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Old 02-03-2012, 09:23 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Blinking SES light

Just a quick question, I was on my way to school today, and my car started jerking. It jerks when I accelerate somtimes (it is a 6spd) and is worst in 2nd gear. This has been happening for a month or so now. I don't know what it is caused from yet because I haven't got it checked out. Anyway, my point is I was driving to school today and it started jerking as I was accelerating in 2nd, and I looked down and my SES light was blinking. It has been on for a while but it started blinking until I was stopped for about a minute. Does anyone know why the SES light blinks?
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You need to get the code read ASAP. Auto Zone or Advance Auto Parts should read it for you for free and give you a printout of the codes. Get that done and report back to us with the codes.
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did you do any maintenance or mods within the past month that youve had the problem??
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The light came on for a reason...you need to find out the reason, not ignore the light...
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Blinking SES light is always a "Cylinder Misfire" and is the only SES light you should not drive with at all, if possible. Get the Max scanned ASAP for which cylinder is misfiring. If you ignore it, you are killing your "cats" as you are dumping raw fuel into a cylinder without ignition. That fuel will ignite late from heat/ and compression killing your catalitic system and washing down your cylinder walls, as the rings do not have the lubrication needed due to the oil being diluted by the gasoline....

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Old 02-06-2012, 09:42 AM   Thread Starter #6
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Default Re: Blinking SES light

It was the only time I've ever seen it blink, and it hasn't done it since. I have no mods at all and haven't done any maintenance besides just taking it in to Nissan for the SES light. I had 2 codes, I forget the codes but 1 was for the oxygen senser (the one up front) and the other was for a blown o-ring in one of the tubes carrying oil behind the timing chain set-up. He said not to get it fixed because it would be 3,300 and it wouldn't harm anything, besides me having an advanced/retarded cam shaft due to oil pressure loss. This was all before the light was blinking though so I have not had it checked since. I figured the blinking SES was in relation to this so I was not extremely concerned, but if it is a completely different problem I will get it checked out ASAP.
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I would definately get it checked out. As posted above get to autozone or Napa and they should scan it for a free. As far as the last part of your post. Oil pressure loss and camshaft advancement/retard on one of the banks, sounds serious to me...
Nissan Tech's diagnosis raises an eyebrow as well but that is a whole separate issue....Again, get it checked out...
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Default Re: Blinking SES light

The code that Nissan detected (from before the light blinked) was the bank 2 timing sensor code. He explained it to me in detail on a Maxima that was already up getting serviced. He said that the sensor controlled the advancement/retard on the camshaft and since it was set off by the loss in oil pressure, it would not work. He said that the worst symptom of this would be the rough idle at stops. This is the third diagnosis I have had for the same problem, every tech questions the diagnosis at first, and then confirms it after they check it out. Anyway, my point is, could any of that relate to a cylinder misfire?
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The code that Nissan detected (from before the light blinked) was the bank 2 timing sensor code. He explained it to me in detail on a Maxima that was already up getting serviced. He said that the sensor controlled the advancement/retard on the camshaft and since it was set off by the loss in oil pressure, it would not work. He said that the worst symptom of this would be the rough idle at stops. This is the third diagnosis I have had for the same problem, every tech questions the diagnosis at first, and then confirms it after they check it out. Anyway, my point is, could any of that relate to a cylinder misfire?
To answer your question, the short answer is "Yes" as your max has IVT solenoids/actuator setup which control intake valve timing. If you valve is opening at a wrong time, then you wouldnt have comlete combustion and therefore the missfire would occur.
The longer pulse width of the solenoid would advance valve angle, and shorter retards it.
FYI: The IVT solenoid pays techs 0.4hrs regular time, or 0.3 Warranty. The actuator pays 6.0 hours Warranty, and 8.4 standard.
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