I have a 2002 Nissan Altima with 98,000 miles on it. It has given me plenty of trouble in the 4 years since I got it from my parents.
60,000 miles: had to have the engine rebuilt because I blew a head gasket? But I drove it from Baton Rouge to Houston just fine before taking it to the dealer to get the oil changed. They told me I had to have the engine rebuilt...unsure what caused this because I regularly changed oil and had maintenance on it. anyways.
88,000 miles: alternator replaced (did myself with the help of the hubby)
95,500? miles (3 months ago): new carborator (sp?) and 2 new O2 (oxygen) sensors
1 month ago: new battery
Recently, the car has been idling higher than usual (it is only at the 1 but it usually idles closer to 0 rpm). This 1 rpm idle starts from a cold start frist thing in the morning in park, but it now idles high all the time.
Friday, the brake light came on (which according to the manual means the break fluid is likely low).
Today my engine wouldn't turn over. It tried and tried. No lights were left on, keyless entry worked, inside lights worked. When I floored the gas, the car finally turned over.
1. What may be causing the car to idle at to high an rpm?
2. What could cause the car not to turn over?
3. Is the problem causing the high idle a major ($$$) fix?
I guess I'm at a point where the hubby and I are unwilling to sink any more money into this car since it seems to be all failing... but everything has recently been replaced so it may have a few more miles in it...
Any advice is greatly appreciated