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2004 Nissan Sentra stall's when I put it in Drive?

My Nissan idle’s fine when in Park, but it stall’s when I put it in Drive or Reverse???

The problem might be caused from a dirty electronic throttle body.

The electronic throttle body controls the engines’ idle speed under all conditions.


Clean the throttle body and IACV (idle air control valve), if it has one.

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Most likely culprit is described above. But there are numerous other possibilities. Any other symptoms than this? Does it feel a little more underpowered than before? Especially noticed when accelerating? Some engine/transmission shaking noticed at idle in neutral or in D when pulling away from a stop sign? That might be some misfiring starting to happen. A shop could check the ignition system function for that, and would check the computer’s memory for mixture codes indicating an abnormally lean or rich mixture. Engine/transmission mount problems can sometime cause this too.

It starts to die as soon as I put it in Drive. I have to keep my foot on the brake and accelerator to keep it form dying and it has very little power at all.

From what I understand there’s not much power in the 0-15 mph range. But what about in the 15 mph to 50 mph range? Does it seem to lack power there too?

I have been afraid to drive it too far from my house because it keeps wanting to die on me so I have not even attempted more than 15 miles per hour.

I will try that, thanks.

Nissan’s typically have sensor issues. I would have a mechanic verify the crank position, etc. My friend had constant issues with her altima because of a crank sensor that failed every 3 months, etc