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#1 Old 06-28-2005, 07:32 PM
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Murano nearly dead - VDC Off, SLIP, Service Engine Soon lights

OK almost 12,000 miles and my first major problem today...

Stopped for gas on the way home from work and when I started it up again, the following lights stayed on: VDC Off, SLIP, Service Engine Soon. Not good. So I tried to pull away from the pump and nothing... no power. Not even a rev from stepping on the pedal. I roll the car away on idle power and pull to the side.

Start it back up, same thing. Shut it off.

Great. Before I call for roadside service I try again.

It starts up, but this time only the Service Engine Soon light stays on. The car seems to go so I hit it and drive home with the light on.

Once I get home, I shut it down and try to start again. Same nonsense. So I just brought it in to the dealer and left it.

Anyone else have a similar experience? Any ideas?

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Just a guess, but it could be a connector that came loose, since there was no "tramatizing" incident or the "long drive of death" that requires a reboot.

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I agree, it's an intermittant problem. Could be thermal, could be connector, could be a bad connection e.g. solder joint, but it's electrical.

The SES stayed on because it's logged the error code(s). Tell your dealer you want to know what codes it recorded.

We can look them up in the service manual and tell you what it detected.

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Hrrrm OK I'll see if I can get that info. I hope this isn't one of those back-and-forth-to-the-dealer 10 times things.

BTW They got me a brand new Chrysler Pacifica for a rental car - man this thing sucks! I want the MO back!!!
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I had the exact thing happen to me right after I bought my Murano. Slip, VDC Off and Service Engine Soon lights were all lit after a gas up, with only fail safe power allowing me to crawl forward. After I tightened the gas cap and restarted the engine, only the Service Engine Soon light remained on and power was restored.

Took it in for service and I was told the diagnotic had shown a throttle problem, but the tech could find nothing wrong. He said that the warning lights may have come on if I had pressed the gas pedal in the ACC mode before starting the engine after filling with gas. He thought the sensors could have then determined that gas was being sent to the engine but it did not accelerate, therefore a problem.

All they ended up doing was resetting the warning light and I have never had this happen again in the 26 months since. I'm much more cafeful now about the gas cap being tight and that the ignition switch is fully off before restarting the engine.

Here is a link to the 2/16/03 thread.

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Interesting. The only thing that's different in my case is that after I drive it home (30 miles), I shut off the car and when I started it the same thing happened again. I had to restart it 3-4 times before it would move.

I checked the gas cap and it was plenty tight - I always listen for that clicking sound when it gets closed, so I'm sure it wasn't loose.

I'll post back once I hear from the dealer...

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Yes, it didn't happen again like it did to you. Worried me a lot at the time, though.

Just to be sure, you weren't pressing on the gas pedal at all when starting the engine, right?

Curious to hear what the service department finds. Maybe it applies to mine as well.

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I am willing to bet zovsuvs description of an identical problem is better than what I have, but I'll try too. On my 97 Maxima, I had a stalling problem. The engine would start but as soon as I shifted out of park, it would stall. Turned out to be a bad mass air flow sensor.

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Yes, it didn't happen again like it did to you. Worried me a lot at the time, though.

Just to be sure, you weren't pressing on the gas pedal at all when starting the engine, right?

Curious to hear what the service department finds. Maybe it applies to mine as well.
Definitely did NOT press the gas pedal while starting the engine. I always have my feet on the floor while starting.

Well anyway, I got somewhat of a vague description of the problem from the dealer. It sounds like they are replacing something to do with the throttle body? Some "flap" is intermittently sticking. $1800+ worth of parts. Glad it's under warranty!

I will try to get some more accurate information when I go to pick it up later....

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...It sounds like they are replacing something to do with the throttle body? Some "flap" is intermittently sticking. .
Wow... I thought Eric's description of his problem was nothing like sid6581's but it sounds like he may have hit it right on the money...

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Wow... I thought Eric's description of his problem was nothing like sid6581's but it sounds like he may have hit it right on the money...
Well it was clearly related to the intake system, but I got the component wrong. This is what happens when you have finicky electronic throttle bodies instead of the old fashioned cable controlled ones.

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Some "flap" is intermittently sticking. $1800+ worth of parts. Glad it's under warranty!
Man, that's one expensive flap!

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For that price, I can only assume they are replacing the whole throttle body.
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Using some throttle while starting will not cause problems, and is in fact recommended in the manual for difficult starts (like when really cold). I have tried it, and it works fine.

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Ok according to the receipt the following were replaced:

- EFI Throttle Chamber

- Throttle Position Sensor

I wonder if they just replaced everything that could have caused the problem?

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