Usually when I have a problem with a car hesitating/stalling when accelerating I check the fuel filter.
My 92 Nissan was doing the same thing, burping and farting at times and you needed to almost floor it to get it going. Turned out to be the O2 sensor, now I get almost 150 km (approx 100miles) more per tank and car runs exceptionally smooth. Seems when the O2 sensor fails it doesn't revert to a mechanical setting it just stays with the readings from the failed sensor.
Hope this helps.
Comment to: 21st Oct 2003, 17:05.
Too much is too much: you short circuit all pins if too much. Adding only minuscule amount takes hesitation away. So wash your contacts and start again...
Anybody knows if O2 sensor testing tells the truth, or is there anything more into it?
I also own a 92 Maxima SE and have the exact same problem. It has a DOHC with 5spd transmission and cuts back terribly bad. The dealership said at first that I needed to change the plugs and then it solved the problem temporarily. Also I took it to another dealership and they said I need to replace the motor. I didn't agree with them because the motor pulls fine. Also they said that the symptoms sounded like the MAF, but I replaced it with a new one and nothing changed. I believe that I will replace my O2 sensors and see what happens.
There have been lots of different results to solve this problem.
Bad Mass Air Flow Sensor
Bad connections (previous writer mentioned)
Faulty ECU (ECM)
Faulty Cam Position Sensor
Faulty Coil Packs -- this is the most common cause of hesitation and stalling.
Improper spark plugs
My '92 5spd DOHC is having the same problem as everyone has described. Fuel Filter, MAF, plugs, O2, clutch, etc have all been suggested and subsequently replaced. Still cuts out and stalls every once and a while. Nissan has no explanation. Still haven't found the cure, however am probably going to sell it just b/c of that - otherwise it's been a great car! I have been told maybe it's a vacuum somewhere or else it must be electrical. It really is a pain, too bad, I'm sorry I don't have a solution to contribute.
I Have The same problem 2 years ago. It was the spark plug cables, that resolves the problem for me.
I have a 92 gxe and have not had this Prob. Yet.. I had a friend who had a 94 and had this problem the dealership said they could duplicate the problem, turned out to be the fuel injectors he replaced all of them and solved the problem.
Same car (92 Maxima) and same problem. Dealership could not get the car to reproduce the results. I changed the spark plugs and had the engine fogged--no difference.
What actually has worked, is that I now run only the lowest octane fuel--and that has stopped the problem ALMOST completely. Weird.
I have a 92 Maxima Se my mechanic just finished changing the fuel pump, injectors, spark plugs, ECCS, fuel lines, tank, filter and I still have the same issue... I hate this car.
I also have a 92 SE Automatic. It has downshifting, stalling, hesitating. I took it to Nissan Dealer and other mechanics who could not detect the problem. I then started reading up on it and just began using Fuel Additives from S.T.P. So far, I'm crossing my fingers, it has not stalled or downshifted. Weird. This is like the 2nd post above from me.
Yup I have these same problems too, have replaced or tested just about everything that's been suggested to me and it's still giving me the same BS. At this point I've put in loads of money so don't want to just dump the car, but I still have the hesitation and stalling that started out as intermittent and is now consistent! so annoying.
I have a '92 SE 5spd, and have the same problem as all the rest of you with my stalling, hesitating, misfiring VE30DE.
I've tried a few things, but no improvement yet. It's been going on for almost a year now, but hasn't really become any worse. I've been trying to find a power transistor, but the VE is a scarce find at a salvage yard, and a dealership quoted the price of a new unit at $411.
92 Max stalling 10-15 times over 6 miles. Did the spark plugs, new wires, distributor cap and rotor... still nothing. Install used MAF works great.. has not stalled yet (1 1/2 month). Gas mileage is BAD... about 220 miles on a full tank (350 km). Just install new O2 sensor in hope that it'll improve. What's typical on these things??? it's got about 92K miles (146k km) so far. New fuel filter as well.
Same problem. 92 SE. i hated the car because of that.
+ have timing chain noise.
I have 92 max, I was experiencing intermitted power loss, I would sometimes have to put pedal to the medal just to keep car moving. I brought it to a mechanic and it cost me $800.00 after all the components he changed, dash board computer, mass airflow, finally he determined it was an electrical problem... so far so good, winters coming I hope the problem is gone for good.
I have a 1992 Maxima SE with Auto trans which jumps and stalls when it wants to. From my research and the above postings realised that it could be 2 things Fuel Injectors and also TPS, which is Throttle Position Sensor. This is a general problem with 92 SE's. Drivers of the 1994 SE have no such problems. Solution is to replace the Fuel Injectors, TPS and also use fuel additives regularly.
Further to my above posting, I went to a third mechanic who hooked up my 1992 Nissan Maxima SE to his scanner for the jumping / stalling / hesitation problem and found 2 codes. One for one of the O2 sensor and the other for the Speed Sensor (Code 14). So far I am crossing my fingers.
I have a 92 Max GXE that recently began stalling when I have the brake on while the trans is in drive. (IE : the rpm hovers around 800 then fluctuates madly then dies.) Prior to this, and for the last 2 years, I've had a gas smell only when its real cold out, that lasts for about a half hour. I figure its the fuel injectors. Tho I've used various additives and it still does it. It doesn't seem to affect speed or pick up tho. My Max is still real zippy, and the engine winds up sweet when I floor it. All I can say is WTF?! Its not ready for demolition yet, but its p*ssing me off.
After I took my 92 MAX GXE to a garage, they scoped it, and catheterized it, and found that it was a faulty coolant-temp sensor that was adjusting the rpm at idle. TG it is cheap at a tag around $280, otherwise my Max would have been a trade in for a brand new Clio, or Accent. A quarter the car at half the price.