarily, just exchange the head gasket ;)
  20. wpotere Guest

    Oct 7, 2010
    Your issue is the battery. The MINI (I own one and I am a bit of a fanatic) is electronic heavy. If your battery is going south it will start to do the things that you mentioned.
  21. iLikeToDrum thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Dude. I WISH haha. that'd be only 1100. But it looks like they did some crazy bondo fix or something. Mechanic can tell they recently had the engine apart. It's probably warped in there....

    Wish I'd not have purchased this car right about now.

    My options:

    Get different, possibly just as screwed up, car for 1900...


    Drop the new 93k mile engine with 90 day warranty and then drive the car. for 1900..

    I think I am just getting an engine instead of a diff car as this one is indeed decent, has ac, good stereo, fits my drums.... blah blah. Versus getting a different cheap used car that may have the exact same issue.
  22. MonksMac macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2005
    If I recall correctly this is the Altima that had radiator problems previously. I suggested that it may have been a blown head gasket then... Your car is at about the right milage- mine was close to 100-110K miles. At least this one is a known quantity.

    Anyway to others- There is little in common with 2000's and 1990's Nissans. The OP's car is a typical 90's Nissan product-overall very durable, but with odd issues that popup every now and then that although frustrating tend to be rather easy to fix. The KA24DE engine in the OP's car is shared with several models including the Nissan Hardbody trucks, 240SX, amongst others.
  23. iLikeToDrum thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Well, we're dropping in a new engine. It's from a 98 so there is a little bit of fit work needed...

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