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05 Murano completely turns off while driving..

My 2005 murano (160K miles) has started doing this several times in the last two days. While driving and without warning, the car would completely turn off. I mean no radio, engine, no dashboard lights, nothing. The only thing that's on is the blinking P-shift light on the cluster that tells you to shift into park.

Its the same as if you started your car, put it in neutral and then turned it off. You'll see the blinking P-shift light.

After this happens, while coasting I can put it in N and start the car right up. I just put in a brand new battery at the end of January, but I went to autozone to check it out and they guy says it read 12.9v but registered as bad and so they replaced it. The next morning I only got around the corner from my house and it did it again, so I don't think its the battery.

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My first thought would be alternator. Usually though I would think the battery light would come on the dash at some point if this was the case. And since it starts right back up I'm not sure how that is possible.
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Not exactly sure what it could be either, but you may want to check your Cam Position sensors. Before I changed my Cam Position sensors, Mina lost power while driving, had to pull over a few times to restart her. now she runs great. That was about 5 or 6 months ago when i had all those stalling/ hard starting problems.

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My first thought would be alternator. Usually though I would think the battery light would come on the dash at some point if this was the case. And since it starts right back up I'm not sure how that is possible.
Yeah, I know. I was thinking alternator but even if the alternator went out, the battery alone would still power the car for a while.
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My 2006 Murano is doing the same thing! It started about 2 weeks ago and has been getting worse. At first the car would shut off while I was driving and turn back on a split second later (engine and electronics). Then a few days ago my wife was driving and the car shut off on the highway (engine and electronics) only a battery and brake light were on she said. She was able to coast to the side of the road put it in park and restart the car. She went straight to the auto shop and the only code they got was a P0463 Fuel level sensor fault. The Service engine soon light did come on around the same time that all of this started. I doubt that the fuel level sensor is the cause of the vehicle turning off though...... Any thoughts?

I had the battery checked at a parts store and they said it was good and that the alternator was working too. I do have a little corrosion on my Positive battery cable but the alternator should keep it running if that was the case.
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When I was having all the problems stalling, my symptoms s were sudden loss of power, sometimes the power came back, but most of the time I had to coast to a stop and restart. My engine threw code p0345, camshaft position bank "A". It was also getting to be tougher to start. I swapped pout both cam sensors and its running fine now. They are easy to locate on a 1st generation. Drivers side of the engine, top of each bank. Look for the green connectors. Each sensor costs abput $60 - $80 depending on if you go generic or OEM.

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has never happened with my MO but i would get your ecu checked bc that is what the prob. was in a 09 Honda fit my friend has. Honda replaced it to her for free said something shorted it out also said it seems like some techs put parts on ur positive terminal and that causes it
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Well here's an update to this problem.

So even though it wasn't throwing any codes when this happened, I decided to just replace both cam shaft position sensors. Well, it appeared that solved the problem. It ran great for little more than a week after I did that.

Then it died again. Frustrated, I decided to have it towed to our Nissan dealership and let them diagnose it. They said the problem was the aftermarket remote starter had shorted and causing the ECM to reset/clear. Wanting to have this car working, I let them remove the remote start and have it back to Nissan spec.

Well, seemed to work fine after that....for a few days. BAM! Died again. Sigh. What....the....f$ck! So frustrating and my wife is now terrified to drive her Murano. Now I have to take it back to Nissan and see what they find. Problem is reproduce-ability. It happens infrequently that I'm afraid they'll have the car but it won't die on them.

Would the mass airflow sensor cause this type of issue??
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The mass air flow sensor problem would likely stall the car when you shifted out of Park, not stall the engine when in motion. Losing ignition completely sounds like a bad battery cable (maybe not at the battery but wherever it connects at the other end).

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Back in 1972, I had a Plymouth Duster that would do exactly the same thing. I had to have the carburetor rebuilt. Somehow, I don't think this information is going to help you...

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Hey, just thought I'd chime in here. A couple months ago I was having similar problems...car wouldn't start (no power locks, nothing), car turned off while driving and flashed the battery light, and then instantly everything came back on. I had very limited power (40 MPH at 4000 RPM on a flat road isn't really what a CVT does...). My problem is fixed now, and I know what the problem was.

This may sound really stupid/simple, but check your actual connectors to the battery and make sure they are securely connected to the terminals, and clean of any corrosion.

I thought it was something much worse with the problems I had been receiving - fixed the battery connections (cleaned/tightened) and the past few thousand miles have been smooth sailing.

By the way, my problems were very random as well. All it takes is a bump in just the right way to get the connector to not sit correctly (or to sit correctly) and that'll cause the car to not function properly.

So if you haven't tried that yet, I'd try that and see what it does for ya.
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