intake sol est is on the sheet of paper nissan dealership gave us after running the code search on my nissan sentra. what part is it and is it possible to replace myself?
meant to tell u this is code they got at dealership after putting on their machine, i had replaced the gaskets, i am funny that i like for the light to be off to know when i do have a concern they wanted to charge 250 to replace. surely part of it is the cost of the part but i sure would like to know more…
Could you give us the actual code that the Nissan service pulled up? It will be in the form of P0123. Usually Pxxx codes don’t direct the mechanic to replace a unit. It is more in the form of ‘engine function or system is not operating as expected’. The diagnostic fee covers doing the testing in the troubleshooting tree to determine what exactly is wrong.
BTW what year is this Nissan Sentra? What engine configuration and size (liters) do you have?
Hope to help.
1.8 l engine, 4 cylinder 2005 nissan sentra
i called back all they will say is “intake solenoid” is part it requires. that it has to do with the emissions…
Take it into a big box auto parts store (e.g. Autozone). Ask them to scan it for error codes - they do it for free.
Write down the exact code as Researcher said - format P0xxx and post it.
There’s no way for anyone to give intelligent advice without the code - except to not go to a dealer. Just find a good local mechanic. They have scanners too and know how to do all of the same repairs as the dealer mechanics do. And they are less likely to treat you like an open wallet.
i had it coded at autozone, and the code stated something about timing, my mechanic ask me to take to dealer to be put on their machine and coded so he would know for sure what issue was. he put on his machine similar to autozone, wanted more specific infor. the dealer would only tell me i need a INTAKE SOLENOID. can i find the part to see it online by putting that part description in? i want it replaced, i feel the gas mileage is lousy. we had the plugs replaced, the coils and then found out it was a head gasket issue after all that, that code went away and now this one. i just want it fixed and wondered if i could do it myself.
You’re still not actually getting this so I’ll give it one more try.
Those codes cannot tell you that a part is bad. You could figure out how to replace the part and replace it and still have the same problem. It happens every single day and this board is full of people with exactly that circumstance. There are hundreds of these codes. For any given system (part) there can be multiple codes.
No one here can help you without knowing what the very specific code is. The codes have a very specific form. It is a P (for “powertrain”) followed by 4 numbers. Go back to Autozone. Have them scan it. Don’t write down, listen to, or try to remember any words. Just write down the P followed by the 4 numbers. Then post that code here.
I’m not sure where the miscommunication about that is. Of course, you are free to do as you will. But without getting the actual code you are unlikely to get any advice here at all and even more unlikely to get advice that will do you any good.
gotcha i will get my brother to take it back and this time write down the actual code it reads out so i can say nissan screwed us over for 80?
I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that nissan took you for $80. Presumably they diagnosed the problem and that takes equipment and tech time. You have to pay for that. They might, in fact, be right in their diagnosis. So you paid for and got X hours of diagnostic time. That’s the way it works.
Each of those codes has a set of systematic diagnostic procedures to use to specify exactly what is wrong in a system. So, in other words, the computer codes identify issues in systems. But a computer can’t actually diagnose the specific problem - a human being still has to do that. This intake solenoid, for instance, is going to be an electrical part. All the computer might be able to say is that it isn’t getting the expected kind of signal. Well, its just a dumb computer - it can’t actually tell if its not getting the expected signal because the solenoid itself is bad or if you just have a chafed wire or something. A human being can figure that out.
Maybe you just want to trust Nissan in their diagnosis. I tend not to trust the diagnoses b/c I then end up paying for whatever regardless of whether it fixes my issue or not. Anyway, if you report the actual code people can help you figure out how to double check on the actual problem before you go buying and replacing any parts.
thanks i called them and on the sheet they had given my brother it had intake sole est as issue and cost to repair estimated 250.00 he will take and get the code for me at autozone, we were told to take to nissan by our mechanic to avoid having to play guessing game over what the issue was and then all nissan would tell me is we assume bad intake solenoid.
“all nissan would tell me is we assume bad intake solenoid.”
Well then, it sounds like Nissan is guessing. So you might tell then that it sounds like they’re guessing but that you thought you were paying the $80 for an actual diagnosis. Don’t bother with them. Also don’t bother with the original mechanic, I suppose unless you trust him/her, and then you could use them for basic stuff like brakes or something.
Just get the actual code(s) and post.
ok here is the code # P0011 they said cam shaft positio acquarter a bank one timing over advanced
the guy that replaced the head gaskets said right after he did work light immediately came on, i wonder if it is related to the gasket being changed does it affect your timing???
Well, that is a tough one to diagnose.
You can have a look at this: http://www.nissanhelp.com/diy/obd_codes/P0011.html
The solenoid itself is toward the left rear of the valve cover and goes into the valve cover. Autozone has free online repair info (very basic) with a pretty good diagram of it - I tried to attach it but it didn’t work out. Just register at autozone, plug in the car’s info, go to the Repair Guides section and look under Engine Mechanical for the valve cover stuff.
One of the common causes for this code though is just old dirty oil or even a low oil level. Has the oil always been changed according to specs? Did you get fresh oil after the head?
Don’t just go throw the new part on it. Pull it off, clean it up (blow it out with some brake or throttle body cleaner), relube it (get some fresh clean oil in it & on it), and give it some new o-rings. Check the wiring harness. Clean that up with some electronics cleaner and then protect with some dialectric grease. Check the power supply to the solenoid. You can also plug up the solenoid while its out and energize it to see if it operates. Give the car a fresh oil change. Then clear the codes and drive on. Worry again if the code comes back.
my brother took it yesterday to get oil changed that is when he took to autozone and got retested, i have always had oil changed q 3000 miles
If it didn’t get changed when the head was done then it could easily be that contaminants from were introduced to the crank case while doing the head (e.g. old bits of gasket, rust, whatever falling down the oil feeds). Those could interfere with that solenoid. It is basically a mini little oil pump - though I don’t think it pumps so much as it directs oil around. It wouldn’t take much to interfere with its little oil passages.
If it came out while doing the head and didn’t get new orings it might also be leaking a bit and so not keeping the pressure it is supposed to.
i just feel like i am getting the run around with nissan to be honest. i sent a form to them about purchasing the part. is it worth changing that and hoping that is all that it is?
I’m not sure what about my suggestions above you didn’t like or decided to ignore. Look 4 boxes back at the post from 11/13
ok we bought the part from nissan our mechanic put it on, brings car to us, runs better but a few miles later THE LIGHT COMES BACK ON does it need to be taken somewhere and the code cleared or do we get it checked again and see what new code comes up
[i]"…don’t direct the mechanic to replace a unit. It is more in the form of ‘engine function or system is not operating as expected’…"
“…Those codes cannot tell you that a part is bad. You could figure out how to replace the part and replace it and still have the same problem. It happens every single day and this board is full of people with exactly that circumstance…”
“…Each of those codes has a set of systematic diagnostic procedures to use to specify exactly what is wrong in a system. So, in other words, the computer codes identify issues in systems. But a computer can’t actually diagnose the specific problem…”[/i]
I suppose some people just can’t be helped.
this is a car that was handled with kid gloves since i bought it brand new. it ran over 110,000 miles with no issues. and then MY HUSBAND DIED. AND ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. my mechanic advised me to TAKE TO NISSAN DEALERSHIP. that they could put on machine that would pinpoint the issue. i am NOT A MECHANIC and if it is in the engine itself, i need to know how to find someone i can TRUST. in fairness to my mechanic he advised me to go elsewhere. AND NISSAN DEALERSHIP IS A RIP OFF.