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Old 11-04-2019, 08:18 AM
Wake Wake is offline
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Default Altima won't start in *Wet* freezing specifically

Hello. Thank you for your time in this. I have a bit of a scavenger hunt going on. This will be year 3 of this mysterious issue.

Note: I'm describing the exact conditions needed. Whether it is thought unlikely or not, I assure you, it is the case. I can recreate the problem anytime as long as mother nature gives me wet roads & freezing temps.

We have a '05 Altima @ 190k. When winter comes we have an issue getting it to start once it has been driven on wet roads & sat afterwards in freezing temperatures.

Feel I need to specifically note the wet portion of this. If we were to drive this car in dry freezing weather, park & attempt to start the next day (never getting above freezing), the car will start fine.

If we take the same scenario, driving in sub freezing weather but with slush/wet roads, park the car and come back after 6 hours or so, car will NOT start.

This issue is specifically limited to that condition... almost as if moisture is getting somewhere it shouldn't be & causing this until thaw.

In scenario 2, car will immediately start after temperatures have been above freezing for a few hours (thaw).

Things done:

New battery, New alternator.
Oil was found in plugs from cap/housing. Replaced.

Things proposed:

Local mechanic wants to see if timing belt is stretched. I'm ok looking at it but doubtful it solves the issue as that seems like it would be a constant issue, not one limited to the exact parameters I've described.
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:51 PM
jcg0324 jcg0324 is offline
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2011 Altima 2.5s
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Sounds like an electrical problem. I would check wiring connections to the starter, battery, ground .. etc.
Moisture creeps into loose or corroded connections and causes problems. A vehicle that old and that mileage could have a bad connection in many places.
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