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Is it normal for pipes under the hood to have cracks in them?

The top photo looks like it is the engine air intake duct before the filter. While the holes shouldn’t be there, it won’t cause a problem, since the hole is before the air filter. If it is after the ...
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Do I need to replace my rotors?

While I cannot see the back rotors very well, I can tell you without a doubt, the front rotors are brand new. You can still see the crosshatching on the surface which means it was prepped. It doesn't ...
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Alternator dying so junk car?

A rounded bolt is not a reason to junk a car. The numbers you're quoting sound fine for an alternator; if it was below 12V, I'd be worried. If you're still concerned, take the car to a spares store ...
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Can a bad timing chain result in only a single cylinder misfiring?

"Can a bad timing chain result in only a single cylinder misfiring?" No it cannot. It could be a Bad ignition coil on that cylinder, if there is a coil for each cylinder swap it from another ...
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Found a 10 mm nut in the transmission fluid

Okay. Lot's of research, long story, found the answer, don't like it. Overall design of the Nissan B13: one of the things that always impressed me about this vehicle is that it seems to have been ...
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What would cause a short to ground while driving - how to locate the problem?

The most likely cause is that the cable that runs down to the starter motor has been rubbing against the body or the engine and has worn through the insulation.
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How to read torque specs off this Nissan service diagram?

Couple of notes on how to read this manual. A White wrench in a black square has the units N-m (kg-m, ft-lb) A Black wrench in a white square has the units N-m (kg-m, in-lb) So - the bolt very top ...
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I used 0W-30 instead of 0W-20. Is it serious?

This is not a serious issue. You can probably even get by using 0W-30, especially since you are in an area which is usually warm. If you were in a colder area up north somewhere, I'd highly suggest ...
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Is it possible to bleed brakes without using floor jack?

If your car ramps are high enough, you should be able to. The other option, depending where you live, is to find a mechanic who has a pit. I understand they are illegal in some places, so you may ...
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Is it possible to bleed brakes without using floor jack?

There is absolutely no way your car is still driving while being too rusted to lift properly. The car is holding it's own weight when it's on the ground, right? It only needs to hold it's own weight ...
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Do I need to replace my rotors?

There's nothing wrong with your rotors as far as can be seen from your pictures, it's totally normal to have the edges rusty, it doesn't impair them. What's important is that the disk surfaces are in ...
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Is it important that the gasket on the dipstick make a seal against the dipstick tube?

It's not a huge deal. The biggest thing you'd be looking for is if there is leakage from there. It's not going to be causing any running issues or any such. I think the biggest thing would be if the ...
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A lot of smoke coming from exhaust after oil change (mixed old with new oil)

Possibilities include: Oil spilled on exhaust during the Oil Change (as mentioned in the comments by DucatiKiller). This can be new oil from filling, or old oil from the drain and/or filter ...
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Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

The transmission and its control systems will not be damaged by this practice. Safety could be compromised if the shifter is left in this position. The park lock will not be engaged so the vehicle ...
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Which parts in the diagram are syncronizers?

The parts labelled RING-BAULK (32604 in your image) are the synchronizers. Do a search for Baulk Ring and you will find some descriptions. For example - https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...
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How is a variable displacement A/C compressor controlled

Since this variable displacement compressor features only a clutch coil cable and no solenoid valve cables, it's "internally controlled", that is, it doesn't require any control at all from an ...
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Hood Only Opens When Pulled Up On

Assuming you are looking to overcome the hood failing to release, I see some corrosion where the hood loop is held. That can cause it to bind and hold it from releasing. Add some grease here. In ...
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What would cause a short to ground while driving - how to locate the problem?

Sounds like a dead short, one large enough like that should be easily visible, either through burn marks on a metal edge or bracket or a hole in the insulation. Check and follow all the main or thick ...
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Alternator dying so junk car?

I have seen somebody spot-weld a short bolt to the rounded nut they are having trouble removing. It's cheap and quick if the equipment is on hand.
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Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine

It really looks like it's down to the switch, if the high beams work normally (Not just using flash to pass) and both low beams quit at the same time, and you are positive the bulbs are good. The one ...
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Brake Lights Won't go On, Tail Lights Won't go Off

My friend faced a similar issue on his '03 Nissan Maxima. In his case we discovered that the brake pedal switch was not making any contact with the pedal linkage. The switch relies on contact with ...
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Startup problems: low idle RPM and stall on pressing the accelerator

Not familiar with your vehicle/engine specifically, but familiar with carbed engines in general. I would think the #1 thing to look at would be the choke. Pumping before starting a carb vehicle is ...
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Nissan Murano 2016 tow capacity

Good question. While they both employ the same engine, there is a list of several other variables that come into play here. Different vehicles are constructed with different ideas in mind when in ...
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Car Clicks While Turning Over

I would thoroughly look at the battery cables again. While the clicking noise usually indicates a battery that is too weak to start the vehicle, the battery would not be able to build up enough power ...
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1996 Nissan Sentra won’t start after refueling

I think you are looking at the wrong area of the car. If the electronics didn't come on, this is an electrical power issue, not a fueling issue. I'd check to ensure all connections are good from the ...
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Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98

You asked It's completely stuck! What should I do? @paulster2 has very salient points I believe through experience there is a very high likelihood that the piston is cocked in the bore of the ...
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Diagnosing pinging issue in 2003 Nissan Sentra

Pinging is caused by one of several different reasons. It is usually a hot spot in the combustion chamber which is causing the issue. A hot spot is usually made of carbon buildup, the edges of which ...
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Accidently put biodiesel fuel in 2009 Nissan Altima. What to do?

If it were my car, I'd siphon out the entire contents of my gas tank and fill up with unleaded. The worst thing that could have happened is that your catalytic converter(s) are really dirty. To remedy ...
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Can there be 2 fuel pumps in a petrol car?

If the vehicle has GDI (Gasoline direct injection) then yes there will be a low pressure or lift pump and a high pressure pump. One run on 12 volt the other run by the engine. I don't think your ...
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Car battery appears good but car won't start

Remove the terminals to the battery. clean the battery and terminals with a wire brush or a battery post cleaning tool. Reinstall. If you have posts, you may need to replace the clamp if the ...
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