2001 Nissan Sentra - Service Engine Light

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Dlauricello

Vinita, OK

#1 Jan 1, 2007
Hey Everyone!

I sure hope someone can help me. I love my Nissan Sentra, In fact I have two one for me and one for my wife.

My service engine light has been on for some time. recently I went to get my oil changed and the guy at the place told me it was my catalytic converter. He told me it would cost $600 for the part and $100 for the labor. i went home and researched and found that the part was only $150 so I refuse to go there anymore. Anyways I think it is a sensor that needs changing. Has anyone hade a similar problem. How much was it to fix?

Also, my dip stick broke off and I can't get it out. I tried several things, but I guess I am going to have to have someone get this out. Does anyone know how much that cost?

Also if anyone lives in Tampa and knwos a good shop I would appreciate a recommendation.
jeff

Richmond, VA

#2 Jan 8, 2007
i had that problem with my car, all it wasm, was a loose gas cap, a simple replacement fixed that for 25.00.
Sharon Carlson

Regina, Canada

#3 Jan 8, 2007
Hi,
My engine light has been on for sometime too....also my dip stick also broke and the entire apparatus had to be taken a part and this cost 169.00. Walmart broke and Nissan dealership scalped them the 169.00 to recover broken stick and replace with new one.

I am going to investigate further regarding the engine light.
many thanks s. carlson
Joe

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Jan 12, 2007
The check engine light on my 01 Sentra SE turned on a few weeks back. The auto parts store ran a test on the computer, and said that it was likely an O2 sensor (I believe part of the Cat. converter). Also, the straps that keep the heat shield together have rusted apart and I have lost the top of the heat shield. I'm not sure how important that is, but I'm starting to look at replacing the Cat. converter if need be. I have 82000 miles on my Sentra, and it's been very good to me.
Dlauricello

Vinita, OK

#5 Jan 12, 2007
Hold on Joe to your seat Joe,

I found from two seperate repair shops it would be over $800 to replace the Cat. Coverter

I repaired the dip stick at a cost of $225.

I guess I shouldn't complain this is the first time I ever had any issue with the Car and I am at 92,000 miles. I would still buy another Nissan
KHouser

New Kensington, PA

#6 Jan 26, 2007
EPA states that if car has under 80k miles, the dealership has to replace cat for free, regardless of warenty for all cars. I just used that warrenty to replace cat in my jetta.
Jim

Glenview Nas, IL

#7 Feb 6, 2007
I read somewhere that the O2 sensor behind the converter will appear to be ok on the test but will actually be sending bad information about the converter. I would try replacing the o2 sensor first. It's cheap. I got my dipstick out with no problem by putting compressed air into the oil fill hole on the valve cover. use a funnel or something to seal the area and get out of the way because the dipstick will fly out. You may have to use a probe to blounce the dipstick down a few times while you're applying the air before it pops out.
klm

AOL

#8 Feb 13, 2007
I also have a Nissan, a 2001 sentra, and the dipstick is broken and stuck deep down the tube. Any suggestions on how to get it out?
Joe

Liberty, MO

#9 Feb 17, 2007
klm wrote:
I also have a Nissan, a 2001 sentra, and the dipstick is broken and stuck deep down the tube. Any suggestions on how to get it out?
This happened to me also. I used a shop vack and a zip lock baggie. But the zip lock baggie around the shop vac nozzle to create a seal and turn it on for a second or two. My dipstick came out in less than a second with this method.
aznbigbearjohn

United States

#10 Feb 21, 2007
i had a problem with the dipstick but i fixed it myself for free!! FREE!!! all you need is a chopstick and super glue
what u want to do is put superglue on the tip of the chopstick and let it sit with the broken dipstick till the glue dries up and pull BAM

Since: Feb 07

United States

#11 Feb 21, 2007
yeah i need help its about my factory radio the backlight does not show so i cant see the time and tracks and whatnot any suggestions? even if i buy after market headunits i dont think they have the molds to go with my dashboard please email me aznbigbearjohn@gmail.com
Radhakrishna

Macon, GA

#12 Jun 30, 2007
One week back, the battery got discharged because the headlights were kept turned on for 4 hours without the engine on. Battery was recharged with a jump start and every thing is fine now. But, I found the service engine light has been showing up since then. The car has 108K miles on it. I got the oil change done a month ago. Plz let me know if anybody had similar experience or has any idea what to do.

Thanks,
Radhakrishna
Roy

Sandwich, MA

#13 Jul 23, 2007
Hi Everyone,

I have some answers and some questions ;) I also had the broken dipstick. It's because the handle is plastic. I found a solution on the internet that involves a Pencil and super glue. Basically, you put super glue on the end of the pencil and then put in then hole where it will meet the broken dipstick. Go watch TV and come back and just pull it out. I tried it and it worked. http://broomeman.com/mt/archives/001156.html

Now, for my question. The Service Engine Soon (SES) light is giving me nightmares. I had an O2 sensor changed, but now it's back. Previously, it was the Vapour Canister, so I went to a junk yard and bought one for $50. Now, 1.5 years later, it's back. A crazy suggestion was made since I the original canister was very heavy, perhaps fully of water, it wasn't working. So at the moment, I drilled a whole in both chambers and a day later, the light went away. No clue if that will work or not and no water ever came out. Probably a myth. I found the the vapour canister online for about $120 brand new, as opposed to the $350 from the dealership. I also get the SES light for the gas cap occasionally, when I clearly closed it well.

Also, the LCD is going on the radio. It is not worth fixing it. Just by a new radio and move on. That's what I'll be doing...they now have radios with built in bluetooth for handsfree calling :)

So, should I replace the gas cap? Should I buy a new vapour canister instead of trying to play games with it by poking holes? I really hate this SES light and want it to go away.
Roy

Sandwich, MA

#14 Jul 23, 2007
Just want to note that the holes I poked are obviously sealed with some tightly fitting screws. Don't want to be spewing vapours everwhere.
Johnson

Brantford, Canada

#15 Jul 29, 2007
Nissan Sentra 2002 broken dipstick, dealer are asking $250 to take it out, tried super glue and pencil, tried vaccum, not been sucessful yet spent my enire weekend on trying everything. It appeares its a common problem with Nissan sentra due to poor desin using plastic handel so close to the engine. Is a there any place where we can complain and ask for recall.
Holle

Temple, TX

#16 Aug 22, 2007
My dipstick broke and the dealership blew it out and charged me just for a new dipstick. It was no big deal. My sensor light also just came on.
beeswaxcreek

United States

#17 Sep 23, 2007
Johnson wrote:
Nissan Sentra 2002 broken dipstick, dealer are asking $250 to take it out, tried super glue and pencil, tried vaccum, not been sucessful yet spent my enire weekend on trying everything. It appeares its a common problem with Nissan sentra due to poor desin using plastic handel so close to the engine. Is a there any place where we can complain and ask for recall.
Just had my second dipstick break in less than two years. Pulled the tube that the dipstick fits into out of the engine block. Put a solid rod inside the tube to keep vise grip from crimping, then twist to loosen. First time I did this I replaced the tube. Today I just pulled the broken dipstick out and tapped the tube back into the engine block after coating with oil. The dealer will tell you you risk messing up the block but they tell you a lot of things that sound like "cha-ching".
beeswaxcreek

United States

#18 Sep 23, 2007
Just had my second dipstick break in less than two years. Pulled the tube that the dipstick fits into out of the engine block. Put a solid rod inside the tube to keep vise grip from crimping, then twist to loosen. First time I did this I replaced the tube. Today I just pulled the broken dipstick out and tapped the tube back into the engine block after coating with oil. The dealer will tell you you risk messing up the block but they tell you a lot of things that sound like "cha-ching".
NISSAN4SALE

Bronx, NY

#19 Nov 2, 2007
I,ve had a blown head gasket, window motors that stop working, leaking trunk, backlight that does come on or blinks on the radio display, horn that just stopped working(not a fuse or relay), and the check engine light that tells me its sensor 2 bank 1 that has been changed twice already and keeps coming back in which I cant even inspect my car anymore(even though it has passed every other safety check, my mechanic has been trying to figure this one out and nissan doesnt talk to him they just want me to bring the car to them so they can charge me 1,000 dollars to fix it most likely, the car has recalls and safety bulletins on all the items I mentioned but the safety ones arent recalls they are just aware of there poor designs and dont care what the cosumer has to fix themselves, so much for a nissan, who else loves a nissan, mine is a 2002 sentra, 1.8, piece of JUNK
NISSAN4SALE

Bronx, NY

#20 Nov 2, 2007
ps: my dipstick also broke off, I got it out by pulling out the tube and put a steel one in cut to length compared to the old one

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