So I had bad luck on the sale of a 2002 Nissan Altima. I first had to change the starter for her, then she kept telling me she doesn’t want it fixed and she wants her money back. Wasn’t gonna happen if all it needed was a starter. She was talking about some other car she wanted so this leads me to believe she may have sabotaged this vehicle.
So, the next day she takes a 1.5 hour (accidentally typed mile before) drive to where some of her family live. She had mentioned someone was going to help her with the a/c. To my knowledge, the high line was clogged. She bought the car super cheap knowing the a/c was not working. Apparently, she was able to put in refrigerant and get the a/c to blow cold. Maybe the blockage came free after driving it as the car hadn’t seen much time on the road in years. She also filled the tank to the top with fuel.
This is all I was able to learn being on the phone with her when she told me the car would not stay running. She told me a tow truck was going to have to bring it back to her house. Well, she was tow-roped home as evidence by the damage to the front bumper and the now missing nissan emblem. There was also a core sticker on the battery. I am wondering if she bought a new battery then when things went south, she went to get her core back and possibly return the battery or whatever because it was my battery in the car.
After towing it back to my shop, I was wondering if it could have been the fuel pump. Then I checked the relays under the hood and some were cracked as if someone was pulling them out to check them and they’re very fragile. The car has NO SPARK from any of the 4. The fan stays running even with the key only in the on position and a cold engine. I believe it’s in some kind of fail safe mode.
There is damage to the positive battery connector but it’s working and nothing is blown there.
The ignition relay is working. My scan tool can not pull any data from the obdii.
I’m at a loss right now. I don’t know if the ecm is damaged nor how to test that. I do not have a fancy scan tool. One suspicion is maybe the battery was wired up backwards and that caused damage but I don’t know if that seems likely. I just don’t know but I already had cut her a check before even investigating the condition of the vehicle. I’ve learned my lesson on that. She was just so irate. I just wanted to hook it and book it.
This is the 2.5L engine. If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears…eyes.